It was a good price for being so close to times square and the tourist attractions. It's just 5min to subway. The building, which houses the New York offices of the U. Taking the Statue of Liberty cruise from Liberty Park was scenic and convenient. Super easy to get to by subway and the proximity to the city makes it quick and painless to pop in and out.
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Despite the strict security checks, the observation decks opened in December of 2 WTC at th and th floors were visited daily by 80, people unfortunately, no-one had expected an attack from the outside and with apparently peaceful "tools" of airliners. The millionth visitor to the observation deck on November received a free lifetime pass.
The 1 WTC had a group of restaurants and bars on the th floor, crowned by the Windows on the World restaurant with appropriately sky-high prices and reservation requirements. When the weather permitted, both towers offered breathtaking views, though. The other, low-rise office buildings were completed between and All these buildings were destroyed during the terrorist attack or immediately after.
On August 7, the French tightrope performer Philippe Petit performed 45 minutes of walks between the towers' tops, a distance of 40 meters. Before the plot to the east was built over again, the building actually faced the waterfront. The storey office slab has a visually similar facade treatment to SOM's W. Grace Building , with a black and white grid pattern, although here the result is more three-dimensional and "structural" and marble is replaced by white-painted aluminium.
The building shares a common plaza on its southern side with the neighbouring Wall Street. The owner of the building, Morley Cho, was also the last owner of the ship. The building, now known as the Wall Street Plaza, has been awarded twice for its design and once for the fountain. First proposed in as a superblock project, the extension, as carried out, was eventually reduced to two apartment slabs two blocks apart. The storey towers were clad in the already typical red brick and on three sides followed the customary project style, but the facade facing the block interior was notably different.
In addition to a series of vertical protrusions with corner windows, the irregular placement of balconies and terraces made the whole very peculiar. The mid-block is occupied by a large park-like courtyard and on the other end a single-storey building houses residents' common facilities. While the western tower is surrounded by relatively quiet streets, the eastern one is located just where Delancey Street changes to the elevated approach to Williamsburg bridge, bordering the tower to the north.
Moreover, its courtyard has no communal building to close the block. The storey exterior of the The elevated plaza facing Sixth Avenue is flanked on the south side by a lower wing protruding from the main building mass, closing the plaza row of the Extension.
The frame is of concrete and steel and the uniform, storey facade of black glass and aluminium is broken only by rows of openings for HVAC systems. With the building itself undergone extensive facade sealing, security and other engineering upgradings from on, the midblock open-air plaza next to the building was redesigned by Hoffmann Architects with perimeter seating, redwood trees and a sculpture fountain.
Based on developer Ravitch's initial proposal in , the painful conception was begun with greenlighting and starting of design work in The parallelogram-shaped platform was to stand on water, replacing the abandoned piers on East River between 25th and 28th Streets, in effect filling the area occupied by piers. Corps of Engineers, ie. Four towers and a number of smaller entities were to occupy the platform around a central plaza. The proposition was announced in , but the platform idea was in jeopardy due to the law allowing the federal government to take over an area occupied by a river platform without compensation should the need arise , that would have made financing a difficult task.
Construction began in and the complex was finally dedicated in September , and completed the next year, 11 years after the design work had started. The four apartment towers include 1, housing units, some completed as subsidised for medium- and lower income residents although one whole tower was originally conceived as subsidised.
The towers are clad in large red brickwork with streaks of black in spandrels, with the chamfered and nichéd corners changing to bold cantilevered protrusions in upper floors to house the larger apartments.
The complex also houses 25 duplex townhouses. The central plaza with the lower-level river promenades around the edges of the 2-level garage for cars is paved in large concrete slabs and has sparse landscaping.
On the shoreside of the plaza, in a building facing Manhattan, are the numerous grocery stores, barbershops etc. As with the towers, also in other buildings, as well as stairs and walkways, red brick is the predominant material. As an independent entity on the complex, the U.
The school was built here by the city as an isolated unit undoubtedly also due to security reasons after disputes about its inclusion to the emerging First Avenue United Nations "neighbourhood".
The only direct connection to Manhattan if one doesn't count the connection to the motorway from the garage is by a pedestrian bridge leading over the FDR motorway at 25th Street, effectively isolating the complex from the rest of the city.
The large, storey building rises from its mid-block site -- the 99th and th streets were demapped from public use -- to the height of meters. Supported by a series of protruding, faceted perimeter columns, steel girders span the facade and double as spandrels between the window stripes.
