If you are interested in spending a little leisure time in the gigantic metropolis that is New York City, there are many low-cost but high-experience-gaining things to do. No doubt, like so many other people with keen curiosities about great and unique sites, you will want to tour some of the biggest and most interesting skyscrapers in the world. According to the famous architect, Frank Lloyd Wright, when asked what he thought of New York: “The buildings are shimmering verticality, a gossamer veil, a festive scene-prop hanging there against the black sky to dazzle, entertain, amaze.”
The main buildings to take in on your first or second visit to The Big Apple are the following:
Empire State Building (ESRT)
One World Trade Center
Gehry New York
The Flatiron Building
New York Life Building
Empire State Building
Long the tallest building in early 20th Century New York City, the observatory decks of the Empire State Building opened in 1931 on the 86th and 102nd floors. The famous writer, F. Scott Fitzgerald took in the view for seventy miles around the city. He was disappointed with how small the city actually seemed from such a height.
The Chrysler skyscraper had an observation deck on the 71st floor when it first opened, way back in 1930. It has long since been closed and is now used as private office space. However, the lobby of this great old building is worth a trip by itself. The Art Deco design and adornment are sensational and historic. View the remnants of the Jazz Age first hand. The ceiling mural and ornate fixtures and elevators are notes from a bygone era in elegance.
John D. Rockefeller constructed the huge Rockefeller Center, now known as ’30 Rock’ during the Great Depression of the 1930s. It was the biggest project of its type in history. It took many years and 40,000 workers to complete it in 1939. With over 8 million square feet of floor space, it sits on 22 acres in the heart of New York City’s Manhattan Island. It is most popular to visit during Christmas time, in December each year. The giant Christmas Tree is decorated in front of the building.