Top 5 Most Secure Buildings in New York City

New York, NY — Although many in New York City developed safety concerns following the horrific attacks on 9/11, when it comes to safety and security; no city can rival New York.

The Big Apple is known around the world for housing some of the most secure buildings in the entire world and for creating some of the most innovative properties not only in terms of design but in safety features as well. Here are five of the most secure buildings in all of New York City.

Federal Reserve Bank of New York

“New York City, USA: Security barriers in front of transport truck entrances to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York in the Lower Manhattan Financial District.”

Found along the streets of Manhattan the New York Federal Reserve Bank is the world’s largest gold depository and the holder of 25% of the entire world’s gold, meaning more than Fort Knox. With approximately $270 billion worth of gold in store, there is a lot to be protected in this bank, which is surrounded by an armed security protection force. Any time one of the airtight and watertight vaults are opened, closed-circuit cameras and detectors sound off.

The vault of the bank is below a three story bunker that has separate teams monitoring its contents, three separate team members from each teams but be present to open the vault, and not one single person knows the entire combination. Once the vaults are opened, men aren’t even allowed inside, the pallets are moved by robots.

7 World Trade Center

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When the two towers were destroyed so was the 7 World Trade Center building. This property, the smallest of the three structures was the only to be rebuilt and now the 52 story building has been deemed the safest in the world. With a concrete core designed to be like a bunker meaning if a similar attack here to happen the structure outside the core could catch or fire or go down, but the core will always stay in tact.

Empire State Building

Empire State Building: This shot was during the winter months. Empire State Building facing south in New York City. The Manhattan Skyline and in the distance the Statue of Liberty. Image Credit: Flickr, Gregg Jaden.

Shown to be one of the safest buildings in the country for the inhabitants inside, the Empire States Building is more than just a famed piece of architecture. The 102 stories that make up this iconic New York structure are made from a steel frame clad by limestone and granite. The structure was built specifically to withstand winds and earthquakes and has some of the strictest security measures for entrance. Security checks are done to everyone that enters and visitors looking to enter the building must first have a valid ticket and walk through full body scanners.

New York Stock Exchange

NYC – Financial District – New York Stock Exchange. Image Credit: Flickr, David Pirmann.

Although the New York Stock Exchange is not even a bank it has security measures in place that rival some of the most secure banks in the world. Underground there is a steel safe deposit vault that’s over 120 feet long and 22 feet wide. The NYSE even implemented new street security options for the area around the financial district. With the new swiveling perforated bollards put in place there are barriers that can quickly rotate to block the street or allow vehicle access as needed. These fast-acting barriers are strong enough to stop a 15,000 pound truck driving 50 miles a hour.

AT&T Long Lines Building

The AT&T Long Lines Building. Image Credit: Panoramio, Max Lolinberg

Often hailed as one of the most secure buildings in the entire world the AT&T Long Lines Building in New York is one property that was truly designed with optimal security in mind from top to bottom. The building was created with the exact purpose to protect the very sensitive and expensive telephone equipment housed in side. It has a ‘windowless’ exterior and has one of the most intensive security systems guarding the entrance. The walls are constructed of granite faced concrete panels that will protect the building and its contents and that is even safe from a nuclear blast. The building was created to be protected and self-sufficient from nuclear fallout for up to two weeks following a blast.


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