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HOTEL AMERICANO, 518 W. 27th St. (designed by
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HOTEL AMERICANO, 518 W. 27th St. (designed by Ten Arquitectos): Enrique Norten, the principal of the Mexico City-based firm, designed this chic little hotel in West Chelsea with an eye to screening out the quickly gentrifying neighborhood -- literally, with a steel mesh screen set slightly off the actual structure. Inside, the spaces are light and airy, making you feel like you're not in New York. Experience the vibe yourself by booking a table at the outdoor rooftop grill (212-525-0000, hotel-americano.com). (Sept. 12, 2013)(Credit: Linda Rosier)

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New landmark buildings in NYC

Old landmarks, such as the Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building, will always deserve our affection, but there are much newer structures that we can appreciate as we make our way around New York today. These five examples of contemporary architecture, all constructed in the past five years, deserve a lingering look. —TED LOOS, Special to Newsday