The most populous city in America, New York is home to thousands of high rises, with over 100 of them being taller than 600 feet. For those who want to enjoy unobstructed skyline views of the city, the tallest buildings of New York are the best places to visit.
One World Trade Center
Standing at an extraordinary 1776 feet, and consisting of 104 floors, One World Trade Center is not only the tallest in the country, but also in the Western Hemisphere, and is the 6th tallest in the world. At the top of the building is the One World Observatory, which is where you can go to check out the building’s spectacular panoramas, as well as learn more about the people that took part in building this famous structure. One of the highlights of a visit to the One World Observatory is the Sky Portal, which can be found in the Main Observatory. This 14 foot clear glass disc gives you the opportunity to peek directly down onto the streets of New York, from 100 storeys high.
Standing at 1046 feet, the Chrysler building had an 11 month stint in 1930 of being the tallest building in the world, before the Empire State Building took over. This iconic Art Deco building has been a significant part of the city’s skyline for many decades now, and its incredible architecture is one of its highlights. Unfortunately, the building’s observation deck has been closed to the public since 1945, and all of its 77 floors are only open to its business residents. However, the lobby, which is where you will find a whole range of inspiring Art Deco influences, is open to be toured on weekdays.
Empire State Building
Located in Midtown, the Empire State Building is the third tallest building of New York at 1454 feet tall, including its antenna. When the building was completed in 1972, it was the tallest in the world, but has been surpassed several times since then, and is now the 25th tallest building in the world. The Empire State Building has 2 observation decks, on the 86th and 102nd floor, both of which offer unobstructed 360 degree views of New York’s skyline. In addition to this, visitors will also be able to take a look at the building’s Sustainability Exhibit, which explains more about how the building is being renovated in a way that will drastically reduce its environmental footprint, something that is increasingly important in this day and age.
In addition to the three skyscrapers mentioned, there are a few other buildings that are amongst New York’s tallest, from the Bank of America Tower to the New York Times Building to 432 Park Avenue, but these are not open for public viewings. However, with everything from the One World Observatory to the Empire State Building to choose from, there are plenty of spots in New York where you can enjoy 360 degree views of one of the most famous skylines in the world.