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6 NYC Skyscrapers Besides The Empire State Building

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Updated: 13 September 2016
New York City is often called a concrete jungle. Some of the tallest buildings on Earth are here, and most of them are densely packed in Manhattan. But while NYC has always been known for its tall buildings, in recent years it seems that more are popping up than ever before. From super-tall residence buildings to classic yet under-the-radar office buildings, here are some NYC skyscrapers, besides the obvious ones, that you might want to know about. Some are old favorites, some are new and controversial additions, but they all come together to make up the skyline we know.
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30 Rockefeller

30 Rockefeller may be just as iconic at The Empire State Building, and with its list of credentials it’s easy to see why. Top Of The Rock is one of NYC’s most popular tourist attractions; the Christmas tree lighting is one of the year’s most anticipated events; visitors come from near and far to go ice skating in Rockefeller Plaza; and, of course, it’s home to some of the most popular shows on television. NBC Television is headquartered here, so that includes Late Night with Seth Meyers, The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon, The Today Show, and so many more.

30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY, USA

After the rain comes the rainbow. #nyc #playharder #nbc #roc

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Chrysler Building

The Chrysler Building’s signature spire is an integral part of the NYC skyline, and its famous Art Deco exterior is a favorite site of both New Yorkers and tourists alike. It was the tallest building in the world for 11 months before being surpassed by the Empire State Building in 1931, but it’s still the tallest brick building in the world. Now it’s home to large companies, including a law firm, a private equity firm, and a cable company.

405 Lexington Ave, New York, NY, USA

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Bank of America Tower

Completed in 2009, the Bank of America Tower is the fourth-tallest building in NYC, and it was designed to be one of the most efficient and green buildings in the world. Its spire is 255.5 feet, and it’s considered a model for other green skyscrapers around the world. Some of its green features include an automatic dimming system for the lights, a system that captures rainwater for use, and the fact that it’s made primarily from recycled materials.

1 Bryant Park, New York, NY, USA

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432 Park Avenue

Though it’s only been complete since 2015, 432 Park Avenue has already become an unmistakable part of the NYC skyline as it’s now the second-tallest building in Manhattan. It’s a residential building that was originally proposed to be 1,300 feet tall, but it ended up topping that number at 1,396 feet. It’s a controversial building – many New Yorkers find its presence overbearing, obstructive, and a signal of the high cost of living in the city – but nevertheless, it’s become a part of the landscape.

432 Park Ave, New York, NY, USA

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New York Times Building

Completed in 2007, the New York Times Building is, of course, the headquarters of The New York Times. It’s the tenth-tallest building the the United States, rising up 840 feet. The building was promoted as a sustainable structure, using cogeneration (a sustainable heating system), underfloor air distribution (a system that promotes better indoor air quality), and a green lighting system to keep it environmentally friendly.

242 W 41st St, New York, NY, USA

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One57 is a multipurpose skyscraper that’s home to both luxury condos and rentals as well as the Park Hyatt New York hotel. It’s 1,005 feet tall, reached completion in 2014, and overlooks Central Park, so it’s not surprising that a night at the hotel (and rent for the apartments) doesn’t come cheap – as of 2015, it’s the most expensive residence building ever sold in NYC. It’s another building that’s caused controversy (some say it’s the ugliest building in NYC) but, in any case, it’s here to stay.

157 W 57th St, New York, NY, USA

The most expensive apartment ever purchased in NYC closed recently for $100.5 Million! #one57 #luxuryrealestate

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