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February 9th, 2003, 11:43 PM
I'm going to be in Chicago for business for the next 6 months, so I won't be able to post NYC architecture photos for a while.
Here is my collection that I have gathered so far...organized by architectural periods.

French Renaissance (Early 1900s)

Plaza Hotel
http://mywebpage.netscape.com/DennDlm/architecture/plazahotel_main1.jpg *

Italianate/Italian Renaissance (Early 1900s)

Metropolitan Life Tower

Payne Whitney Mansion
http://mywebpage.netscape.com/DennDlm/architecture/paynewhitney_main1.jpg *

Peninsula Hotel
http://mywebpage.netscape.com/DennDlm/architecture/peninsula_main3.jpg *

Neo-Gothic/Gothic (Early 1900s)

New York Life Insurance Tower

http://mywebpage.netscape.com/DennDlm/architecture/woolworth_main1.jpg *

Jewish Museum
http://mywebpage.netscape.com/DennDlm/architecture/jewishmuseum_main1.jpg *

http://mywebpage.netscape.com/DennDlm/architecture/flatiron_main4.jpg *

Riverside Church
http://mywebpage.netscape.com/DennDlm/architecture/morningside.jpg *

Saint Patrick
http://mywebpage.netscape.com/DennDlm/architecture/saintpatrick_main1.jpg * * *

Saint Thomas
http://mywebpage.netscape.com/DennDlm/architecture/saintthomas_main1.jpg * *

Park Row Buildings - Not sure if this is Gothic?
http://mywebpage.netscape.com/DennDlm/architecture/parkrow.jpg *

Beaux Arts (Early 1900s - 1920s)

http://mywebpage.netscape.com/DennDlm/architecture/helmsley_main1.jpg *

New York Public Library
http://mywebpage.netscape.com/DennDlm/architecture/nypl_main1.jpg * *

Sherry Netherland
http://mywebpage.netscape.com/DennDlm/architecture/sherrynetherland_main1.jpg *

Crown Building

Grand Central
http://mywebpage.netscape.com/DennDlm/architecture/metlife_main13.jpg *

Ritz Tower

http://mywebpage.netscape.com/DennDlm/architecture/ansonia_main5.jpg * * *

Pierre * * *
http://mywebpage.netscape.com/DennDlm/architecture/pierre_main1.jpg * *

Spanish Revival (1930s?)

Oliver Cromwell
http://mywebpage.netscape.com/DennDlm/architecture/olivercromwell_main1.jpg * *

Art Deco (1930s)
570 Lexington
http://mywebpage.netscape.com/DennDlm/architecture/570lexington_main1.jpg *

30 Rockefeller
http://mywebpage.netscape.com/DennDlm/architecture/30rockefeller_main9.jpg * * *

http://mywebpage.netscape.com/DennDlm/architecture/chanin.jpg * * *

Trump Parc
http://mywebpage.netscape.com/DennDlm/architecture/trumpparc_main1.jpg *

20 Exchange Place
http://mywebpage.netscape.com/DennDlm/architecture/20exchangeplace_main7.jpg * * *

http://mywebpage.netscape.com/DennDlm/architecture/carlyle_main1.jpg * * *

American Radiator

http://mywebpage.netscape.com/DennDlm/architecture/chrysler_main1.jpg *

San Remo
http://mywebpage.netscape.com/DennDlm/architecture/sanremo_main1.jpg * *

Railroad Bridge
http://mywebpage.netscape.com/DennDlm/architecture/railroad.jpg * * *

Brutalist 1960s - 1970s



Modern 1960s - Present (Less is MORE)

101 Park Avenue
http://mywebpage.netscape.com/DennDlm/architecture/101park_main1.jpg * *

599 Lexington
http://mywebpage.netscape.com/DennDlm/architecture/599lexington_main5.jpg *

Austrian Cultural Institute

Citigroup Center
http://mywebpage.netscape.com/DennDlm/architecture/citigroup_main1.jpg *

General Motors
http://mywebpage.netscape.com/DennDlm/architecture/generalmotors_main1.jpg *

Solow Building

Trump Tower
http://mywebpage.netscape.com/DennDlm/architecture/trumptower_main10.jpg *

Tower 49
http://mywebpage.netscape.com/DennDlm/architecture/tower49_main5.jpg *

Museum Tower
http://mywebpage.netscape.com/DennDlm/architecture/museum.jpg *

Dillon Reade
http://mywebpage.netscape.com/DennDlm/architecture/dillon.jpg *

http://mywebpage.netscape.com/DennDlm/architecture/citibank_main1.jpg *

HSBC (Modern) and Knox Hat Building (Beaux Arts)
http://mywebpage.netscape.com/DennDlm/architecture/hsbc.jpg *

