NYC is a famous city of diverse cultures and ethnicities. It’s a city like no other, where uniqueness is present at every corner. Its landscape is dotted with spectacular architectural styles and landmarked neighborhoods creating curiosity among tourists from across the world. From Art Deco buildings to Neo-gothic styles, to Roman designs, you will find shades of everything adding to the appeal of this vast cultural pot. From skyscrapers, historical buildings to cultural icons, architecture is present in different hues, and capture the imagination of people from all across the world.
Here’s a list of attractions or monuments not to miss during your NYC architecture tour –
The Empire State Building
Opened in 1931, the Empire State Building is a 102-story contemporary Art Deco style building, and is the pride of the NYC skyline. Built in just 14 months, it was the first skyscraper to go beyond the mark of 100-stories. Its observation decks are among the most visited in the world.
Opened in 1930, the building continues to be one of most striking symbols of the NYC skyline. On the east side of Manhattan, this 319 meter (1,048 ft) high building was first in the world to cross the coveted 1,000-foot mark. This Art-deco architecture should be at the top of your New York sightseeing list.
This 850-foot and 70-floor building is a fine example of Art Deco architecture and you should definitely visit it. A major charm of Rockefeller Center, this seventh-tallest building is also known as the RCA Building and 30 Rockefeller Plaza. From the day it opened, it has been among the most recognized buildings in the city.
Grand Central Terminal
Opened in 1913, Grand Central Terminal is a fine example of beaux-arts, and continues to be a major draw for visitors to NYC. Its grand design and magnificence in architecture puts this structure among the most visited in the city. The main concourse is elaborate, with vaulted ceilings showcasing constellations. You can see the lavish use of Italian marble and floors there and feel amazed at the design.
St Patrick’s Cathedral
Visit America’s largest Catholic cathedral and feel astounded by the zenith of architecture there. Gaze at the Gothic Revival splendor and feel every bit of the old-world charm at this fascinating structure. The two front spires you see today were not included in the original structure, and were later added in 1888. Inside the cathedral, two of the major things not to miss include the Louis Tiffany–designed altar and Charles Connick’s stunning Rose Window.
This building takes you back into time and showcases how American innovation excelled in the early part of 1900s. This 20-story building opened in 1920 and was an instant hit for its unique design consisting of a triangular footprint. It was a major draw back then, after all, experts had predicted it would not last beyond a few years.
An icon of NYC, The Brooklyn Bridge is a popular bridge that connects two of the major boroughs of the city – Manhattan and Brooklyn. This cable-stayed suspension bridge is also an architectural gem, and also holds the distinction of being the first steel-wire suspension bridge in the world.