Jeremy and I took advantage of yesterday’s spectacular weather to do something neat: a self-guided walking tour of buildings that have – at some point in their histories – been the tallest in New York City.  Most of these structures still look pretty big even to the modern eye, but it is hard to imagine the Manhattan of yesteryear in which the steeple of Trinity Church towered over everything else.

While we were at it, we also visited Federal Hall, the site of George Washington’s first inauguration, which was surprisingly moving, and the new Oculus PATH station, which I found kind of underwhelming.  Here are some photos of our fun day, with each building’s date of completion and height noted.

Trinity Church, Completed 1846, Height 284 Feet

Trinity Church, Completed 1846, Height 284 Feet

 

 

Park Row Building, Completed 1899, Height 391 Feet

Park Row Building, Completed 1899, Height 391 Feet

 

Metropolitan Life Tower, Completed 1909, Height 700

Metropolitan Life Tower, Completed 1909, Height 700 Feet

 

Woolworth Building, Completed 1913, Height 792 Feet

Woolworth Building, Completed 1913, Height 792 Feet

 

40 Wall Street, Completed 1930, Height 836 Feet

40 Wall Street, Completed 1930, Height 836 Feet

 

Chrysler Building, Completed 1930, Height 1,046 Feet

Chrysler Building, Completed 1930, Height 1,046 Feet

 

Empire State Building, Completed 1931, Height 1,250 Feet

Empire State Building, Completed 1931, Height 1,250 Feet

 

One World Trade Center, Completed 2014, Height 1,776 Feet

One World Trade Center, Completed 2014, Height 1,776 Feet

Jeremy at Federal Hall

Jeremy at Federal Hall

 

The Oculus - A Little Disappointing

The Oculus was a little disappointing to me, but Jeremy liked it.

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