New York is the world\’s ultimate skyscraper city. Already at the end of the 19th century, the limited space on Manhattan caused developers to build ever taller towers. During the course of the 20th century, no less than 8 different skyscrapers in New York held the title of the world\’s tallest building. Such a long domination resulted in large number of truly historical buildings, with a great variety in architectural styles.
Below you find a small selection of the city\’s most interesting skyscrapers; for a more exhaustive list, have a look at the New York City Buildings page.
40 Wall Street
40 Wall Street Fact Sheet
Built in 1929 as the headquarters of the Bank of Manhattan, this was intended to be the world\’s tallest building. The Chrysler Building however, which was being built at around the same time, eventually became taller than originally announced, taking the title of world\’s tallest instead.
70 Pine Street
70 Pine Street Fact Sheet
Lower Manhattan\’s tallest building – an elegant 67 story art deco structure – was completed just before the Great Depression, at the height of New York\’s skyscraper- building frenzy.
American Radiator Building
American Radiator Building Fact Sheet
This conspicuous black building with a gilded crown is one of Raymond Hood\’s New York masterpieces. The 22 story building, located at Bryant Park, was built in 1924 as an office tower for the American Radiator Company. In 2001 it reopened as the Bryant Park Hotel.
Chanin Building Fact Sheet
The construction of the Grand Central Terminal created a boost of economic activity in the area, fertile ground for tall skyscrapers. The first of several iconic skyscrapers built around the station was the 1929 Chanin Building, named after its developer Irwin S. Chanin.
Chrysler Building Fact Sheet
The Chrysler Building\’s elegant spire – modeled after a radiator grille – not only made the building taller than its competitor (the Bank of Manhattan Building) in the race for the world\’s tallest building, but it also made the Chrysler Building New York\’s most beloved skyscraper.
Citigroup Center Fact Sheet
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