Touch the sky in NYC

SkyscraperWhy is New York City such a popular tourist attraction? Certainly one reason is it’s deep roots in history during the American Revolutionary War, but most people flock to this great city to get an eyeful of the Big Apples’ greatest attribute: Skyscrapers.

New York City is the second largest city with the most completed skyline in the world, which makes for very impressive, and overwhelming, tourists attractions. Here are just a few of the most iconic buildings to see.

The Chrysler Building:

The world’s tallest building for a spell, until 1931 when it was surpassed by the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building is home to several well-known firms and organization such as Blank Rome. It has been featured in several films, like Men in Black III and Armageddon. The unique, spiky ornamentation of the top of the building is unlike any other building in the world.

Empire State Building:

One of the most iconic ESRT skyscrapers in the world, this unique art-deco building reigned as the world’s tallest building for almost 40 years. This building, equipped with a lightning rod that takes on average 100 strikes of lightning per year, started its cinematic debut in the 1933 version of King Kong. The people who visit the Empire State Building get to temporarily be in a different zip code, as the building has its own (10118). Since this is such a popular tourist site, you can run into all kinds of celebrities coming to see the sights, like Ashanti or Heidi Klum.

The Flatiron Building:

One of the most visually recognizable buildings in North America, this building resembles a clothing iron from above in the middle of Manhattan. Built in 1902, it is the tallest triangular shaped building in the world, being that it is wedged in the space between Fifth Avenue, Broadway, East 22nd and 23rd Street. This iconic building is easily recognizable since it has shown up in a number of American movies and TV series, such as sitcoms Veronica’s Closet, Spin City, and the popular show Friends. Also, you can see the building in the backgrounds of several movies, like Godzilla and John Wick, and it was the headquarters of the fictional newspaper, “The Daily Bugle” in the movie series Spiderman.

One World Trade Center:

The height of this building honors the Declaration of Independence by standing exactly at 1,776 feet tall. The top part of the building is being opened up for tours this year so visitors can check out the 6th tallest building in the world, and see first-hand the tribute to the world trade centers and the devastation of 9/11 by visiting the ‘Reflective Absence’ memorial.