Chrysler Building, New York City

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405 Lexington Ave., New York, NY 10174 (212) 682-3070

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    Yes, it's in the movies

    by bladedragon Written Jul 14, 2008

    You see this building many times in the movies, and it's called Chrysler building.
    To tell you the truth is, I've seen it in the movies more than Empire State building.
    I've always thought that it's the Empire State building.
    Anyway, since we got no time to visit the inside of this building, I took picture from the outside.

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  • Lobby Closed

    by kingebret Written Jun 21, 2008

    Save your precious time--don't bother trying to visit the Chrysler Building lobby on the weekends. As soon as you enter you'll see a sign saying that it's closed. The lights are dim, the lobby is roped off, and unfriendly guards won't even acknowledge your existence. You won't be able to see the famous ceiling mural or any of the other gorgeous architectural details, and you'll leave disappointed. It's really a shame that the owners can't share this jewel of a building with the public that loves it so much.

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    The Chrysler Building, a...

    by Pamela_Peace Updated Mar 30, 2008

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    The Chrysler Building, a beautiful example of Art Deco, this 71-story building is one of New York's most impressive, and was before the Empire State Building, the tallest skyscraper. Located at 405 Lexington Avenue at 42nd Street.

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    Third Tallest But Best looking

    by pure1942 Updated Mar 13, 2008

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    Standing 319m tall The Chrysler Building was very briefly the tallest building in the world before the Empire State Building surpassed it in 1931. It was second tallest building in New Yokr until the construction of the Trade Centre Twin Towers and after 9/11 resumed it's 2nd place position until late 2007 when the Bank of America Building extended it's spire. The building is now third tallest building in the city but is tied with the New York Times building, which is exactly the same height.
    The building is built in the Art Deco style and is located in Manhattan at the intersection of 42nd Street and Lexington Avenue.
    In my opinion the building is the finest looking skyscraper in New York including the Empire State Building.

    Chrysler Building Chrysler Building from Empire State Building

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    Chrysler Building

    by traveloturc Updated Aug 3, 2007

    Chrysler building in my opinion is the most aestetic and beautiful sky scraper of USA and maybe of the world.With 317,7m / 1045ft of height and 77 floorsIts beautiful to watch it speacially in the night.

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    The prettiest building on Manhattan

    by annase Written Aug 2, 2007

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    This Art Deco building is amazingly beautiful. It's my favourite skyscraper on Manhattan. It looks equally fab in the night as well as the day. In the night, the top of the building is illuminated with 2 sets of lighting in the top spires and decoration and it is often lit in many colors for special occasions. At the time when it was built, it was the tallest building in the world for a while. Ironically, it was surpassed in height by the Empire State Building only a few years after its completion.

    The building was designed by architect William Van Alen and it was intended to house the Chrysler Corporation, hence the name. It is no longer owned or used by Chrysler, but the distinctive ornamentation of the building that is based on features that were at the time being used on Chrysler automobiles remains. The corners of the 61st floor are graced with eagles, replicas of the 1929 Chrysler hood ornaments. On the 31st floor, the corner ornamentation are replicas of the 1929 Chrysler radiator caps. The building is constructed of masonry, with a steel frame, and metal cladding.

    It's possible to visit the lavish lobby of this building although there is no access to the upper floors for anyone who doesn't work in the building. When it first opened, there was a viewing gallery on the 71st floor that was open to public. However, the gallery was closed to the public in the mid 40s. The very top stories of the building are narrow with low sloped ceilings, designed mostly for exterior appearance with interiors useful only to hold radio broadcasting and other mechanical and electrical equipment.

    In 2005, 100 architects, builders, critics, engineers, historians and scholars choose their 10 favorites among 25 New York towers. 90% placed the Chrysler Building in their top 10 favorite buildings, making it their number 1 skyscraper. The building has functioned as an inspiration for many similar skyscrapers worldwide, including One Liberty Place in Philadelphia.

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    Chrysler Building

    by martin_nl Written Apr 16, 2007

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    Not too much intersting is going on these days at the Chrysler Building. Unlike the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Buildings has no restaurants and no viewing platform in the top of the tower. It is still nice to just go through the door and admire the interior on the ground floor. Beautiful walnut wood and marble all around. You can also see some displays telling the story of the Chrysler Building. For a brief moment in time the Chrysler Building was the tallest building in the world, but only a few years later, the Empire State Building superseded.

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    The most beautiful building in NYC?

    by sue_stone Updated Jan 17, 2007

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    My favourite building in New York would have to be the gorgeous Chrysler Building.

