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Good is New York City: 7 Unconventional Building you should see in New York

United Nations – The United Nations Headquarters is a distinctive complex in New York City that has served as the headquarters of the United Nations since its completion in 1950. Though it is in New York City, the land occupied by the United Nations Headquarters is considered international territory, and its borders are First Avenue west, East 42nd Street south, East 48th Street north and the East River east.

TWA Terminal – TWA Flight Center was the original name for the Eero Saarinen designed Terminal 5 at Idlewild Airport, which was later renamed John F. Kennedy International Airport. The terminal has a futuristic design with the shape of a bird setting flight. The interior has wide glass windows that once opened onto parked TWA jets. Today, this terminal is closed to the public, but its unique design can be seen from the exterior and from the AirTrain (airport train). A good first sight to have once you arrive at JFK.

Lincoln Center – The Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts is a 16.3-acre complex of buildings located at Columbus Ave. by 63rd Street. It is the home for 12 arts organizations (music, film, dance, opera…), considered among the most prestigious in the world. Its open spaces –surrounded by a series of classical, conservative travertine buildings– are great for public activities and free concerts during the summer.

Flatiron Building – The Fuller Building, better known as the Flatiron Building, was one of the tallest buildings in New York City upon its completion in 1902. The building sits on a triangular island block at 23rd Street, between Fifth Avenue and Broadway. The triangular block is what gives it its iconic flat and lean shape.

Folk Art Museum – This extremely small museum, located at 45W 53rd Street and designed by Tod William Billie Tsien Architects, is not well known even among many Newyorkers. But what this building lacks in size, it makes up in great design. Its melted copper façade represents much of the crude folk art exhibited inside. The intimate areas reflect the domestic scale of much of the museum’s collection, allowing for a personalized art experience. Open galleries feature spaces for the display of larger, more dramatic works.

Rockefeller Center – The Rockefeller Center is not just a building; it is a complex of 19 buildings covering 22 acres between 48th and 51st streets, by 5th Avenue. It’s main building, known as “30 Rock”, counts with 70 stories topped by an observation deck (in my opinion the best view of the city). Here you will also see the Radio City Music Hall, NBC Studios, the famous Skating Rink, and a variety of stores. It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1987.

Seagram Building – The Seagram Building is a skyscraper located at 375 Park Avenue. Designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, in collaboration with Philip Johnson, the building was completed in 1958 and stands a total of 38th stories. Often copied but never matched, the Seagram Building is generally recognized as the finest example of skyscrapers in the International Style. Much of the building’s success comes from its elegant proportions, and its relation to the overall site. This building was the first with floor-to-ceiling windows.

There you have it! 7 more building. Alright, alright… Lets round it to 10 since there are so many to see. (and I’m enjoying this too much)

Rose Center for Earth and Space: Want to know how much you weight in Mars? Then the planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History is your place to go. It is located at Central Park West at 79th Street and was designed by James Stewart Polshek. The illuminated 87-foot diameter sphere –which appears to be floating in a huge glass cube– houses the Hayden Planetarium and Space Theater.

Grand Central Terminal: The famed train station’s Beaux Arts Classical design is known for its arches, clock, constellation ceiling and cathedral windows. Free tours are sponsored by the Municipal Arts Society every Wednesdays at 12:30 p.m., starting at the main concourse. It is located at 42nd street and Park Ave.

Hearst Tower: Designed by Sir Norman Foster, this 42-story tower was built atop the original six-story home of the Hearst media empire. Its façade has a diagonal grid with no vertical supporting columns, making this sleek design unique in the world. It is located at 951-969 Eighth Ave. by 56th Street.

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