New York is THE city of skyscrapers. There are almost 6,500 buildings and it's not about to stop. If buildings "grow" in height, this phenomenon is due to the cost of land and its scarcity. New York (Manhattan) can in fact only develop vertically. Along with Chicago, New York and more precisely the borough of Manhattan is the cradle of the first American skyscrapers. The city went through a phase of intense construction at the beginning of the 20th century, which ended in the 1930s. Nowadays, New York City is the scene of a new wave of construction. The current trend is towards the diversity of forms and the break with the parallelepipedism of constructions of international style.
The 10 tallest buildings in New York
Here is the ranking of the 10 (11) tallest buildings in New York.
1. One World Trade Center
One World Trade Center is now New York's tallest skyscraper. The tower rises to 541 meters. Inaugurated in 2014, the One World Tour succeeds the twin towers of the World Trade Center, destroyed during the attacks of September 11, 2001.
Note that it is possible to climb to the top of One World Trade Center. The One World Observatory, awaits you from the 100th to 102nd floors. You can then admire all of New York at 382 meters high!
2. Central Park Tower
The Central Park Tower is located in the Midtown district, a stone's throw from Central Park. But the tower is already entering the standings as it reached its final height in August 2019.
The building will be inaugurated in 2021. Unfortunately, you will not be able to visit it: the Central Park Tower will only house luxury apartments with breathtaking views of the city.
3. Empire State Building
It is undoubtedly the most emblematic building inNew York. The Empire State Building takes the 3rd place of the tallest skyscrapers in New York. However, admiring the New York skyline, you will get the impression that the Empire State Building is much smaller than the new buildings in Midtown. This is no illusion: 443 meters are measured at the top of the antenna. However, the height of the roof of the Empire State Building is only 381 meters.
The Empire State Building is home to one of New York's most visited observatories, on the 86th floor. However, it is better to go to the top of the Top of the Rock, so you can see all of the New York towers, including the Empire State Building.
4. 111 West 57th Street
The 111 West 57th Street Tower is simply named after its address in Midtown. The 11 West 57th Street tower has a special feature, however, since there is no such narrow and tall tower in the world! This building is made up of 46 luxury apartments. The prices are staggering: from $ 18 million to $ 57 million for the top floor.
5. One Vanderbilt
The One Vanderbilt tower is the latest tower: it was completed in 2020! It rises right next to Grand Central Terminal station on 42nd Street. A hell of a contrast in style! The building stands out as the tallest office building in the Midtown district, 16 feet shorter than the Empire State Building.
The One Vanderbilt was designed by New York-based architectural firm Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates. The skyscraper houses 58 floors of offices, including several floors dedicated to the Canadian bank TD Bank.
The tower also houses an observatory, which will open in fall 2021.
6. 432 Park
Opened in 2015, this giant tower is the work of Uruguayan architect Rafael Viñoly. The tower is named after its address, a short walk from Central Park.
Like Central Park Tower and 111 West 57th Street, 432 Park Tower is a residential building. You can't get in unless you buy an apartment.
8. 3 World Trade Center
The 8th position in this ranking is occupied by another tower of the new World Trade Center complex, tower n ° 3. The building was designed by the famous British architect Richard Rogers, who notably created the Lloyd’s building in the City of London.
Small detail: the roof of the tower rises to nearly 329 meters and it is therefore the antennas that allow it to rise to 383 meters high. You will have a bird's eye view of 3 WTC from the One World Observatory.
9. Bank of America Tower
The Bank of America Tower does not go unnoticed from the Top of the Rock Observatory: it is the one that overlooks Times Square. The skyscraper rises at the northwest corner of Bryant Park.
As the name suggests, the building is owned by the American bank Bank of America. Impossible to visit it, unless you are a very, very good customer of the bank!
Tower 53W53 also takes its address as its name: the building is actually located at 53 West 53rd Street, in the heart of Midtown. The skyscraper is in fact directly attached to the Museum of Modern Art, the MoMA.
The building was designed by the famous French architect Jean Nouvel, author of the Quai Branly museum and the Arab World Institute in Paris, and the Tour Agbar tower in Barcelona. The tower houses 139 luxury apartments, at prices just as dizzying as the tower!
11. Chrysler Building
The 11th place goes to our favorite lap, which keeps going down in the rankings of the highest towers. You probably know her because her appearance is iconic in the New York landscape. You will understand, we are referring to the Chrysler Building.
Even if it is largely overtaken by the new towers, this skyscraper will still be one of the most beautiful in New York, with an unmistakable Art Deco architecture. At night this tower gives off something special, it alone represents New York.
You will understand that during your next stay in New York you will undoubtedly have your head in the clouds.
VISION Destinations | April 21
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