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Woolworth Building

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Until 40 Wall Street stole the title in 1930, but first the 792-foot Woolworth Building, opened in 1913, was the world's tallest building. For security purposes, the spectacular lobby is no longer open to the public on a daily basis, though special open house events and architecture tours are available sporadically. The lobby is home to a stained-glass skylight and sculptures set into the portals to the left and right: one represents an elderly F. W. Woolworth counting his nickels and dimes, another depicts the architect, Cass Gilbert, cradling in his arms a model of his creation.

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  • Address: 233 Broadway, between Park Pl. and Barclay St. Financial District, New York, NY 10007 | Map It
  • Subway: 2, 3 to Park Pl.; R to City Hall.
  • Location: Financial District
Updated: 02-24-2014

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    Great from the outside, but...

    A must see building from the outside without question. Unfortunately, the interior is no longer open to the public, and attempts to poke one's head in to see the lobby (which seems striking indeed at a very brief glance) are met with irritatingly obnoxious security guards aggressively chasing people out while forcefully declaring that this is private property. Bastards.

    by bachslunch, 12/14/08

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