An art-deco architecture tour of NYC will take you past some of most famous examples of the style in the world. Some stand out – the Chrysler Building and Empire State Building, for example – but there’s no shortage of art-deco buildings in New York. To help you on your architectural odyssey, here’s our guide.
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The Rockefeller Center comprises 19 buildings in Midtown Manhattan. The 14 original buildings in the center were built in the 1930s in the art deco style, while the remaining five buildings followed later with more modern architectural features. The complex is a popular tourist destination as well as the spot for the annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony that is broadcast live across US networks. It also has an observation deck called Top of the Rock, which offers a 360-degree view over the city from the 70th floor.
The New Yorker, operated by Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, opened in 1930 and was designed by architects Sugarman and Berger. At the time of the opening, the hotel had around 2,500 rooms and five restaurants (it now has about 1,000 rooms). It has also been home to renowned figures such as Nikola Tesla and was a popular destination for the rich and famous, from the Brooklyn Dodgers to Muhammad Ali. At one time, it was owned and operated by Hilton Hotels. Currently, the owner is the Unification Church of the United States.