New York City is arguably the most recognizable city in the world. Its skyscrapers? Indistinguishable. Its sidewalks are the subjects of mass influence and creativity. Every October, the city salutes its famous architecture through Archtober, a month-long festival of activities, programs and exhibitions. Here’s our list of some of the buildings in NYC we recommend you explore this October
The Dairy in Central Park
This whimsical, open air building in Central Park was designed with children in mind. Why? The park’s creators, Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, planned for its entire southern section to be primarily for families arriving from downtown. To provide refreshments for kids, they built the Dairy, which would sell fresh milk. It was constructed in 1870.
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Shifting onto something a little more savory, the Spring Street Salt Shed is proof that function and form can indeed go hand-in-hand. Designed through collaboration by Dattner Architects and WXY Architecture + Urban Design, the Shed houses 5,000 tons of salt—helpful in New York winters—and is known for its strong, solid, crystalline form. 336 Spring St.
On the same stretch of Fifth Avenue as the Metropolitan Museum and the Neue Galerie, the Guggenheim Museum stands out, loud and proudly. Its glistening white exterior, in a mesmerizing spiral design—a nod to the intricacies and resilience of nature—are hard to ignore. On conception many feared that the museum’s brave design would overshadow its indoor artwork. 1071 5th Ave.
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Walking The High Line is a brilliant way to soak in the diverse and robust architecture of New York City’s West Side. In particular you’ll notice a newly completed building designed by the late Zaha Hadid. Featuring a laser-cut stainless-steel trim exterior, the building has quickly become a futuristic icon set to rival its neighboring structures for instagram grabs. 520 West 28th St.
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Towering at 76 stories, 8 Spruce Street is one of the tallest residential towers in the world. In 2011 it received the Emporis Skyscraper Award. Designed by architect Frank Gehry, the tower is instantly recognizable by its swirling modern façade. 8 Spruce St.