The Chrysler Building is located at 405 Lexington Avenue, on the East Side of Manhattan. It is instantly recognizable for its two features, it's silver spire with the large, triangular windows, and the gargoyles on each of the eight points of the base of the spire. It used to be, not just the tallest building in New York City, it used to be the tallest building in the world! It beat out 40 Wall Street, now know as The Trump Building, (If you are from New York, and have been to Lower Manhattan, it is the tall building with the green, pyramid-styled spire), back in 1930. It was the first ever manmade structure to exceed 1,000 feet. It was beaten eleven months later, on May 1st, 1931, by the Empire State Building.
It is however, the tallest brick building in the world, at a height of 1,046 feet. It is currently tied, with the Times Square Building, as the fifth tallest building in New York City, behind One World Trade Center, 432 Park Avenue, the Empire State Building, and the Bank of America Tower.
This building used to have an accessible Observation Deck, in the famous spire, but it closed shortly after World War II. It also has a set of unused hydraulic lifts, that would raise the building's spire a few more floors, to try to maintain its tallest building in the world status, but the Empire State Building beat it soundly, by over 200 feet.
This building can be seen from almost anywhere in the city, and the surrounding boroughs. It is one of the most famous buildings ever built, and has inspired so many other buildings around the country, like One Liberty Place in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It is also a 'skymark', as right next to the building, is Grand Central Station, so if you are ever lost, and don't remember the address of the Station, just go towards the Chrysler Building.
I hope that you all enjoyed this blog post, about one of the coolest buildings in New York City!
Have you ever seen the Chrysler Building? Do you think that it is a cool skyscraper? Can you believe that this building used to be the tallest in the world?
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