Manhattan Buildings & Towers
First opened in 1915 and standing 40 stories tall, the Manhattan Municipal Building is a civic hub for a variety of administrative offices and employees. It also bears the notable distinction of hosting over 28,000 civil marriage ceremonies each year. In 1966, it was designated a New York City landmark.
Located at 5th Avenue & 34th Street in New York, the Empire State building, which has appeared in more than 90 films stands as one of the most famous landmarks of New York and possibly the world. With a height of 1454 feet the ESB was considered the world's tallest skyscraper for more than 40 years. The Empire State building was constructed during the Depression era and built in just over one year and was completed in 1931. With 103 floors and 73 elevators, it is possible to be whisked from the three story high Art Deco lobby to the 80th floor in 45 seconds. There is one observation tower at the 86th floor offering spectacular views of New York.
The building was designed by Mr. William van Alen for William H. Reynolds. The owner of Chrysler Motors, Walter P. Chrysler, purchased the design plans. The large building stands 1,050 feet and was built during the depression in 1931. Yearly, over three and half million people visit the building's Observatory. New York City is recognized for the Chrysler Building.
The first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified building to be erected in New York City, the Hearst Tower is the brain child of world famous architect Norman Foster. Its distinct design with diagonal grids cuts an impressive figure in Manhattan's eclectic skyline. Inside, a three story waterfall cools and humidifies the lobby, crowned by a massive painting from artist Richard Long.
The famous half curved building of the United Nations is well known throughout the world. Located on an 18 acre compound,the building houses the world headquarters of the United Nations. The entire complex constitutes an international zone owed by member states. Visitors may take guided tours, offered on a daily basis, of the United Nations
One Bryant Park (Bank of America)
Designed by Cook & Fox architects, One Bryant Park is slated for completion in 2009 and will be the newest addition to the famed Manhattan skyline. Occupying 2 acres (0.8 h)of prime real estate, the building was designed to reflect the natural beauty of nearby Bryant Park. The cost to erect this hyper modern structure in Midtown exceeded $1 billion.
Built in 1902, the 285-ft Flatiron Building is considered the oldest original skyscraper in New York. It is best known for its unusual triangular shape being built on an island block. It was designated a New York City landmark in 1966.
Downtown Athletic Club Building
Designed and constructed in the late 1920s, the Downtown Athletic Club is a landmark from the Jazz Age. The Art Deco style of this building is reflected its arches and tiles, and the dedication of each floor to a different use.
The Dakota Building is a historic building built in 1884 that is known infamously as the site of John Lennon's murder on December 8, 1980. A co-op apartment building, it features attractive gables and balconies in a North German Renaissance style. Along with Yoko Ono and John Lennon, other notable past residents include Roberta Flack, Rosemary Clooney, Judy Garland, Joe Namath, Gilda Radner, Rex Reed, Connie Chung and Maury Povich.