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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  • Though it looks nothing like the more historical gems over which it looms, it's still a gorgeous skyscraper near 42nd St and Park Ave. It was fascinating to see in person and imagine the helicopter ri...  more »
  • An important building, formerly the Pan Am building. Now housing tons of firms as an office building, including many law firms. It is an interesting and pleasant place to spend some hours doing busine...  more »
  • Esun typical building in Manhattan postcards. It is next to Grand Central Terminal, in fact, from the lobby, you can access the station. You can not climb if these unaccredited, but the lobby is beautiful, assembled a beautiful tree at Christmas.
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  • I walk through to get to grand central... the conditioned air is formidable... Sometimes i feel like a pariah if i am not wearing a light blue button down shirt... All we want is more...
  • Dont miss the pizza/soda combo after 2 at naples
  • The Stark Tower, Avengers Tower, Statesman Tower, etc... A great location for fictional buildings in Film.
  • Awesome building - techy elevators and great convenient entrance right off the main floor of Grand Central Station.
  • Company jus moved intobthis building beat commute I have had ever to get to work. Great location for quick walks to what you may need as far as food or running lunch time errands. Only down side is how crazy it is during the day with tourists.

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