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New York

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Landmarks

  • Harlem
  • Central Park
  • Metropolitan Museum
  • Rubin Museum (150 West 17th Street)
  • Cloisters
  • MOMA (53rd & 5th)
  • Museum of New York (5th Ave & 103rd)
  • Museum of TV and Radio (5th Ave & 63rd)
  • Natural History Museum
  • Broadway & Times Square (theater district)
  • Rapp & Rapp: Paramount Building, 1501 Broadway (1927)
  • Emery Roth: The Beresford (1929), 211 Central Park West
  • Graves and Duboy: The Ansonia (1904), 2109 Broadway
  • Soho (Green St, Broome St)
  • Tribeca
  • William Berger: Civic Center Synagogue (1967), 49 White St
  • Voorhees, Gmelin & Walker: Western Union Building (1930), 60 Hudson
  • John Carl Warnecke: AT&T Long Lines Building (1974), Chursh and Worth Streets
  • Greenwich Village & Washington Square
  • Brooklyn Bridge
  • Statue of Liberty
  • United Nations (1953), 42nd to 48th on First Avenue
  • Douglas Ives: Tudor City (1928), 40th to 43nd and First to Second Avenue
  • Costas Kondylis: Trump World Tower (2001), 845 United Nations Plaza
  • Penn Station
  • St Patrick's Cathedral ((1879)
  • Saint John the Divine (still in construction, 112th & Amsterdam)
  • Richard Upjohn: Trinity Church (1846)
  • St Paul on Broadway (1760s)
  • Riverside Church (carillon), 490 Riverside Dr (120th St)
  • Temple Emanuel (1845), 5th & 65th
  • Daniel Burnham: Flatiron Building, New York (1902), 175 5th Ave ++
  • William Kendall: Municipal Building, New York (1906) +
  • Joseph Francois Mangin and John McComb: City Hall Park (1811), Broadway and Park Row
  • Federal Plaza: Richard Serra's "Tilted Arc" (1981)
  • Cass Gilbert: Woolworth Building (1913), 233 Broadway +
  • Carrere & Hastings: Standard Oil Building (1922), 26 Broadway
  • Walter Gropius: MetLife (ex Pan Am) building (1963), 200 Park Avenue ++
  • William van Alen (1883): Chrysler Building (1930), 405 Lexington Avenue +
  • High Stubbins: Citicorp building (1978), Lexington & 53rd Street +
  • Gordon Bunshaft: Lever House (1952), 390 Park Avenue
  • Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe: Seagram Building (1958), 375 Park ++
  • Raymond Hood: RCA Building (1933), 30 Rockefeller Plaza, bet W49 and W50
  • Shreve, Lamb, and Harmon: Empire State Building (1933), 350 5th Av ++
  • Hood, Reinhard, Hofmeister, etc: Rockefeller Center, New York (1931-37)
  • Eero Saarinen: TWA terminal, New York (1962), JFK airport
  • Philip Johnson: Sony (ex AT&T) Building (1984), 550 Madison Avenue ++
  • Minoru Yamasaki (1912): World Trade Center, New York (1970, dem 2001)
  • Daniel Libeskind: Freedom Tower (2008)
  • Steven Holl and Robert Silman: 5th Avenue and 42nd Street Tower (New York)
  • Renzo Piano and Charles Thornton: New York Times Headquarters
  • Ralph Walker: New York Telephone Building (ex Barclay-Vesey), 140 West Street (1927)
  • Cass Gilbert: 90 West Street (1907)
  • Ernest Graham: Equitable Building (1915), 120 Broadway
  • Ithiel Town and Alexander Jackson Davis: Federal Hall (1842), 28 Wall Street
  • George Post: New York Stock Exchange (1903), 8 Broad Street
  • Skidmore, Owings & Merrill: Chase Manhattan Bank Tower (1961), Nassau & William
  • Chase Manhattan Plaza: Jean Dubuffet's "Four Trees" (1971)
  • Gordon Bunshaft: Marine Midland Building, 140 Broadway (1967)
  • York & Sawyer: Federal Reserve Bank (1935), 33 Liberty St
  • Bruce Price: Bank Of Tokyo (1895), 100 Broadway
  • Voorhees, Gmelin & Walker: Irving Trust Company Building (1932), 1 Wall Street
  • Clinton & Russell and Holton & George: American International Building (1932), 70 Pine Street
  • Harvey Wiley Corbett: 1 5th Avenue (1929)
  • Russell G. Cory, Walter M. Cory, and Yasuo Matsui: Starret-Lehigh Building (1931), West 26th to West 27th st
  • Harvey Wiley Corbett and D.Everett Wald: Metropolitan Life Insurance Building (1923), 11-25 Madison Av
  • Napoleon LeBrun: Metropolitan Life Insurance Tower (1909), 1 Madison Av & 23rd St, modeled after the campanile of St Mark's Square in Venice
  • John Burgee and Phillip Johnson: Lipstick Building (1986), 885 3rd Avenue ++
  • Cross & Cross: General Electric Building (1931), 570 Lexington & 51st ++
  • Arthur Harmon: Shelton Towers Hotel (1924), 525 Lexington
  • Sloan & Robertson: Chanin Building (1929), 122 East 42nd Street & Lexington
  • Westin Hotel (2002), 270 West 43rd Street and Eighth Avenue
  • Helmle & Corbett: Bush Tower (1918), 130 West 42nd Street
  • David Childs: Time Warner Building (ex Esso), 10 Columbus Circle +
  • Elisha Harris Janes and Richard Leopold Leo: The Dorilton (1902), 171 W71 & Broadway.
