SWIRLING PANORAMIC SKYLINE of Lower Manhattan Midtown at Night. A 360 degree cityscape of New York City at night, highlighting the Empire State Building and gold top NYLife building. Twilight NYC skyline photo taken from the rooftop of 230 5th building.
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As the City we love goes to sleep…
Your New York memories of tours and sights around New York City still dance in you head. Highlights of famous buildings and places you visited, and your touring whirlwind day around NYC all around town.
Of the top things to do & places to visit in New York City, the Empire State Building is on everyone’s top NYC sightseeing list.
Empire State Building
The Empire State Building is an American cultural icon. It is designed in the distinctive Art Deco style and has been named as one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World by the American Society of Civil Engineers. The building and its street floor interior are designated landmarks of the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission, and confirmed by the New York City Board of Estimate. It was designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1986. In 2007, it was ranked number one on the AIA's List of America's Favorite Architecture.
The Empire State Building is a 102-story skyscraper located on Fifth Avenue between West 33rd and 34th Streets in Midtown, Manhattan, New York City. It has a roof height of 1,250 feet (381 m), and with its antenna included, it stands a total of 1,454 feet (443.2 m) tall. Its name is derived from the nickname for New York, the Empire State. It stood as the world's tallest building for nearly 40 years, from its completion in early 1931 until the topping out of the original World Trade Center's North Tower in late 1970. Following the September 11 attacks in 2001, the Empire State Building was again the tallest building in New York, until One World Trade Center reached a greater height in April 2012. The Empire State Building is currently the fifth-tallest completed skyscraper in the United States and the 34th-tallest in the world. It is also the fifth-tallest freestanding structure in the Americas. When measured by pinnacle height, it is the fourth-tallest building in the United States.
NY Life Building
Once one of the tallest buildings in NY, the famous gold top of the New York Life building boldly gleams over the New York City skyline.
The New York Life Insurance Building, New York, located at 51 Madison Avenue, Manhattan, New York City, across from Madison Square Park, is the headquarters of the New York Life Insurance Company. Designed in 1926 by Cass Gilbert, who also designed the landmark Woolworth Building, the massive building, which was inspired by Salisbury Cathedral, rises forty stories to its pyramidal gilded roof and occupies the full block between 26th and 27th Streets, Madison Avenue and Park Avenue South, a rarity in Manhattan. The building stands 615 feet (187 m) tall and contains 40 floors. It was the last significant Gilbert skyscraper in Manhattan.
From 1837–1889, the site was occupied by the Union Depot of the New York and Harlem and the New York and New Haven Railroads, a concert garden, and P.T. Barnums Hippodrome. Until 1925, the site housed the first two Madison Square Gardens, the second one designed by architect Stanford White.
The building was completed in 1928 after two years of construction at the cost of $21 million. It combines streamlined Gothic details and distinctly Moderne massing. The gold pyramid at the top consists of 25,000 gold-leaf tiles. The building was designated an official New York City landmark by the city's Landmarks Preservation Commission in 2000, and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places as a National Historic Landmark, designated in 1972. In 1995, after the pyramid was restored with new tiles and lit, the building received a Merit Citation Award from the New York Landmarks Conservancy.
The New York Life Insurance Company still maintains its headquarters in the building. It has leased extra office space through Cushman and Wakefield since 2004.
NYC Water Towers
Water towers in New York are everywhere. Just look up and you’ll notice on top of New York’s buildings round, wooden structures that look like ancient relics from the past that were accidentally left there. The water towers in New York might look old and yes, they are, but they encompass the past, present, and most likely the future. As New Yorkers reached for the skies in the 1800’s, water towers became an intricate part of the buildings’ framework. As buildings grew taller than 6 stories, the main water infrastructure couldn’t handle the water pressure. Water towers were needed to move water safely to the 7th floor and above. Although they looks like remnants of the past, they are still very much in use today. Only three companies build the ones you see on the NYC rooftops, and to get an idea of how much in use they are, Rosenwach Tank Company (which has been in business for over 100 years) builds approximately 300 new tanks a year.
Simple in construction, tanks are built within a 24 hour time frame and only take 2 to 3 hours to fill. Most are made of wood, but some are made of steel. Steel tanks cost more to build and maintain and offer less insulation, so wood is the material of choice for most. Wood acts as a natural insulator, preventing the water from freezing in the winter. No sealants or chemicals are used so not to taint the water supply. Since the tanks are on the rooftops, it takes a beating from the elements, hence why they look like antiques, but they actually have a 30 to 35 year life span.
This system may be “old” but it sure is reliable. About 15,000 buildings still use this system today. As you look up to the rooftops to marvel at this simple, yet “green”, part of New York City’s past and present with more appreciation, you will start seeing them everywhere. And don’t be fooled by those fancy, decorative brick structures on the tops of buildings. They have a water tower treasure hidden inside them. - See more at: http://www.freetoursbyfoot.com/water-towers-new-york/#sthash.pob0z7lu.dpuf