New York City has perhaps the most iconic skylines of any major city. Some of the most important buildings in the world can be found here and showcase the work of some of the very best architects and designers in the world. Let’s take a look at 10 of the most beautiful skyscrapers in all of Manhattan.
Designed in 1958 by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, the Seagram Building is often thought of as one of the buildings that changed New York. Done in International Style, the building has been featured in many pop culture classics, such as Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Rosemary’s Baby.
Nicknamed “The Billionaire Building,” One57 is a 75-story skyscraper located on Central Park. It is a residential building with super expensive condos and offers the longest South-to-North views of Central Park in the city.
Built in 1977, Citigroup Center stands 59 stories tall and is located at 53rd Street between Lexington and Third Avenues. The aluminum and reflective glass facade make it one of the most striking buildings in the city.
Donald Trump built Trump Tower on 5th Avenue in 1983. Trump collaborated with architect Der Scutt to build the skyscraper and the building is mired in a rather murky history including lawsuits against Trump for unpaid laborers, destruction of historical sculptures that existed on the site and questionably obtained tax emption. Donald Trump occupies a three-level penthouse on the top floors.
One World Trade Center
Originally called the Freedom Tower, this stunning landmark stands 1,776 feet tall in an homage to the Declaration of Independence written in 1776. It’s the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere and the very top is open as a tourist attraction for everyone to visit. At the base of it are two memorial pools dedicated to the spaces where the Twin Towers used to stand.
Gehry New York
Constructed in 2011, this is architect Frank Gehry’s first skyscraper. It is the tallest residential building in North America and adds the unique look of wrinkled stainless-steel to the skyline. It’s the 31st tallest building in the world at 76 stories.
The MetLife Tower is another of New York’s oldest skyscrapers. Constructed in 1909, it has 50 floors and was inspired by the Campanile in Venice, Italy. The design is unusual as it features clocks on all four sides of the tower. It’s also lit up at night in a variety of colors that mark important events and holidays.
The Woolworth Building was constructed in 1913 and has been featured in dozens of movies and TV shows. It was designed by Cass Gilbert in neo-Gothic style and hearkens back to the beauty of Old New York. It was sold by Woolworth in 1998 and now serves mostly as very expensive housing for private tenants.
Many consider the Chrysler Building to be New York’s crowning glory. An Art Deco beauty of 77 floors, it has a magnificent spire that cuts into the sky. It’s worth visiting to see the lobby, which has a beautiful mural on the ceiling.
Although it only stands 21 floors high, the Flatiron building is a sight to behold. The triangular shaped building sits at the intersection of 5th Avenue, Broadway and 22nd Streets. It was constructed in 1902 and got it’s name because it actually looks like a flat cast-iron clothing iron.
Empire State Building
No list of skyscrapers is complete without mentioning the Empire State Building, the gorgeous Art-Deco tower that is often considered one of the engineering wonders of the world. It stands 103 stories tall and is the 22nd tallest building in the world. No trip to New York is complete without getting a glimpse of this beauty – which should be easy as it is hard to miss!
432 Park Avenue
This skyscraper by Rafael Vinoly is one of the city’s tallest residential buildings. The design is very minimalist – a concrete facade with oversized square windows. It’s not cheap to live here, that’s for sure, but the views probably make it worthwhile.
Be sure not to miss any of these iconic New York Skyscrapers next time you’re in town!