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Skyscrapers of New York City

by staff, 04/23/2014 [Updated 06/15/2015]

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  • New York City is defined by its skyline—the silhouette created by Manhattan's buildings is instantly recognizable and utterly mesmerizing. In fact, NYC is home to more than 200 buildings measuring 500 feet or taller, roughly double that of its closest US competitor. You can appreciate the skyline's grandeur from the observation decks atop the Empire State Building and Top of the Rock and revel in its scope from lower vantage points like the Brooklyn Bridge or the Brooklyn Heights promenade.

    In celebration of One World Trade Center's recently becoming the tallest building in the western hemisphere, here's a guide to some of the City's essential skyscrapers—organized, naturally, by descending order of height.

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