The Most Iconic Buildings in NYC

The Most Iconic Buildings in NYC

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The New York City skyline is the eighth wonder of the world. Plan a walking tour to visit these architecturally stunning buildings - you won't regret it.

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    Certainly the most beautiful cathedral in NYC, and perhaps one of the most beautiful in the world.  You'll want to spend as much time looking at the exterior as the interior.
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    This is perhaps the most famous building in the world.  It takes up a full city block and there are always lines around the block to get it.  Take the elevator to the observation deck and enjoy the views.
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    The pinnacle of the building is what makes this building special. When finished in 1930, it held the status of world's tallest building for a mere 346 days before the Empire State Building took eclipsed it.
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    Unlike most architectural gems where you'll stand awe-struck looking at the exterior, Grand Central is one of those gems where the magic happens inside. As you walk into the main room, look up at the starry ceiling, and make sure to go downstairs to check out the echo chamber.
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    Few hotels in the world are lucky enough to be housed in an architectural beauty, but the Nomad is one of them.  The inside is as beautiful as the exterior.
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    This building dates back to before the Revolutionary War.  George Washington stayed here not once, but twice.
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    The first tower to be built in NYC after 9/11, this building is also the first "green" high rise office building in the city.  When you walk by, make sure to go inside and check out the enormous waterfall in the lobby atrium.
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    Located at 30 Rockefeller Plaza, this art deco masterpiece is long, slender and elegant.  It plays hosted to the HQ of NBC and a wonderful Christmas Tree and ice skating rink out front.
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    When built in 1913, the Woolworth building with the tallest building in the world.  Now it's among the tallest 20 in NYC.
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    A beautiful former courthouse built as a Romanesque Revival building with Victorian flourishes.  The four clocks are one of it's signature characteristics.
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    This normal looking skyscraper happens to be the 15th tallest building in NYC. But what makes this building remarkable is the courtyard, encircled by a beautiful curving glass structure.
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    Built in 1902, this triangular building is one of NY's most compelling buildings. The design so defied common architectural practices that it was commonly believed it would collapse as soon as it was faced with a strong wind.  Yet it's still standing and even starred in the Spider Man movies.
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