NYC is home to incredible architecture that many want to visit. That is why we’re sharing these famous skyscrapers in New York City.
You don’t happen to be afraid of heights, do you? If the answer is no, then you have come to the right place! We happen to think that one of the most exhilarating experiences a person can have is visiting and standing on the roof viewing platforms of some of the biggest and best skyscrapers in the world. They are incredible buildings, and when it comes to skyscrapers there is no other city in the United States as iconic as New York.
When this crazy pandemic era finally comes to an end and people are allowed to travel more freely, here are some of the tallest skyscrapers in New York City that you absolutely must visit and experience!
THE EMPIRE STATE BUILDING
Arguably the most famous skyscraper of all, the Empire State Building has been overlooking Manhattan since 1931. It stands at 103 stories, and from its completion until 1970, it was the tallest building in the world. It is perhaps best known to many as the building that King Kong scaled in the classic 1933 film. The Empire State Building’s construction took only one year, which was quite an accomplishment at the time it was built! It’s an absolute MUST SEE when in the big apple!
While it’s now an office building, you can still take a trip up to the top and see one of New York City’s most iconic views; this is arguably the best observatory in New York City! However, entry can get a bit pricy. If you are looking to see sweeping views of NYC for a cheaper price, head to Rockefeller Center and go to the “Top of The Rock”. You can also enjoy there, a view OF the Empire State Building! In the wintertime, take advantage of the ice rink below and the world-famous Christmas tree.
ONE WORLD TRADE CENTER
The One World Trade Center is a skyscraper built on the site of the original World Trade Center that was destroyed on September 11, 2001. Originally named the Freedom Tower, the building stands at 1776 feet tall to honor the year of the American Declaration of Independence. This is one of the newer towers that rest along the New York skyline, and one many Americans are very proud of after overcoming such grief and sadness.
The Freedom Tower is located in the southern part of Manhattan, neighboring the financial district. While around the Freedom Tower, head over to the 9/11 museum and pay respects to fallen American heroes, from a day we will never forget. After that, make your way to Wall Street and see the famous New York Stock Market and walk on some hallowed grounds where many of the world’s richest people got their beginnings.
THE GEHRY BUILDING
The Gehry building in New York is the tallest all-residential building in North America. The building is actually closed to the public, but the 76-story tower has become an iconic part of the New York skyline. The Gehry contains 900 units that are all available for rent, making it a very unusual anomaly in Manhattan. Beware prices to buy a flat begin at a cool $2,000,000…pocket money, right? However now due to the pandemic, you can get a discounted rate to live in this iconic building via renting a studio or 1-bedroom for around $2,000 per month.
It was designed by acclaimed architect Frank Gehry and is one of the first buildings you’ll see when arriving in New York. Views from here range from the Brooklyn Bridge, to City Hall Park, along with all of the expected luxuries such as fitness rooms, terraces, and pools, it’s classic NYC living!
One of the smaller scrapers on the list, the Flatiron Building stands at just 21 floors, but it is nevertheless iconic. The Flatiron is one of the most notable steel skeleton design buildings in the city, being constructed shortly after New York’s building regulations no longer required masonry for fireproofing. It gets its name from its shape, resembling a traditional triangular clothes iron. It’s now a private building, but you can still marvel at its structure from the outside.
Located in one of the most walking-friendly areas of New York as it’s right off Broadway, you can walk to the American Museum of Natural History where many famed movies were filmed! A structure not as tall as others, but still very beautiful and interesting to see!
THE WOOLWORTH BUILDING
Between 1913 and 1930, the Woolworth Building was the tallest in the world and was famous for being one of the first skyscrapers to feature high-speed elevators. Interestingly, a significant portion of the building is now dedicated to housing, and it is one of the most expensive places to live in the whole of Manhattan!
New York is one of the must-visit cities in America, filled with rich history and adventurous architecture. The skyline is something that’s so iconic it really can’t be missed.
If you fly into airports like New York La Guardia, you can see the incredible skyline from your gate and certainly from the air. The other major airport, John F Kennedy Airport, is located a bit further away so you may miss a bit of the view. One last tip, if you want to see more, take the cable car to Roosevelt Island, located right next to Manhattan, and get an amazing, one-of-a-kind view of all the major skyscrapers! A trip to New York should be on the bucket list of every travel lover!