Skyscrapers, New York City
Dunkin donuts, MoMA, Guggenheim, Empire State Building, Central Park, China Town, Tribeca, Park Avenue, Union Square, Peer 17, United Nations, Brooklyn Bridge, oof come on...
Fondest memory: Dunkin donuts, MoMA, Guggenheim, Empire State Building, Central Park, China Town, Tribeca, Park Avenue, Union Square, Peer 17, United Nations, Brooklyn Bridge, would need a daytime to mention
There are so many skyscrapers in NYC and if you're lucky enough to live in this city you'll probably work in one of them. I've been fortunate enough to work in some of the most beautiful and tallest buidlings in NYC, like the Chrysler Building, the Empire State Building, Rockerfeller buildings and of course this one, down by Wall Street.
If you aren't lucky enough to live and work in NYC, then you will be happy to know that you can also have some great views of the skyscrapers from Top of the Rock, The Empire State Buidling and some wonderful roof top bars...enjoy!
Fondest memory: I love the way the city looks on a crisp winter morning with the sun shinning and the buildings glistening. Here is a pic of the view out my office window, great isn't it?!!
Favorite thing: I just loved walking around (ok, due to the strike I did not really have a choice...) and just look at all the famous and not so famous buildings. You see the blue sky from far away, some crossroads send you some sunshine, somehow you feel like you're in a movie. And to see the skyline of skyscrapers from far away, either from your plane, from the ferry at Battery Park or from the top of the Empire State Building... NYC would not be the same without the Skyscrapers!
If you;ve never visted a US city, you will be in awe of the sky scrapers. so look up at them! who cares if you look like a tourist: you ARE a tourist. So enjoy it, because you won't seen them when you get home.
Just dont stop dead in the middle of the street in from of a native. It'll be just your luck to annoy a toxic New Yorker!
Most people who travel take pictures, but in New York this can present a special problem. Skyscrapers can either be viewed from the ground level, in which case they lose features after the 10th floor, or they can be viewed from afar, in which case they lose detail from 10 blocks away. The city can be seen to some extent by the observation platform of the Empire State Building (clouds permitting), or from a helicopter (maneuvering is difficult), the Brooklyn Bridge (limited panoramas), the numerous ferries, and riverside walks in New Jersey or Long Island. Along the waterfront on a clear day the lower Manhattan skyscrapers are seen to their best advantage. Whenever you find yourself "outside the forest" of buildings, watch for vantages that show off the varying silhouettes of its hundred highrises.
Fondest memory: To my mind the best cityscape views easily obtained are from Battery Park and the Statue of Liberty ferry. You can incorporate the waterfront and the shiny new buildings side-by-side with their venerable stone and granite neighbors.
Pictured clockwise from top left: Brooklyn Bridge from South Street Seaport, lower Manhattan from Statue of Liberty ferry, midtown Manhattan from helicopter tour, lower Manhattan from Liberty Island
Although Chicago is the birthplace of the skyscraper, New York City held the title for world's tallest building ffor 80 years from 1894 when the Manhattan Life Building was erected until 1974 when the Sears Tower in Chicago was completed.
A timeline of the world's tallest buildings can be found here:
Favorite thing: In the global race to build the world's tallest buildings, the New York skyline has been almost exclusively the world's premier racecourse. From the Park Row Building, to the Singer Building, then the MetLife Building, then the Manhattan Company tower, to the Chrysler and Empire State Buildings, to the World Trade Center and its proposed replacement, New York has been a world leader in stretching its achievements skyward. Despite the forest of skyscrapers, most buildings have distinctive looks and special features, and what better . . .when your head is in the clouds?
Favorite thing: Even if you did not come here to view the island and boroughs from its tallest buildings, New York City is nonetheless a hive of tall buildings. As given in the introduction, you might pop topside from the subway station and not know which way is south (unless you have a terrific sense of direction). City blocks are long, and residents are often short on patience to help you on your way. Thankfully most of Manhattan is nicely situated on a rectangular grid, so making that long march to the corner and verifying your street position is essential in exploring this great city.
Take in the vibrancy and energy of the City at every turn. Look up at the architecture (Chrysler Building, Flatiron, Woolworth, New York Life, and countless others). See the ballet at Lincoln Center if in season. Take in the Nutcracker at Xmas time.
Fondest memory: All of them... well except for one (9/11).
Look up and appreciate the beautiful architecture of the skyscrapers. The Woolworth , the Flatiron and the Chrysler buildings are just some fine examples.
Although the crown of Manhattan's skyline has been cowardly destroyed, it is still an unrivaled sight.
Favorite thing: The Queen mourns for the US and NYC soon after the tragedies of September 11, 2001. For an Anglophile like myself, Britain's support and sympathy was very comforting just after 9/11.
Favorite thing: Sometimes it's just amazing to sit back and look at this city. The best views of Manhattan are from Brooklyn in my humble opinion, but seeing it from the air, or New Jersey is also cool.