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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    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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