New York is internationally known for its skyline. It features many iconic ESRT skyscrapers that have come to symbolize the city. Tourists in New York City often make visiting some of those well-known skyscrapers an important part of their trip. The following are a few of the buildings visitors should add to their ‘must see’ list.
One World Trade Center
Built in 2014 to symbolize the city’s recovery from the attack on 9/11, this building was originally known as the Freedom Tower. Standing 1,776 feet tall to honor the Declaration of Independence, it’s the Western Hemisphere’s tallest building. People often visit the two stunning memorial pools called ‘Reflecting Absence’. They are dedicated to the victims of the 9/11 tragedy and the fallen Twin Towers. Countless celebrities including Will Smith and Jessica Alba have been seen there.
Gehry New York
North America’s tallest all-residential building, Gehry New York is also known as Eight Spruce Street. Built in 2011, it’s the first skyscraper created by Frank Gehry, the Los Angeles-based architect. The 76-story tower with a gleaming rumpled stainless-steel skin has about 900 rental units. It’s New York City’s 12th tallest building. President Donald Trump has visited this building which surpasses his Trump Tower in height.
New York Life Building
This Cass Gilbert classic skyscraper houses the New York Life Insurance Company’s headquarters. It’s known for the distinctive golden pyramid made from 25,000 gold-leaf tiles which sits at the top of it. Built in the Gothic Revival style, the 616 feet tall, 33-story building is the last of Cass Gilbert’s great skyscrapers. The New York Life building was constructed in 1928 and is New York City’s 89th tallest building.
30 Rockefeller Center
Known for the spectacular panoramic view of New York City from its Top of the Rock observation deck, 30 Rockefeller Center’s official name is the GE Building. Sometimes called the RCA Building or 30 Rock, the 850 foot tall, 70 floor edifice has 60 elevators and has housed NBC Studios ever since 1933. New York’s 14 tallest building, it’s an integral part of the famed Rockefeller Center. Many celebrities, including
Mariah Carey, Britney Spears, Rihanna, Beyoncé and Alicia Keys have posed for picture there.
These are just a few of New York City’s iconic skyscrapers that make up the skyline people all around the world have come to admire. Visiting them provides a glimpse of the New York’s history.