7. The New Yorker Hotel

New Yorker Hotel sign

The New Yorker Hotel at 34th Street and 8th Avenue is one of Manhattan’s storied icons and has one of the most visible New York City signs. The Art Deco building, completed in 1930, is renowned for its setback architectural style and famous sign, which was installed on the top floors of the building in 1941.

In 1967, however, the sign “went dark,” and remained so for nearly 40 years as the hotel underwent various changes in management. Due to competition from other Midtown hotels, and a decline in popularity, it shuttered temporarily in 1972, but would reopen in 1994. In 2005, its famous sign was rebuilt with new 20-foot letters, where were fitted with LED lights.