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The Architecture of Famous New York Buildings

New York City, also known as The City that Never Sleeps, is breathtaking. From the crowded streets to the lights in the night sky, there’s so much to see and do. It’s no secret that New York City is full of beautifully designed skyscrapers. However, all of New York’s famous architectural landmarks don’t touch the sky.

There are many attractive buildings in New York that are worth making a visit to the Big Apple just to admire. Whether you’re a New York native or planning a trip to the big city for the first time, there are several buildings you must visit while stopping at every corner of the city. Here is a list discussing the architecture of some of the most famous New York buildings.

The Flatiron Building

This wedge-shaped, 22-story building made of steel, was completed in 1902. Architect, Daniel Burnham came up with its famous wedge-shape that ended up fitting perfectly into the triangular spot that is at the dead center of Manhattan’s Broadway and Fifth Avenue. Around the time when this building was constructed, many of the other buildings surrounding it were designed bulky. The fact that it’s consistent from top to bottom is what makes the Flatiron stand out. Of course, the Flatiron is not the city’s tallest building, however, it is very interesting to look at, and makes a favorite for photographers and artists to admire.

The Flatiron Building
The Flatiron Building

The Empire State Building

The Empire State Building isn’t just a gorgeous structure standing tall in New York City, but it’s one of the most iconic buildings in the world. When it was completed in 1931, then-President Herbert Hoover pressed a button from the White House to light up the tower. Standing at 1,454 feet, the Empire State Building was the world’s tallest building for more than forty years. The Empire State building holds over 2 million square feet of office space and takes up two acres of land. Constructed using a frame of steel, it contains 102 floors and has influenced architecture everywhere on earth.

VIA 57 West

Completed in 2016, VIA 57 West is a gorgeous and modern residential building. Designed by starchitect, Bjarke Ingles, the building resembles a pyramid. The skyscraper features a garden in the middle of it for tenants to enjoy, as well as a number of terraces that overlook the Hudson River. The building also features apartments, resident lounges, a swimming pool, gym, and fitness lounge. The exterior of the building is made of metal and steel, while the inside of the building is very bright and airy with glass and LED lighting.

Woolworth Building

The Woolworth Building opened in 1913 and back then, it was the world’s tallest skyscraper. The building was designed by Architect Cass Gilbert, but financed by businessman Frank Woolworth, where it got its name. The structure held on to the title of tallest skyscraper for almost two decades. Located on Manhattan’s Broadway, The Woolworth is 792 feet tall and has 60 stories. The building takes up the entire block between Park Place and Barclay Street. The exterior of the building features gothic detailing, while the interior is made of marble, vaulted ceilings, and stain-glass windows.

The Chrysler Building

The most recognizable example of Art Deco architecture, the Chrysler Building, was completed in 1930. At the time of completion, it was the tallest building in the world before the Empire State Building took its crown. The building stands at 1,050 feet tall and is a very popular tourist attraction featuring office buildings on all of its 77 floors. The interior and exterior of the building has always been admired for its unique decoration of features that were found on Chrysler automobiles at the time the building was designed. This unique skyscraper cost a total of $20 million, was made with almost 30,000 tons of steel, and features over 5,000 windows. Each brick of the building was manually laid by hand. In 2007, the Chrysler Building ranked ninth on the List of America’s Favorite Architecture by the American Institute of Architects.

The Chrysler Building
The Chrysler Building

As someone who is in love with New York City and admires architecture, I couldn’t help but write this article. Anyone who has ever visited New York City can’t help but be impressed with the architecture of their buildings. Architectural innovation isn’t limited to just Manhattan, as there are iconic buildings located in other boroughs as well. I have yet to come across any other city in any country that is filled with architectural beauties the way New York is. When I am not traveling near and far getting footage of these buildings, you can find me participating in competitions at Pokerstars Casino and binge watching tv shows on GlobalTV. No matter what, I enjoy nothing more than admiring beautiful architecture, and there’s none quite like in New York. These buildings are the heart and soul of the city.