Topping out at 1046 feet (not counting its spire), the Chrysler Building was one of the first in the world to break the psychologically significant height barrier of a thousand feet. Completed in 1930 - though planned long before the Great Depression hit in the fall of 1929 - the Chrysler Building was actually the world's tallest for a total of 11 months.
The Chrysler stands proud at the corner of 42nd and Lexington Ave. William Van Alen (1883-1954) was the lead architect.
Throughout our 7 day stay in NYC we continually saw the outstanding stainless steel spire of the Chrysler Building, it stood out like a beacon sparkling in the sun. One of the best sightings was from the Observatory Floor (86th floor) of the Empire State Building, where you are able to look down at the spire.
The Chrysler Building was constructed in 1929 and held the record as the World's tallest building for 18 months before it was overtaken by the Empire State Building. The Chrysler Building still retains attention due to its splendid Art Deco design.
Located at 405 Lexington Ave, Lower Midtown, the 320 metre high building is still worth visiting. Many aspects of the exterior building represent the golden age of motoring. Entry to the lobby is allowed.
One of my favorite NYC buildings...the Chrysler Building as described by Hugh Grant's character in the movie, Two Week's Notice:
" Nirosta Steel, sunburst tower, gleaming gargoyles, all designed by a man called William Van Allen, obsessed with beating his former partner who was building the Bank of Manhattan Tower @ 927 ft. So Van Allen announced the Chrysler Building at 925 ft. and then "surreptitiously" assembled the 180 foot mast inside the tower, and only revealed it after the bank tower had been completed. Thereby giving Van Allen the tallest building for three months until the Empire State Building".
By the way, Van Allen's former partner was named H. Craig Severance. Ahh...the movies are great...
its huge and hard to find in tall NY city. its beautiest part (hardtop:) is also very far away although you
were standing in front of the building. Maybe its better to look at it closer in intro of the Sex and the City:)
Favorite thing: I found Chrysler Building hard to photograph. It's not as tall and dominant as the Empire State Building, and it's surrounded by a bunch of buildings that are pretty tall. Most VT photos of Chrysler Building look the same because they were all taken from the top of Empire State Building. The photo shown was taken from inside the United Nations.
The very cool CHRYSLER BUILDING doesn't even have its own public-access observation deck, but you can enjoy its lines and gargoyles from other vantage points around town.
Fondest memory: My Chrysler Bldg was in my direct line of sight from my 23rd floor room at the Marriott Courtyard Suites in Aug'01. At night, all lit up, this was one awesome and beautiful sight, I assure you!!!
Favorite thing: Take a look at the Chrysler Building. I think that it looks nicer than the Empire State Building, but unfortunately, there is no public access to the top and no observatory.
... look around and look up!
Just walking around in this city full of energy is the best thing about it. There is so much to see. Some of the world's most incredible scryscrapers are in New York City. My personal favorite is the Chrysler Building that is unfortunately not available for public. But it sure is stunning to see.
The Chrysler Building was built in 1930 and has 77 floors. Its top is its trademark and is made in art-deco style. On sunny days it shines beautifully in the sky.
Follow your instincts...plenty of VT posters will serve up the 'usual suspects' and give you rave reviews about how cheap the Staten Island Ferry is...how stately the Statue of Liberty is and how urban-warrior chic Greenwich Village is...Im just going to try to give you a different perspective. The Chrysler Building is just a building to some...but in the right perspective is a massive piece of art. Grande Central Sation HAS been rennovated...if you are serious about drinking the restoration in..plan to spend 2 to 3 hours and plan to look up much of the time. It has the Sistene Chapel of transportation for a cieling. New York is in actually a mobile art form...if you keep you eyes open on any given day you may see anything from someone famous to a world reknown cataclismic event like the World Trade Center billowing smoke in the distance...I once bumped into Mikail Barishnikov and witnessed a full scale robbery attempt foiled ala NYPD BLUE in one day..and that was BEFORE lunch!
That night we wandered around untill 2am and they were filming a Bruce Willis movie..flames blazing out of 20 windows , firetrucks lights flashing and about 10 extras sipping on cold sodas nanchalently as people flung themselves out of windows into airbags below...APPLAUSE/APPLAUSE...Thats a wrap!Pretty full day Id say...from any perspective.
Favorite thing: More houses at the water. In the background you can see the artdeco designed top of the Chrysler Building.
Favorite thing: The Chrysler building is one of the master pieces of art déco style and one of the favorite skyscrapers among New Yorkers and tourists.
Favorite thing: This is Uptown New York. You can see the Chrysler Building at the left, the tower with the beautiful roof.