New York and Its
Most Famous Buildings
New York City's Famous Buildings
Besides tourist attractions like Central Park, Broadway, Rockefeller Center and the Museum of Modern Art, not to mention all the fantastic restaurants and hotels in NYC, people visit this exciting city for its architectural wonders. New York's cityscape is breathtaking, fill with a virtual garden of towering works of art. Following are just a few of New York's towering masterpieces.
Empire State Building
New York's most renowned skyscraper of course is the Empire State Building and it was the world's tallest for 41 years at 102 stories tall. Its sheer size blew people's minds and amazingly took only 1 year to complete in 1931. Today the Empire State Building remains one of New York's most visited destinations.
The Chrysler Building
The Chrysler building, patterned after a radiator grille is one of New York's most eye catching buildings and one of the cities most treasured skyscrapers. It was the first building in the world to top the height of Paris's Eiffel Tower in the 20th century and until 1974 it remained the tallest in the world until Chicago's Sears Tower was built.
One of New York's most modern skyscrapers sits on large columns, providing room for St. Peter's Church, a subway station and a lovely public plaza. The buildings skewed roof line gives a unique touch to its roof line compared to today's typical contemporary buildings.
Insurance Tower Modeled after the Campanile, a 16th century architectural masterpiece in Venice, between 1909 and 1913 it was the world's tallest building. After it was built a number of New Yorkers worried that it would collapse like the Campanile did in 1902; fortunately their worries never became reality.
Just a quick note that the cheap hotels in New York that you've probably heard about also include the downtown area where these works of wonder are located. In other words, you don't need to be a member of the rich and famous to stay in the downtown area.
The Hearst Tower was created in bits and pieces it seems beginning with its 6 story base in 1928 to house the headquarters of the publishing empire of William Hearst. At the time 12 additional stories were planned but never came to fruition. 78 Years after the fact a post-modern eye catching glass tower was built a top the art deco base that started it all.
The GE building is a gorgeous 70 story building that graces the Rockefeller Center and remains one of the cities tallest buildings. You can go up to the roof top terrace and take in spectacular views over Central Park and the midtown area.
American Radiator Building
This gorgeous black building by Raymond Hood really stands out from the rest with its glistening regal crown and remains one of New York's finest. It was built in 1924 as an office building then reopened in 2001 as the Bryant Park Hotel, a fantastic place to stay with promotions that have added it to many dscount hotels
in New York category without losing any of the special amenities that New York is so famous for.