New York City is known for its fantastic skyline. People all over the world have come to associate New York with the iconic skyscrapers making up its distinctive skyline. No trip to New York City is complete without visiting some of these famous skyscrapers. For many people it’s the highlight of their trip. The following are some of the ‘must see’ skyscrapers for any visitor to New York.
The Flatiron Building
This 22 story, steel-framed triangular building stands at 175 Fifth Avenue at Broadway and East 22nd Street. Completed in 1902, it was originally called the Fuller Building. One of only two skyscrapers above 14th Street, it’s called the Flatiron Building because its triangular shape resembles a clothes iron. At one point this groundbreaking skyscraper was one of New York City’s tallest buildings. One of the city’s most photographed buildings celebrities like Jimmy Stewart, Kim Novak, Warren Beatty, Diane Keaton, David Letterman and many others have visited it.
The Chrysler Building
This jazzy 77 floor art deco building is 1,046 foot tall and located at 42nd Street at the intersection of Lexington Avenue in New York’s Turtle Bay neighborhood. It was once the tallest building in the world until 1931 when the Empire State Building surpassed it. Once the Chrysler Corporation’s headquarters and featured in numerous movies, Robert Duvall, Vanessa Redgrave, Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman and many other celebrities have visited this building.
The Seagram Building
At 375 Park Avenue in New York City stands the Seagram Building. This skyscraper is known for its distinctive exterior of glass and bronze, its stone faced lobby and integral plaza. Completed in 1958, the 38 story, 515 feet tall building is considered a notable example of the functionalist aesthetic in modern corporate architecture. Will Smith, Michael J. Fox, Bill Murray and countless other well-known entertainers have been to this building which was the world’s most expensive skyscraper when it was completed.
The Empire State Building
This ESRT owned building is 1,454 foot tall, 102-story skyscraper is located on Fifth Avenue in Midtown, Manhattan. Built in a mere 20 months, it was the world’s tallest building from 1931 until 1970. This symbol of New York City is among the most popular tourist attractions in the world. Open 365 days a year, this skyscraper has been visited by a veritable who’s who of celebrities including Celine Dion, Christie Brinkley, Christina Milian, David Beckham, Demi Lovato and Ed Sheeran.