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11 Tallest Buildings in New York

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On top of some of the most recognizable landmarks in the world, from the Statue of Liberty and Brooklyn Bridge to Central Park and Times Square, New York City’s skyline has been an iconic symbol of American ingenuity and power for over a century. The first skyscrapers were not meant to be monuments or symbols of wealth and power; they were simply tools to provide more space by putting people above the noise and traffic on the city’s streets below.

Roadway team in New York
The Roadway team in a New York building with 30 Hudson Yards in the distance

Today we enjoy the beautiful views from these buildings, so let’s take a look at the 11 tallest ones in NYC:

1. One World Trade Center

One World Trade Center is the tallest building in New York City and the sixth-tallest building in America. It is also the third-tallest free-standing structure in the Eastern Hemisphere, after the Burj Khalifa in Dubai and Shanghai World Financial Center in China. With its height of 1,776 feet (548 meters), the new WTC has surpassed the Empire State Building as the tallest building in New York and New England.

One World Trade Center
New York City Manhattan skyline with One World Trade Center Tower (AKA Freedom Tower) over Hudson River viewed from New Jersey

2. Central Park Tower

Central Park Tower is the second-tallest building in New York City and the seventh-tallest building in America. With 1,550 feet (472 meters), it will be home to some of the most exclusive apartments in Manhattan, each with spectacular views of Central Park and Midtown. The building will have a total of 100 units, with each unit averaging around 1,500 square feet. Prices for the apartments are expected to start at around $5 million.

Central Park Tower
Panoramic aerial view of Manhattan and Central Park Tower in New York

3. 111 West 57th Street

111 West 57th Street is a supertall skyscraper being built in Midtown Manhattan. The new building, expected to be completed by early 2023, will be the third-tallest in New York City and the sixth-tallest in America. The building will be 1,428 feet or 435 meters tall and will have 102 stories. It will be located in Lower Manhattan, near the World Trade Center site.

111 West 57th Street
The supertall skyscraper 111 West 57th Street, designed by SHoP Architects, seen from East 58th Street.

4. One Vanderbilt

One Vanderbilt is a 1,401 ft supertall skyscraper in Midtown Manhattan. It stands 93 stories tall and was completed in 2020. It is the tallest skyscraper in Midtown Manhattan. It houses offices, retail space, and Observation Deck 360, a public observation deck on the top floor. It is currently the tallest skyscraper in Midtown Manhattan, located at the corner of 42nd Street and Vanderbilt Avenue in New York City’s Midtown Manhattan neighborhood.

One Vanderbilt
A New Skyscraper on 42nd Street is called One Vanderbilt

5. 432 Park Avenue

432 Park Avenue is a 426m supertall skyscraper completed in 2015 in Manhattan. The building houses luxury condominiums and penthouses. It also includes a private park and observation deck. It is currently the sixth-tallest building in New York City and the eighth-tallest in America. Situated between 56th and 57th Streets, the building houses 103 luxury condominium units. It was designed by Rafael Viñoly and developed by CIM Group and Harry Macklowe.

432 Park Avenue
Panoramic view of 432 Park Avenue Condominiums in New York

6. 30 Hudson Yards

30 Hudson Yards is a 387 m tall skyscraper constructed in Midtown Manhattan. It was completed on March 15, 2019. The building is situated near Hell’s Kitchen, Chelsea, and the Penn Station area. The Hudson Yards Redevelopment Project is an initiative to rejuvenate Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s West Side Yard. The project includes the construction of new office buildings, residential units, and retail space. The goal of the project is to create a vibrant, mixed-use neighborhood that will attract businesses and residents alike.

30 Hudson Yards
The Hudson Yards skyscrapers 30 and 10 with observation deck The Edge and other tall buildings

7. Empire State Building

The Empire State Building is a 1,250-foot (381 m) NYC icon. It has 102 stories, and was built in 1903. At 102 stories tall with observation decks at the 81st and 86th floors, it is one of the most famous buildings in the world. It has been named a National Historic Landmark and was designated a National Historic Site in 1977.

Empire State Building
Midtown Manhattan aerial view with Empire State Building.

8. Bank of America Tower

Bank of America Tower is a 1,200 ft (365 m) tall skyscraper located in New York City’s Midtown Manhattan district. The building is home to a variety of businesses, including Bank of America, Merrill Lynch, and Bryant Park Capital, and is a popular destination for tourists and locals alike. The tower also features a public observation deck on the 67th floor. The building was completed in 2009 and features a sleek, modern design. This is the eighth-tallest building in New York City and the tenth tallest building in America.

Bank of America Tower
Bank of America Tower in Midtown Manhattan seen from Bryant park in New York City

9. Brooklyn Tower

Brooklyn Tower is a 1,077-foot (329 m) supertall skyscraper that is under construction in Brooklyn, New York City. The Brooklyn Tower is a very tall mixed-use skyscraper, mostly residential, in the Downtown Brooklyn area of New York City. It is anticipated that the project will be completed by 2022 and that it will have 93 floors.

Brooklyn Tower
Brooklyn tower to the right of the One World Trade Center

10. 53 West 53

53 West 53 is a 977-foot (297 m) supertall skyscraper under construction in 53 West 53rd Street in New York City, next to the Museum of Modern Art. The building houses 73 residential units and features a public plaza with landscaping by James Corner Field Operations. Pontiac Land Group and Hines, both real estate companies, created it.

53 West 53
Detail view of the most expensive apartment penthouse in New York, at the top of 53 West 53 Street skyscraper residential building next to Central Park

11. Chrysler Building

The Chrysler Building is a 319 m tall Art Deco skyscraper in New York City. It was built in 1930 and was named after the automobile manufacturer Chrysler Corporation. The building is one of the most iconic and recognizable structures in New York City and is a popular tourist destination. Completed in 1930, the Chrysler Building was the world’s tallest building for a few months before the Empire State Building was built. It is an Art Deco masterpiece and one of New York City’s most recognizable landmarks.

Chrysler Building
The Chrysler Building is an Art Deco skyscraper and was the world’s tallest building for 11 months.

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