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Luca
July 19th, 2006, 03:43 AM
Or, at least, I hope you'll find them interesting.

This is in the eastern part of Chinatown looking south. I find the layering of scales interesting. DPZ would call this a 'transect'?

http://img61.imageshack.us/img61/7421/smal1tm0.jpg

Classic TRIBECA 'loft' buildings. Consider how graceful these buildings are and remember that they were built for commercial purposes.

http://img115.imageshack.us/img115/2830/smal2yn6.jpg

Ah, the inevitable TEXTURE pic. The detailing achieves reprtition without monotony.

http://img61.imageshack.us/img61/7968/smal3bb5.jpg

Looking towards the 'civic' quarter from Chinatown - with 'romantic' lighting

http://img293.imageshack.us/img293/7039/smal4os6.jpg

I like the complexity and layering here. Venturi and Las Vegas? Fuggedabahdit! This is the real deal

http://img293.imageshack.us/img293/7525/smal5cq8.jpg

More complexity and quality, look at the older buildings! Yeah!

http://img173.imageshack.us/img173/2620/smal6dn7.jpg

The two following pictures exemplify the sort of vernacular American buildings I think are still WAY underrated and generally excellent

http://img173.imageshack.us/img173/2875/smal7xp3.jpg

http://img48.imageshack.us/img48/2626/smal8mx7.jpg

ablarc
July 22nd, 2006, 08:34 AM
Terrific pictures, Luca. The first features in the middleground Chatham Towers, Manhattan's Number One monument of Brutalism. Uncompromisingly stark beton brut composed into totemic anthropomorphism. Big bodies, small heads, these these have been poised to devour Chinatown since the 1960's. One of their architects just died.

Your post in general and this picture in particular explodes the tired old saw being peddled on SoHo's western outskirts that only buildings of similar height are harmonious with each other. (Berman is an unscrupulous manipulator, and he cynically spreads ignorance to his unwashed, mindless hordes.) To my mind this first shot presents an image at least as interesting (actually vastly more interesting) than the best of Tribeca's excessively deferential (and therefore prissy) streetscapes.http://www.wirednewyork.com/forum/showthread.php?t=8466&page=12 (post #172).

Ditto, picture 5.

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Pictures 7 and 8: Have you any idea how many sculptural cornices New York has lost?

lofter1
July 22nd, 2006, 08:49 AM
Enjoy the great view seen in shot #4 -- as the Ratner / Gehry Beekman tower will rise behind the Municipal building from that POV.

One of the great vistas of NYC -- southeast from Lafayette near Houston -- where the multiple spires of the US Court House, The Manhattan Municipal Building and the Downtown spires beyond all rise to the sky will soon be gone.

At night -- with the crowns alit -- you could imagine you're approaching Oz.

ablarc
July 22nd, 2006, 09:10 AM
^ In that regard, Lower Manhattan suffered even greater loss when the Singer Tower came down, but most especially when the fatso flattops waddled in to block the slots of sky. For decades, that had let Downtown's impossibly slender deco towers work their unlikely magic. That's all gone now, but just look at a photo from before Chase Manhattan burst upon the scene. Sic transit gloria mundi.

Luca
July 24th, 2006, 02:10 AM
Pictures 7 and 8: Have you any idea how many sculptural cornices New York has lost?

I imagine most. still lots of good ones, though.

I'm even preapared to admit that if they'd ALL survived, maybe they'd seem slightly less special....naaah; they're great.

I'm a big fan of the gilded age, me. i'll try to psot mroe pcis soon - can anyoen recommend a better hosting service than Imageshack?

ablarc
July 24th, 2006, 07:20 PM
can anyoen recommend a better hosting service than Imageshack?
Webmasters.com. You have to pay (once a year), but you get near-infinite capacity. Very satisfied.

lofter1
July 24th, 2006, 10:42 PM
Have you any idea how many sculptural cornices New York has lost?

One of the good things that the Landmark's Preservation Commission has spawned is the restoration of cornices in Landmarked districts. Our building is currently having a cornice restored that had previously been chopped away -- a requirement from LPC when the owner filed applications for work at the building.

ablarc
July 25th, 2006, 08:56 PM
One of the good things that the Landmark's Preservation Commission has spawned is the restoration of cornices in Landmarked districts. Our building is currently having a cornice restored that had previously been chopped away -- a requirement from LPC when the owner filed applications for work at the building.
I assume these are fiberglas replicas made from photographs. Is that the case? Or are they metal or wood? Surely not stone?

Glad it's being done.

Luca
July 26th, 2006, 02:35 AM
I assume these are fiberglas replicas made from photographs. Is that the case? Or are they metal or wood? Surely not stone?

Glad it's being done.

Would fiberglass or wood be reasonably durable? I'd assumed the originals were hollow plaster or metal mouldings, how ignorant of me. Stone? Wow.

lofter1
July 26th, 2006, 08:21 AM
In the case of our building they are using metal.

Although I do understand that in some cases LPC does allow fiberglass / plastic materials to be used.

pianoman11686
June 27th, 2007, 09:35 PM
I'm so glad I found this thread, it was just the place I was looking for to post a few of these pictures. Taken yesterday, late afternoon, killing some time in SoHo. It's incredible (to me at least) that the place looks as beautiful as it does, given the amount of garbage on the streets and the still large number of buildings that badly need renovations.

http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r260/pianoman11686/SA700006-1.jpg

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brianac
June 28th, 2007, 07:52 AM
A few pics from last week. Left click to enlarge.

http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z245/brianaclift/New%20York%20June%202007/js1024_Pictures_from_small_card_-17.jpg

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Luca
June 29th, 2007, 04:21 AM
http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r260/pianoman11686/SA700011-1.jpg


ONe of my favorite buildings anywhere in the world. I'd love it if it has a littlemicro-park in front of it.

If I compare this building to what would be built nowdays as a police headquarers it makes me want to holler.

ablarc
June 29th, 2007, 07:14 AM
^ Yeah, this one's top echelon even in the company of other Beaux-Arts buildings. Hard to believe it was once on the chopping block. Narrowly escaped execution.

Liverpool Alan
June 30th, 2007, 06:41 PM
fantastic photos thanks:)

BigCityDreams
July 5th, 2007, 11:12 AM
Very nice pics!