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New York Daily Photo: Underscore
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Thursday, 12 June 2008


You could spend your life just admiring and learning about NYC architecture. Before moving to this city, I had essentially no knowledge or appreciation of buildings. But, architecture is one of the greatest things about New York and to not make an effort to really learn about the great structures here is to miss out on one of this city's greatest assets. On nearly any block or at every turn there is something of merit - row houses, skyscrapers, art deco masterpieces.
Evening light is the best time for photography and when you have a building which is readily enhanced by yellow-orange hues, you have the ideal subject. See here for another magnificent example.
When I photographed this from the west side of Manhattan, I had no idea what this building was or its exact location - so ferreting out this information based on visuals and a guess at location is always challenging.
The building in the photo, One Worldwide Plaza, turns out to be somewhat more than the average skyscraper. It was built in 1989 on the site of a former (the third) incarnation of Madison Square Garden. Designed by David Childs of Skidmore,Owings and Merrill, it is a part of a three-building complex with mixed commercial and residential use. It is one of the worlds tallest buildings at 49 stories, 778 feet (238 m). You can read more about it here.
In spite of all this, it is easy to not notice and most will pass it by - so even here, with this beautiful tall building, its brick exterior and copper roof, all bathed in golden light - just to assure it will be noticed, it still needs an underscore ...

Related Posts: Hell's Gate, Light on Bobst, Evening Arch, Sink or Swim.


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