  • Trowbridge & Livingston: Bankers Trust Company Building, 14 Wall Street (1912) top emulation of Temple of Halicarnassus
  • Fraunces Tavern (1762)
  • James Brown Lord: Delmonico's Restaurant (1891)
  • Kirby, Petit & Green: American Bank Note Company (1908), 70 Broad St
  • Harrison & Abramovitz: Socony-Mobil Building, 150 East 42nd Street (1956)
  • Kevin Roche & John Dinkeloo: Morgan Bank Headquarters, 60 Wall Street (1989)
  • Gordon Bunshaft: Grace Building, 1114 6th Avenue or 41 West 42nd Street (1974)
  • Continental Illinois Building (1981), Madison Ave & 53rd
  • Raymond Hood: American Standard Building (former American Radiator Building), 40 West 40th Street (1924)
  • Der Scutt: Trump Tower, 7125 5th Avenue & 54th (1983)
  • Kohn Pedersen Fox: 712 5th Avenue (1991)
  • Eero Saarinen: CBS Building, 51 West 52nd Street (1965)
  • City Spire (1988), 150 56th
  • Welles Bosworth: AT&T Building, 195 Broadway (1917)
  • SOM: Irving Trust (1983) on 101 Barclay St
  • Adamson Assoc: Hearst (2006), 8th & 57th +
  • Wallace Harrison: Metropolitan Opera (1966) +
  • Cass Gilbert: Alexander Hamilton Custom House (1907), 1 Bowling Green
  • Haughwout Building (1857) on 488 Broadway
  • Jefferson Market Courthouse (1877)
  • Cass Gilbert: New York Life Insurance Company Building (1928), 45 Madison & 26th
  • Engine Company No 31, 87 Lafayette (1895)
  • St Mark's In the Bowery (1799), 131 E.10th St
  • St Mark's Place between Third Avenue to Avenue A
  • Henry Fernbach: Central Synagogue (1872), 652 Lexington Avenue
  • Cesar Pelli: Bloomberg Tower (2004), 731 Lexington Avenue
  • Guggenheim Museum (5th Ave & 89st)
  • Columbia University 's Low Library
  • Emery Roth: San Remo Apartments (1930), 145-146 Central Park West
  • Ralph Adams Cram: St John the Divine, New York (1892)
  • Dakota, 1 W 72nd St & Central Park (1884)
  • Low Memorial Library, Columbia University (1897)
  • Public Library, 5th Ave & 40th St (1911)
  • Starrett-Lehigh, 11th Ave & 26th St (1931)
  • Jefferson Market Courthouse (1877) 425 Sixth Avenue at West 10th St.
