5 Iconic Buildings to See After Running the NYC Marathon

If you’re thinking about running the 2023 New York City Marathon, we understand your excitement. We know it’s an exciting and historic event, NYC marathon is pretty much the only marathon on Earth where you can literally run through parts of the city that are normally closed to the public.

But—and this is a big but—you’ve got to be ready for it. The New York City Marathon is one of the biggest races in all of running, and it’s not for everyone. Before signing up, make sure you are ready to train hard and consistently. That means lots of time on the pavement before race day—and probably some muscle soreness later on in the week. As we runners know, commitment and hard work pay off. The NYC marathon is one of the most iconic and amazing experiences.


Another great thing about the NYC marathon is that you’ll have a huge cheering section. If there’s one thing New Yorkers love more than anything else (besides being rude), it’s watching people run through their city streets.

5 Iconic Buildings to See After NYC Marathon

If you’re going to New York City, whatever the reason, you’re probably going to want to see the big city. And there is no bigger city than New York. There are so many incredible skyscrapers and iconic buildings in New York that it can be hard to decide which ones to see. But don’t worry! We’ve got your back with this list of the top 5 must-see buildings in NYC:

  • The Empire State Building

This 102-story skyscraper is one of the most iconic buildings in New York City and the tallest building in America. It was built in 1931 and can be found on Fifth Avenue between 34th and 35th Streets. Its 1920s Art Deco style gives those moody “old New York” vibes and visiting its top floor is absolutely a must, granted you are not afraid of heights!

  • Steinway Tower

Named after the world-famous piano makers, the Steinway Tower in NYC holds the record of thinnest skyscraper of the world. In fact, the tower is 1,428 feet tall and only 57 feet wide! In addition to being extremely thin for its height, the tower is also shaped like a spindle that becomes thinner and thinner as it reaches the top. The idea behind this incredible design is to give the illusion of disappearing into the air.

  • The Chrysler Building

Another Art Deco masterpiece, this building was completed in 1930 and is located on 42nd Street at Lexington Avenue in Midtown Manhattan. It’s also one of the tallest buildings in NYC at 77 floors (1,046 feet). It has been long surpassed in terms of height but its charm and beauty will never fade.


  • One World Trade Center

The building that was once called “Freedom Tower” has been an icon of New York since it was built after 9/11. It’s now referred to as One World Trade Center, but its name doesn’t change how impressive this building is—or how much it means to New Yorkers.

  • The Flatiron Building

Located at 175 Fifth Avenue between Broadway and 22nd Street in Flatiron District, this iconic building was built by Daniel Burnham for the Fuller Company at the turn of the century and is famous for many things, like being one of NYC’s first skyscrapers. It has 23 floors and was designed with a triangular footprint that resembles an old-style flatiron ironing tool, hence its name.

Have you ever run the NYC marathon? If so, what was your experience? Please feel free to share your recommendation below on what to visit after the race!

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