“Sesungguhnya orang-orang yang beriman, orang-orang yang berhijrah dan berhijrah di jalan Allah, mereka itu mengharapkan rahmat Allah, dan Allah Maha Pengampun lagi Maha Penyayang”
(QS. Al-Baqarah 2:218).
Chrysler Building, city’s tallest 1930-1931. 405 Lexington Avenue. 1,046 feet (319m) to tip. The Chrysler Building started life as part of an overall building boom all across Manhattan in the 1920s. Originally known as the Reynolds Building after its developer, New York State Senator William H Reynolds, the project was sold to auto magnate Walter Chrysler when Reynolds ran out of money. Meanwhile, a “race for the sky” had taken off as work began on 40 Wall Street across town, a tower which would open first and stretch to 927 feet, robbing Chrysler of its title as city’s tallest. Chrysler devised an ingenious plan: he secretly obtained permits for a 185-foot spire, delivered to the tower in 4 sections after 40 Wall Street was already completed. The needle was hoisted up and out of Chrysler’s dome, one section emerging out from within the last, until it topped out at a record-breaking 1,046 feet. It was now the tallest structure ever built by mankind, topping even Paris’s Eiffel Tower. When it opened, it was ridiculed by critics for being more flash than function. It wouldn’t be appreciated as an Art Deco icon until many years later. By then, it had long-since lost the height race to another tower: the Empire State Building, which had been under construction down on 34th Street all along. Despite only holding the title of world’s tallest for 11 months, the Chrysler Building remains an icon of New York and of an era when the city was developing into a Babel of modernity, ego, and optimism wrought in brick and steel.