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5 Iconic Skyscrapers to See NYC from Above

There is a lot to see and do in New York City, but one of the must-see’s is the skyline of the city from above. With so many skyscrapers, you have plenty of options to choose from to get different perspectives and appreciate the different architecture of the buildings as well.

New York Skyline

So for your next trip to the city, here are 5 iconic skyscrapers in NYC to check out and see the city from above:

The Empire State Building

The Empire State Building is one of the first buildings that many people think of when they imagine New York City. Built in 1931, it held the title of the tallest building for about 40 years surpassing even the Chrysler Building.

Fun fact: It only took 14 months to build the Empire State Building during the Great Depression!

The Chrysler Building

The Chrysler Building is one of the tallest buildings in New York City, and also around the world. It is another quintessentially NYC buildings that is loved by locals and visitors alike. Shortly after when the Chrysler building was built in 1930, it became one of the most characteristic buildings in NYC due to its Art Deco style. For incredible views over the city, head to the observation deck!

Fun fact: Walter Chrysler, who the skyscraper was named after, wanted to build the highest building and he did! But only for 11 months before it was surpassed by the Empire State Building.

One World Trade Center

The One World Trade Center, also known as The Freedom Tower, was built in 2013 at the site of the World Trade Center that was destroyed. From up high on the tower, you have incredible views of the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty, Manhattan and beyond. While it may not be the most beautiful or the highest, the significance of this building is felt by its visit and looking out over the city as you stand here reminds you of what the city has endured while also showing you the beauty and strength of NYC.

Central Park Tower

Central Park Tower is a residential skyscraper and the tallest one in the western hemisphere. With its incredible views and high design, luxury condos here go anywhere from 1.5 million dollars for a studio up.

Fun fact: the Central Park Tower is also known as the Nordstrom tower.

One Vanderbilt

The One Vanderbilt is a newer skyscraper, but is now NYC’s tallest office building at 67-floors high. It is located right by Grand Central Terminal and covers the span of an entire city block. It even offers an underground connection to the terminal. While this skyscraper may not have the history to it quite yet, One Vanderbilt is still worth seeing for its height and sheer size.

Making a list of only 5 skyscrapers to see in a city like NYC is a daunting task because there are so many other iconic buildings to see, but these 5 have a combination of historical significance, design elements worth seeing, or simply stunning views!

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