These 22 Majestic Structures Are the Reason New York City Is the Architecture Capital of the World
New York City’s architecture is an eclectic blend of styles that span centuries.
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Late director Milos Forman once said that New York City is “probably the only city which in reality looks better than on the postcards.” And who can really argue with that? With architectural masterpieces such as the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building, and of course, the World Trade Center, the Big Apple has the most recognizable skyline in the world, and it is one that is always evolving. The city seems to be in a constant state of metamorphosis with new structures, even neighborhoods, popping up all the time. Inspiration flows from every city block—classic 19th-century brownstone buildings, elegant art deco gems, and modern structures define the cityscape. It is a sight that can never be boring, no matter how many times you’ve seen it.
Here, we rounded up some of New York City’s most iconic buildings, old and new, that everyone should visit at least once in their life.