American Folk Art Museum - 2001 World Architecture Mag Building of the Year
http://mywebpage.netscape.com/DennDlm/architecture/americanfolk.jpg *

PostModern 1980s - Present(Less is BORE)


135 East 57th Street
http://mywebpage.netscape.com/DennDlm/architecture/135eastfiftyseven_main1.jpg *

Ernst & Young

1 International Plaza
http://mywebpage.netscape.com/DennDlm/architecture/1internationalplaza_main1.jpg * * *

http://mywebpage.netscape.com/DennDlm/architecture/sony_main1.jpg *

Park Avenue Tower
http://mywebpage.netscape.com/DennDlm/architecture/parkavenuetower_main1.jpg *

527 Madison
http://mywebpage.netscape.com/DennDlm/architecture/527madison_main2.jpg * * *

712 Fifth Avenue
http://mywebpage.netscape.com/DennDlm/architecture/712fifthavenue_main4.jpg *

Bear Stearns * *
http://mywebpage.netscape.com/DennDlm/architecture/bearstearns_main1.jpg * * *

LVMH Tower
http://mywebpage.netscape.com/DennDlm/architecture/lvmh_main1.jpg *
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http://mywebpage.netscape.com/DennDlm/architecture/reuters_main1.jpg * *
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My favorite pre-911 skyline shot - NOT my photo.

February 10th, 2003, 12:26 AM
Thanks ddny! *Much appreciated. *:)

February 10th, 2003, 09:41 AM
Excellent job - nice shots, nice buildings.

Another reason(s) why NYC is the greatest city in the f'in world!

February 10th, 2003, 01:02 PM
ddny....you should post some pics of chicago's buildings too

February 10th, 2003, 03:50 PM
Why the hell would we post for Chi - this site is NYC!

Go to skyscraperpage.com/forum for Chi crap.

February 10th, 2003, 03:57 PM
I love the last picture.
The question-marked building which is the second picture from the bottom is Park Avenue Plaza, soon-to-be renamed to Aeon Building.

TLOZ Link5
February 10th, 2003, 07:27 PM
And the other question-marked building is the Lefcourt Union Building, I believe.

BTW, when exactly was that skyline photo taken? *I know that it's not yours, but do you know when?

February 11th, 2003, 04:28 AM
Quote: from TLOZ Link5 on 7:27 am on Feb. 11, 2003
And the other question-marked building is the Lefcourt Union Building, I believe.

It's the 10th East 40th Tower (Ludlow & Peabody, 19??). *

Is Lefcourt Union Building another name for it? *I've always known it as 10 East 40th, but according to Skyscrapers.com, it's called the Mercantile Building. *The year it was built varies depending on the source.

February 11th, 2003, 12:13 PM
I've always known it as the Mercantile Building but it's also known as the 10 East 40th Tower - built in 1929.

Here it is in an old photo sitting prominently on the new midtown skyline, just to the left of the crease.


February 11th, 2003, 12:14 PM
I'd disagree with some of your labelling, but thank you for posting.

February 11th, 2003, 05:46 PM
Quote: from NYatKNIGHT on 12:13 pm on Feb. 11, 2003

Here it is in an old photo sitting prominently on the new midtown skyline, just to the left of the crease.

NYatKNIGHT, that photo is breathtaking. Where is it from? What are the odds you know where I can get it as a poster?

TLOZ Link5
February 11th, 2003, 08:09 PM
Quote: from Merry on 4:28 am on Feb. 11, 2003

Quote: from TLOZ Link5 on 7:27 am on Feb. 11, 2003
And the other question-marked building is the Lefcourt Union Building, I believe.

It's the 10th East 40th Tower (Ludlow & Peabody, 19??). *

Is Lefcourt Union Building another name for it? *I've always known it as 10 East 40th, but according to Skyscrapers.com, it's called the Mercantile Building. *The year it was built varies depending on the source.

Hmm...I just remember this one painting of the art-deco buildings in the early 40s, and there were two that looked quite similar to one another. *I guess that one was the Mercantile (the one that ddny displayed) and the other was the Lefcourt.

