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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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  • That you can get out safely, just a high-rise building with modern but unspectacular architecture. Often it passed but not more.
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  • This is a well known building in MidTown right on top of Grand Central. It used to be called the Pan Am building and had a helicopter pad on its roof. I once had dinner at the private club on the top ...  more »
  • The high-rise building of the American insurance company. Nothing osbennogo in it no further, that when you look at a beautiful facade behind Central station towers this skyscraper. But it contrasts with New York, which attract tourists from all over the world to visit metropolis.
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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.