The term skyscraper is a word was coined in the 1890s to describe an iron frame building whose masonry was like a curtain. Although the first skyscraper was built in Chicago, New York City is where skyscrapers became a fabric of the city. The following are some of NYC’s best top skyscrapers.
| Chrysler Building |
The Chrysler Building is an Art Deco skyscraper the late 1920s by William Van Alen and finished in 1930. This 71-story building is one of New York's most impressive landmarks. The Chrysler Building was constructed between 1928 and 1930 in the Art Deco style, and for the first few months of its existence was the tallest building in the world (before being overtaken by the Empire State Building).
| Empire State Building |
New York City’s Empire State Building is one of the most recognizable buildings in the world. This famous New York City Landmark is also recognized as a National Historic Landmark. The Empire State Building held the title of the World’s tallest building until 1972, when it was overtaken by the World Trade Towers. The construction of the Empire State Building was part of a competition for the world’s tallest building along with the Chrysler building.
| Top of the Rock Observation Deck at Rockefeller Center |
The Top of the Rock Observation Deck is a multi-level observation deck located in the Rockefeller Center that provides breathtaking views of New York City. This observation deck is a must-see attraction due to the spectacular views of New York City that it provides. On one side you have an amazing view of Central Park. On the other side you have an amazing view of the Empire State Building with lower Manhattan behind it.
| World Trade Center & Ground Zero |
The twin towers of the World Trade Center were more than just buildings. They were the embodiment of New York City. Built at a time when New York's future seemed uncertain, the towers restored confidence and helped bring a halt to the decline of lower Manhattan. Brash, glitzy, and grand, they quickly became symbols of New York.