Fodor's Expert Review Metropolitan Life Insurance Company Tower
In 1909, with the addition of the 700-foot tower resembling the campanile of St. Mark's in Venice, this 1893 building became the world's tallest; it was surpassed in height in 1912 (when the Woolworth Building was completed). The building was stripped of much of its classical detail during renovations in the early 1960s but remains a prominent feature of the Midtown skyline. The clock's four faces are each three stories high, and their minute hands weigh half a ton each. If the view from the street doesn't quite cut it, you can reserve a room in the skyline itself: Marriott International and Ian Schrager now operate a luxury hotel, the New York EDITION, in the clock-tower portion of the building.