New York City Skyline

Each city has its own unique skyline and New York City is no different. With skyscrapers that soar to dizzying heights and in different colors and shapes, from a distance, they look almost like they were taken from a pop-up book.

I remember the first time I heard the word skyscrapers. I might have been about 11 then. I could never, not in my wildest dreams anyway, have imagined buildings so tall. When I saw them a few years later, my eyes searched the sky trying to find the top floors.

New York City Skyline
Pop-up-book-style view of Manhattan from Governors Island ferry

New York City has, a various times, had some of the tallest buildings in the US as well as the world. The Empire State Building, at 1,250 feet, was the tallest building in the US when it was completed in the 1930s.

The Trump Building or 40 Wall Street was the tallest building in the world for two months until the completion of the Chrysler Building.

The Art Deco style Chrysler Building, 1,046 feet, was the tallest man-made structure in the world from 1930-31. It is the 50th tallest building in the world.

It’s hard to imagine that the Metropolitan Life Tower, which is only 700 feet, was the tallest building in the world for 4 years until the Woolworth Building was built in 1913. It took a mere 92 feet for the Woolworth to claim the title of tallest building in the world. And it held on to it for 17 years.

All these skyscrapers in New York City and the country have now been eclipsed by One World Trade Center, which you can see on the left in the photo above. It stands at 1,776 feet and is the fourth tallest building in the world.

By far the best way to appreciate the height and beauty of New York City’s skyscrapers is from a distance. My favorite places to view them are from the waterways and islands around Manhattan. Some locations in Brooklyn and New Jersey, especially those that line the coastline, aren’t bad either.


Linking up with Travel Photo Thursday, that Nancie at Budget Travelers Sandbox organizes. Be sure to head over and check out more photos from locations around the world.


8 comments on “New York City Skyline

  1. Beautiful shot, Marcia. I love seeing big cities and their skyscrapers and New York has some of the best skyline. I know what you mean about seeing those skyscrapers and finding the top. NYC was the first one that took my breath away too.

  2. Great photo, Marcia! It does indeed look like a pop-up. I’ll be in New York in two weeks and will try to get some pics from the vantage points you suggest. There is absolutely no place like NYC. I’ve been watching a great series of documentaries on TVO about New York; one of them was about that iconic photo of skyscraper workers taking a lunch break on an iron beam in the sky. Incredible footage of an incredible era.

  3. Thanks, Lesley! I know exactly which photo you mention. It’s definitely a great shot.
    Hope you enjoy your trip to NYC. Let me know if you’ll have time for lunch.

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