Flatiron Building, New York

Completed in 1902, the 20-storey Fuller Building was one of the tallest buildings in New York at the time. The building owes its wedge shape – and hence its nickname – to its location on a triangular block formed by Fifth Avenue, Broadway, and East 22nd Street.

Chrysler Building, New York

Completed in May 1931, theĀ 318.9 m (1,046 ft) Chrysler Building held the title of the tallest building in the world for just under a year before being surpassed by the 380 m (1,250 ft) Empire State Building. Architecturally, however, its Art Deco style makes its taller companion look plain in comparison. Although it served as the corporate headquarters of the car manufacturer until the 1950s, it was built and owned by the company’s founder, Walter Chrysler. Ownership passed to Chrysler’s family after his death in 1940, and the building was sold on in 1953. It has since changed hands on a number of occasions.

Grand Central Terminal

Built between 1903 and 1913, Grand Central Terminal is the largest railway station in the world by number of platforms. The 19 ha (48 acres) site’s 44 platforms are all located underground on two levels, serving 41 tracks on the upper level and 26 on the lower.

Its eateries and shops, as well as its distinctive architecture, have made Grand Central Terminal into a major tourist attraction as well as a railway station. In 2013, it attracted 21,900,000 non-travelling visitors.