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Historic Buildings

Historic Buildings
Historic Buildings

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In this fabled city, the urban landscape is as storied as the city itself. Whether cultural mecca or architectural marvel, many of its hotels, cathedrals, public works and other structures offer a glimpse into the past while illuminating the present.

New York City | Historic Buildings

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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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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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
  • 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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St. Patrick's Cathedral
  • St. Patrick's Cathedral
  • With spires rising 330 feet and its foundation dominating half a block, 130-year-old St. Patrick's Cathedral rivals its midtown Manhattan neighbors in both dimension and beauty.
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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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Trinity Church
  • Trinity Church
  • Tucked among the daunting skyscrapers of New York's Financial District, Trinity Church beckons passersby with its 23-bell tower, high-reaching spire, and wide bronze-laden doors.
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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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