Buildings and Architecture in North America
Habitat 67 is a futuristic (even to this day) concrete housing complex. It was designed by the Israeli-Canadian architect Moshe Safdie and built for the World Expo in 1967. It comprises of 354 identical, prefabricated concrete modules stacked in various combinations, which together create 146 residences of varying sizes, each formed from one to eight linked modules. Each module is positioned cleverly to maximize privacy and make sure every residence has at least one private terrace. The multi-levelled urban environment also includes gardens, pathways and bridges. If you think the complex resample a LEGO structure, it's not far off, as LEGO bricks were used to built the first models. Unfortunately, the grounds of Habitat 67 are private, so it's only possible to explore the complex by joining a tour.
On a side note; there is an artificial wave in the St. Lawrence River just behind the north end of Habitat 67, where surfers and kayakers have fun.
Brooklyn Bridge is an architectonic icon. When it opened in 1883, it was a revolutionary masterpiece by being the longest suspension bridge in the world. The boardwalk above the car lanes is perfect for a stroll across East River and a great option for enjoying the Manhattan skyline from the distance. The areas where the bridge starts and ends are surprisingly dull and uninviting, so you normally end up going back the same way, another 1825 m (5989 ft.).
After the Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building is probably the most well-known icon of New York City. It was completed in 1931 as the tallest building (381 m or 1,250 ft.) in the world with 102 floors, a title it kept for 41 years. Today, it is still the tallest building in New York after the destruction of the World Trade Center (417 m or 1,368 ft.). Strangely enough, the Empire State Building has also been hit by a plane. In 1945, a small US B-25 bomber flew into the 79th floor by accident, killing 11 office workers along with the plane's three crew members. Luckily, the building kept standing, so we today can enjoy the magnificent views of New York from the outside observation deck right at the top.