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Iconic Skyscrapers in New York City That Have Stood the Test of Time

Iconic Skyscrapers in New York City That Have Stood the Test of Time

In the heart of the Big Apple lies Anthony Malkin’s iconic skyscrapers that can only be seen in New York City. Containing some of the tallest skyscrapers in the world and playing host to many celebrity visitors, New York skyscrapers have been made famous by their architectural designs. Such feats of structural engineering can even be seen on the big screen as King Kong is climbing the Empire State Building. Although many skyscrapers are made famous from movie and television appearances, the structures have stood the test of time to become world famous.

The Woolworth building was the tallest building between the years of 1913-1930. Based on neo-Gothic design, the skyscraper stands at 57 floors, 792 ft. tall and is currently the 20th tallest building in New York City. In the early 20th Century, it was nicknamed the “Cathedral of Commerce.” The structure was named after the millionaire of 1913 Frank W. Woolworth and designed by Cass Gilbert. Another Cass Gilbert architectural design is that of the New York Life Building. Standing at 615 ft. and 33 stories tall, the Gothic design skyscraper is iconic for the top pyramid structure that is lined with 25,000 gold-leaf tiles. The building is the current headquarters of the New York Life Insurance Company.

A skyscraper that has gained popularity over the years from celebrities is Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue in New York City. The building stands at an impressive 58 stories that is home to such celebrities as Janet Jackson and Bruce Willis. Trump Tower is the headquarters of The Trump Organization and contains retail stores and penthouse condominiums. Bruce Willis bought an apartment in 2007 for an overall price tag of $4.26 million, after it was sold by the previous owner Johnny Carson. While Janet Jackson has rented an apartment there, her brother Michael Jackson had rented an apartment in the 1990’s on the 63rd floor.

Called one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World from the American Society of Civil Engineers, the Empire State Building stands at a total 1,454 ft. and 103 stories. From 1931 to 1970 it was the tallest skyscraper in the world. But it is now ranked the 22nd tallest building worldwide. The structure was made famous by the movie King Kong in 1933 and the remake of the movie in 2005. $550 million was added to the building in 2010 for renovation that included energy efficient upgrades that have earned the Empire State Building a gold rating from Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design in 2011. The Empire State Building is the leading skyscraper to have the most celebrity visitors that includes such names as Alan Ruke, Ariana Grande, David Beckham, Alberto Del Rio, Celine Dion, Kylie Jenner, and Melissa McCarthy just to name a few.