  • Louis Sullivan: Bayard-Condict Building, 65-69 Bleecker Street (1899)
  • IM Pei: Silver Towers, 100-110 Bleecker Street (1899)
  • Renzo Piano: New York Times Building (2007), 40th St
  • Norman Foster: Hearst Tower (2007), 959 8th Ave
  • Joseph Urban: Hearst Magazine, lower level (1928), 959 8th Ave
  • Frank Gehry: 8 Spruce St (2011)
Others:
  • Goldman Sachs Tower in Jersey City
  • Raymond & Rado: 1 Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, 885 Second Avenue (1971)
  • Edward Durrell Stone: 1 Financial Square, 32 Old Slip (1987)
  • Roy Allen: former US Steel Building, Broadway and Liberty (1974)
  • William Lascaze: 1 NY Plaza, Whitehall btw Water and South Street (1969)
  • Kahn & Jacobs: 1 Pennsylvania Plaza (1972)
  • Swanke Hayden Connell: 1 Seaport Plaza (1981)
  • Emery Roth: 1 State Street Plaza, 1 State Street (1969)
  • Eidlitz & Mackenzie: 1 Times Square (Times Tower), 1475 Broadway (1904)
  • John Portman: Marriott Marquis, 1531-49 Broadway (1904)
  • Cesar Pelli: 1 World Financial Center (Dow Jones and Oppenheimer Funds Building), 1 World Financial Center (West St between Liberty and Vesey) (1986)
  • Kevin Roche, John Dinkeloo: 1-2 U.N. Plaza (U.N. Plaza Hotel), First Avenue & 44th Street (1976)
  • Eli Attia: 101 Park Avenue (1985)
  • Kahn & Jacobs: 100 Park Avenue (1949)
  • Francis Kimball: Trinity Building, 111 Broadway (1906)
  • Emery Roth: 1133 6th Avenue (Interchem Building), 1133 6th Avenue (1969)
  • Francis Kimball: United States Realty Building, 115 Broadway (1906)
  • SOM: 1166 6th Avenue (1973)
  • Ulrich Franzen: Phillip Morris Building, 120 Park Avenue (1983)
  • Ely Jacques Kahn: 120 Wall Street, 120 Wall Street (1930)
  • Emery Roth: 200 Water Street (1969)
  • Harrison & Abramovitz: Time and Life Building, 1271 6th Avenue (1959)
  • SOM: UBS - Paine Webber Building, 1285 6th Avenue (1961)
  • Kohn Pedersen Fox: 135 East 57th Street (1987)
  • IM Pei: 57 East 57th Street (1993)
  • Kahn & Jacobs: 1515 Broadway (1 Astor Plaza), 1515 Broadway (1969)
  • SOM: Bertelsmann Building, 1540 Broadway (1993)
  • Gwathmey Siegel: Morgan Stanley Dean Witter Building, 1585 Broadway (1990)
  • Emery Roth: Paramount Plaza, 1633 Broadway (1968)
  • Emery Roth: 17 State Street (1987)
  • Fox & Fowle: National Westminster Bank Building, 175 Water Street (1982)
  • Swanke Hayden Connell: Continental Tower, 180 Maiden Laine (1982)
  • Schultze & Weaver: Waldorf-Astoria, 301 Park Avenue (1962)
  • Henry Dreyfus & Emery Roth: Bankers Trust Co. Building, 280 Park Avenue (1962)
  • Emery Roth: 2 Broadway (1959)
  • Kahn & Jacobs: former American Expresss Plaza, 125 Broad Street (1971)
  • Cesar Pelli & Haines Lundberg Waehler: 2 World Financial Center (1987)
  • Wechsler, Grasso & Menziuso: U.S. Army Building, 39 Whitehall Street (1986)
  • Fox & Fowle: Reuters Building, Seventh Avenue & 43rd Street, Times Square (2001)
  • Cesar Pelli: American Express Building, 3 World Financial Center (1985)
  • Philip Johnson and John Burgee: 33 Maiden Laine (1 Federal Reserve Plaza), 33 Maiden Laine (1986)
  • Emery Roth: 345 Park Avenue (1969)
  • Gordon Bunshaft: Manufactures Hanover Trust Company Building, 350 Park Avenue (1954)
  • Carson, Lundin & Shaw: Manufacturers Hanover Trust Operations Center, Water and Broad Streets (1968)
  • Fox & Fowle: Conde Nast Building, Broadway & 42nd, Times Square (1999)
  • Cesar Pelli: Merrill Lynch Building, 4 World Financial Center (1986)
  • Helmut Jahn: 425 Lexington Avenue, 425 Lexington Avenue (1988)
  • Fox & Fowle: 45 Broadway (1983)
  • Kohn Pedersen Fox: Ernst & Young Building, 7th Avenue & 42nd, Times Square (2002)
  • Shreve, Lamb & Harmon: 500 5th Avenue (1931)
