‘Like the top of the Chrysler building’ – cue Annie and the orphans. Every time I say the name ‘Chrysler Building‘ the musical Annie goes through my head. Good, bad? No matter what, the Chrysler Building in my opinion is the most iconic and impressive building in Manhattan. Doesn’t it seem like King Kong chose the wrong building?
Built in 1928-30, there was an intense competition in New York to build the world’s tallest skyscraper. Despite being built at a frantic pace, the Chrysler Building became the tallest in NYC to be beaten by the Empire State building 11 months later. The building has an impressive 3,862 windows, with its gargoyles modelled after Chrysler automobile products like the hood ornaments of the Plymouth. The corners of the 61st floor are graced with eagles, and the 31st floor corner ornamentation are replicas of the 1929 Chrysler radiator caps. Very cool, and very impressive.
When the building first opened, it contained a public viewing gallery on the 71st floor and The Cloud Club (a very exclusive bar that allowed only men) occupied the 66th, 67th, and 68th floors. They closed down the viewing gallery a long time ago, and unfortunately the Cloud Club was demolished. The only way to get to the top of the Chrysler Building these days is to either work there or if you have an appointment. Luckily, my dentist is in the top of the spire on the 69th floor. And yes, the views are amazing. Eat your heart out Annie.
Chrysler Building, 405 Lexington Ave New York, NY 10174 (Midtown East)