9. 70 Pine Street
At 952 feet, 70 Pine was the tallest building in downtown Manhattan from 1932 until the completion of the World Trade Towers. It was one of the last Art Deco skyscrapers completed, for World War II began soon after it was built and another skyscraper didn’t rise up downtown for another 30 years. 70 Pine was originally called the Cities Service Building (after the company that built it in 1932) and the AIG Building (who bought it in 1976 and were forced to sell it during the Great Recession). Today it is the eighth tallest building in the city.
With its rooftop glass observatory and limestone walls designed to resemble a mountain, 70 Pine is one of New York’s most recognizable skyscrapers. It has a lot to offer on the inside, too—there are two wraparound terraces near the top, and its Art Deco-style lobby is now a shopping center open to visitors.