Skyscrapers owned by New Yorkers

New York City is home to some of the tallest and most famous skyscrapers in the world. Not only are many of these buildings famous for their size and architecture, they are well-known attractions for famous visitors and tourist from all over the world. While many people may be familiar with many of NYC’s most famous skyscrapers, most have no idea who owns them. Here are a few facts about some of the New York’s most renowned skyscrapers and the people who own and visit them.

The Empire State Building

This is probably the most famous skyscraper in New York. Not only is this 1,454 foot building (ESRT) the place where King Kong climbed to meet his untimely death in both the 1933 and 2005 movies, it’s been visited by many celebrities. NFL running back Barry Sanders and music sensation Ashanti are just a few celebrities who had taken in views from atop this classic beauty. From 1931 thru 1970, the Empire State Building was the tallest building in the world and is considered one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World by the Amercian Society of Civil Engineers. If you’re wondering who owns this classic icon of architecture, then you may be surprised to learn that the Empire State Building is not owned by any one individual but by Empire State Realty Trust.

The Chrysler Building

Rising to a height of 1.046 ft., the Chrysler Building has been an Art Deco part of New York’s landscape since 1930. The building was originally designed and built for the Chrysler Corporation but the corporation never paid for construction and Walther P. Chrysler opted to pay for the building thus becoming its first owner. The building has changed hands several times since 1930. As of now, The Chrysler Building has two owners: the government of Abu Dhabi which owns 90 percent, and Tishman Speyer Properties which owns 10 percent but continue to control and manage the property. The Chrysler Building has seen a lot of celebrity visitors since its construction back in 1930. Albert Einstein, George Bernard Shaw, and Queen Elizabeth II have all taken is views from this historic building.

One World Trade Center

The 6th tallest building in the world, One World Trade Center is a beacon for tourist and celebrities alike. Recently completed in 2014, this building is not only a powerful symbol of hope and rebirth to the American people following the destruction of the twin towers, it’s a marvel of modern architecture. The building has two amazing memorial pools dedicated to the 9/11 tragedy. WTC, which is currently owned by Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, has seen many rich and famous visitors such as Drew Carey, Charlie Sheen, and Mark Wahlberg.

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Feb
07

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