“ Address: Lower Midtown - Manhattan Lexington Avenue at 42nd Street. „
Located on Lexington Avenue and 42nd Street, the Chrysler Building is very noticeable for it's very distinctive design. Built in the late 1920's and completed in 1930, it became the tallest building in the world for just under a year, being surpassed by the Empire State Building. It currently sits as 3rd tallest building in New York and no doubt that will go lower down the list as the years go by.
The first thing I noticed about this building is how shiny it is. It does not look anywhere near it's age. It is almost mirror like. The other thing you notice is it's height. It has 77 floors, which is not short by any means. Then it's design. It is very Art Deco, with various Gargoyles and other details are visible from the streets. These are designed on the Chrysler car, who originally built the building. The amount of effort that went into this building is amazing.
I can remember there being 2 entrances into the lobby area of the building, but we only into one and I think general public can only enter into the one. Once inside, the Art Deco continues with a vast lobby area decorated with designs of the building on the walls.
Unfortunately, that is it, you cannot go anywhere else in the building as general public. Only workers are allowed further up into the building. This is a disappointment, as it would have been good to go further up in the building and see if the designs continue on the way up.
You can see the building from various placces around the city, but the best is probably up the Empire State Building, providing you can get a view through the crowds. It is also very close to Grand Central Station, which is a nice bonus and can visit both in the same day.
It's worth a visit, but there is not much to do once near it unfortunately. 4 stars due to not being allowed to go up further in the building.
This may have changed, but when I went to New York, there wasn't actually anything to do inside the building - it's commerically owned and the only way to admire the breathtaking Art Deco lobby was to just saunter in, have a butchers, and then leave. There's no public observation deck. However, visitors to New York should ensure that they wander down to Grand Central Station and the Chrysler just to stand and be gobsmacked by what a staggeringly elaborate and beautiful piece of work it is. You get a good view from the Empire State Building's viewing deck, but especially if you are walking in the area, get a long lens camera or some binocs and look at the bold, Egyptian style gargoyles at the top. Then wonder why we've never managed to build anything this pretty.