Skyscrapers – Icons of Inspiration


People awe at the giant skyscrapers in the big cities around us. New York City is known for having the most. The most popular of course is the 102 story art deco Empire State Building; however, the list of other popular NYC buildings can fill a book. Interesting enough, some people, mostly tourists confuse the Empire State with the Chrysler Building. They were both built around the same time. 1930 and 1931 respectively, but each have their own distinctive features. The Chrysler is located on 42nd Street and Lexington Ave. It is 77 stories tall and has a shiny chrome spire at the top. The Empire State Building is located on 34th Street and 5th Ave and has 102 stories. It is lighted from the 86th floor to the top every night and the colors of the lights are determined by the holidays that commence at that time.

Although one could write about the many tall buildings that went up in the 1930s, and of the building boom of the 1960s, we cannot avoid noticing the buildings that have risen to new heights in these past five years. There is the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, the Shanghai Tower in China, the Makkah Royal Clock Tower Hotel in Saudi Arabia and of course, One World Trade Center, also called the Freedom Tower in Lower Manhattan. Possibly the most famous of all the new skyscrapers that have been constructed these last few years.

Chicago, of course runs a close second to New York City with its huge buildings both in height and width. In the photo left is the 104 story Wills Tower, formerly the Sears Building.  Additionally, there is the Aon building, the Trump Condo and the John Hancock Center.

Back east, New York City is seeing a new building boom. Not in commercial construction, but in residential construction. There is 432 Park Ave, soaring 1,396 feet on 57th Street in Midtown Manhattan. Not to be unbeaten is the Nordstrom Tower, also on 57th Street and currently under construction. It will rise an incredible 1,775 feet into the sky. One foot less than the that of the  Freedom Tower.

As more and more skyscrapers reach new heights during the beginning of this 21st century, there is no telling what lies ahead in mid-century, both in New York, the country and the world.

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