In a city filled with skyscrapers, there is no mistaking the Art Deco crown of the Chrysler Building. It had the distinction of being the world’s tallest building for less than a year after opening in 1930. The title was achieved by trickery of its architect, William Van Alen. He waited until a competitor’s project at 40 Wall Street declared itself the tallest. He then immediately hoisted a hidden, 121 foot antenna on top of his building in less than two hours.