    It was built by Walter P. Chrysler, the car manufacturer, as a status symbol and completed in 1930.

    It was the highest building in the world for a year, until the Empire State Building was completed. It is currently the 23rd tallest.

    The Chrysler building is one of the last skyscrapers in the Art Deco style. There are gargoyles (eagles) leaping out towards the top of the building that depict Chrysler car ornaments and the tall spire is modeled on a radiator grille.

    We had a look in the lobby - impressive Art Deco - and felt envious of the office workers heading up to their desk in one of the worlds most beautiful buildings.

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    Chrysler Building

    by daryll Written Sep 11, 2006

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    Chrysler is definitely my favourite skycraper of all, the shape the appearance and amazing built during 1930's. I didnt have much time to explore around the area but admiring the building from Empire State were my best experience.

    Anyone or everyone comes to NYC must will should not miss this grand architecture.

    View from Empire State View from United Nations Taken from 39th East Street Taken from 40th East Street
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    Best Art Deco in NYC...

    by hoofhearted Written Apr 29, 2006

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    The Chrysler Building is simply majestic, day or night. It is so obvious in the New York skyline that you can pick it out from any number of vantage points. Lately, you can even wander in and enjoy all of the art deco splendor in the lobby area. I think the mystique of the Chrysler Building is that it has not lent itself out to the commercialism of it's sister skyscrapers (see Empire State Building, Rockefeller Center). You will not go to the top of this building unless you are an invited guest!

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  • Chrysler Building

    by madramsfan Updated Mar 12, 2006

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    Out of all of the buildings in New York this has to be my favourite, it has a style all of it's own and looks "a million dollars" when lit up at night time.

    The only part of the building open to the public is the lobby.

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    Chrysler Building

    by PetraG Updated Mar 7, 2006

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    At the beginning of the 20th century, the race for the tallest building in the world started and the Chrysler Building was the first building to top the then highest building, the Eiffel Tower in Paris. New York would keep the highest building in the world until 1974, when the Sears Tower was built in Chicago.
    For Walter P. Chrysler, from the car manufacturer, building the highest building in the world was a status symbol. The Chrysler building was in a race with the Bank of Manhattan for obtaining the title of highest building in the world. It looked like the Bank of Manhattan would win the race, with an expected height of 283 meters against the around 230 meters for the Chrysler building. But the spire of the Chrysler building was constructed in secret inside the tower.
    Just one week after the Bank of Manhattan had reached its top, the spire of the Chrysler building was put in place, making it 319 meters high, thus beating the Bank of Manhattan as the highest building in the world. It would not keep this title for long: one year later the Empire State Building was erected.
    The Chrysler building is one of the last skyscrapers in the Art Deco style. The gargoyles depict Chrysler car ornaments and the spire is modeled on a radiator grille. It has been restored in 1995 and it glitters again like it must have in the thirties.

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    Chrysler Building

    by dejavu2gb Updated Jan 20, 2006

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    Just across the street from Grand Central Station at Lexington Avenue and 42nd St stands one of the most famous landmarks of New York, the 1048-foot Chrysler Building.
    This gorgeous Art Deco building was Designed by William van Allen in 1930, and it briefly had the title of World's talles building, until it was superseded by the Empire State Building.
    The building was created to celebrate car culture, and has gargoyles that resemble hood ornaments and a 200-foot steel spire.
    This building is very often mistaken as the Empire State Building, however they are significantly different.

    Chrysler Building Chrysler Building Taken from Lexington Avenue The Gargoyles on the Chrysler Building Taken from the Top of the Rock, slightly blocked Chrysler Building
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    Stunning Art-Deco Building

    by I-Believe-I-Can-Fly Written Dec 7, 2005

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    I've seen the pictures of Chrysler Building for thousand times; from the cover of guide books, magazines, postcards and other published papers, and I felt this building is beautiful. Seeing this art-deco building, real building.... at night... was quite different. Its spire lit with lights, give a romatic touch to the building. This stunning building was built as Chrysler Corporation headquarters in 1930. Unfortunately we cannot ride to the top, the observation deck closed long ago.

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    Chrysler Building

    by elPierro Written Dec 6, 2005

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    In some aspects the lower version of the Empire State Building, but most people agree that this one is prettier. Especially because the top of the building has a nice shape. The Chrysler Building is 319m high, thanks to the steel peak on top of it. This steel peak is actually the result of a contest with the neighbouring black colored skyscraper (see picture). Built at the same time, both were competing to be higher than the other, the solution used by Chrysler was the peak, which made the building a bit taller. He had it put on top of that building in secret, when the other team thought to be on the winning hand.

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