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New York City

Home to one of the most iconic skylines in the world, New York City can trace its roots back to 1624, when Dutch colonists founded a trading post called New Amsterdam.

New York City’s architecture mixes traditional structures with modern designs, but the skyline is most famous for its skyscrapers.  With over 56 million visitors in 2014, it is often claimed that New York City is the most photographed city in the world.

The Buildings

One World Trade Center

As the main building of the World Trade Center complex, the One World Trade Center tower stands as both a shining beacon for the downtown business district and a bold addition to the New York skyline.

Designed by architect David M. Childs from the New York office of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, the 1,776 ft. (541 m) tower was completed in May 2013, when the final section of the 408 ft. (124 m) spire was installed.

The Statue of Liberty

Designed by the French sculptor Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi and given as a gift to the United States from the people of France, the 151 ft. (46 m) tall copper statue represents the Roman goddess Libertas. In one hand she raises a torch, in the other she holds a tablet inscribed with the date of the American Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776.

Flatiron Building

Sitting on the intersection where Fifth Avenue and Broadway cross, the Flatiron’s famous form was dictated by the shape of the plot of leftover land that lay undeveloped as the city raced northward during the second half of the 19th century. Completed in 1902, the building’s radical design created a great deal of debate.

Chrysler Building

At 1,046 ft. (319 m), the Chrysler Building was the world’s tallest building for 11 months before being surpassed by the Empire State Building in 1931. It remains the tallest steel-supported brick building in the world and is seen as an outstanding example of classic Art Deco architecture.

Empire State Building

Located in Midtown Manhattan, the 1,454 ft. (443 m) tall skyscraper was the world’s tallest building when it was completed in April 1931. The Art Deco-style structure was designed by Brooklyn-born architect William F. Lamb and took only 410 days to construct.