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Top 10 Tallest Buildings in New York City

New York City has the United States’ most prominent skyline, with legendary, illustrious skyscrapers that tower into the sky like the dreams and ambitions of its residents. From iconic classics to modern marvels, here are the tallest buildings in New York City.

1. One World Trade Center

Height1,776 ft
NeighborhoodFinancial District, Manhattan
PurposeOffice / Commercial
Floors104

One World Trade Center is the most iconic skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere. Its height of 1,776 ft is a symbolic nod to the year that the Declaration of Independence was signed.

One World Trade Center

2. Central Park Tower

Central Park Tower

Height1,550 ft
NeighborhoodMidtown, Manhattan
PurposeResidential
Floors98

Central Park Tower is the tallest building in the United States by roof height. The building is primarily residential, offering 179 condominiums at an average of 5,000 sq. ft each. A few of the building’s floors are used for amenities such as a private club, gym and more. Central Park Tower also holds the Guiness World Record for being the tallest cantilevered building in the world.

3. 111 West 57th Street aka Steinway Tower

Steinway Tower

Height1,550 ft
NeighborhoodMidtown, Manhattan
PurposeResidential
Floors84

This supertall residential tower is the world’s most slender skyscraper. The width-to-height ratio of the building is approximately 1:24. The property offers 60 ultra-luxury condominium units in a building steeped with piano industry history. This building has old-school NYC charm on the lower Steinway Hall section, and modern luxury appeal above floor 20.

4. One Vanderbilt

One Vanderbilt

Height1,401 ft
NeighborhoodMidtown, Manhattan
PurposeOffice
Floors62

One Vanderbilt is the second tallest office building in New York. It is intended to be integrated with Grand Central Terminal, providing underground access to the transportation hub. The building is also much larger than some of the other ones on this list, offering more than double the square footage of the Steinway Tower.

5. 432 Park Avenue

432 Park Ave

Height1,397 ft
NeighborhoodMidtown, Manhattan
PurposeResidential
Floors85

This is the third tallest residential building in the world, and the sixth tallest building in the United States. It has impeccable views of Central Park. It is informally referred to as a pencil tower with a width to height ratio of 1:15. The building has five open-air two story windbreaks every 12 floors from the top to reduce the wind load on the tower. The tower features 125 condominiums.

6. 30 Hudson Yards

30 Hudson Yards

Height1,270 ft
NeighborhoodHudson Yards, Manhattan
PurposeOffice / Commercial
Floors85

30 Hudson Yards is the pinnacle of the Hudson Yards development. It has the highest outdoor observation deck in the entire country. The building also offers 2,600,000 square feet of floor area, making it one of the largest buildings in NYC by square footage as well.

7. Empire State Building

Empire State Building

Height1,270 ft
NeighborhoodMidtown, Manhattan
PurposeOffice / Commercial
Floors102

The Empire State Building might be the most iconic building in the city. It has been the focal point of Midtown since the 1930s, and is frequented by millions of visitors each year. It’s often lauded as one of the seven wonders of the modern world and as one of engineering’s most esteemed marvels. Symbolic and iconic, it will retain a special place in the hearts of New Yorkers forever, and will always be one of the tallest buildings in New York City.

8. Bank of America Tower aka One Bryant Park

One Bryant Park

Height1,200 ft
NeighborhoodMidtown, Manhattan
PurposeOffice / Commercial
Floors55

The Bank of America Tower is the first skyscraper to receive a Platinum LEED certification. It is imitated worldwide as a model for sustainable architecture in skyscrapers. The building offers 2,100,000 sq ft of floor space. The basement goes as deep as 55 feet below the ground. The neo-Georgian Stephen Sondheim Theatre occupies the base of the building.

9. 3 World Trade Center

3 World Trade Center

Height1,079 ft
NeighborhoodFinancial District, Manhattan
PurposeOffice / Commercial
Floors80

3 World Trade Center is located on the eastern side of the World Trade Center site. It is primarily office and retail space, with five indoor floors of retail at the building’s base. The building’s construction began in 2010 but was not completed until 2014 as it lacked an anchor tenant.

10. 9 Dekalb aka the Brooklyn Tower

Brooklyn Tower

Height1,066 ft
NeighborhoodDowntown Brooklyn
PurposeMixed Use
Floors93

9 Dekalb is a mixed use tower being built atop the landmark Dime Savings Bank in downtown Brooklyn. It is the tallest building in New York City outside of Manhattan. The building is still under construction, but will offer condos, rental units, and retail space to downtown Brooklyn upon completion.

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