4. Public Safety Answering Center II
A towering 240 cubic foot silver box overlooks the Hutchinson River Parkway in Pelham Bay in the Bronx. Its aluminum paneled facade creates an optical illusion that makes the building blend into the sky. If you call 911 there is a good chance the person picking up the phone is working in this building as it is the New York Public Safety Answering Center II, or the PSAC II.
Like many of the buildings on this list, the PSAC II is built to withstand worst-case scenarios; the building itself is bomb-proof, weather-proof, and toxic gas-proof. Designed by architects at Skidmore Owings & Merrill and completed in 2016, the building is made of reinforced concrete and protected by a thick metal gate. If it is cut off from the power it will seamlessly transition to generators that are ready to keep the building fully operational for multiple days.