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Well, if you haven't been there since you were a kid, there is a great deal to see...
The greatest amount of new building is in the Times Square area and 42nd Street... the Architectonica's hotel there is finished... and 42nd has transformed for "sin city" central into a kind of Disneyland. the is Time's square itself... with in even bigger signs and some new "Building Boards" buildings... NASDAQ building and a remarkable one on 53nd Street and 7th Ave done by KPF. Also in midtown is the New American Folk Art Museum, by Williams and Tsien, also on 53rd, and the new Commissary for the Four Seasons at the Seagrams building by Diller Scofidio. Louis Vuitton Building, Christian de Portzamparc is on 57th Street between Madison and 5th Ave.
On the westside, there is the Rose Center at the Hayden Planetarium by J S Polshek.
Downtown, the most interesting thing is Koolhaas's Prada Store. (and of course the most overwhelming and moving thing the site of WTC)
TheAIA Guide to New York City
by Elliot Willensky (Editor), Norval White,Times Books; ISBN: 0812931076; 4th edition (June 27, 2000) is a good source for knowing your way around. I believe it is available at all AIA bookstores and at Amazon.com
Of course, the best stuff is it layeedr history... the newly restored Grand Central Station and the Main Reading Room of the New Public Library Main are show stoppers!
Things to see in Midtown-
The McGraw Hill Building, Raymond Hood, 1928-1930 **(check out the lobby)
The Radiator Building, Raymond Hood, 1924
The News Building, Raymond Hood, 1928-1930 **(check out the lobby)
Lyceum Theater, Herts & Tallant,1903
The New York Public Library, Carrere & Hastings, 1911** (Make sure you get up the Main Reading Room; wow!)
Manufactures Hanover Trust Company Building, Sikmore, Owings, & Merrill, 1954
Grand Central Station, Warren & Wetmore with Reed and Stem, 1903** (amazing piece for urbanism and civic space)
Pan American Building (now the MetLife Building), Walter Gropius with Pietro Belluschi,1963 (the most hated building in NY)
Grand Central Tower, Warren & Wetmore , 1929
Seagram Building, Mies Van der Rohe with Philip Johnson, 1958 (**still elegant as ever)
Racquet and Tennis Club of New York, Mckim, Mead & White (** it's a big part of what makes Seagram great).
Lever House, Sikmore, Owings, & Merrill, 1952
Heron Tower, Kohn, Pedersen, Fox, 1987
Chanin Building, Sloan and Robertson, 1929
The Chrysler Building, William Van Alen, 1930
The Ford Foundation Building, Roche & Dinkerloo, 1967
Tudor City, Fred French,1925-1928
The United Nations Building, International Committee of Architects (LeCorbusier), Harrison and Assoc., 1947-1953
Lescaze House, William Lescaze 1934
The ATT Building (now Sony USA), Philip Johnson, 1980
Louis Vuitton Building, Christian de Portzamparc, 2000
Rockefeller Center, Raymond Hood Associates, 1931-1940
St Thomas’ Church & Parrish House, Cram, Goodhue & Ferguson, 1914 (**, Please go inside); one of my two favorite buildings in the city... The other is the the little Louis Sullivan "skyscraper, the Bayard Building, on Bleeker Street .)