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MetLife Building, New York City

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The MetLife Building is a 59-story skyscraper at 200 Park Avenue at East 45th Street above Grand Central Terminal in Midtown Manhattan, New York City. Built in 1960–63 as the Pan Am Building, the then-headquarters of Pan American World Airways, it was designed by Emery Roth & Sons, Pietro Belluschi and Walter Gropius in the International style. The world's largest commercial office space by square footage at its opening, it remains one of the hundred tallest buildings in the United States.HistoryIn September 1960, Pan Am founder Juan Trippe signed a 25-year, $115,500,000 lease with the building's developer, Erwin Wolfson, allowing the airline to occupy 613000sqft, or about 15 floors, plus a new main ticket office at 45th Street and Vanderbilt Avenue.When it opened on March 7, 1963, the Pan Am Building (as it was known at the time) was the largest commercial office space in the world by square footage. It was initially an unpopular sight due to its lack of proportion and huge scale—it dwarfed the New York Central Building to the north and Grand Central Terminal to the south. The building was surpassed in size by the World Trade Center in 1970–71 as well as 55 Water Street in 1972.
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  • We were lucky enough to visit the Holy of Holies historical MetLife! In the Office of the Board of Directors. In the main skyscraper in New York has starred in all the movies of this city. Touch the history-it means to become a piece of history.
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  • Will say next to Grand Central station, in the same building, or perhaps is probably the Ginza Japan's kabuki theater structure? I wonder. I feel such matches before the Grand Central building and a modern building. Or even from very far away.
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  • The MetLife building is cool to look at but there are many more interesting and attractive buildings in New York.  more »
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  • Absolutely an iconic building, an eye candy to the financial and business capital of the world.
  • Dear Almighty, Please open the doors that I may get a call for a job interview. Please with the grace of Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Marahj.
  • The MetLife Building is a 59-story skyscraper at 200 Park Avenue at East 45th Street above Grand Central Terminal in Midtown Manhattan, New York City. Built in 1960–63 as the Pan Am Building, the then-headquarters of Pan American World Airways, it was designed by Emery Roth & Sons, Pietro Belluschi and Walter Gropius in the International style. The world's largest commercial office space by square footage at its opening, it remains one of the hundred tallest buildings in the United States.
  • It may be iconic, but it looks rather decrepit upstairs past security.
  • One of the most spectacular buildings in the city, not the least because you can see it for miles down Park Avenue.