  • French, Ives, Sloan, Robertson: 551 5th Avenue (1927)
  • Emery Roth: 55 Water Street (1972)
  • Alfred Easton Poor: Home Insurance Company Building, 59 Maiden Lane (1966)
  • Edward Larrabee Barnes: IBM Building, 590 Madison Avenue (1980)
  • Edward Larrabee Barnes: 599 Lexington Avenue (1986)
  • Carson & Lundin: Manufacturers Hanover Trust Building, 600 5th Avenue (1952)
  • Swanke Hayden Connell: 620 Madison Avenue (1982)
  • Delano & Aldrich: 63 Wall Street (1929)
  • SOM: Olympic Tower, 645 5th Avenue (1976)
  • John Carl Warnecke: Piaget Building, 650 5th Avenue (1978)
  • Carson, Lundin & Shaw: Tishman Building, 666 5th Ave (1957)
  • Reinhard, Hofmeister & Walquist: Kent Building, 161 East 42nd Street (1952)
  • Eggers & Higgins and Marazio & Morris: Buchmann Tower, 680 5th Avenue (1957)
  • Emery Roth: 7 Hanover Square (1982)
  • Welton Becket: Barclay's Bank Building, 75 Wall Street (1987)
  • Edward Durrell Stone and Emery Roth: General Motors Building, 767 5th Avenue (1968)
  • Emery Roth: 77 Water Street (1970)
  • SOM: 85 Broad Street (1982)
  • Associated Architects: Amax Building (former RKO Building), 1270 6th Avenue (1932)
  • Ralph Walker: Long Distance Building of AT&T, 32 6th Avenue (1932)
  • Rogers, Burgun, Shahine and Deschler: Banco Santander, 45 East 53rd Street (1994)
  • Benjamin Winstar Morris: Bank of New York Building, 48 Wall Street (1927)
  • Gramercy Park (1860s) between East 20th and 21st Streets at the foot of Lexington Avenue
  • SOM: Bear Stearns World Headquarters, 383 Madison Avenue (2002)
  • John Mead Howells: Beekman Tower, 3 Mitchell Place (1928)
  • Associated Architects: British Empire Building, 620 5th Avenue (1933)
  • Fox & Fowle: Broad Financial Center, 33 Whitehall Street (1986)
  • Willauer, Shape & Bready: Candler Building, 220 West 42nd Street (1916)
  • Cesar Pelli: Carnegie Hall Tower, 152 West 57th Street or 899 Seventh Ave (1990)
  • Harrison, Abramovitz & Harris: Celanese Building, 1211 6th Avenue (1974)
  • Gordon Bunshaft: Chase Manhattan Bank (former Union Carbide Building), 270 Park Avenue (1960)
  • Cross & Cross: City Bank Farmers Trust Company Building, 20 Exchange Place or 22 William Street (1931)
  • Henry Hardenbergh: Con Edison Headquarters, Irving Place btw 14th and 15th (1911)
  • Harrison & Avramovitz: Corning Glass Building, 715 5th Avenue (1959)
  • Gruzen & Partners: Dag Hammarskjold Tower, 240 East 47th Street (1984)
  • Raymond Hood and John Mead Howells: Daily News Building, 220 East 42nd Street (1930)
  • Starrett & Van Vleck: Downtown Athletic Club, 19 West Street (1930)
  • Harrison, Abramovitz & Harris: Exxon Building, 1251 6th Avenue (1971)
  • Raymond Hood and Foulhoux & Godley: McGraw Hill Building, 330 West 42nd Street (1931)
  • Harrison, Abramovitz & Harris: McGraw-Hill Building, 1221 6th Avenue (1973)
  • Raymond Hood: McGraw-Hill, 330 W 42nd (1931)
  • Walker & Gillette: Fuller Building, 41 East 57th Street (1929)
  • Sloan & Robertson: Graybar Building, 410 Lexington (1927)
  • Napoleon LeBrun: Home Life Insurance Company Building (Postal Telegraph Building), 256-257 Broadway (1894)
  • Associated Architects: International Building North, 636 5th Avenue (1934)
  • Louis Weeks: International Telephone Building, 75 Broad Street (1930)
  • Christian de Portzamparc and Hiller/Eggers: LVMH Tower, 19 East 57th Street (1999)
  • Associated Architects: La Maison Francais, 610 5th Avenue (1933)
  • Henry Ives Comb: Liberty Tower (former Singlair Oil Building), 55 Liberty Street (1910)
  • J.E.R Carpenter: Lincoln Building, 60 East 42nd Street (1930)
  • Lincoln Center: +Henry Moore's Reclining Figure (1965)
  • Rose, Beaton, & Rose: N.Y. Telephone Co. Switching Station, 375 Pearl Street (1976)
