Historic Sites: "You can't leave New York. You're the Chrysler building!" claimed Carrie to her on-again, off-again beau in Sex and The City. That was quite a compliment, as the Chrysler building is one of the most famous buildings in New York. It was even the tallest building for a brief 11 months prior to the Empire State building. Except for the glorious shiny steel needle crowning the structure, some would characterize the brick exterior of the building as simple. Don't be fooled: the lobby is exquisite. Beautiful marble work, elevator doors displaying rare wood marquetry and chrome stair banisters make this 77-story, 1,048-foot building a beauty all its own. A mixture of city history and the building's magnificence keep this a beloved treasure.
Local Expert Courtney Sunday Says:
Historic Sites: "There was once an intense competition in New York to build the tallest skyscraper. The Chrysler Building was built at a frantic pace - an average of four floors per week!"
Best for Historic Sites Because: 3,826,000 bricks were manually laid for this piece of stunning Art deco architecture.