Iconic Architecture of New York

by NYJ Team

This post has been written by a guest writer – Adam.

When anyone thinks of New York it is likely that the first image that will come to mind is of the stunning city skyline. As a city that is synonymous with the skyscraper, the Big Apple is home to some spectacular examples of iconic architecture.

Indeed, those taking advantage of cheap flights to New York for a weekend break or longer getaway will soon find their selves surrounded by amazing examples of beautiful buildings.

The Empire State Building
Chief among these is probably the Empire State Building, a structure that is often seen as a symbol of the city. The 102 storey skyscraper, which stands at the corner of Fifth Avenue and West 34th Street is a great example of the Art Deco style. Completed in 1931, the Empire State Building dominated the city’s skyscape until the 1970s as the tallest building in town. This record was subsequently trumped by the North Tower of the World Trade Center, a building that was sadly lost in the 9/11 atrocities handing the title back to the Empire State Building by desperately tragic default. The unmistakeable form of the Empire State Building is one that is burned onto the consciousness of moviegoers around the globe due to its appearances in such classics as King Kong, An Affair to Remember and Sleepless in Seattle. Read more about The Empire State Building.

The Chrysler Building
Another stalwart of the New York skyline is the Chrysler Building which is situated at the corner of Lexington Avenue and 42nd Street. Completed in 1930 to serve as the HQ of the car giant Chrysler, the Art Deco design created by William Van Alen was the first manmade structure to be built to a height of more than 1,000 feet. For 11 months the building enjoyed the title of the tallest building in the world, until it was overtaken by the Empire State Building the following year. Click for more info on The Chrysler Building.

The Flatiron Building
Although no longer a key player in the city skyline, the Flatiron Building nevertheless remains a symbol of the city of New York. The unique wedge shaped construction that stands at 175 Fifth Avenue. It was a groundbreaking construction when it was built at the turn of the century (work was completed in 1902 on what was originally titled the Fuller building) The triangular edifice, which counts Broadway and East 22nd Street as its second and third sides, has given its name to the whole surrounding area, now known as the Flatiron District. Read more details on The Flatiron Building.

The Woolworth Building
Another notable contender in the architectural stakes is the Woolworth Building, which stands opposite City Hall on Broadway. The building, itself the world’s tallest between 1913 and 1930, is a great example of the neo-gothic style. Click for further details on The Woolworth Building.

The Condé Nast Building
More recent additions to New York’s cityscape include the Condé Nast Building at 4 Times Square which is an exciting example of green architecture. The building, which incorporates elements of renewable energy such as solar power, received an award from the American Institute of Architects for its innovations.

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