February 12th, 2003, 11:06 AM
Quote: from DougGold on 5:46 pm on Feb. 11, 2003
NYatKNIGHT, that photo is breathtaking. Where is it from? What are the odds you know where I can get it as a poster?
I got it from a wirednewyork thread called Old pics / aerials of The City (http://www.wirednewyork.com/forum/topic.cgi?forum=4&topic=119) posted by Grimm last October. Check it out, there's lot's of great old photos.

Sorry to say I have no idea where you can get this poster.

March 23rd, 2003, 07:37 AM
17 State Street - Modern

Trump World Tower - Modern

Bk Italian 123
March 23rd, 2003, 10:15 AM
wow DDNY, that is really cool. *And, that pre-9/11 photo, top notch man. *Keep that shiz up! :)

March 25th, 2003, 07:30 PM
Dramatic shots.

April 6th, 2003, 11:48 AM
The pre-911 shot is NOT mine...

Westin - Postmodern

TLOZ Link5
April 6th, 2003, 06:11 PM
I remember that when I was little, I used to call International Plaza the Levi's Building, after the main retail tenant. *:biggrin:

November 25th, 2006, 12:51 AM

New York, New York
A historian's tour of the Big Apple's architectural core.

Saturday, November 25, 2006 12:01 a.m. EST

NEW YORK--Manhattan gridlock got you down? It helps to take the long view. "There were traffic jams in the 1880s. You couldn't get from midtown or the fashionable area of Murray Hill to Wall Street in less than an hour," says architect and historian Robert A.M. Stern. "The richest people, the Rockefellers and Morgan, took the Elevated [train] down to Wall Street because there was no other way to do it."


Founder and senior partner of his own firm and dean of the Yale School of Architecture, Mr. Stern knows something about the long view. Since 1983, he has been writing a history of New York City's architecture and urban fabric. Four volumes have already appeared: "New York 1880" (covering 1865-90), "New York 1900" (1890-1915), "New York 1930" (the interwar years) and "New York 1960" (World War II to the bicentennial). They range in length from 500 to 1,400 pages, but the latest, "New York 2000" (Monacelli Press, $100), outdoes them all. Covering 1976 to 2000 and written, like the others, with the assistance of co-authors, it runs to 1,520 pages--and nearly 11 pounds. It landed in bookstores, dainty as a wrecking ball, earlier this month.

Interviewed in a sleek, minimalist aerie that serves as his "writing room" two floors above his architectural offices in the West 30s, Mr. Stern says that the terror attacks of 2001 and their aftermath might have made a more logical stopping point. But he opted for the millennium when he realized that the story of rebuilding Ground Zero was "a psychodrama that's going to go on forever."

Will there be a "New York 2030"? Maybe, although by then "I'll be 93 or something like that," he observes.

Building by building, street by street, neighborhood by neighborhood, borough by borough, Mr. Stern's five books trace New York's rise from prosperous but provincial city--limited to Manhattan island and largely bounded by 42nd Street and the waterfront--to the sprawling, five-borough world capital it is today. They paint a picture of a city in flux, an urban palimpsest undergoing a perpetual, 140-year makeover that shows no signs of stopping. The comment made by one observer in 1866 could almost be the city's motto: "A new town has been built on top of the old one, and another excavated under it."

One surprise is that the qualities we variously celebrate and rail against today aren't of recent vintage, but were in evidence within the first decades after the Civil War: the city's infectious energy; its magnet status to those in search of opportunity, be they immigrants or transplants from other parts of the country ("Why did John D. Rockefeller move from Cleveland?" asks Mr. Stern, rhetorically. "He knew he had to be in New York."); its role as a financial center; the congestion, the overbuilding and the middle-class flight; the insistent pressure to expand outward; and the primal need to conquer distance and height through unheard-of feats of engineering. "The story stays the same, but the characters are always new," notes the author.

A recurring theme throughout the series is New York as America's "representative city." That will be bitter gall to those in the hinterlands who already think New Yorkers are too full of themselves by half, but Mr. Stern briskly ticks off his arguments. "It is the financial capital of the country. It is the cultural capital. And now it's the media capital. It is also the part of the country that has the richest representation of the diversity of the country," he says. "And it has these amazing institutions which, though they are New York institutions, are really national," like the Metropolitan Museum and the New York Public Library.

Lastly, he says, New York has things that no other city in the U.S. has, at least not in the same way. "Frederick Law Olmstead built in many places," says Mr. Stern. "But Central Park is incomparable." Case closed.

