The US city of New York, which is also in the state of New York, is famous for its collection of skyscrapers. It is one of the busiest cities in the world and also receives a heavy tourist footfall. The city hosts 6,154 high rises, 112 of which are over 600 feet tall. The history of New York’s skyscrapers dates back to 1890 when the 348 feet tall World Building was completed. However, in 1955, the building was demolished to make way for the construction of a gateway to the Brooklyn Bridge. The city also went through several high-rise construction booms, the earliest of which lasted from the 1910's through the 1930’s. Presently, the skyscrapers in the city are primarily concentrated in the Lower Manhattan and Midtown localities.
The Top Rankers
One World Trade Center
The 1,776 feet tall "One World Trade Center" is the tallest building in New York City, as well as the tallest one in the U.S. and even the entire Western Hemisphere. David Childs designed the building. His firm was also instrumental in the construction of the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa. The construction of the building was started in 2006 and was completed by November 3, 2014. It is located in Lower Manhattan at the World Trade Center’s northwest corner. It was built after the former buildings at the site were demolished by the September 11 attacks.
432 Park Avenue
The 1,396 feet tall "432 Park Avenue" is the second tallest building in Manhattan, New York City, and the tallest residential building in the world. The building was completed on December 23, 2015, and hosts 104 condominium apartments. The "432 Park Avenue" was built by first demolishing the Drake Hotel, which stood in its place. The cost of the apartments here is skyrocketing, and only the wealthy can seek accommodation here.
Empire State Building
The 1,250 feet tall "Empire State Building", one the most well-known buildings in the world, is the third highest building in New York City. The building is situated in Midtown Manhattan and derives its name from “Empire State”, one of the nicknames of New York. Between the four decades of 1930 to 1970, the Empire State Building enjoyed the title of the tallest building in the world. The building is designed using the Art Deco style and the American Society of Civil Engineers designate it as one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World. The Empire State Realty Trust currently owns the building.
With so much history, engineering marvels, and records associated with New York City’s high-rises, tourists to the city often express their wish to witness the buildings in person. Tours are thus arranged for visitors to enjoy the view of these man-made wonders. For example, the Empire State Building hosts various exhibits, restaurants, shops, and educational tours for tourists visiting the site. New York City also plans to build more ambitious projects in the future. As per reports obtained in April of 2016, 494 high-rise building projects are currently under execution or are planned to be executed.