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Chrysler Building 1,050 feet tall Years tallest: 1930-1931 (Credit: AP)

Chrysler Building
1,050 feet tall
Years tallest: 1930-1931
The Chrysler Building's reign as the city's tallest building was short, as it was surpassed by the Empire State Building a year after its completion.

Tallest skyscrapers in NYC: 1890-present

The tallest skyscrapers in New York City from the World Building in 1890 to the Freedom Tower in 2012. Height is determined from the base of the building to the highest architectural element, not including antennas.

Manhattan Life Insurance Building 348 feet tall Years
(Credit: Public Domain/Wikipedia)

Manhattan Life Insurance Building
348 feet tall
Years tallest: 1894-1899
Designed by architects of Kimball and Thompson, the Manhattan Life Insurance Building was the first skyscraper to pass 330 ft in Manhattan.

World Building 349 feet tall Years tallest: 1890-1894
(Credit: Public Domain/Wikipedia)

World Building
349 feet tall
Years tallest: 1890-1894
The World Building was also known as the Pulitzer Building, after Joseph Pulitzer, who also commissioned it.

Park Row Building 391 feet tall Years tallest:

Park Row Building
391 feet tall
Years tallest: 1899-1908
One of the first modern skyscrapers in the country, Park Row towered 15 or 20 stories over many of its neighbors.

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Singer Building 612 feet tall Years tallest: 1908-1909

Singer Building
612 feet tall
Years tallest: 1908-1909
After the Singer Building was demolished in 1968, One Liberty Plaza was built in its place.

Metropolitan Life Insurance Company Building 700 feet tall
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Metropolitan Life Insurance Company Building
700 feet tall
Years tallest: 1909-1913
Modeled after the Campanile in Venice, Italy, the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company Tower was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1978 and a New York City Landmark in 1989.

Woolworth Building 792 feet tall Years tallest: 1913-1930
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Woolworth Building
792 feet tall
Years tallest: 1913-1930
Construction of the Woolworth Building cost $13.5 million, which was paid entirely in cash by Frank Woolworth and his company, F.W. Woolworth, from which the building gets its name.

Bank of Manhattan Trust Building 927 feet tall

Bank of Manhattan Trust Building
927 feet tall
Years tallest: 1930
After years of neglect, the building was purchased in 1995 by Donald Trump and renamed The Trump Building.

Chrysler Building 1,050 feet tall Years tallest: 1930-1931
(Credit: AP)

Chrysler Building
1,050 feet tall
Years tallest: 1930-1931
The Chrysler Building's reign as the city's tallest building was short, as it was surpassed by the Empire State Building a year after its completion.

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Empire State Building 1,250 feet tall Years tallest:
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Empire State Building
1,250 feet tall
Years tallest: 2001-2012
In 1964, floodlights were added to the top of the building. The colors of the lights are chosen to match holidays as well as New York sports teams.

One World Trade Center 1,368feet tall Years tallest:
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One World Trade Center
1,368feet tall
Years tallest: 1972-2001
Before they were destroyed on 9/11, an average of 50,000 people worked in the World Trade Center daily, while another 200,000 stopped by as visitors. The World Trade Center complex was so large it required its own zip code, 10048.

Empire State Building 1,250 feet tall Years tallest:
(Credit: AP)

Empire State Building
1,250 feet tall
Years tallest: 2001-2012
Following the destruction of the World Trade Center, The Empire State Building was once again the tallest building in New York City.

One World Trade Center 1,776 feet tall Years
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One World Trade Center
1,776 feet tall
Years tallest: present
Upon its completion, One World Trade, also known as "Freedom Tower," will stand at 1,776 feet.

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