Chrysler Building, New York City

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Known for its classic Art Deco architecture, Chrysler Building is one of the city's most recognizable landmarks. Located on Manhattan's east side, the 319 m (1046 ft) skyscraper, built in 1930, used to be the world's tallest building until the construction of the Empire State Building. Because it was originally intended to be the Chrysler Corporation's headquarters, the building has replicas of 1929 Chrysler radiator caps as the corner ornamentation on the 31st floor. Although much of the building is leased to businesses and unavailable to visitors, take a moment to admire the building's exterior and visit the lobby to get a closer look at the Art Deco details and the renowned ceiling mural by Edward Trumbull. Plan to visit Chrysler Building and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended New York City attractions using our New York City trip itinerary maker tool .
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  • I'd been to NYC three times before this last trip and hadn't seen the Chrysler Building, so I was very excited to see it through the fog on the first night we were there on this trip. I learned more a...  more »
  • Famous from films and a wonder to see, the Chrysler is a majestic gem. I had an "Ah! There it is" moment when I noticed it. It looks better in person. A must see  more »
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  • This magnificent structure was the tallest building in the world for the brief period from its completion until the Empire State Building was constructed. The unique architecture of the upper floors of the exterior of the Chrysler building make it a very recognizable and attractive feature in the Manhattan skyline. The lobby of the first floor is beautiful and worth taking a few minutes to see if you are in the area. However, the lobby is the only portion open to the public. No tours are conducted of the building.
  • The iconic Art Deco skyscraper is a private office building, but the lobby is open to the public. There is a small deli and some shops in the concourse and a subway station. There is no accounting for taste but the Chrysler Building is much nicer looking than the Empire State Building and there is no line or logjam to get inside here. There is no public observation deck, but the iconic eagles and radiator cap statues can be seen from the ground on 42nd Street. The lobby is not very crowded, you will be able to view the mural in peace and quiet. A must visit for tall building lovers if you are in Manhattan on a weekday.

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