Chrysler Building

405 Lexington and 42nd St., New York City

4.5
The Chrysler Building is an Art Deco–style skyscraper located on the East Side of Midtown Manhattan in New York City, at the intersection of 42nd Street and Lexington Avenue in the Turtle Bay neighborhood of Manhattan. At 1,046 feet (318.9 m), the structure was the world's tallest building for 11 months before it was surpassed by the Empire State Building in 1931. It is the tallest brick building in the world with a steel framework. As of 2018, the Chrysler is the sixth-tallest building in the city, tied with The New York Times Building. Originally a project of real estate developer and former New York State Senator William H. Reynolds, the building was constructed by Walter Chrysler, the head of the Chrysler Corporation, and served as the corporation's headquarters from 1930 until the mid-1950s. The Chrysler Building's construction was characterized by a competition with 40 Wall Street and the Empire State Building to become the world's tallest building. Although the Chrysler Building was built and designed specifically for the car manufacturer, the corporation did not pay for its construction and never owned it, as Walter P. Chrysler decided to pay for it himself, so that his children could inherit it. When the Chrysler Building opened, there were mixed reviews of the building's design, ranging from its being inane and unoriginal to that it was modernist and iconic. Perceptions of the building have slowly evolved into its now being seen as a paragon of the Art Deco architectural style; and in 2007, it was ranked ninth on the List of America's Favorite Architecture by the American Institute of Architects.
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    09:00 - 18:00, 19:00 - 21:00

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    08:00 - 18:00

  • Tue

    08:00 - 18:00

  • Wed

    08:00 - 18:00

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    08:00 - 18:00

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    08:00 - 18:00

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    09:00 - 18:00, 19:00 - 21:00

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Reviews

  • zani

    5
    - 28 July 2018 -

    The iconic Art Deco skyscraper is a private office building, but the lobby is open to the public. There is a small deli and some shops in the concourse and a subway station. There is no accounting for taste but the Chrysler Building is much nicer looking than the Empire State Building and there is no line or logjam to get inside here. There is no public observation deck, but the iconic eagles and radiator cap statues can be seen from the ground on 42nd Street. The lobby is not very crowded, you will be able to view the mural in peace and quiet. A must visit for tall building lovers if you are in Manhattan on a weekday.

  • Cassandra Y.

    3
    - 16 July 2018 -

    Definitely one of the landmarks in NY city. However, nothing much to see inside the building. It is just a office building. The best way is to go few blocks away and take picture with the full building. The architecture is beautiful~

  • James Gibson

    5
    - 11 July 2018 -

    This magnificent structure was the tallest building in the world for the brief period from its completion until the Empire State Building was constructed. The unique architecture of the upper floors of the exterior of the Chrysler building make it a very recognizable and attractive feature in the Manhattan skyline. The lobby of the first floor is beautiful and worth taking a few minutes to see if you are in the area. However, the lobby is the only portion open to the public. No tours are conducted of the building.

  • Sam Skoller

    5
    - 28 June 2018 -

    As an office building, it is insanely nice both inside and out. The floor(s) I had access to were spectacularly maintained. Also, the access to Grand Central Terminal (directly across the street) is beyond convenient, which allows easy access to the city, airports, Metro North trains, and nearly anything one might need to access via public transit.

  • Catherine Price

    5
    - 16 June 2018 -

    Doesn't get any classier. My favorite building in the city by far, and I've spent years trying to find one I like more. Maybe one will have a cooler ceiling, or a more interesting section of facade, but this baby has it all!

  • Richie Rich

    4
    - 12 June 2018 -

    Iconic New York City landmark. Absolutely beautiful architecture. It is the definition of what the original skyscraper is. The buildings details are legend. Visitors will find the area friendly and appealing, recommend this as one of the must see towers in Manhattan.

  • Tork Mackenzie

    5
    - 03 June 2018 -

    Slightly overshadowed by the Empire State I think the Chrysler is a more iconic building of the age of skyscrapers and the building looks great from all angles. The steel shines in the sunlight and its amazing to look at when the crown and spire light up at night, Another true image of NYC seen from all over Manhattan and Brooklyn. A true art deco masterpiece.

  • Ohin Haque

    5
    - 31 May 2018 -

    One of the most emblematic buildings in the United States of America is Chrysler Building. The construction of this beautiful skyscraper began in 1928 and finished in 1930 (2 years later). Today, this monument is one of the tallest buildings in the U.S. and it rises 319 meters. The building is located not far from the shore of the East River in eastern Manhattan. Like the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building also has a pointed roof and that make it easily recognizable on the silhouette of the Big Apple.

  • nb347

    5
    - 26 May 2018 -

    Very iconic building. The main lobby is open to the public, and boasts an almost entirely original industrial era untouched theme with marble floors, walls and original mural on the ceiling by Edward Trumbull.

  • Ari Adler

    3
    - 04 May 2018 -

    Cool, historic building with interesting architecture and artwork in the lobby. Note that security is tight and they will let you take regular photographs, but no video or panoramic photos. The iconic skyline shot of the building is probably what you're going for anyway, so do that from a few blocks away before you arrive here.

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