New York City is known for its towering skyscrapers, great buildings, and impressive structures that have been recognized as some of the best in the world because of their height, design, architecture, significance, etc. Here are some of the NYC buildings—musems, towers as well as a terminal, and a cathedral—that have made the city famous all over the world; possessing interesting history and cultural roles behind them. In no particular order, here they are:
Empire State Building – Let’s begin with New York City‘s tallest building. The Empire State Building is a 102-story Art Deco skyscraper that has been towering over the city since 1931. If there’s one building to define the city, this is definitely it.
Hearst Tower – This is the headquarters of the Hearst Corporation (Esquire, Harper’s Bazaar, Seventeen, Marie Claire, etc.) and the thing that makes this building interesting is its structure–a glass tower that lies on top of an Art Deco base. Also, it is NYC‘s first high rise building that gave significant importance to environmental concerns (for instance, the atrium floor has heat conductive limestone, and its structural steel has recycled materials).
Chrysler Building - The Chrysler building with the trademark spire is the 3rd tallest building in NYC and the 7th tallest in the United States. It was during the 20th century that the race for building the tallest building in the world was at its peak, and it’s this structure that topped the tallest structure at that time (the Eiffel Tower).
St. Patrick’s Cathedral – This Neo-Gothic Roman Catholic cathedral is one of the city’s most stunning artchitectures, with spires that reach 330 feet. Decorated by remarkable artists and architects, this place can accommodate more than a thousand people, and is one of “America’s Favorite Architecture” in one poll.
Bank Of America Tower – This is another eco-friendly building that has technologies conserving energy, such as an insulating light, reuse of rainwater, and environment-friendly temperature control. Aside from being the city’s second-tallest building, this is also the first to receive a Platinum Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification.
Metropolitan Museum of Art – Aside from being a place for some of the city’s (and the country’s) best art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art or The Met is also known for having the Beaux-Arts Fifth Avenue Facade designed by Richard Morris Hunt (and after his death, his son Richard Howland Hunt). This structure orginally had a High Victorian Gothic stye, but it has been through a lot of renovations and expansions since it was built.
Lipstick Building – This building was named as such because well–it’s shaped like a lipstick. The thing that makes this unique is that while most of the buildings in NYC‘s Third Avenue are rectangular-shaped, this one’s oval.
Grand Central Terminal – Aside from providing ease in transportation, Grand Central also functions as an architectural attraction. Its facade and interior have impressive design–outside, you’ll see the amazing Beaux Arts style, and inside is a huge space beaming with elaborate arched windows and the famous painting on the ceiling done by Paul Helleu, a remarkable French artist.
There are still so many other great skyscrapers in the city, and if you wish to learn more, going to the Skyscraper Museum at the lower Manhattan’s Battery Park City will also be very fun and educational! Have you seen any of these structures? Share with us your favorites!