The Chrysler Building, the Waldorf-Astoria, and Rockefeller Center are among the hundreds of Art Deco monuments that helped create the image of New York City as the world’s modern metropolis in the 1920s and 1930s. Art Deco skyscrapers became Manhattan’s chief architectural language. Following a massive reawakening of interest in them during the 1970s, New York’s Art Deco buildings today survive as prized remnants of a distant yet modern past that still help define the city’s visual identity. This lecture covers the great skyscrapers of architects Raymond Hood, William Van Alen, Ely Jacques Kahn and Ralph Walker, including the Daily News, Empire State, Irving Trust, General Electric, American Radiator, Barclay-Vesey and RCA Buildings. It then traces the adaptation of this “skyscraper style” through apartment buildings on the Bronx’s Grand Concourse, airport terminals at LaGuardia, the Central Park West residential skyline, automated midtown parking garages, diners, hotels, department stores, banks, and theaters.