Strolling in the Concrete Jungle

by Alina Koltovska

(From the ARNIC Observer_Vol 1_Issue 2)

photoWHEN I WAS LANDING IN NYC the first thing that I saw in my window was Manhattan with its beautiful skyscrapers. I will never forget this breathtaking view.

New York is the world’s ultimate skyscraper city.

The most famous of all skyscrapers, The Empire State Building, was the world’s tallest for 41 years. The Empire State Building is a 103-story skyscraper located in midtown Manhattan. Its name is derived from the nickname for New York, the Empire State.

The Empire State Building cost around $41 million to build (equal to roughly $500 million dollars in 2010). But considering how many people here visit this skyscraper since opening, it’s nothing. Outdoor observatories have been visited by over 110 million people. See the world from the famous outdoor deck on the 86th floor starting at $27.

As for me, a more beautiful view of the city can be seen from another skyscraper— Rockefeller Center. Rockefeller Center, originally known as Radio City, is a complex of buildings developed in the midst of the Great Depression. Rockefeller Center, known as a “city in a city,” is an exceptional example of civic planning. All buildings share a common design style, Art Deco.

Art deco is an influential visual arts design style which first appeared in France after World War I. It is an eclectic style that combines traditional craft motifs with machine age imagery and materials.

The GE Building is an Art Deco skyscraper that forms the centerpiece of Rockefeller Center in Midtown Manhattan. At 850 feet (259m) high, the 70-story building is the 10th tallest in NYC. The observation deck on top Rockefeller Center’s building promoted as “Top of the Rock” boasts panoramic views of Central Park and the Empire State Building.

Today, my favorite skyscraper is The Time Warner Center. The modern twin towers loom over Columbus Circle, a roundabout at the southwest corner of Central Park. Built in 2003, it is one of the most successful modern skyscrapers in NYC. The property had the highest listed market value in NYC, $1.1 billion, in 2006.

There are so many skyscrapers in NYC and they are one of the reasons why I love NY. Every day when I walk in the city, I have this feeling that I am walking through a concrete jungle; I love this feeling because the jungle is so special. It contains so many different skyscrapers, all of them with their own history and own character. I love NY!

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