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The Top 100 Greatest NYC Buildings — #39

Plaza Hotel Architect: Henry J. Hardenbergh Style: French Revival Use: Hotel Opened: 1907 Borough: Manhattan Featuring one of the grandest mansard roofs in the city, this French Renaissance masterpiece has had many lives under many owners but has always been synonymous with luxury, elegance, and good taste. There is no more coveted table for an …

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The Top 100 Greatest NYC Buildings — #40

Waldorf Astoria Hotel Architect: Schultze & Weaver Style: Art Deco Use: Hotel Opened: 1931 Borough: Manhattan Now the crown jewel in the Hilton hotel chain, this Park Avenue institution was moved from Fifth Avenue, where William Waldorf Astor established it, to make way for the Empire State Building. Its grand residential towers have served as …

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The Top 100 Greatest NYC Buildings — #41

Bronx Zoo Center Architect: Heins & La Farge Style: Renaissance Revival Use: Visitor Center Opened: 1908 Borough: The Bronx Almost Byzentine in its stylistic whimsy, this former elephant house was not only the home to the largest of pachyderms, but also rhinos, camels, and hippos, before being rededicated to smaller animals and a visitor information …

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The Top 100 Greatest NYC Buildings — #42

Lever House Architect: Gordon Bunshaft Style: Modern Use: Offices Opened: 1952 Borough: Manhattan Declared a New York City Landmark as soon as it was eligible in 1982, this graceful glass curtain building is an exercise in development forbearance in a metropolis mad for real estate. Rather than occupying its full lot and adhering to the …

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The Top 100 Greatest NYC Buildings — #43

Prospect Park Boathouse Architect: Helmle & Huberty Style: Beaux Arts Use: Education Opened: 1904 Borough: Brooklyn On the eastern end of Prospect Park’s Lullwater of the Lake, this iron lamped confection was designed by protégés of McKim, Meade, and White, whose style it strongly resembles. With a terra cotta exterior and gorgeous Guastavino tiles inside, …

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The Top 100 Greatest NYC Buildings — #44

Belvedere Castle Architect: Calvert Vaux Style: Gothic Revival Use: Visitor Center Opened: 1869 Borough: Manhattan Originally used as a weather-watching center, this granite-clad Manhattan schist castle is now a visitor center, staffed by the Central Park Conservancy. Standing atop Vista Rock, the second highest natural elevation in the park, the castle provides magnificent views of …

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The Top 100 Greatest NYC Buildings — #45

The Oculus Architect: Santiago Calatrava Style: Modern Use: Transit/Retail Opened: 2016 Borough: Manhattan Controversial for its massive construction delays and multi-billion dollar budget increases, this soaring testament to the resilience of the World Trade Center and its neighbors speaks for itself. Designed to evoke the wings of the Phoenix rising from its own ashes (what …

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The Top 100 Greatest NYC Buildings — #46

Eldridge Street Synagogue Architect: Peter and Francis William Herter Style: Moorish Use: House of Worship Opened: 1887 Borough: Manhattan This confection of Ashkenazi prayer was built in stark contrast to the squalid tenements of the late-19th century Lower East Side. Having fallen into disrepair in the mid-20th century, the synagogue underwent a 20-year 20-million dollar …

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The Top 100 Greatest NYC Buildings — #47

United Nations Architect: Wallace K. Harrison, Oscar Niemeyer, Le Corbusier Style: Modern Use: Legal/Government Opened: 1948 Borough: Manhattan With the freestanding buildings of this minimalist complex providing juxtaposition with each other, the neighborhood, and the river, they have proven Niemeyer’s promise that “beauty will come from the buildings being in the right space.” Appropriately designed …

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The Top 100 Greatest NYC Buildings — #48

The Steinway Mansion Architect: Unknown Style: Villa Use: Residential Opened: 1858 Borough: Queens There is no record who the architect of the greatest building in Queens was. But after the original owner Benjamin Pike sold it, the house became integrally linked to the name of William Steinway. The manufacturer of the greatest pianos in the …

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