New York City Skyline Picture

New York City Skyline Picture
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New York City Skyline Picture

Every great city boasts about its skyline and The New York Skyline is no exception. Among some of the world's best-known cities, there has existed a not so subtle competition. This competitive spirit most often involves which city can build the tallest or the grandest buildings. Large metropolitan cities like New York, Chicago, Taipei, and Kuala Lumpur KL the have long challenged the boundaries of architecture and engineering in creating buildings.

New York, New York

Anchored by the iconic Empire State Building, the skyline of New York has alternately held the honor as home to the tallest building in the world. The name itself is a reflection of New York's nickname the Empire State. In fact, after its completion in 1932, the Empire State Building was the tallest building in the world. It was not until 1973 and the completion of the twin towers that made up the World Trade Center that the venerable Empire State building lost the honor. It was not long before Chicago became the home of the world's tallest building, when the Sears Tower opened in 1974.

With the tragic destruction of the World Trade Center in 2001, the Empire State Building remained as the tallest building on the skyline of New York. At over 1400 feet tall, this masterpiece of Art Deco design remains among the eight tallest buildings in the world. Like many of the world's great skyscrapers, the Empire State Building has an observation deck that provides visitors with a breathtaking view of New York City and beyond. It is said that on a clear day, visitors to the two observation decks can see as far as 80 miles.

Over the years, the Empire State Building has seen its share of triumph and tragedy. World leaders and celebrities have graced the building including such luminaries as Cuban President Fidel Castro, Russian Premier Nikita Khrushchev, and Britons Queen Elizabeth. In 1945, while flying in dense fog, a B25 bomber accidentally flew into the 79th floor, damaging but not destroying the building. Until modifications made to the building's two observation decks were completed, people wishing to end their lives would jump from the Empire State Building.

Of course, the Empire State Building is not the only prominent structure gracing the skyline of New York. From its bridges, buildings and other landmark structures, the skyline of New York is one of the most recognizable and beautiful in the world. Whether it is George Washington Bridge, the Brooklyn Bridge, the Chrysler Building, or the Statue of Liberty, the New York City skyline is a marvel of architectural diversity and history.

Other Great Skylines

The skyline of New York does have some serious competition, primarily from cities in Asia. Growing urban centers like Taipei, Taiwan, Kuala Lumpur KL in Malaysia and Shanghai, China have overtaken New York City in terms of the shear height of their skyscrapers. Named for the number of floors, the Taipei 101 is now the second tallest building in the world, second only to the Sears Tower in Chicago. At an astonishing 1666 feet tall and built in 2004, the Taipei 101 is a massive structure built primarily of glass and steel.

Another developing Asian city with a striking skyline is Kuala Lumpur KL in Malaysia. Kuala Lumpur KL is home to the world famous twin towers of the Pretonas Towers. The two towers are connected by a sky bridge and are constructed primarily of aluminum and steel. The unique style of the Pretonas Towers raises over 1400 feet over one of the fastest growing cities in Southeast Asia.