Skyscrapers of 42nd Street
East to West in Mid-Town Manhattan
42nd Street in Mid-Town Manhattan is the ideal place to see New York's skyscraper history in a single, sun-splashed walk from east to west across the island. Constructed at several points over the past century, and in several architectural styles, the buildings make it possible to understand other places in the city better.
42nd Street begins at the East River and the UN Headquarters building, a modernist project following World War II. Nearby, the brick buildings of Tudor Village face away from the river.
Built on land once occupied by slaughterhouses, Tudor City aimed to lure newly wealthy residents from New York's suburbs to a "city within a city" with lavish amenities
The Ford Foundation headquarters, was built in 1968 in International Style. Its palazzo shape brings light and air into the space, and windows glazed to admit light, but not heat.
The Daily News was the inspiration for the Metropolis Newspaper of Superman comics, illustrated with a number of interior elements. The Beaux Arts reliefs of The Daily News Building say what the newspaper is all about.
The Art Deco Chrysler Building, built in 1930, was the city's tallest building until surpassed by the Empire State Building, a few blocks away. This was the first use of aluminum on the outside of a building. Its distinctive ornamentation is based on features that found on Chrysler automobiles of the era.
Gargoyles depicting American eagles stare out over the city.
The interior of the Chrysler Building is in stark contrast to the exterior: earthy, dark and non-reflective, with wood inlay elevator doors.
Across the street, the facade of the Chanin Building is a riot of masonry detail, while the interior mixes Art Deco and Art Nouveau in elegant tones of beige and champagne.
The unique black and gold of the American Radiator Building symbolizes coal and flame. Built in 1929, the building overlooks Bryant Park.
The Bank of America at 1 Bryant Park is a newcomer to 42nd Street. Completed in 2009, it has a LEED Platinum energy rating. Its glass-draped exterior is the perfect book-end to an iconic Manhattan street. *** Highlights of our architectural walk with Context Travel
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