2. There’s a Panorama of NYC That’s the World’s Largest Architectural Model
Photo by Max Touhey, Courtesy of the Queens Museum
The Panorama of the City of New York at the Queens Museum of Art is a scale model of all five boroughs, where an inch in the model is equal to a hundred feet in the actual city, allowing one to cover miles of sightseeing in only a few steps. To give you an idea of the scale, the Empire State Building is 15 inches tall. All 321 square miles of New York City are condensed into 9,335 square feet. Every building constructed before 1992 on every borough is represented in the model. It is also the world’s largest architectural model.
To fund the maintenance of the model, the Queens Museum launched the “Adopt-A-Building” program, where people can “buy” New York City real estate starting at $50.