Steven W - New York City
I have loved New York City from when I was a little kid. I always look forward to going there. I love to see the buildings lit up at night, and when you're in New York, it's like nowhere else on earth. It's the greatest city in the world. The attacks of 9/11/01 have united New York more than ever, and I will miss the World Trade Center. They were one of my favorite landmarks. I created a site exclusively as a tribute to the World Trade Center with links to external sites containing 360 degree rotating panoramas from different areas around the World Trade Center before destruction. It's worth seeing. New York is home to many different ethnic groups, and its diversity is what makes New York City one of a kind. Below are the buildings; to see the bridges, click the designated link. Enjoy..
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The buildings are shown on this page. For bridges click the link below
My New York City Bridge Page
The World Trade Center
I have designated a special site for the World Trade Center. To go to that site, click the link.
A Tribute the World Trade Center
Buildings of New York City...
The Empire State Building
My Empire State Building Pictures
Finished in 1931, the Empire State Building stands 102 stories (1250 feet tall). The top of the antenna is 1472 feet tall. It claimed the title of the world's tallest building from the Chrysler Building a few blocks away. It held that title until the World Trade Center rose above the Empire State Building by 100 feet in 1974. The Empire State Building has an 86th floor observation deck, located between the blue and the white light in the upper right picture. That offers a gift shop and an outdoor deck promising breathtaking views of the city. There is a 102nd floor observation deck, located at the top of the red light in the upper right picture, but that is usually closed because of excessive crowds.
Empire State Building Live Adjustable Tower Cameras (102nd Floor)
The Chrysler Building
The Chrysler Building was finished in 1930-31 and was designed by William Van Alen. The Chrysler building is the ideal example of Art Deco in New York City. It's distinguished top was designed to look like the hub caps that were built into Chrysler's cars. The building is 77 stories tall, and 1044 feet tall. The Chrysler building did hold the title of the world's tallest building for a while until the Empire State Building claimed it. Actually, the Chrysler Building and 40 Wall St. were being built at the same time, and the builder of 40 Wall St. thought that his building would be the tallest, but a long steel spire was secretly being built inside the tower of the Chrysler Building and was pushed through the roof, surprising everyone and allowing it to be the tallest building in the world. The Chrysler Building is located at 42nd street and Lexington Avenue.
The GE Building
The G.E. Building, known as 30 Rockefeller Plaza is headquarters to NBC TV. The building is 70 stories high and was built around the time of the Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building. Looking at it from the North or South, the building seems very wide and bulky, but when looking at it from the East, you see that it is in fact a very narrow building indeed. One of it's unique characteristics is the layered or terraced look which is part of the art deco period. At the base of the building lies Rockefeller Plaza where there is an ice skating rink and a huge Christmas Tree around the Holiday Season. You might get on the TODAY SHOW which happens right in the plaza if you position yourself in the line of the cameras when Matt Lauer and Katie Couric come outside in the summer. At the top of the G.E. Building is the Rainbow Room, a restaurant which offers great views of the city while enjoying live entertainment and a fancy atmosphere.
Grand Central Terminal
Grand Central Terminal is one of the most architecturally amazing places around. As you stroll around its many levels the stone designs on the staircases and the 5 ton chandeliers are amazing. There is marble everywhere you walk, and its main concourse is one of the biggest rooms in the world. Now, Grand Central is just used for Metro North Railroad, a commuter line that goes north of the city. Grand Central is home to many new restaurants on its new Dining Concourse, one level below the main concourse. The terminal contains scores of tunnels, with 117 different train platforms. It is located at Park Avenue and 42nd Street.
The Woolworth Building
The Woolworth building was designed by Cass Gilbert and was completed on April 24, 1913. The building was originally owned by Frank W. Woolworth and company but was sold to the Witkoff Group for 155 million. Frank Woolworth originally paid the 13.5 million out of his pocket to build the tower, and until recently, the building never had a mortgage. It is located between Park Pl. and Barclay St. in Lower Manhattan.
The South Street Seaport
For 300 years, the South Street Seaport has been a key commercial center. Today it consists of a mall with shops and a food court with great views of the Brooklyn Bridge and New York Harbor, and the Fulton Fish market located on a cobble stone street. From the seaport you can see great views of Lower Manhattan, New York Harbor, and the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges.
The Statue of Liberty
The Statue of Liberty is located on Liberty Island in New York Harbor. It was usually the first thing that immigrants would see when they entered the harbor. The statue was given to the U.S. as a gift from France. Visitors can usually go to the top of the base, and if you're lucky, the top of he crown.
Lower Manhattan known as Downtown Manhattan is considered to be the financial capital of the world. The area is home to many firms, companies, banks, and the New York Stock Exchange. If you want to see capitalism in action, Lower Manhattan is the place to go. The completion of the World Trade Center marked a renaissance for the area. Before the Trade Center, Downtown Manhattan consisted mostly of TV and radio shops. Now unfortunately the World Trade Center is gone, but the strong American resolve has prevented the economy of Lower Manhattan from collapsing
The World Financial Center
The World Financial Center is a beautiful office complex built on the land dug up from the World Trade Center's construction west of West St. The complex consists of four office buildings designed by Cesar Pelli and are gorgeous examples of modern architecture. The Financial Center was finished in 1986. Between 2 and 3 WFC, there is a beautiful atrium called the Winter Garden that houses sixteen forty foot palm trees and floors consisting of rare Italian marble. The Winter Garden reopened on September 17th, 2002 after undergoing major renovations due to the damage done by the collapse of the North Tower of the World Trade Center last year. The center also has a beautiful park and docks right on the Hudson river.
Radio City Music Hall
Radio City Music Hall is home to the world famous Radio City Rockettes. Around Christmastime every year, they put on the Christmas spectacular which I saw, and it was quite a show. The foyer as seen in the last picture was built in the art deco period, and the design reflects that.
The Plaza is known as the crown jewel of fifth avenue. It was built quite long ago, and is one of the finest hotels in NYC. It is home to top restaurants such as the Palm Court (2nd picture), and the Oak Room. I ate at the Palm Court a few years ago, and it was quite an experience. They had a harpist playing, and the atmosphere was very fine.\
St. Patrick's Cathedral
St. Patrick's has to be one of the biggest if not the biggest cathedral I have ever seen. The church has two towering spires that reach 330 feet above street level. The cathedral has a gothic design, its columns on the inside are quite something.
Bryant Park & The New York Public Library
The New York Public Library is a huge Beaux Style Library on 5th Avenue and 42nd street. There are tons of volumes inside and plenty of reading space. Behind the library is beautiful Bryant Park which was restored in the 90s to be an inviting oasis in midtown. The lawn is open frequently for lounging as well as the chairs and tables and carousel in the park. In the summer there is the Bryant Park film festival where there is seating on the lawn and viewers face west toward a large screen. Also there are summer concerts, some put on by CD 101.9 that I frequently attend and overall is a great environment.
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Other Great External New York City Sites:
Easysurf New York City
I love NY.com