The building is clad in self-weathering read: One of the largest medical school facilities in the US, the building incorporates various school and research facilities as well as a seat auditorium. The outside plaza has the sculpture Large Sphere by Arnoldo Pomodoro. Grace Building , to have curving lower walls facing the streets to create a setback. Drawing its influence from the Downtown Finance Place proposal, the curve theme was chosen to utilize the setback regulations to the fullest by removing the traditional right-angled setbacks and introducing a sweeping facade instead.
Bunschaft's first plans for the building were rejected by Solow and subsequently used by the developers of the W. Grace Building in their own project further downtown. The storey black glass curtain walls are flanked by marble cladding on the building top and the ends -- where there are also sets of diagonal steel "braces" over the glass curtain end walls.
Although the juxtaposition of the old and the new like with the Olympic Tower and St. Patrick's is exciting, the building is inevitably blocking the sunlight from the old Plaza Hotel with its m tall mass. Being faced by the General Motors Building to the east and the Solow to the south, the "dream castle"-like Plaza seems now rather out of place.
On the 57th Street side portion of the through-building entrance lobby stands a sculpture of a man figure by Giacometti. An underground shopping concourse was built in the basement, but, despite the favourable location, it has been a failure and remained empty. The building is set back 12 m from 57th Street and 15 m from 58th. The street sidewalks next to the building as well as the lobby floors are paved in the same travertine as the non-glass facade portions. In front of the building, on the 57th Street side, is a steel sculpture by Ivan Chermayeff: On the 58th Street side is a public plaza facing Plaza Hotel and the outside entrance to the ill-fated shopping basement next to the building wall, now sealed off.
A glossy-black Pablo Picasso sculpture adorns the plaza. The m tall building resembles Bunschaft's Solow Building with its similar curved lower walls as a setback from the street. This is no coincidence, as Bunschaft used the first, rejected plans for that building in his design for the W. The outcome of the storey facade is here of more conventional nature, with a white grid-like pattern of white travertine filling the space between the darkened windows and defining the structural arrangement.
The plaza facing 43rd Street extends to the Sixth Avenue side, allowing entrance to the building from three directions. It, as well as the sidewalk on the 42nd Street side of the building, is clad in the same white travertine as used on the building's facades.
The building's underground parking garage has space for cars. The building borders, along with the W. The m tall building consists of a storey white-facaded core which is joined from three sides by a slightly lower glass and marble-walled portion with varying black-and-white vertical striping. The building houses the normal complement of office spaces, but also with telecommunications equipment occupying the top floors.
The striping -- somewhat reminiscent of the facade of the 2 N. Plaza in Downtown -- consists of differing bands of white marble, and the facade changes gradually from predominantly white at the bottom, to black with thin white striping in the top-half.
The top of the core shaft sports the logo of Verizon the former N. Telephone Company and former Bell Telephone Co. In order to get a building permission for the large bulk of the slab, the building was set back 3 m from Sixth Avenue building line and a 25 m wide mid-block plaza was razed west of the tower. Also, half a million dollars were donated for the improvement of the nearby Sixth Avenue subway station.
The storey building uses 23 floors for the showcasing and selling activities of the arts and crafts tenants, in addition to more traditional office space floors. The curtain wall of black glass is interrupted only by the technical floors below mid-height and at the top.
Although narrow, the tall, glass-walled slab manages to interfere with the distinctly different, light-toned N. Building and the Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. It replaced a number of cast-iron buildings, the facades of which were removed for preservation before demolition. As a vital communications link, the building was designed to resist nuclear blast and fallout and be self-sufficient for two weeks in wartime conditions.
Due to the building's technical nature, the height of each floor is 6 m -- almost double that of the normal office building -- and there are thus only 29 storeys altogether.
The almost windowless These shafts house elevators, stairs and ductwork. On the 10th and 29th floors there are series of large, protruding ventilation openings. The entrance is from Thomas Street, on top of flights of stairs, and on the eastern side there is a mid-block elevated plaza.
The storey building is notable for its monolithic facade cladding of black slate panels with highly uneven surface and joints, differing considerably from the customary polished stone claddings. Dasha upgraded a basic big box store futon into a one-of-a-kind piece by adding button tufts to the back cushion, then adding a Victorian skirt and slipcover to the mattress. Weekend mornings in the apartment are easy and breezy, especially with the bedroom door open to the outdoor living space.
Due to their shotgun apartment layout, guests must enter the outdoor living space by first walking through the bedroom. To properly showcase all of the apartment's original charm and character, Dan and Dasha kept the decorating colorless and organic, resulting in more attention placed on the brick walls.
