Fact: No city's skyline is quite as iconic or beautiful as New York City's. Chicago may be the place where the skyscraper was born, and cities like Seattle and San Francisco have recognizable landmarks, but New York is where some of the world's most important buildings—the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building, the Seagram Building—can be found.
But New York's skyline icons aren't limited to tall towers: Grand Central Terminal and the New York Public Library are the pinnacle of Beaux Arts beauty, while outer-borough landmarks like the New York State Pavilion in Flushing, Queens, show that architectural innovation isn't merely limited to Manhattan.
Some new structures, meanwhile, like Santiago Calatrava’s Oculus in Lower Manhattan, are now so indelible to the urban fabric that they’ve already achieved the status of icons.
In coming up with a list of New York's most iconic buildings, it's impossible to keep it to 10 or 15 landmarks; so here, we've chosen 30 of the city's biggest, best architectural icons.
[Note: Points are listed geographically, starting in lower Manhattan and continuing north, then through the Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn, and Staten Island.]Read More