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New York City’s Iconic Skyscrapers

The Big Apple is one of the most iconic cities in America, and it's easy to see why at first glance. With five boroughs sitting where two oceans meet each other seamlessly on their edges (Manhattan being just an island), New York packs quite a punch when you think about what this metropolis has accomplished: skyscrapers like The Empire State Building that were before only seen across countries' lines are now right here within our grasp.

The city of New York, originally known for its cathedrals and churches has now become more recognizable as one that is home to some iconic skyscrapers. 

In this list we included 10 of the most iconic skyscrapers in New York - which are not only famous buildings but also have a lot to offer with their history and symbolism.

5 Most Iconic Skyscrapers in New York

  1. The Empire State Building

The Empire State Building is a 102-story skyscraper in Midtown Manhattan that has become an iconic symbol of New York City and America. Designed by Shreve, Lamb & Harmon with construction beginning from 1930 to 1931 it stands at 1,250 feet tall including its antenna making it one hundred yards higher than any other building not just within NY but worldwide.

The Art Deco architecture of this building has made it a popular attraction with four million tourists from around the world annually visiting its 86th- and 102nd floor observatories. An additional indoor observation deck on 80th level opened in 2019, which will be another great draw for visitors to experience New York City at its finest.  The Empire State Building is an iconic New York City landmark for its incredible panoramic views, as well as neon lights that change each night and shine bright.

2.   The Chrysler Building

The construction of the Chrysler Building was characterized by a competition with 40 Wall Street and The Empire State Building to become one of America’s most famous skyscrapers.  The Chrysler Building is now widely regarded as one of America's most iconic buildings and has been ranked ninth on the List of America’s favorite architecture by AIANY. It began with mixed reviews, but these perceptions slowly evolved into seeing this structure as an example for others to follow in its modernist style and today you won't find anyone who doesn't praise it.

3.  The Flatiron Building

The Flatiron Building is a landmark of the city, and one which can be seen from nearly every part in NYC. It was originally known as "Fuller Building" before being renamed after its triangular shape. There's a reason that the Flatiron Building has earned its name. Just as an old-fashioned clothes iron can be used to press down on clothing, this sleek skyscraper is designed for durability and longevity.

The Flatiron Building is a popular spot for tourist photographs, making it possibly one of the most photographed buildings in the world.

4.  One World Trade Center ‘The Freedom Tower’

One World Trade Center, also known as One WTC and formerly Freedom Tower) is the main building of a new complex that has been built to replace what was destroyed on September 11th. The skyscraper will be the tallest in both North America and Latin America when it's completed next year.  

The Port Authority changed the official name of this building from "Freedom Tower" to One World Trade Center, stating that it was easier for people identify with. The “ Freedom tower” had also been subject of ridicule on Saturday Night Live so they wanted something more straightforward and practical like 1WTC which has become internationally recognized as an iconic landmark in New York City .

5.  The Metropolitan Life Insurance Company Tower (‘Met Life Tower’)

The Metropolitan Life Insurance Company Tower is a skyscraper that has dominated the Flatiron District for decades. The building's two sections-the 700 foot tall tower at its northwest corner, and an east wing measuring only 200 feet long occupy most of Madison Avenue between 23rd Street to 24th street.

The tower's exterior is divided into three sections—the base, shaft and capital. Like in ancient structures from Greece to Egypt, these components were all integral for stability as well as style- with their original forms exhibited throughout both renovations .

The Met Life Tower is a beautiful skyscraper, not only because of its large clock in the summit but also due to how it was modeled after an even more famous tower--the Campanile di Venier da Verrazzano. These amazing four dials are built just as intricately designed with intricate angles that make them look like they're floating among our skyline rather than being part of any specific building.

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