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Metropolitan Life Insurance Company Tower

  • 1 Madison Ave. Map It
  • Flatiron
  • Building/Architectural Site

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When it was added to the original building on this site in 1909, the 700-foot tower resembling the campanile of St. Mark's in Venice made this 1893 building the world's tallest; it was surpassed in height a few years later (by the Woolworth Building). It was stripped of much of its classical detail during renovations in the early 1960s but remains a prominent feature of the Midtown skyline today. The clock's four faces are each three stories high, and their minute hands weigh half a ton each. If the view from the park doesn't quite cut it, you can now reserve a room in the skyline itself: in early 2015, Marriott International and Ian Schrager opened a 355 luxury hotel,t he New York Edition Hotel, in the long-vacant clocktower portion of the building.

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1 Madison Ave., between 23rd and 24th sts., New York, New York, 10010, USA

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