Must-See NYC Buildings

New York City offers plenty of must-see stops for architecture fans. From its iconic art deco style skyscrapers to the famous brownstones, the streets of NYC are filled with impressive buildings and unique architecture sites. For the 4th annual Archtober, New York City’s Architecture and Design Month, here are the top 5 must-see buildings in New York:

Chrysler Building

The Chrysler Building on Lexington Avenue and 42 Street is almost as iconic as the Empire State Building. Built in the 1920s as one of the first skyscrapers in New York City, the 1,046 feet and 77-floors tall art-deco building was once considered unpractical and distasteful due to its diamond-like crown decorations, but now is regarded as the one of most beautiful buildings in NYC.

The Grand Central Station

Grand Central Terminal

The Grand Central Terminal, probably the biggest and most famous train station in the world, is a splendid beux-art monument, decorated with neo-classic arcs, reliefs and sculptures. Originally built in the late 19th century and was restored in the latest 20th century, the Grand Central is filled with hidden spots and details, as well as several places for dining.

Rose Center for Earth and Space

The Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History is located inside a huge shining glass ball, which seems to float inside a giant glass cube structure that serves as a futuristic exhibition space.

Hearst Tower

The 42-floors Hearst Tower in Midtown Manhattan is the world headquarters of the Hearst Corporation, the publisher of Cosmopolitan, Esquire, Seventeen and other magazines, is the first green skyscraper in NYC. Originally built in the 1920s on top of a six-story cast-stone building, the Hearst Tower is famous for the glass triangular-patterned façade.

Guggenheim museum NYC

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Guggenheim Museum

The unique spiral building, designed by the renowned American architect Frank Lloyd Wright in the 1959, often attracts more visitors than the museum exhibitions. The museum interior looks like an inside of a shell, and the best way to explore its collections, which include works by Kandinsky, Picasso, Van Gogh and others, is to go down from the upper floor through the winding spiral walls.


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