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The Top 5 Skyscrapers in New York City: Architectural Icons
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The Top 5 Skyscrapers in New York City: Architectural Icons

Picture of Yvonne Ngundam
Updated: 12 December 2015
No other city in the world draws attention more than the always fast-and-furious New York City. Ol’ Blue Eyes, Frank Sinatra, joyfully sang ‘New York, New York’ granting it iconic eminence. Among the few momentous elements that signify New York City are the architectural facades bringing admirers from far and wide. These 5 skyscrapers clearly define the character of New York, New York.
Lightning Strike on One World Trade May 31, 2015 | © Anthony Quintano/Flickr
Lightning Strike on One World Trade May 31, 2015 | © Anthony Quintano/Flickr

This building stands out architecturally as a symbol of resilience. Its elegant glass-paneled exterior aesthetic attracts millions of visitors daily. The interior lights form chevron patterns at night when viewed from a distance. At 1,776 feet tall, it is currently the tallest skyscraper in the city and should be added to the list of places to visit when playing tourist for a day. A feat celebrating the City’s grace after the tragedy of September 11th, One World Trade Center is more than an architectural gem; it is a memorial.

One World Trade Center, One World Trade Center, New York, NY, USA +1 212 257 6600

Chrysler Building | © Chris Parker/Flickr
Chrysler Building | © Chris Parker/Flickr

The Chrysler Building remains one of America’s favorite buildings with good reason. At 925 feet tall and with eclectic art deco in form, it houses office spaces with Edward Trumbull murals. The grey brick exterior and variegated plates allow the eye to see an impressive skyscraper that has been well taken care of over the years. Stepping inside is nostalgic, and the building is reminiscent of the roaring 20s hustle-and-bustle that still resonates today. From afar it appears in the shape of an arrow or even a rocket ready to lift off.

Chrysler Building, 405 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY, USA +1 212 682 3070

Sunrise behind the Empire State Building in New York City | © Anthony Quintano/Flickr
Sunrise behind the Empire State Building in New York City | © Anthony Quintano/Flickr

The Empire State Building, without a doubt an icon in its own right, remains an image to be witnessed standing at 1,250 feet made of limestone. Walk down Herald Square or 34th Street/5th Avenue, and you are to encounter street hustlers selling tour guides to see this distinct structure that showcases dancing lights at night. Located in Midtown, the crown-shaped design at the top gives 360-degree views of the city and can be seen from miles away.

Empire State Building, 350 5th Avenue, New York, NY, USA +1 212 736 3100

Columbia Center / Bank of America tower - IMG_1466 | © N i c o l a/Flickr
Columbia Center / Bank of America tower – IMG_1466 | © N i c o l a/Flickr

Overlooking Bryant Park, this gorgeous and ambitious skyscraper stands at 1,200 feet. Its colossal stature signifies the driven character of the city. Currently the third tallest building in New York with modern and sustainable features, the tower changes color when kissed by the sun but yet appears urban and organic. The green of Bryant Park nearby intensifies the crystal surface area. On any given day, a crowd of admirers gathers around to capture pictures because the Bank of America Tower is a popular location for TV and movie shoots.

Bank of America Tower, 113 West 42nd Street, New York, NY, USA +1 212 764 0694

432 Park Ave New York City Skyline | © Anthony Quintano/Flickr
432 Park Ave New York City Skyline | © Anthony Quintano/Flickr

Yes, the recognizable “Park Avenue” name is a dead giveaway that this residential square, white-and-blue, Lego-like skyscraper is all about exclusivity. 432 Park Avenue commands millions and announces the wealth New York harbors in real estate. Vertically at a mind blowing 1, 396 feet, the penthouses go for high premiums that would make even the ordinary millionaire gasp. It remains to be seen the success on its occupancy rate. However, the architectural display is already creating a buzz around the globe.

432 Park Avenue, 432 Park Avenue, New York, NY, USA +1 212 432 5657