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Chrysler Building, New York City

Architectural Building · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
Known for its classic Art Deco architecture, Chrysler Building is one of the city's most recognizable landmarks. Located on Manhattan's east side, the 319 m (1046 ft) skyscraper, built in 1930, used to be the world's tallest building until the construction of the Empire State Building. Because it was originally intended to be the Chrysler Corporation's headquarters, the building has replicas of 1929 Chrysler radiator caps as the corner ornamentation on the 31st floor. Although much of the building is leased to businesses and unavailable to visitors, take a moment to admire the building's exterior and visit the lobby to get a closer look at the Art Deco details and the renowned ceiling mural by Edward Trumbull. Plan to visit Chrysler Building and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended New York City attractions using our New York City trip itinerary maker tool.
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  • My 8 yo and I entered, masked of course, on Monday 8/16/2021 at 1:30pm and were immediately ordered out of the lobby by a security guard. We asked if the lobby would ever be open to the public and he....  more »
  • There are many built in NY. The best elevator inside the building has to be in here. Apart from this though, nothing more for tourists  more »
  • The more of the beauty you want to see, more afar you have to go. From street, other buildings hinder the view. Spires, architecture, you can only see from far away.  more »
  • The Chrysler Building is a New York icon featured in many films and comprises the skyline. Art Deco architectural style with terraced crown and recognized spire, chrome plating, stainless steel exteriors. Modernism and luxury style, the crown's distinctive triangular windows are illuminated by fluorescent lights in various colors pending the occasion. In the past I came here for employment interviews and always in awe with admiration of the art deco lobby area of the walls and ceiling. The Chrysler Building is full of history both architectural and non-architectural.
  • The view is beautiful. The architecture design is marvelous. From the building you can see the view of New York City. You will love this building. You need to have your Photo I.D to be able to access the building. It's used to be the world tallest building in the past. If you have fear for heights and tall buildings make sure you have someone by your side who will support you. Viewing a tall building of this magnitude in New York could be terrifying for nervous people. Lol. You will love taking pictures from this building and even far away the building. Its lovely for post cards.
  • At night the top of the Chrysler Building is lit up and extremely attractive in the NY skyline.During the working day the foyer/lobby is open to the public to view the fantastic 1920's/1930's art deco architecture. A must to see and visit if you're in the area of Lexington & 42nd street. A couple of the security guards are little grumpy however there is an area in the foyer/lobby set aside for us travellers to view the interior. Go on, give it a go, it's free.
  • The Chrysler Building is one of the world’s most striking Art Deco buildings. Check out the facade from the southwest corner of 3rd Avenue and 42nd Street to see how details in the brickwork change with each setback. Look for details that recall autos of the 1920s: hubcaps, fenders, streamlined bodies, even hood ornaments. The striking crown is made of stainless steel, custom fabricated in Germany for the building. This is the first steel-frame building to show part of the steel on the outside. (To see all of the steel, visit the Ford Foundation building two blocks to the East.) Despite the name, it has no connection to the Chrysler Corporation, which never had offices there. (The Empire State Building was originally planned as headquarters for General Motors.) Walter Chrysler was a major investor and kept personal offices on the upper floors. The lobby is open to the public during business hours. Check out the exotic marbles on the walls and floors and the striking mural on the ceiling, which dramatizes the possibilities of transportation in the ‘20s. The Chrysler Building was the tallest building in the world for about 15 months, when Empire State topped out. It was the first structure taller than the Eiffel Tower.
  • The building is stunningly beautiful from the outside, of course. The lobby is available to the public, and if you're into red marble, it's definitely worth a visit. 1 star minus for the fact that th guards will only allow you on one side of the lobby even though the other also includes displays of the building's past.

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