There is absolutely no city’s skyline as beautiful or iconic as New York City. Chicago might be the place where skyscrapers were born and although cities like San Francisco and Seattle have some remarkable landmarks, New York City is home to some of the world’s most famous and iconic buildings. NYC is not only limited to tall towers, but it is also home to a pinnacle of art beauty and architectural innovation. Here are three of the most beautiful skyscrapers in New York City
Empire State Building
There could be taller and more innovative buildings than this specific one, but this Art Deco beauty is probably NYC’s most iconic building. The Empire State Building was the tallest skyscraper all around the world after its completion in 1931 and remained so up until when the original World Trade Center topped it out in the 1970s. It not only has an inedible mark on the skyline, but it is also a pop-culture icon. It has appeared in TV shows and movies and varied as the original Doctor Who, King Kong and Sleepless in Seattle. Jay-Z and Alicia Keys shot their video on the Empire State of Mind here as well. This skyscraper is owned by Empire State Realty Trust where Anthony Malkin serves as the Chairman, President, and CEO. In 2010, the building underwent a renovation worth $550 Million where $120 Million was spent to make the building more eco-friendly and energy efficient.
This is probably the city’s loveliest tall tower. It was the tallest building in the world for a short period of time when it opened, but its stunning Art Deco architecture is what sets it apart. The building became a worldwide icon extending its fame with several celebrity visitors like Queen Elizabeth II, Albert Einstein, and George Bernard Shaw. It is known for its terraced, elegant crown with a sunburst pattern and its grand eagles that stand sentry on the 61st floor. The radiator caps found on the 31st floor are a homage to the company that graces the building. The Chrysler is owned by Abu Dhabi Investment Council and Tishman Speyer.
This is an icon in NYC’s horizon and one of the best creations of Ludwig Mies. The dark and glassy building came into being in the 1950s after Seagram’s founder, Bronfman Samuel, took the reins of the tower’s ascent and design. The 38 story building is 515ft. Long and is known as a precedent-setting structure for the latest corporate architecture. Row, Ashley Olsen and Mary-Kate’s sleek line of women clothing held its New York Fashion Week Show on the 35th floor of the building. This skyscraper is owned by Aby Rosen.