He cites three major turning points that helped propel New York into the city it has become. One is infrastructure. "The Brooklyn Bridge in 1883, the Elevated railroad at virtually the same time, made it possible to move around." Then there were "the extraordinary contributions of immigrant groups." Also technology. "The steel frame [in 1889] and the elevator in [1870] combined to make it possible to build at extraordinary densities."

And how. Those two innovations unleashed a race for height that by the first quarter of the 20th century had turned New York into Skyscraper City. The drive reached fever pitch in the 1920s, when one designer proposed a tower for 42nd Street between Eighth and Ninth Avenues that would have been 1,208 feet tall--a mere 142 feet less than the World Trade Center would attain 50 years later.

Of course, there have been turning points of a different kind. Though New York's near-death experience in the mid-1970s, when it narrowly averted bankruptcy, was the most severe crisis the city had faced before Sept. 11, it was by no means the first. The series charts a regular cycle of booms and busts, each of which left its mark.

Some cities never recover from their cataclysms. "St. Louis has been unable to recoup from the fact that it tore so many buildings down in the late 30s," destroying a cast iron, warehouse district similar to New York's SoHo, observes Mr. Stern. Detroit "is a ring of extremely prosperous suburbs and a forlorn inner city."

But New York seems to possess a preternatural ability to spring back. Adaptability is the key. For example, "one of the great things about New York is that the buildings are very flexible," notes Mr. Stern, in particular the early skyscrapers in Lower Manhattan, originally built as offices. In the days before air conditioning, every office worker needed reasonable access to light and air, and a distance of about 27 feeet from the exterior wall inward toward the core was the ideal module around which to design, he says. That way nobody, be it CEO or secretary, would be too far from a window to work comfortably.

"That turns out to be a very good distance when it comes to turning those floors into apartments," says Mr. Stern. Not so today's office buildings, he says, with 40,000 square feet on a floor and huge distances from the window to the core. "Once those buildings have outlived their usefulness as office space--and sooner or later everything does--what can they be adapted to?"

Another factor in New York's survival has been the ability to learn from its mistakes. This, in a nutshell, is the story of "New York 2000." Where the first four books charted an almost devil-may-care arc of expansion and development, the spirit of this one is sober retrenchment, of repairing past errors and avoiding their repetition. "The city was involved with a sense that we had lost something in the postwar era with the kind of urbanism that was practiced--the wholesale clearance of neighborhoods to make way for a kind of institutionalized redevelopment of high rise buildings and parks and so on," says Mr. Stern. As a result, "we did go backwards to look at things and to rediscover things that worked."

So there is a good deal about reclamation (cleaning up Times Square), sensible urban planning (Lower Manhattan's Battery Park City), and preservation (sparing Grand Central Terminal the same fate as Pennsylvania Station, and carving out a roughly 57-block or 1,044-building protected area on the Upper East Side).

Creation of the Upper East Side Historic District was "a hugely complicated and contentious move," he says. Opponents argued that landmarking of whole neighborhoods constricts growth. "That's not the case at all," Mr. Stern insists with some passion. On the contrary, it has spurred it, "turning attention to other areas that have been neglected." He cites the nearby West Yards where the Long Island Rail Road stores its trains, site of Mayor Mike Bloomberg's abortive attempt to build a sports stadium.

"So why do you keep having to tear down nice buildings in the middle of the city when you can develop new neighborhoods on the flank, just like the U.N. was [in the late 1940s], where there were once abattoirs?" he asks. "Then it would make it possible to fill in--it has--all the missing teeth in Harlem or the South Bronx where buildings were burned out or torn down."

Yet for all the nonstop building that goes on in--and defines--New York, the uncomfortable fact remains that beyond a handful of familiar icons it is, well, hard to point to a lot of truly distinguished buildings. The criticism made by architectural critic John Schuyler in 1898 and quoted in "New York 1900" still applies: "The real defect of modern architecture," he wrote, lies in "the estrangement between architecture and building--between poetry and prose."

With land and construction costs high and continually rising, most architecture is driven by a pragmatic, bottom-line mentality, an attitude whose most apt symbol isn't one particular building but an amenity: the humble balcony, which became a standard fixture in Manhattan apartment buildings beginning in the mid-1950s.

"[It] was pure economics, not tenant preference, that gave the balcony terrace its wide popularity," writes Mr. Stern in "New York 1960."The cost of building a balcony was only about one-quarter the cost of building a fully enclosed room, yet it could be rented at the equivalent of half a room's rent. More important, the balcony counted as half a room when the builder applied for his FHA mortgage, so he could borrow twice as much as the feature cost him."

