5 Tallest Buildings In New York

New York City is the commercial capital of United States and therefore has some of the tallest commercial and residential building in the world. Here we’ll talk about the 5 tallest buildings in New York. We shall take consideration of buildings with a minimum height of six hundred feet or 183 meters. The height includes architectural details but excludes antenna masts.

1. One World Trade Center

One World Trade Center - Tallest Tower In New York
One World Trade Center – Tallest Tower In New York

This 104 storey tall structure is coming up at the same place that had the original World trade Center which was destroyed due September 11 attacks. With a height of 1776 feet or 543 meters, this is the tallest office building of the world and the 4th tallest building in the world.

The new World Trade Center complex that containing One World Trade Center will open on October 27, 2014 and will have another three high-rise office buildings sited along the Greenwich Street and also the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, located south of One World Trade Center where the twin towers originally stood.

One World Trade Center - view 2
One World Trade Center – view 2

Originally it was expected to cost nearly US$3 billion but the latest estimates point to an expenditure of US$3.9 billion. Approximately one billion dollars were received as insurance money in lieu of the September 11 attacks. The contribution of New York state towards the construction of new tower is $250 million. The Port Authority consented to finance the project through sales of bonds worth one billion dollars.

2. Empire State Building

Empire State Building - another very tall building in new york
Empire State Building

This building, 1250 feet or 103 Meters tall, was completed in 1931. It has the reputation of being the 4th tallest building in the US and 23 rd tallest building all over the world. At the time of its completion it was the tallest building in the world till World trade Center was completed in 1972 but once again became the tallest building in New York City from 2001 to 2013 after the World Trade Center was destroyed by terrorists on September 11, 2001.

3. Bank of America Tower


Bank of America Tower - 3rd largest skyscraper in New York City
Bank of America Tower

Standing 1200 feet or 366 meters tall, at Bryant Park, this third tallest building of NYC is the 5th tallest building of the US and 29th tallest building in the world. It is located on Sixth Avenue between 42nd and 43rd street of New York City. The construction of this US$1 billion project designed by COOKFOX Architects was completed in 2009. The same year it was featured by the National Geographic Channel TV series named Mega Structures. During June 2010, the Bank of America Tower was awarded the 2010 Best Tall Building Americas award by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat.  Its design is considered to be among the most ecologically friendly and efficient buildings worldwide.

4. Chrysler Building

Chrysler Building
Chrysler Building

Completed in 1930, this building is the 7th tallest in the US and 57th tallest in the world. At 1046 feet (319 meters), this was also the 1st building in the world to exceed a height of one thousand feet or 305 meters. It was also the tallest building worldwide with steel framed brick structure. The 77-story Chrysler Building is easily recognized in New York City’s expansive skyline due its shiny peak.

The 71st floor of the building used to be a visitor center that provided dazzling skyline views and also displayed Chrysler’s first tool kit. Today, visitors can view the building only from its outside and visit the lobby to see beautiful ceiling mural designed by Edward Trumbull but the rest of the building is not accessible to visitors, being leased out to businesses.

5. The New York Times Building

The New York Times Building
The New York Times Building

More popularly known as the Times Tower and completed in 2007, this structure is as tall as Chrysler Building. So, this also remains the 57the tallest building in the world and 7th tallest in the US. The main difference is that it contains 52 floors, compared to 77 of the Chrysler.

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