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10 Tallest Buildings in New York

The ten tallest buildings or skyscrapers in New York City.

These are currently the ten tallest buildings in New York. Until they were destroyed in 2001 the World Trade Center Buildings were the tallest buildings in New York at 1,368 feet and 1,362 feet. When completed, the new Freedom Tower, also called One World Trade Center, on the same site as the World Trade Center Buildings will top out at 1,776 feet including its 408 foot high spire.

All of these landmark buildings in New York City are well recognized and some of them are great tourist attractions in New York. Most are near the first class hotels and restaurants located in the city.

On April 30, 2012, the One World Trade Center building surpassed the height of the Empire State Building. When One World Trade Center is completed I will place it at the top of this list of tallest buildings in New York.

1) Empire State Building - 1,250 feet

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At 1,250 feet the Empire State Building is the tallest building in New York, 3rd tallest building in the United States and 15th tallest building in the world. When it was completed in 1931 the 102 story Empire State Building was the tallest building in the world and held that title for 41 years until the World Trade Center buildings were completed in 1972. The Empire State Building is one of the best tourist attractions in New York City complete with two observation decks that have been visited by well over 100 million tourists. Plenty of first class restaurants and hotels are near this landmark building located at 350 Fifth Avenue in Manhattan.

2) Bank of America Tower - 1,200 feet

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The Bank of America Tower is located on Sixth Ave between 42nd and 43rd streets in Midtown Manhattan and is the 4th tallest building in the United States and 18th tallest in the world. Built from 2004-2009 the 54 floor Bank of America Tower cost $1 billion dollars and is owned by Bank of America the largest bank in the United States.

3) Chrysler Building - 1,046 feet

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The Chrysler Building is located at 405 Lexington Ave in New York City and upon completion in 1930 it was the tallest building in the world until the Empire State Building was completed 11 months later. The Chrysler Building has 77 floors and today is the 33rd tallest building in the world and is still a landmark and very recognizable site in New York located near the city's finest hotels, restaurants and parks.

3) New York Times Building - 1,046 feet

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The New York Times Building is located at 620 8th Avenue and is tied with the Chrysler building as the 33rd tallest building in the world. Completed in 2007 the 55 story Times Building houses the New York Times Company as well as many other commercial and retail tenants and the first floor is an events center available for parties and banquets.

5) American International Building - 952 feet

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The American International Building is located at 70 Pine Street in Lower Manhattan and is the tallest building in Lower Manhattan as well as the 44th tallest building in the world. The American International Building has 66 floors and was built from 1930-1932 and is owned by AIG so technically the building today is effectively owned by the American taxpayers since the government owns most of AIG after bailing them out during the latest credit crisis.

6) 40 Wall Street - 927 feet

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40 Wall Street also known as the Trump Building holds the distinction of having been the tallest building in the world for two months after it was finished in 1930 before the Chrysler Building surpassed it in June of 1930. Donald Trump bought 40 Wall Street in 1995 and still owns the 70 story building today.

7) Citigroup Center - 915 feet

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Citigroup Center is located at 153 East 53rd Street in Midtown Manhattan and was built from 1974-1977 for the old Citibank. Citigroup Center has 59 floors and great views of nearby Central Park and is close to many world class hotels and restaurants.

8) New York by Gehry or Beekman Tower - 867 feet

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Located at 8 Spruce Street in Downtown Manhattan just south of City Hall is the 867 foot high, 76 story New York by Gehry residentail apartment building. The building is also sometimes called the Beekman Tower, and is also referred to by its address, 8 Spruce Street. Completed in 2010 and opened in 2011, New York by Gehry was designed by architect Frank Gehry. The unique looking apartment building also contains a public school and a hospital.

9) Trump World Tower - 861 feet

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Trump World Tower is located 845 United Nations Plaza in New York City. Built in 2001 the 72 story Trump World Tower is owned by Donald Trump and is one of the tallest all residential skyscrapers in the world and the tallest of the Trump residential towers.

10) GE Building - 850 feet

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The GE Building is located at 30 Rockefeller Plaza and used to be called the RCA Building. Completed in 1933 the 70 story GE Building is the centerpiece of Rockefeller Center which houses a number of TV shows including the Today Show, NBC Nightly News and Saturday Night Live and is a big tourist attraction in New York City.

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Comments (5)

Ahh now I know what that building is called. I have always liked the look of the Chrysler Building, but never knew what it was called, cheers Joe.

Another great thing to learn about new york. Thanks for your contribution here too.

Interesting, thanks.

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Michael H. Collins

Well-written and beautifully illustrated, this article adds to the buzz I always get when I go to New York. I'll be looking out for the buildings I know less well on my next trip.