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« Reply #45 on: November 30, 2008, 03:50:53 am »



The view on the Chrysler Building from the 86th floor observatory of the Empire State Building.
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« Reply #46 on: November 30, 2008, 03:52:48 am »



Top of the Chrysler Building.
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« Reply #47 on: November 30, 2008, 03:53:35 am »



The view on the Chrysler Building from 42nd Street. The building on the left is the Grand Hyatt Hotel.
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« Reply #48 on: November 30, 2008, 03:54:42 am »



The view on the Chrysler Building from the East River. MetLife (formerly PanAm) building is on the right.
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« Reply #49 on: November 30, 2008, 03:55:13 am »



Another view on the Chrysler Building from the East River.
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« Reply #50 on: November 30, 2008, 03:55:54 am »



The view on the Chrysler Building from the observatory of the Empire State Building.

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« Reply #51 on: November 30, 2008, 03:56:27 am »



The view of the Chrysler Building, Trump World Tower, and Queensborough Bridge from the 86th floor observatory of the Empire State Building at 5:20 pm.
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« Reply #52 on: November 30, 2008, 03:56:58 am »



The view of the Chrysler Building, Trump World Tower, and Queensborough Bridge from the 86th floor observatory of the Empire State Building at 6:18 pm.
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« Reply #53 on: November 30, 2008, 03:57:51 am »



The view of the Chrysler Building, Trump World Tower, and Queensborough Bridge from the 86th floor observatory of the Empire State Building at 7:07 pm.

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« Reply #54 on: November 30, 2008, 04:04:04 am »

In a City of Skyscrapers, Which Is the Mightiest of the High? Experts Say It's No Contest

By DAVID W. DUNLAP
Published: September 1, 2005


Happy 75th birthday, Chrysler Building. New Yorkers in the know think you're the best.

One hundred architects, brokers, builders, critics, developers, engineers, historians, lawyers, officials, owners, planners and scholars were asked this summer by the Skyscraper Museum in Lower Manhattan to choose their 10 favorites among 25 existing towers, from the Park Row Building (1899) to the Time Warner Center (2004).

Ninety of them named William Van Alen's Chrysler Building of 1930, which may come as close as any -- despite or because of its ebullient eccentricity -- to expressing New York's cloud-piercing ambitions.

The surprising runner-up was Ludwig Mies van der Rohe's Seagram Building of 1958, which is the antithesis of Chrysler: cool, tranquil, rectangular and restrained. What they have in common is that both express the spirit of their times, Chrysler playing a jazz-age flapper to Seagram's man in the gray flannel suit.

''These are irreconcilable choices if you try to evaluate them by one single system,'' said Carol Willis, the director of the Skyscraper Museum. Rather, she said, the voting showed that people judge some skyscrapers emotionally, others rationally.

Ms. Willis's own favorite, the Empire State Building, tied with Lever House, behind the Flatiron and Woolworth Buildings. The most recently built of the Top 10 was Eero Saarinen's CBS Building of 1964.

An exhibition including the results, ''Favorites,'' opened yesterday at the museum, 39 Battery Place, in Battery Park City. The rankings are posted at www.skyscraper.org.

Neither the survey nor the answers were strictly scientific. Respondents tended to gravitate toward towers with which they are personally involved.

For instance, the RCA Building at 30 Rockefeller Plaza (now the G.E. Building), was the No. 1 choice of Jerry Speyer of Tishman Speyer Properties, which co-owns Rockefeller Center; Samuel H. Lindenbaum, a land-use lawyer who represents the center; Howard J. Rubenstein, a public-relations executive whose firm promotes the center; and Daniel Okrent, the former public editor of The New York Times, whose 2003 book, ''Great Fortune,'' chronicled the history of the center.

Donald J. Trump checked off none of the buildings proposed by the museum but instead nominated Trump Tower, Trump World Tower, Trump International Hotel and Tower and 40 Wall Street. Yes, that would be the Trump Building.

There were some exceptions to self involvement. I.M. Pei did not chose 88 Pine Street, which his firm designed and where it has its office. But the building was among those picked by Robert B. Tierney, the chairman of the Landmarks Preservation Commission. Perhaps there is a designation in its future, though Mr. Tierney characterized the choice as one of personal affection and cautioned, ''Nothing 'official' should be inferred.''

The World Trade Center was not on the list and did not appear as a write-in on anyone's ballot. Leslie E. Robertson, a chief engineer of the twin towers, chose the Woolworth Building as his personal favorite. It, too, was once the tallest building in the world, 40 years before the topping out of 1 World Trade Center.


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