5 Overlooked Beautiful Manhattan Buildings: A List from Arlo Hotel

Before diving into the list, we must include our two Arlo SoHo and Arlo NoMad hotel buildings on this list. Both of our buildings exude modern style and warmth that are an essential part of Manhattan. Here are some of our favorite slightly less famous buildings (besides our own) throughout Manhattan.

The McGraw Hill Building in Midtown West is a gorgeous representation of early ‘30s architecture. It features green terra cotta roof tiles and is one of the highest regarded Art Deco buildings in the world. It’s modern and timeless at the same time and continues to excite visitors and architecture fans from around the world.

Another Art Deco masterpiece is the General Electric Building. It was completed in 1931 and is located at 51st Street and Lexington Avenue. It’s 640 feet tall and the crown features an array of lightning bolts meant to evoke the power of electricity.

A more recent times building on our list is the New Museum, opened in 2007. This Bowery area masterpiece features several box-like structures stacked on top of each other and wrapped in a covering of aluminum mesh. It contrasts sharply with its industrial neighborhood and is already known as a NYC architectural landmark.

The most famous building on this list is likely the Flatiron Building. Built in 1902, some people thought it would fall over in a storm due to its odd shape. However, it’s still standing nearly 120 years later, and during that time it has been photographed and enjoyed millions of times.

On 40th Street there’s the American Radiator Building, a Gothic-styled tower built in 1924. It’s a quirky and lovely building made with black brick and gold accents that combines various design elements. It’s next to Bryant Park, and is one of our favorite buildings, although its interesting color contrasts are not everyone’s cup of tea.

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