When one thinks about New York City, the first thing that comes to his mind are imposing buildings and iconic skyscrapers. It’s known there are no limits for New York’s architecture, so, in no particular order, I Lobo You presents you with 10 iconic buildings in the city that never sleeps, that marked the architectural world!
Opened in 1930, the Chrysler Building was the tallest building in the world for 11 brief months, but its eternal glory is that marvelous Art Deco crown. The exterior of shiny stainless steel that brilliantly reflects sunlight, has made the Chrysler a permanent grande lady of the Manhattan skyscraper set!
Empire State Building
Almost 90 years after its construction, the Empire State Building’s still impress. This iconic building lost its status as the world’s tallest building in the early 1970s, but it’s still considered by many the world’s most famous skyscraper. It is present in so many stories, it has been scaled by King Kong, it has impaled the titular fruit of James and the Giant Peach, it has withstood the impact of a wayward WWII-era B-25 bomber!
New York City Hall
Built between 1803 and 1812, New York City Hall is New York’s most important civic structure, not only for being home to the Mayor’s office but also for its architectural grandeur. Once you come close to this iconic building, it’s easy to appreciate this marvel of Georgian and French Renaissance Revival elegance.
Selected for a theater that once occupied Central Park West, The Century apartment building sports a sleek art modern exterior that sets it apart from its Beaux-Arts style neighbors. Constructed in 1931, The Century is one the building be a must-see when it comes to New York’s architecture, and you can even see it over the trees from inside Central Park.
The U.N. Headquarters Building
The headquarters of the United Nations represented the hopes for postwar peace when it opened in 1952, and represents the very first example of International Style architecture in Gotham. Though it comprises a complex of three individual buildings, its most iconic element is the 39-story tower that houses the offices of the U.N. Secretariat.
General Electric Building
Completed in 1931 just after the openings of the Chrysler and Empire State Buildings, this amazing building has long stood in the shadow of its midtown cousins. Located on the corner of Lexington Avenue, this architecture’s icon was originally constructed as the headquarters for the RCA Victor Corporation, which manufactured record players and radios at a time when such consumer items were the latest in cutting-edge technology.
Since its opening, MoMA has regularly expanded its building with additions designed by different world-class architects. Taken together, the building represents a veritable master class in cutting-edge architecture. In 2001, MoMA shut down for three years to accommodate a top to bottom reconstruction planned by Yoshio Taniguchi, and its latest extension opened in 2017 with a section designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro.
The Flatiron Building is a delightful symbol of architecture. At 285 feet (87 meters) tall, the Flatiron is overshadowed by many Manhattan buildings. But its unusual triangle shape makes it a standout. It was one of the first steel skeleton structures in the city.
The Guggenheim Museum in New York City was one of the visionary works of architect Frank Lloyd Wright, who died six months before the building opened. This is the perfect place to display contemporary, avant-garde art pieces!
Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine
And to finish up, I Lobo You choose the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, to show how New York City’s architecture is so much more than imposing skyscrapers. This is one of the five largest church buildings in the world; hovering majestically over the pulpit, the dazzling rose window alone contains over 10,000 pieces of stained glass.