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432 Park Ave. and 10 more of the tallest buildings in NYC
New York City is the city of skyscrapers -- and there are more on the way. Defined by iconic Art Deco towers of the 1930s and modern glass behemoths, New York's skyline is full of history and modernity.
In honor of the latest kid on the block, we look at the 11 tallest buildings in New York City.
One World Trade Center
One World Trade Center stands at 1,776 feet, making it the tallest building in the U.S. and the fourth tallest building in the world. Its status as the tallest building is being threatened by the construction of 432 Park Avenue, which just topped 1,000 feet and is set to be 1,398 feet tall upon completion (likely in 2015), the tallest residential building in the world. (Credit: Getty/Spencer Platt)
432 Park Ave.
The 104-tower 432 Park Ave. topped out at 1,396 feet on Oct. 14, 2014, making it the tallest residential building in the Western Hemisphere. At that height, 432 Park Ave. is now taller than the Empire State Building and taller than One World Trade Center without its spire. The cornerstone of the city's new "Billionaire's Row," 432 Park Ave.'s most expensive apartment, one of the penthouses, is currently for sale for $95 million. In September, daredevil Demid Lebedev (Instagram account @demidism) snuck atop 432 Park Ave. and recorded the unbelievable views.(Credit: dbox for CIM Group/Macklowe Properties)
Empire State Building
The iconic Empire State Building, located on 5th Avenue between 33rd and 34th Streets, is 1,250 feet high, the fourth tallest building in the U.S. and the 23rd tallest building in the world. When it was completed in 1931, the Empire State Building was the tallest in not just New York, but in the world. It kept the title until 1973, when the World Trade Center was completed. The Empire State Building once again became the tallest building in New York on Sept. 11, 2001. (Credit: Steven Sunshine)
Bank of America Tower
The Bank of America Tower, located at 42nd St. and Sixth Avenue, is 1,200 feet high. The building earned U.S. Green Building Council's LEED Core & Shell Platinum certification as one of the world's most environmentally responsible high-rise office buildings, according to Bank of America. It was the first skyscraper to receive the designation. (Credit: DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)
The Chrysler Building, located at 405 Lexington Avenue, is 1,049 feet tall. When it opened in 1930, it was the tallest building in the world--but it only had the title for 11 months, when the Empire State Building was completed. It is now the 57th tallest building in the world, and the seventh tallest in the U.S. (Credit: STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)
The New York Times Building
Located on 8th Avenue between 40th and 41st Streets, The New York Times Building is 1,046 feet tall. It's the same height as the Chrysler Building, tying for fourth tallest building in New York, seventh tallest in the U.S. and 57th tallest in the world. The New York Times Building is the first high-rise curtain wall with ceramic sunscreen built in the U.S., according to The New York Times. (Credit: Flickr / seabamirum)
At 1,004 feet, One57 is the sixth tallest building in Manhattan. The 90-story building is mixed-use; the bottom 25 floors will be a Park Hyatt hotel and the rest are residential condominiums. Since it topped out in June 2012, One57 and neighboring 432 Park Ave. have changed the skyline along Central Park South. (Credit: Getty Images / Afton Almaraz)
Four World Trade Center
Designed by Pritzker-prize winning architect Fumihiko Maki, Four World Trade Center (also known as 150 Greenwich Street) is 978 feet tall. The first of the new World Trade Center to be completed (and once known as "New York's most ignored skyscraper" by The New York Times), Four World Trade Center opened in November 2013. (Credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
70 Pine Street
At 952 feet, 70 Pine Street is the seventh tallest building in New York. Built in 1932, the Art Deco skyscraper was once the third tallest building in the city, behind only the Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building. But in a strange twist, it hasn't been open to the public in decades--although that is likely to change, possibly as soon as 2015. Developer Rose Associates is planning on opening 644 residential units, a 132-unit extended stay hotel, a high-end gym and a restaurant in the skyscraper. There will also be 35,000 square feet of retail space on the ground floor and lobby levels. (Credit: Flickr / wallyg)
40 Wall Street
40 Wall Street, also known as The Trump Building, is 927 feet tall. When it was completed in 1930, it was the tallest building in the world (an honor soon lost to the Chrysler Building and then the Empire State Building), surpassing the Woolworth Building. In the 1980s, 40 Wall Street was one of the properties secretly purchased by Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos, and a court battle over ownership lasted for years after his ouster. Donald Trump bought the skyscraper at a famously low price in 1995 after it had fallen into disrepair. He put a reported $35 million into repairs, and renamed it The Trump Building. (Credit: Flickr / 50649317@N00)
601 Lexington Avenue (Citigroup Center)
Completed in 1977, the Citicorp Center (later renamed the Citigroup Center and now known as 601 Lexington Avenue) is 915 tall, the tenth tallest building in New York. It was the first skyscraper in the U.S. to be built with a tuned mass damper, which reduces the sway in tall buildings. (Credit: Google)