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The view from Jersey City!
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Surrounded by water with land being a scarce resource, the building most closely associated with New York is the ‘skyscraper’.  The city has amassed one of the largest and most varied collection of skyscrapers in the world.  Consequently, the New York skyline at night is one of the true marvels of the modern world.

New York has architecturally significant buildings in a wide range of styles. These include the Woolworth Building (1913), an early Gothic revival skyscraper with large-scale gothic architectural detail. However, the 1916 Zoning Resolution restricted towers to a percentage of the lot size to allow sunlight to reach the streets below. The Art Deco design of the Chrysler Building (1930) and Empire State Building (1931), with their tapered tops and steel spires, reflected these zoning requirements.

An early influential example of the international style in the United States is the Seagram Building (1957), distinctive for its facade using visible bronze-toned I-beams to evoke the building’s structure. The Condé Nast Building (2000) is an important example of green design in American skyscrapers.

Best viewed from Jersey City after dark, take the Path train from the World Trade Centre to Exchange Place. If you’re just going for the night, consider having dinner first at the Lighthorse Tavern. More relaxed than Manhattan Island, this is a great place to spend a few hours enjoying excellent food.  What’s more, you’ll be the only ‘tourist’ in the building!

We guarantee the views from the promenade in between Exchange Place and the Colgate Clock are some of the finest you’ll see in New York after dark.  Which is why we always stay at the Hyatt Regency in Jersey City when we’re in New York.  Not only are the views amazing but the ‘value’ for money is superb.  Built without the space constraints of Manhattan Island, hotel rooms here are 50% bigger for similar rates.  What’s more, you’re only 5 minutes away from the World Trade Centre or 15 minutes from 33rd street after changing Path Trains at Grove Street.



Posted: 19/12/2013

Author: Andy Hayward

Category: Favourite Destinations, Locations, North America


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