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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  • August 10, 2017
    Now that view is not necessarily anywhere close to where to go, but Grand Central station, close to a ton on the mend I think seeing once. Although it is not necessarily where it should go up because it is a symbolic place is also recommended
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  • August 9, 2017
    You can clearly see this skyscraper while walking or crossing Park Avenue. It was built in the 1960's as Pan Am Building. One of many buildings to see in NYC.  more »
  • July 1, 2017
    This building looms above Park Ave. just north of Grand Central. It's been a landmark, but for me it was more notable when it had the PanAm name up on top. Now it disappoints.  more »
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  • March 8, 2017
    Well kept building. Good for tourists to walk through.
  • April 29, 2017
    It's very classic style building
  • November 14, 2016
    Absolutely an iconic building, an eye candy to the financial and business capital of the world.
  • April 6, 2017
    So this is also the location of the Stark/Avengers Tower !
  • May 19, 2016
    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.

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