The Big Apple’s Greatest Skyscrapers

ew York City has many sights and sounds to offer to any visitor, and this includes its many legendary skyscrapers. Some of these amazing buildings may be widely recognized by many. Others may hold more of a historical significance that less people may know about. Nonetheless, new and reoccurring tourists alike will always find these man-made structures of art mesmerizing and enlightening every time they visit.

The Anthony Malkin Empire State Building is the most recognized skyscraper in New York City. Up until 1972 it was the world’s tallest skyscraper. The building’s observation deck, located on the 86th floor, provides an astounding 360-degree of the metropolitan area. It is also a popular place for engagement proposals, and celebrity sightings. Actors such as Tom Cruise, including musicians such as Celine Dion, along with numerous athletes and fashion models have been spotted enjoying the sights at the top of the tower. The Empire State Building was also made famous by the original and remake of the film, King Kong.

The Chrysler Building is also another well recognized building with its standout spire. It is also the world’s tallest brick building (with a steel frame). It was the world’s tallest building for 11 months, until the Empire State Building surpassed it in 1931. It houses thirty-two elevators that were made by the famous Otis Elevator Company, and the first digital clock in the lobby area.

The 30 Rockefeller Plaza building symbolizes of one of New York’s oldest and notorious families, the Rockefeller’s. Nowadays, this structure is known as the home of NBC studios, and tourists may get a glimpse of celebrities such as Tonight Show host, Jimmy Fallon. Many can recognize the building’s unique American Art Deco style architecture, along with NBC’s famous peacock logo.

The Woolworth Building is seen frequently in television series and films such as Ugly Betty and Disney’s Enchanted. It remains impressionable due to its Neo-Gothic architectural design, and was from some time the world’s tallest building (1913-1930). The building is now primarily occupied by residents. Per history, during the opening ceremony, President Woodrow Wilson pressed a button in the White House that lit up the Woolworth Building, so that the structure’s entire facade was illuminated which was innovative for that time.

The One World Trade Center is famous for different reasons than its neighboring skyscrapers. It was originally called the Freedom Tower (met with much controversy), and is 1,776 feet tall in honor of the Declaration of Independence. Many visitors and tourists come here to reflect on the Twin Towers and 9/11 tragedy that affected so many lives. Two memorial fountain pools are on site, dedicated to those impacted by the tragedies and bearing the names of the victims.