Paul recently took a holiday in New York, check out his architectural highlights in this amazing city.
Empire State Building
The Empire State Building is New York’s most recognisable landmark and visiting the Empire State building is a must for anyone traveling in the city. If you want to visit the Empire State building it helps to know a little bit about it.
The building was designed in the Art Deco style by the architect William F. Lamb, who drew up plans for the building in just two weeks! The building rose incredibly fast as well – 410 days after construction began, the building was officially opened on May 1, 1931. Empire State Building rises 102 stories, there may be taller buildings, or more innovative ones, but this Art Deco beauty is perhaps New York City’s most beloved building. However, it was the tallest skyscraper in the world for 41 years.
Every evening, the building’s top 30 stories are illuminated with colours. These might reflect the season, celebrate a holiday, or commemorate local sporting teams or worthy causes.
The world-famous Empire State Building offers unobstructed panoramic views of New York City.
The World Trade Centre Transportation Hub in Lower Manhattan was officially opened to the public on 4 March 2016, replacing the PATH train station that was destroyed in the September 11 attacks.
The structure is formed by softly-curving, white, steel ribs that rise from below the ground to form an elliptical dome over a vast concourse. The transparency of the structure allows light to flood through onto the grey and white marble floors below, and a skylight that runs the length of the Oculus’ spine will open each September 11 to honour the memory of the victims.
Brooklyn Bridge is one of the most well-known symbols of New York City. The Brooklyn Bridge was the world’s first steel-wire suspension bridge. More than mile-long span is notable for its suspension construction and its beautiful stone anchorages, with their elegant Gothic arches. At that time, the bridge was the only land passage between Brooklyn and Manhattan. Today, tens of thousands of people, vehicles, and bikes travel over the Brooklyn Bridge every single day.
The biggest question everyone asks, is: ‘Where do I start to walk the Brooklyn Bridge?’ You can walk from the Manhattan side or from the Brooklyn side and we recommend both. They are very different experiences, so we suggest walking across and then back. The walk is 1.3 miles each way, so that distance should take around 20-25 minutes.
Designed by architect Daniel Burn and built in 1902, the building is a historical significance to New York City. Today, it is purely an office building. At the time it was built, the Flatiron Building was one of the tallest structures in New York City. Although it’s lost that distinction and only its triangular shape helps it stay one of the city’s most recognizable buildings. It was originally named after George A. Fuller, founder of the Fuller Company. But New Yorkers gave this building a name of their own, the Flatiron Building, because of its similarity to the flat iron.
Getting inside the Flatiron building is not that easy. You can enter the lobby but cannot go upstairs into the offices. The views from the Flatiron onto Madison Square Park and Broadway are quite nice.
Which is your favourite building in New York?