  • Fox & Fowle: One Exchange Plaza, Broadway and Exchange Alley (1984)
  • Associated Architects: Palazzo di Italia, 626 5th Avenue (1934)
  • SOM: Park Avenue Plaza, 55 East 52nd Street (1981)
  • Robertson: Park Row Building, 15 Park Row (1899)
  • Associated Architects: Radio City Music Hall, 1260 6th Avenue (1932)
  • Emery Roth and Carrere & Hastings: Ritz Tower, 109 East 57th Street (1925)
  • Associated Architects: Simon & Shuster Building (former U.S. Rubber Co Building), 1230 6th Avenue (1939 )
  • Kohn Pedersen Fox: Smith Barney Traveler's Group, 386 Greenwich Street (1989)
  • SOM: Solow Building, 9 West 57th Street (1974)
  • Craig Severance & Yasuo Matsui: Trump Building (former Bank of Manhattan Building), 40 Wall Street (1929)
  • York & Sawyer: Transportation Building, 255 Broadway (1915)
  • Thomas Stanley: Trump Tower (former Gulf & Western Building), 15 Columbus Circle (1970)
  • Cass Gilbert: United States Courthouse, 1 Foley Square (1936)
  • Kahn & Jacobs: Universal Pictures, 445 Park Avenue (1947)
  • Kahn & Jacobs: Verizon Building (former N.Y. Telephone Co Building), 6th Avenue & 42nd Street (1974)
  • James Freed: Wall Street Plaza, 88 Pine Street (1971)
  • SOM: Wang Building, 780 3rd Avenue (1984)
  • Fred French: Woodstock Tower, 320 East 42nd Street (1928)
  • Cesar Pelli: World Financial Center, Battery Park City (1987)
  • Frank Williams: Worldwide Plaza, Eigth Avenue on 49th Street (1989)
  • Harrison, Abramovitz & Harris: XYZ Buildings, 1211,1221,1252 6th Avenue (1974)
  • Davis, Brody & Ass: Zeckendorf Towers, Irving Place btw 14th and 15th (1987)
  • High Line (entrances at 14th,16th,18th,20th on the West Side, 2.33 km section of the former elevated freight railroad turned into a park)

Notes

  • (2017) New York is a dirty city and its infrastructure is ridiculously obsolete. The New York subway is sheer hell. The trains are slow and break down all the time. The stairs to get to the train have no elevators or escalators. There are precious few signs to tell you where to go and where the train will stop. On the train don't count on any information. The displays are rare and mostly not working. The announcements, blasted through century-old loudspeakers, are grotesque: you only hear a grating sound, but the announcement could be important for your route. There is always something broken: the ticket machines, the turnstyles, and, last but not least, the trains. And all of this for $3 per ride. Hotels are filthy, noisy, dangerous and super-expensive.

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    Options from JFK to Manhattan:
    • Express Bus every 15-30 minutes 6:00 am - 12 Midnight ($13 in 2005)
    • Go to Terminal 4 and walk out to the buses. Take bus 15 to New Lots Ave. Take the subway 2/3. This avoids the Skytrain and the awful A train (2009)
    • The Skytrain ($5 in 2009) takes easily 15 minutes to Jamaica Station but runs often. On the other hand the A train from Jamaica station to Manhattan is confusing and unreliabler. From Manhattan to the airport, the A train is confusing: make sure you take the one that goes towards JFK (which runs erratically).

    Cheap accomodation
    • Whitehouse Hotel in Manhattan
    • YMCA in Cypress Hills ($40 for a single in 2005): 570 Jamaica Avenue, Brooklyn, 718.277.1600, 20 minutes from JFK airport (ideal if you have an early flight), one hour from Manhattan (J/Z lines)
    • YMCA in Brooklyn ($40 for a single in 2005): 99 Meserole Ave, (718) 389-3700, spectacular view of Manhattan
    • Other YMCA locations outside Manhattan
    • The three YMCA locations in Manhattan charge more ($50 minimum in 2005) and tend to be full

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