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“Woolworth Building” 3 of 5 stars
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Woolworth Building
233 Broadway, New York City, NY 10007 (Financial District)
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Ranked #178 of 1,635 things to do in New York City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Owner description: F. W. Woolworth funded this elaborate design on his own dime - and nickel.
Chicago, Illinois
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“Woolworth Building”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2014

First of all, I want to give this five stars; I really do. It's a beautiful building all-around, with mosaics, neo-gothic architecture and a retro feel, but you can't go inside. You can, but you have to pay $15 for half an hour to see the lobby, and $45 for a longer tour. I had some time during my last trip from NYC to check out this part of Manhattan, so I used my park whiz app on my smartphone to find a nearby parking spot, saving me time and some money. When I arrived at the building, an unhappy sign stating "Tourists are not permitted beyond this point." The only way in to look at the beautiful lobby was to shell out an unreasonable amount of money. The building was apparently closed to the public after 9/11, but the company that owns it now is just trolling for money. This isn't going to a charity or anything - just the building owner. History should not be for sale.

Visited August 2013
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“Tours available”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2014

30 and 60 minute lobby tours are available for a very nominal fee. I booked online and remarkably on the day I was the only person on the tour. It was conducted by an impressive young man (architecture student I think)who was a wealth of information about the history and construction and later upgrades. It is a magnificent site of a time passed and should be visited by anyone interested in architecture and the nostalgia of the early skyscrapers. Truly a cathedral of commerce.

Visited February 2014
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“Amazing but not readily able to view”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2014

Walked a few miles to see the Woolworth building. When we arrived, were greeted by a no-entry permitted sign. Was able to get a brief look at the ceiling, which was truly amazing.

Visited March 2013
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“A Forbidden Landmark”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2014

Built in 1913, the Woolworth Building was the world's tallest building until surpassed by the Chrysler Building in 1930, then Empire State Building in 1931, then the original World Trade Center twin towers in 1972-73. It is a testament to New York's leadership in the world, that these buildings were, when constructed, the tallest in the world, not "just" the tallest in New York! The building supposedly is 60 storeys high, but in fact has "only" 56. At the Broadway-side entrance is an utterly obnoxious sign saying "no tourists beyond this point"; this reviewer entered through a side entrance on Barclay Street, just to see the impressive lobby, without hassle.

Visited August 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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“Take the Lobby Tour!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

The building is very impressive and beautiful but until recently there was no easy way to visit the interior or admire it in much detail. You can now take a tour of the lobby by pre-booking, which should be part of any wander/tour of downtown/financial district. I could only find space in the 15 min slot, but the tour lasted approx 30 mins. You get the chance to see the lobby and the first basement while the tour guide gives you some interesting facts and general information. Highly recommended - a great way to experience more of this wonderful building!

Visited September 2013
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