NYC is home to some of the world’s most important and famous buildings. They make the city’s skyline iconic, beautiful and give it an altogether unique identity. These buildings are not only a feat of engineering but also a pinnacle of architectural beauty. Each of the five boroughs of the city have their share of towering monuments that catch the attention of tourists from all parts of the globe. A trip to NYC is incomplete unless you visit these famous buildings to enjoy their beauty and become familiar with their importance in truest sense. So, plan your itinerary accordingly and make sure these buildings are included in the list of things to see.
Here are some of New York City’s most iconic buildings:
Empire State Building
When completed in 1931, the Empire State Building was the tallest skyscraper in the world. It remained so for the next 40 years until the original World Trade Center (1970) came up. Today, it may not be among the tallest or most innovative buildings in the city, but it continues to be one of the most iconic skyscrapers. It gives the city’s skyline a unique identity and resides at the top of the list of attractions to see for those coming for New York City tours.
Without a doubt, the Chrysler Building is one of the loveliest of all tall towers that dot the skyline of NYC. It may not be as iconic as the Empire State Building, but its stunning Art Deco architecture puts it on an altogether different pedestal. From its stylish terraced crown, to its grand eagles and the radiator caps, these all give it a matchless design and make it an architectural jewel.
Grand Central Terminal
Grand Central Terminal is all about a striking fusion of art, architecture and history. A home to 44 train platforms, it is the largest train station in the world and has some of the most beautiful Beaux-Arts architecture in NYC. The terminal has many hidden treasures and the main concourse stands out for its artwork and matchless beauty.
Statue of Liberty
The 151-foot-tall Statue of Liberty is simply the most famous monument in NYC. France’s gift to America, it is perhaps the most recognizable New York structure in the city. The statue is a symbol of American freedom, and holds a special place in the hearts of people here. Opened to the public in 1886, this gigantic neoclassical copper-built sculpture on Liberty Island in New York Harbor is easily among one of the most visited places.
St. Patrick’s Cathedral
St. Patrick’s Cathedral holds a place of it’s own amid Midtown’s towering skyscrapers. A neo-Gothic marvel, the cathedral is perhaps the most famous house of worship in the city. Visitors to this iconic structure gaze up at marble-clad spires and stained glass windows, and savor its architectural merits. Other major things of note here include its massive bronze doors, striking ceilings and a big main organ.
New York Public Library
Opened in 1911, it’s the second largest public library in the US and the fourth largest in the world. For years, it was the largest marble structure in the country and even today is home to some 53 million items! The Beaux Arts building has 51-foot high ceilings with elaborate sculpted moldings and painted clouds.