Soaring 1,048 feet in the sky on Lexington Avenue, the Chrysler Building is like the Crown Jewel of the city skyline. The building was a major player in the War for the Skies in 1929. Auto tycoon Walter Chrysler contested Bank of Manhattan Trust Company for the title of world's tallest building. Upon completion, Chrysler Building had the honor of being the tallest structure in the world for four months before the completion of the Empire State Building in 1931.
This New York building was built for Chrysler Corporation's corporate offices. Walter Chrysler wanted his tower to reflect modern day glory. The crown of the building is heavily decorated and has two lighting systems. On special occasions colored lights brighten up the skyline.
Automotive fashion and style pieces such as eagle heads and hood ornament wings were used as design touches. Walter also used hubcaps and mudguards in his building with the dream to make it a global name.
The corners of 61st floor are decorated with 1929 Chrysler hoods and eagles, while on the 31st floor décor includes reproductions of 1929 radiator caps. The tall art deco facade is topped by a shiny needle which was raised to add height. For the first time ever, Nirosta metal – a mixture of chrome, nickel and steel was used on the exterior of Chrysler Building.
Soon as you step into the building, the wonderful interiors showing off attractive marble works take over. The elevator doors display rare patterned wood inlays and stairs use chrome hand rails. Today, the Chrysler Building is the city's greatest art deco landmark. A reflection of the city's history and the auto-artsy feel make it a cherished destination.
Famous neighbors include Grand Central Terminal, Ford Foundation Atrium, New York Public Library, United Nations Headquarters and the Bryant Park.
On 42nd St. and Lexington Ave, Grand Central Oyster Bar and Restaurant (212-490-6650) has been serving up excellent seafood since 1913. With an up-classy clientele, this restaurant offers dozens of varieties of oyster and crab dishes. At the swanky Campbell Apartment on 15 Vanderbuilt Avenue, the up-heeled meet over vintage wines and champagnes. Opulent interior decor and steps to Grand Central Terminal make it a nice stop over for a nightcap.
From the nearby Helmsley Middletowne Hotel, you can walk four blocks to United Nations and six blocks to the Broadway Theater District. You can wake up to a free continental breakfast and lock your precious things in the room safe before leaving. The thematic Library Hotel A Member of HKHO attracts the literary kind, while the poetry garden and reading rooms serve as a great draw. Guests enjoy free breakfast and free refreshments all day long.
Monday-Friday 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
405 Lexington Ave,
New York, NY 10174
Tel: (212) 682-3070
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