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List of the famous landmarks that make up the New York City skyline, listed alphabetically with photos when available. New York City architectural landmarks as well as other major buildings, dwellings, and other structures in New York City are included on this list. Information about these New York City buildings is included on this list, such as when the building first opened and what architectural style it falls under. List includes both new buildings in New York City and older historic landmarks.

A list made up of buildings like Metropolitan Museum of Art and Statue of Liberty.

This list answers the question, "What are the most famous buildings in New York City?"

This is a good reference for research into the historical architecture in New York City. Famous architectural houses within the city of New York City are included as well, sometimes by address, other times listed by the name of the original home owner.
1 New York Plaza is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list New York City Architecture: Famous Landmarks and Buildings
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1 New York Plaza


1 New York Plaza is an office building in New York City's Financial District, built in 1969 at the intersection of South and Whitehall Streets. It is the southernmost of all Manhattan skyscrapers. The building is 640 feet tall with 50 floors. The building was designed by William Lescaze & Assocs. and Kahn & Jacobs. The building has 2.556 million square feet of office space. There is a 40,000 square feet retail concourse on the lower level. The facade was designed by Nevio Maggiora, consisting of a boxlike "beehive" pattern with the windows recessed within, made of aluminum-clad wall elements resembling a type of thermally activated elevator button popular at the time of construction. Notable ...more

City/Town: New York City, New York, USA

Opened: Jan 01 1969

Structural Height (m): 195.0

Floors: 50

Architecture Firm: Kahn & Jacobs, William Lescaze & Associates

Created By: William Lescaze

1 Pace Plaza is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list New York City Architecture: Famous Landmarks and Buildings
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1 Pace Plaza


1 Pace Plaza, completed in 1969, is the flagship building complex of Pace University in New York City, specifically designed for Pace. It is located directly across from City Hall and adjacent to the Brooklyn Bridge, and houses most of the classrooms, administrative offices, a 2,000-square-foot student union, the 750-seat community theater of the Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts, the Peter Fingesten Gallery, and an 18-floor high-rise known as Maria's Tower. Floors 5-17 of Maria's Tower houses approximately 500 freshmen residents and the 18th floor holds university administrative offices. 1 Pace Plaza is on the former site of the New York Tribune Building. It was built during the urban ...more

City/Town: New York City, New York, United States of America, North America

1 Wall Street is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list New York City Architecture: Famous Landmarks and Buildings
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One Wall Street, is a bank headquarters building which remains one of the finest Art-Deco-style skyscrapers in Lower Manhattan, New York City. It is located in Manhattan's Financial District on the corner of Wall Street and Broadway. Today, it serves as the global headquarters of The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation. In May, 2014 it was announced that the corporation agreed to sell its headquarters tower to a joint venture led by Harry B. Macklowe's Macklowe Properties for $585 million. ...more

City/Town: New York City, New York, USA

Opened: Jan 01 1931

Structural Height (m): 199.0

Floors: 50

Created By: Benjamin Wistar Morris III

Style: Colonial Revival architecture

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10 East 40th Street is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list New York City Architecture: Famous Landmarks and Buildings
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10 East 40th Street


10 East 40th Street or the Mercantile Building is a skyscraper located in the Murray Hill section of New York City, between Fifth Avenue and Madison Avenue, taking the width of the block between 39th and 40th streets. Designed by Ludlow & Peabody and built by Jesse H. Jones, it was finished in 1929 and is an example of Renaissance Revival architecture. When it was built, it was the fourth-tallest tower in the world. It was previously known as the Chase Tower, after its first tenant, Chase Brass & Copper. Its owner until his death in 1938 was Frederick William Vanderbilt. On November 14, 2007, the building became the final site to be removed from Thomas Edison's original direct current grid ...more

City/Town: Murray Hill, New York City, New York, USA

Opened: Jan 01 1929

Structural Height (m): 188.98