NYC boasts of rich cultural history and over the years has been acknowledged for having one of the most beautiful cityscapes in the world. In that case, of course, there are buildings that need to be seen and admired to understand the new-age New York City style. Be forewarned though, NYC doesn’t have a particular distinct style that it confers to most of its iconic buildings, rather, much like the city, the architecture in these buildings are pretty much a juxtaposition of different cultures and different eras.
The common vein running through all of this? The fact that all of these buildings are beautiful and tell the story of the city itself.
Now, planning a trip through this rich architectural landscape is essential. And whether you’re a professional or just a student, NYC would have something to teach you. However, the Big Apple is just that. BIG!
Navigating through the meandering roads of the city can be difficult for anyone who doesn’t know the city from before. And if you’re traveling in multiple cars, forget about going in tandem with each other, because the traffic will get in the way. In fact, your best bet lies in NYC charter tour bus rentals, which can be booked easily and can help you navigate the confusing city without a glitch.
About the specific buildings? Here are a few that are on our lists
The U.N. Headquarters boast of a unique international architectural style, which is the first of its kind in Gotham. The 39 story building that houses the U.N. Secretariat is the most iconic feature of the entire complex. The three buildings interact seamlessly with each other and have been built by a Brazilian architect, Oscar Niemeyer. The muted colors appear bright in the skylight of NYC and hold up the beauty of the surrounding well. The U.N. Headquarters also makes for a nice visiting place since it holds much historical value in the story of our civilization, so, visit, stay for a while. Enjoy the facade looking over the lake and examine the structures that have held perhaps the most important world institution.
Back in 1931, The Century was somewhat of a strange bedfellow when compared to all the buildings in the neighborhood. While the other buildings were fashioned in the then-popular beaux-art style, “The Century” was of the machine-age, with clean tight lines all around and a facade that seemed more in place in a geometry notebook. The functionality of the building was increased by a manifold, and it was appreciated by everyone. In a few years, the sister building “The Majestic” would come up too. Holding up the entire street in a new light.
Built by the same guy who did the Rockefeller Center, the McGraw Hill building is pretty much the textbook Art Deco style building we refer back to. Enjoy the unique style of lettering at the top of the building, and check out the way the building looks so distinguished even now. The futuristic look is donated by the way the building has been built and adds to the overall look of the structure.
The original Luxury Complex was built around a proper central court and had all the amenities that would distinguish it. Even now, it stands above the surrounding buildings in being stylish and very distinct in the way it has aged. While the building might be a favorite for horror enthusiasts (“Rosemary’s Baby” was shot here) and might have a slightly controversial history (John Lennon was shot here), it still holds the looks and the weight that made it one of the most celebrated architectural feats of its era.
The buildings in NYC are endless and many deserve mentions in this list by virtue of their past alone. So, go ahead, book the right vehicle and enjoy yourselves.