Mr. Stern concedes there is a school of thought that argues that "we need all these dazzling icons," but asks, by way of response, "what are they doing for the streets of the city, what are they doing for the neighborhoods? That's the way they should be measured, not just that they stand out." Besides, "I think New York has been great in that architects have been very pragmatic but some of them have produced poetry from the pragmatism. The poetry of pragmatism is New York's strength," he asserts. "You know, the Chrysler Building, the Empire State Building, the Waldorf-Astoria hotel and Rockefeller Center were buildings that were meant to have 'curb appeal' if you will, but also were meant to meet the bottom line."

From time to time the idea of the city as a social unit has fallen out of favor. It happened in the 1960s, notes Mr. Stern, and was one factor contributing to New York's fiscal crisis a decade later. "Corporations had moved to the suburbs, people were already living in the suburbs and arguments were made by very impressive people, Lewis Mumford and others, that cities were no longer needed," he says.

With videoconferencing and the like making it possible to work anywhere, and cities such as New York, London and Madrid now terrorist targets, could we be entering another one of those phases? Central cities will always be needed, counters Mr. Stern. "The more electronic communication we have the more people need to actually talk to each other. It's lonely in your living room," he notes wryly. And "we've all learned that face-to-face discussion is really important--you can't do it on videoconferencing or whatever. So there is a reason still for every one of these big corporations to have a presence near other big corporations, whether they're rivals or the people they need to function, like their bankers or their suppliers," he observes.

"I think we're here to stay."

Mr. Gibson is the Journal's Leisure & Arts features editor.


November 30th, 2006, 12:46 AM
I did a little investigation on building "booms" in NYC on SSP using their database functions. At 10 year intervals I evaluated how many buildings were produced in NYC since 1886 and came up with these figures.

1996-2007: 278

1986-1996: 170

1976-1986: 203

1966-1976: 360

1956-1966: 397

1946-1956: 46

1936-1946: 20

1926-1936: 185

1916-1926: 63

1906-1916: 43

1896-1906: 19

1886-1896: 10

Based on these figures it seems like the 1st real boom came in the 20's and 30's when art deco was applied and the majority of NYC's best work was produced giving way to a great skyline.

The 2nd and biggest boom (unfortunately) we ever had came in the late 50's to early 70's when developers reveled in the mundane practicality of modernisms and international styles and some of the worst work was done; practically decimating the downtown skyline and flattening out the east side of midtown.

And now it seems like we are in the midst of a new boom that has a lot more variety in terms of architectural style unlike the previous booms which seem to have been associated with very specific styles. The only consistent thing about this boom is how the majority of buildings are clad in glass facades.

November 30th, 2006, 10:45 AM
Here's a few graphs on the subject--

http://img92.imageshack.us/img92/5387/nyc1anewconstrry7.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

http://img201.imageshack.us/img201/8853/nyc1cnstrgrapher2.gif (http://imageshack.us)

February 25th, 2007, 11:59 AM
Here are more photos of NYC architecture, interiors and landmark buildings (http://andrewprokos.com/photos/new-york/architecture/). I loved the graphs you posted...I'm a data junky myself

February 25th, 2007, 12:12 PM
Love 17 State Street and 60 Wall Street.

BTW what's so great about 101 Park Avenue? I know tenants flock to get floors, but it doesn't seem any better than the rest of the buildings like it. :confused:

June 3rd, 2007, 10:41 PM
Weekend In New York | Architectural Landmarks

A Tour With Head Tilted Up

Apple Store, 58th Street and Fifth.

Published: May 27, 2007
The List: 33 Architectural Favorites in New York (http://www.nytimes.com/2007/05/27/travel/27Bweekend.html) (May 27, 2007)

TO see 25 of America's 150 favorite architectural structures in a day, you could hire a private plane and try to spot the Sears Tower, the St. Louis Arch, the Milwaukee Art Museum and 22 more from the air as you cross the country.

Or you could take a Saturday stroll through Manhattan.

To celebrate the American Institute of Architects' 150th anniversary, its members picked 248 of their favorites, then used a survey of Americans (by Harris Interactive) to rank the top 150 as “America's Favorite Architecture.” New York scored 33 spots, by far the most of any city. (Washington was second with 17, then Chicago with 16.) Seeing 25 in a day is easily possible on foot, but bring comfortable shoes, because it's about a nine-mile urban hike.

With about 10 Starbucks stores along the way, there's one thing you won't need: a thermos of coffee. But for those who despair as street-level Manhattan turns ever more chain-store oriented, this tour should bring relief: tilting your head upward makes all the Big Macs disappear.

