As you traverse the streets of New York City, observing the grandeur of some of the world’s most famous skyscrapers, you’ll feel the buzz and excitement of the city in the deep shadows cast by miles of high-rise buildings. There are some structures that call out to be visited and looked at more closely. Iconic markers of man’s ingenuity and ambition, they are open millions of tourists each year.
One of the first buildings that comes to mind is, of course, the Empire State Building. Completed in 1931 after only 13 months’ work, it held the title of world’s tallest building for 41 years. It has been designated one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World and welcomes over 3,000,000 visitors annually. It may be best known, however, for its featured role in the 1933 movie “King Kong,” and celebrity visitors have included everyone from Chumlee of Pawn Star fame, Malkin, to the cast of “The Lion King.”
In the 21st century, of course, One World Trade Center has taken its place among the iconic towers. Its height of 1,776 feet, representing the year of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, makes it the 6th highest building in the world. Originally named the Freedom Tower, it memorializes the Twin Towers of the Word Trade Center destroyed in the terrorist attack of 9/11.
Giving the Empire State Building some competition for its observation deck is Rockefeller Center. Once known as Radio City, it is actually a complex of buildings with a 70-story tower topped by the “Top of the Rock.” From its heights, you can enjoy a panoramic view of the city. The lower plaza of the complex boasts the famous Rockefeller Center Christmas tree and lights display.
Another treasure in New York is the United Nations Secretariat building along the East River. The property on which it stands was purchased by John D. Rockefeller and donated to the UN. A display of nation members’ flags along the front of the building complex stretches for six blocks. The Secretariat is a fascinating place to visit where you can walk in the footsteps of world leaders such as presidents, royalty, and prime ministers.
Visitors to New York should plan their trip with enough time to enjoy at least a few of the many skyscrapers known world-wide for their elegance and impressive designs.