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Famous Buildings and Structures

Famous Buildings and Structures
Famous Buildings and Structures

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You've seen the iconic skyline, but that doesn't mean you've braced yourself on the pavement and stared up at the wonder of the world's tallest buildings. Or maybe it's that classic Beaux-Arts style of old New York that you crave. Whether you're wandering Wall Street or admiring the old brownstones of Brooklyn, there's no better place to experience how the past and the present unite.

New York City | Famous Buildings and Structures

Belvedere Castle
  • Belvedere Castle
  • First, you see fragments of the carved grey tower reaching through the lush park toward the sun-filled sky. The roads wind in and out of shading trees, making it appear as though the path ceases to continue around the next bend.
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Brooklyn Bridge
  • Brooklyn Bridge
  • Sauntering along in the middle of New York City traffic is usually not a good idea… unless you're crossing the Brooklyn Bridge.
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Chrysler Building
  • Chrysler Building
  • On the corner of 42nd Street and Lexington Avenue, the Chrysler Building stands at 1,047 feet tall. Adorned with a silver crown, Chrysler eagles and Chrysler radiator caps, the Chrysler Building is...
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Conde Nast Building
  • Conde Nast Building
  • Manhattan's Conde Nast Building, also known as 4 Times Square, is one of the tallest buildings in New York City, reaching an impressive 48 stories. Part of a large project to redevelop 42nd Street in the center of Manhattan, its construction was finished in 1999.
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Dakota Apartments
  • Dakota Apartments
  • Just a step away from Central Park stands one of the most highly-coveted addresses in Manhattan – the Dakota Apartments.
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Empire State Building
  • Empire State Building
  • If you've ever been to New York City, you've caught a glimpse of it. If you've been to New Jersey or Connecticut, you may have even seen it. Standing at 1,454 feet, the Empire State Building has been a highlight of the NYC skyline — and a major tourist attraction — since 1931.
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Flatiron Building
  • Flatiron Building
  • Perhaps you've seen it in the opening credits to The Late Show with David Letterman. You might recognize it as the Daily Bugle headquarters in the Spider-Man films or as "The Triangle Building" in Grand Theft Auto IV.
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Gracie Mansion
  • Gracie Mansion
  • Standing prominently on the East River, Gracie Mansion demonstrates the hardy American elegance of federal-style architecture and decor. Built in 1799 by wealthy shipping merchant Archibald Gracie, this historic gem is one of Manhattan's oldest wooden structures.
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Grand Central Station
  • Grand Central Station
  • Tour the original artwork and sculpture. Examine the lofty Beaux Arts architecture and design. Dine at one of the 25 fine restaurants and casual eateries and browse the 50 specialty shops. But don't forget to catch your train.
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New York City Hall
  • New York City Hall
  • Third time is a charm when it comes to New York's City Hall. The first structure was built by the Dutch and erected on Pearl Street. The city later upgraded to a new and improved municipal palace, built in 1700.
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New York Public Library
  • New York Public Library
  • A search for the New York Public Library reveals four research libraries and 87 branches in Manhattan, the Bronx, and Staten Island. During a short trip to the city, one could never explore the entire system, serving 15 million annually and expanding by 10,000 items weekly.
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NYSE
  • NYSE
  • In addition to housing the largest stock exchange in the world by dollar value ($10.1 trillion), the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) building stands as a grand and impressive work of neoclassical architecture on Wall Street in lower Manhattan.
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Pepsi Cola Sign
  • Pepsi Cola Sign
  • Seventy-two years old and 120 feet long, Queen's Pepsi Cola sign has long been a key landmark. The sign, designed by the Artkraft Strauss Bottling Company, had been displayed over the Hunter's Point Bottling plant until 1999, when the plant closed.
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Rockefeller Center
  • Rockefeller Center
  • Among New York City's many treasures is Rockefeller Center, a monument to modern architectural finesse melded with the American spirit of capitalism.
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Statue of Liberty
  • Statue of Liberty
  • Peering majestically from the shores of Liberty Island, the Statue of Liberty has stood as a symbol of America through turmoil and triumph and has proudly greeted new arrivals for more than 120 years.
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The Plaza Hotel
  • The Plaza Hotel
  • The only New York City hotel to double as a National Historic Landmark, The Plaza sits at the crux of buzzing Central Park and fashion capital, 5th Avenue.
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The Unisphere
  • The Unisphere
  • Designed as the centerpiece for the 1964-65 New York World's Fair, the Unisphere is a 12-story high, spherical metal representation of Earth, which to this day is still the world's largest globe.
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Trump Tower
  • Trump Tower
  • It's tough to trump 58 stories of office, residential, and retail space in midtown Manhattan. Deck the interior with marble, brass, and mirrors galore and cover the building in gleaming tinted glass, and you've got yourself a moneymaking giant.
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UN Headquarters
  • UN Headquarters
  • Once you step onto the United Nations Headquarters site in Midtown East you're not in the United States anymore. This is an international zone belonging to the UN's 192 Member States that supplies its own security force, fire department, postal administration, and flag.
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Waldorf Astoria
  • Waldorf Astoria
  • With 24-hour room service, four European and American restaurants, three opulent lounges, and the pristine Guerlain Spa all wrapped up in one elegant Art Deco building, it's no wonder the...
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Woolworth Building
  • Woolworth Building
  • This 57-story neo-Gothic building, commissioned by Frank Woolworth in 1910, still stands as one of the 20 tallest skyscrapers in Manhattan.
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World Financial Center
  • World Financial Center
  • Located on the Hudson River across from the former site of the World Trade Center, the World Financial Center today is a face of the Manhattan skyline.
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