Choosing a singular architectural style to define New York City is not an easy taskManhattan alone has more than 50,000 different buildingsbut the city's two most recognizable skyscrapers, the Empire State Building and Chrysler Building, happen to fall from the same architectural apple tree. Built in the early 1930s during the heyday of Art Deco, the towers raced skyward, giving New York two icons that still dominate the skyline. But Art Deco architecture wasn't reserved for just high profile buildings; it proliferated throughout all five boroughs, making New York "the best city to explore the splendor" of the style, according to the experts at the Art Deco Society of New York, a nonprofit group that maintains a database of every Art Deco building in the city. To highlight the style's wide-reaching influence on New York's built environment, the society picked 19 lesser-known Art Deco gems across the city, from a recreation center in the Bronx to apartment buildings in Brighton Beach.
· Art Deco Society of New York [official]