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Historic Sites, Free Things to Do: "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.

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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!"

Free Things to Do: "Unfortunately, the Chrysler Building does not offer an observation deck. Once you see all the great design work inside the lobby, be sure to walk down a few streets and look back."

Best for Historic Sites Because: 3,826,000 bricks were manually laid for this piece of stunning Art deco architecture.

Best for Free Things to Do Because: One of the finest examples of art deco architecture in the world – for free.

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