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GE Building – Best View of New York City

Posted by Jae on April 22, 2009

GE Building

GE Building

The GE Building is a 259 m, 70 storey, Art Deco skyscraper that forms the centerpiece of Rockefeller Center in Midtown Manhattan. Known as the RCA Building until 1988, it is famous for housing the headquarters of the television network NBC. The building is sometimes referred to as 30 Rock, a reference to its address at 30 Rockefeller Plaza.

The GE Building is one of the most famous and recognized skyscrapers in New York City. Unlike most other tall Art Deco buildings constructed in the 1930s, the GE Building has no spire on its roof (allowing visitors to go to the absolute top of the building for a spectacular view of all five boroughs of New York City.)

The observation deck atop the skyscraper, dubbed “Top of the Rock”, reopened to the public on November 1, 2005 (it had been closed since 1986), after undergoing a $75 million renovation. The deck, which is built to resemble the deck of an ocean liner, offers sightseers a bird’s eye view of the city, competing with the 86th floor observatory of the Empire State Building.

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Trump World Tower – Tallest Full Residential Skyscraper in USA

Posted by Jae on April 22, 2009

Trump World Tower

Trump World Tower

Trump World Tower is a 72 floor, 264 m full-residential skyscraper in Manhattan, New York City.  The resulting large windows allow for extensive views of the East River and midtown Manhattan. It was the tallest all-residential tower in the world briefly, prior to the completion of the 21st Century Tower in Dubai (2003) and Samsung Tower Palace G in Seoul (2004).

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Citigroup Center – the Angled NYC Skyscraper

Posted by Jae on April 22, 2009

Citigroup Center

Citigroup Center

The Citigroup Center (formerly Citicorp Center) is a 279 m, 59 floor skyscraper in New York City, United States, located at 53rd Street between Lexington Avenue and Third Avenue in midtown Manhattan. This building is one of the most distinctive and imposing in New York City’s skyline, with a 45° angled top and a unique stilt-style base.  It is the tallest building that bears the Citigroup name.

To help stabilize the building, a tuned mass damper was placed in the mechanical space at its top.  The damper is designed to counteract swaying motions due to the effect of wind on the building and reduces the building’s movement due to wind by as much as 50%. Citigroup Center was the first skyscraper in the United States to feature a tuned mass damper. The building also features double-deck elevators, which are separated to serve only odd or even floors.  The corporate headquarters of Citigroup are not located in the building, but across the street in 399 Park Avenue.

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40 Wall Street – Held Title for World’s Tallest Skyscraper

Posted by Jae on April 19, 2009

40 Wall Street

40 Wall Street

40 Wall Street is a 70-story, 283 m, 1930 completed skyscraper originally known as the Bank of Manhattan Trust building, (but then became known by the numerical address when its founding tenant merged with the Chase National Bank to form the Chase Manhattan Bank.)  The building, located between Nassau Street and William Street in Manhattan, New York City, was completed in 1930 after only 11 months of construction. Its pinnacle reaches 282.5 m and was very briefly the tallest building in the world, soon surpassed by the Chrysler Building finished that same year.  In 1995, after years of neglect, 40 Wall Street was bought by Donald Trump and later renamed it to The Trump Building.


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American International Building – Tallest Skyscraper in Lower Manhattan

Posted by Jae on April 5, 2009

American International Building

American International Building

This is a 1932 completed, 66 story, 290 m skyscraper located in lower manhattan.  Upon its completion, it was the 3rd tallest building in the world (behind Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building.)  It was the tallest building in lower manhattan until the completion of the World Trade Center Twin Towers and have regained that status upon the twin towers destruction on September 11, 2001.

The building features an open air platform with an enclosed glass observatory above it on the 66th Floor, offering a view of downtown. This observatory, which was once public, is now accessible only to executives and employees of AIG.

An interesting useless fact is that the building appears at the end of the movie Spiderman. However, it is depicted as being located in midtown manhattan instead of lower manhattan.

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The New York Times Building

Posted by Jae on April 5, 2009

The New York Times Tower

The New York Times Tower

This is a 2007 completed, 52 floor, 319 m skyscraper in New York City.  The chief tenant is The New York Times Company, publisher of the The New York Times, The Boston Globe, and the International Herald Tribune.  Officially it is tied in height with the Chrysler Building (even though the Chrysler Building has many more floors and is clearly the more impressive skyscraper.)

The design incorporates many features for increased energy efficiency. The curtain wall maximizes natural light within the building while the ceramic-rod screen helps block direct sunlight and reduce cooling loads. Mechanized shades controlled by sensors reduce glare, while more than 18,000 individually-dimmable fluorescent fixtures supplement natural light, providing a real energy savings of 30 percent.

A natural gas plant provides 40 percent of the electrical power to the New York Times space within the building, with the waste heat used for heating and cooling. Floors occupied by the New York Times utilize a raised floor system which allows for underfloor air distribution, which requires less cooling than a conventional ducted system. The building also incorporated free-air cooling, bringing in outside air when it is cooler than the interior space, which saves additional energy. In excess of 95% of the structural steel was recycled.

The building, like many in midtown Manhattan, has no on-site parking, with most employees arriving by public transit. Since December 2007, building management has provided an indoor parking area for 20 bicycles.

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