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Presenter : Chaka Forman

New York – Iconic Skyscrapers

Skyscrapers in New York, April 2009 by FromTheNorth

“My Skyscraper Walk kicks off at the Flatiron Building, then on to the art decoChrysler Building, and a jog over to the Empire State. Then it’s over to the Rockefeller Center, and Park Avenue for the revolutionary glass and steel towers of the Lever House and Seagram Building.”

New York’s skyline is world famous – and it’s punctuated by the silhouettes of some of the most iconic skyscrapers in the world. Host Chaka Foreman discovers you can actually fit, inchronological order, a nice collection of 20th century architectural wonders on a walk you can do in one afternoon.

Chaka starts at the Flatiron Building, the famously quirky shaped early 20th century skyscraper that bridges 2 eras of architectural design.

Chaka then moves on to the jazzy art deco Chrysler Building, and the Empire State Building – a popular superstar since its opening, making it one of the most beloved landmarks in the city.

Next stop, the Rockefeller Center, described as “New York’s town square” involving a whole complex of art deco buildings around the well-known “30 Rock”skyscraper.

Then finally, up to Park Avenue to study the Seagram Building and Lever House – 2 groundbreaking mid-century modern structures that would change the way the world looked at skyscrapers for decades to come.


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