Start (by coincidence) at the new New York Times Building (ranked No. 68) at 40th Street and Eighth Avenue, across from the Port Authority Bus Terminal and near the Times Square subway stop. The building, still under construction but partly occupied, was designed by Renzo Piano, the architect whose work includes the Pompidou Center in Paris.

Then head up Eighth Avenue toward the hard-to-miss triangular frames of the Hearst Tower (No. 71) between 56th and 57th Streets, which contrast sharply with the ancient, fire-escape-tattooed tenement buildings on the block before it, and its own 1927 base (the old Hearst headquarters). The public can enter far enough to see the three-story water feature inside (it's recycled rain), slashed through with an escalator. But you'll get no farther, even if you try the “but I'm an architect who came all the way from Belgium to see this ...” bit. The guards have heard it all before.

After marching across 57th Street to Carnegie Hall (No. 48), tramp up Seventh Avenue and turn left on Central Park South for the 750-foot-tall Time Warner Center towers (No. 105), which loom ahead like something out of a postmodern knife drawer. Enter to admire the male and female sculptures by Botero in the lobby, or to eat at the Whole Foods downstairs.

Saunter up Broadway to Lincoln Center (No. 86), and then up Columbus Avenue past a row of restaurants (the last for a while, should you want lunch). For caffeine addicts who have soldiered past the six Starbucks locations so far, take a right on West 70th Street and stop for iced coffee at the Sensuous Bean, a vestige of what friendly coffee stores used to be.

Next stop, the Dakota Apartments (No. 87), John Lennon's former home, a luxurious French Renaissance-style building that will probably make your own place look like a rat hole. Continue up to the American Museum of National History's Rose Center, which may have reached No. 33 on the golfer vote. The 87-foot sphere inside the glass wall visible from 81st Street looks like a Titleist built for a T-rex.

Traverse Central Park on foot, skirting the north side of the Great Lawn to see distant views of the Midtown skyline (including the Hearst Tower and the Chrysler Building). Cut up the East Drive of the park and exit at 90th Street to begin the trek down Fifth Avenue.

First, you'll pass the Guggenheim (No. 74), from the outside just a masterpiece of modern scaffolding as the museum undergoes renovations, but you can see its famous spiral shell design from the inside without paying an entrance fee. (Until September, the lobby also has “The Shape of Space,” a sparkling plastic sculpture that looks, to the coiffure-conscious, like a tidal wave of hair gel.)

Next is the Metropolitan Museum of Art (No. 17), and from there you can either hike down Fifth Avenue or hop onto the M1, M2, M3 or M4 buses for a well-deserved break. At 59th Street, there's the Plaza Hotel (No. 81) to the right and, to the left, the Apple Store (No. 53), with a 32-foot-high glass-cube entrance from which you descend into iPod Land.

Then go past the St. Regis Hotel (No. 16) on the left at 55th Street, and at 53rd cut over west to the (pitifully No. 146) Museum of Modern Art. Meander east across 53rd Street to the Citigroup Center (No. 125) then back (or skip it, it's better from afar), and stride down Park Avenue to the Waldorf-Astoria (No. 46), whose luxe interior lobbies are open even to the sweatiest of the public.

From there, it's back to Fifth past St. Patrick's Cathedral (No. 11). Enter Rockefeller Center (No. 56) and walk over to Radio City Music Hall (No. 100) at the corner of 50th and Avenue of the Americas. Walk back to Fifth on 55th past the Royalton Hotel (No. 133) and down to 42nd and the grand, lion-guarded main building of the New York Public Library, completed in 1911 (No. 47). (Are you out of breath yet?)

From there, a trip east across 42nd Street will take you past Grand Central Terminal (No. 13) and the Chrysler Building (No. 9) to the United Nations (lucky to be No. 111) and back; you can continue down Fifth Avenue to the Empire State Building (No. 1, no surprise) at 34th and the Flatiron Building (No. 72) at the 23rd Street finish line, where a cheeseburger from the Shake Shack in Madison Square Park is your reward.

Save the World Trade Center site (No. 19) and the Woolworth Building (No. 44) for the next day, or the next trip, unless you have the energy to make it way downtown. If you think you will, I have a nearby bridge (No. 20) to sell you.

Copyright 2007 The New York Times Company (http://travel.nytimes.com/2007/05/27/travel/27weekend.html?em&ex=1181016000&en=29d36cc81c819678&ei=5087%0A)