In the bedroom, the hard, rustic appeal of the architecture was softened with all-white and natural textiles, including the bedding, window coverings and headboard. Part of Dasha's decorating style includes the juxtaposition of hyper-masculine elements with soft, formal feminine details. Just above the nightstand in the master bedroom, she's hung three skins — fox, raccoon and ferret — above Dan's collection of daggers. These details, combined with the soft textiles, create a perfect balance between feminine and masculine.
The quaint bed area of the bedroom has mostly masculine appeal, thanks to the brick walls, nubby canvas headboard with tack detail and carved buck head hung above. Aside from original rustic furniture, Dan designs a lot of custom lighting.
The bedroom chandelier is an original piece made of brass lamp arms and basic white globe bulbs. Dan created a one-of-a-kind sconce for the bedroom area by repurposing a swing arm mirror into a light fixture by replacing the mirror with an Edison bulb, then electrifying it with wiring. A wooden buck head grounds the tall area above the do-it-yourself headboard in the bedroom. He's especially proud of the outcome, as guests often comment on how sophisticated it looks, not knowing it was made from basic materials for a very low cost.
Lafayette Color Lab is in another Zaccaro-owned building. Soho Eastanah , atmospheric Malaysian One Kenmare Square , which is the name of this apartment development and not an actual address. The building by Andre Balasz features an undulating facade of black glass and black brick. DJ AM , aka Adam Goldstein, was found dead in his apartment here in August , reportedly the victim of a drug overdose. Beautiful orange-brick building with charming arches houses Dom's Fine Food , notable Italian grocery.
The East River Savings Bank Building went up in to a Cass Gilbert design, originally housing one of the city's oldest banks, founded in It was converted to condos in and is now known as The Spring. On the seventh floor in the late s and '50s were the offices of EC Comics , whose horror comics like Tales From the Crypt were the focus of the comic book panic of the mid-'50s.
EC also originated Mad magazine here. More recently Kanye West has been a resident. Cleveland Place A little triangular park where Lafayette and Centre intersect is named for Grover Cleveland, the only president with two non-consecutive terms, and the only Democratic president between and making him popular with New York City's Democratic establishment.
He was a former New York governor as well, and he lived and worked in Manhattan during a couple of periods in his life. He was killed in investigating the Mafia in Sicily. China Times Weekly News is based in this pre-war loft building. Calypso Home, connected to the Calypso clothing stores. The New York office of Sing Tao Daily , a Chinese-language daily founded in Hong Kong in that claims more readers than all its competitors combined. Aji Ichiban , Asian snack-food franchise that describes itself as a "munchies paradise.
Double G Graphics Inc. Studio New York Attractive orangey brick building with lion heads B: Hi-Fi A-V Supplies Grand Lafayette Variety Store Tai Fortune Food Market Wonton Specialist Mondrian Hotel A boutique hotel that opened in , part of the Morgans group. The decor is said to be inspired by Jean Cocteau's Beauty and the Beast. The hotel restaurant is Imperial No. Formerly on the site was the Chinatown Dialysis Center.
Was Maria's Bakery, Chinese pastries. Abacus Business Computer Holiday Inn Manhattan Downtown corner: There's not many hotels in the Chinatown area, and this is probably the biggest. The building has some character. These landmarked, many-pillared cast-iron lofts are attributed to James Bogardus , a pioneer of cast-iron architecture, and may be his most important surviving work.
Bruce, a Scottish immigrant who invented printing machinery, also has a library branch named after him in Harlem. Comprises Excellent Dumpling House which is! Vien Dong Music Center. Loftworks , designer clothing retailer 90 corner: DCTV Firehouse 87 corner: It's now home to Downtown Community Television , and to the crucial alternative news show Democracy Now!
Bagel Deluxe 70 corner: The landmarked Ahrens Building , completed , is a Romanesque Revival building with rusticated brickwork and striking arches, designed by George H. Eric's Happy Deli is on the ground floor.
Family Court 60 block: Civil Municipal Court Building 75 corner: A bas relief on the side of the building depicts Justice pointing to a baby and rejecting a snake. Collect Pond Park The name commemorates the largest body of fresh water on Manhattan, originally a source of shellfish and drinking water--later direly polluted.
Eventually it was drained by the canal that gave Canal Street its name, and filled in. Federal Plaza 26 Federal Plaza: Javits Federal Office Building is named for the U.
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