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JMGarcia
May 2nd, 2003, 10:02 AM
There's an interesting blurb and video on the new Met Life lighting scheme here..

http://archrecord.construction.com/projects/lighting/archives/0305MetTower-1.asp

yanni111
May 2nd, 2003, 10:52 PM
the lighting on it is beautiful, the colors are so clean and bright looking

NYatKNIGHT
May 7th, 2003, 01:52 PM
http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid61/pec5fd38b7de228206dc91e2e051d4a25/fc31eb8e.jpg

Bob
October 11th, 2004, 11:00 AM
We'd better enjoy decorative lighting such as this while we have it.

Environmentalists have found something new to complain about: "light pollution." Already we are seeing legislation to restrict/outlaw floodlighting, require modifications of luminaire design, etc. Although our cities are dark by comparison to Tokyo and Hong Kong, they may get darker still.

BrooklynRider
October 12th, 2004, 11:53 AM
The only lighting they need to restrict are those orange street lights. The glare and glow from thewm is horrendous. I would consider it l ight pollution. I'm still waiting for the day when I can see a star, any star, from my apartment windows.

Gulcrapek
October 12th, 2004, 05:32 PM
Light pollution can actually be pretty annoying. For those who want to see some elements of the night sky, it's often too bright and sometimes enhanced by exhaust from roadways. I think instead of clamping down on nighttime building lighting, the city should install lamps that direct light exclusively downwards.

yepole
October 12th, 2004, 09:48 PM
I think instead of clamping down on nighttime building lighting, the city should install lamps that direct light exclusively downwards.Thats right! As an astronomer I fully agree. And by the way there are hundreds of sky-friendly (http://www.darksky.org/fixtures/fixtures.html) lamps already created, but... :(

JonY
October 12th, 2004, 11:40 PM
Hrmmm, astronomy!! The city skylines' "enemy" :wink:

Not sure about the sugar-coated candy-stripe lighting for this one. Too, too much. Monotones or a couple of co-ordinated colours for such a classic design would be "rather". 8)

yepole
October 13th, 2004, 12:40 AM
Hrmmm, astronomy!! The city skylines' "enemy"
Don't take my statement seriously, i have nothing against skylines, especially of my city of New York :wink:, I'm just against excessive and waste lighting, mostly created by street lights. Here in southern part of Brooklyn, where I live, there is no skyline to talk about, but skies are red anyway :? Even 50 away from the city one (astronomer :) ) can hardly find a site with acceptably-dark skies.
Let the Manhattan be lit! There's no place on Earth like it, so i love it the way it is :)
But back to topic: From the roof of my factory in Long Island City, the Met Life IMO looks just beautiful next to ESB and the rest 8)

JonY
October 13th, 2004, 09:06 AM
I'm sure the new lighting looks best in the flesh. Pics, even of the candy-stripe variety (I suppose :roll: ) won't do it justice.

BTW yepole. 2 things. I put a "winkster" ;) next to the word "enemy" (astronomy is obviously has more importance)......and N.Y.C. is not alone in that lighting on certain buildings is cut-back due to their heavenly interferences (happens lots in Sydney & Melbourne).

Manhattan is one of those skylines that needs light. Very dark in some places where it's (seemingly) not warranted.

I'm amazed at the time it took for the doozying-up of Met Life. They really must have treated the building with kid gloves. 8)

Edward
November 1st, 2005, 12:46 AM
I think we used to have a thread about this building, but I cannot find it :(

Metropolitan Life Insurance Company Tower (http://www.wirednewyork.com/landmarks/metlife_tower/) - the view from Top of the Rock (http://www.wirednewyork.com/guide/observation/top_of_the_rock.htm) - observation deck atop GE building in Rockefeller Center.

http://www.wirednewyork.com/landmarks/metlife_tower/metlife_insurance_tower.jpg (http://www.wirednewyork.com/landmarks/metlife_tower/)

redhot00
November 1st, 2005, 06:34 AM
Beautiful shot Edward..

For comparison's sake, here is a shot of it from the top of ESB
http://www.tomexe.com/NewYork/NYC01.jpg



Here's a rendering of what the extension just to the north would've looked like before they built the newer extension that exists now

http://www.greatgridlock.net/NYC_Images/502.jpg

redhot00
November 1st, 2005, 06:36 AM
It really is a great pic Ed, I hope you don't mind if it's now my screensaver and background.

Note the beautiful Con Edison building to the SE. Dig we must.....

Comelade
November 1st, 2005, 07:11 AM
Animation : one day in the life of the tower http://perrin.olivier.free.fr/webcam/menu_webcam/ani_life.html

Photos :
http://perrin.olivier.free.fr/new_york_2005/Metropolitan%20Life%20Insurance%20Building/index.html

Works :

http://img374.imageshack.us/img374/348/mlib0062nh.jpg

http://img374.imageshack.us/img374/5930/mlib0072sa.jpg


Photos :

http://img374.imageshack.us/img374/7226/mlib0012zd.jpg

http://img374.imageshack.us/img374/7567/mlib0023as.jpg


http://img374.imageshack.us/img374/3025/mlib0037zm.jpg


http://img374.imageshack.us/img374/2352/mlib0041nu.jpg


http://img374.imageshack.us/img374/7910/mlib0053yx.jpg

macreator
November 1st, 2005, 07:42 AM
This has always been one of my favorite buildings in the City.

ZippyTheChimp
November 1st, 2005, 08:40 AM
I think we used to have a thread about this building, but I cannot find it :(
The thread was about the crownl lighting. Now merged with this thread.

Bob
November 1st, 2005, 08:13 PM
About that north building...

Since the building was designed to accommodate at least 100 stories, it would probably be a piece of cake to finish the structure -- not with office space, but with high-end apartments/condos.

I am amazed that nobody has figured this out, yet. Let the existing structure remain as office space, and build the remaining 60+ floors as living space. Now THIS sounds almost too good to be true!

lofter1
November 1st, 2005, 10:43 PM
About that north building...

Since the building was designed to accommodate at least 100 stories
Rendering of original 100 + stories here (2nd pic): http://www.wirednewyork.com/forum/showpost.php?p=71235&postcount=12

kliq6
November 2nd, 2005, 02:04 PM
Top portion of this buildings Clock tower is going residential, the other smaller but bulker part stays office under CSFB

TLOZ Link5
November 2nd, 2005, 05:53 PM
Top portion of this buildings Clock tower is going residential, the other smaller but bulker part stays office under CSFB

I hope that they don't turn off the crown lighting as a result.

macreator
November 2nd, 2005, 08:36 PM
I hope that they don't turn off the crown lighting as a result.

That's what I have been worried about.

lofter1
November 2nd, 2005, 09:08 PM
I don't see why they would -- the decorative lights go off by midnite.

michelle1
November 2nd, 2005, 09:10 PM
At night, it’s a building like from a fairy tale. I love this building.

TLOZ Link5
November 2nd, 2005, 10:35 PM
I don't see why they would -- the decorative lights go off by midnite.

Yeah, but you might get one or two families in those condos who will get anal about floodlights being shone into their kids' bedrooms.

macreator
November 2nd, 2005, 11:06 PM
Yeah, but you might get one or two families in those condos who will get anal about floodlights being shone into their kids' bedrooms.

I always figured that's what good blinds are for. I'm sure the folks buying apartments in Times Square have to do the same thing and they live with it. In fact, they pay a premium to live with it.

However, to present a more sobering view, I think there is a chance that we might face a loss of perhaps the bottom portion of the tower being lit up.

There is, however, a chance though that the tower will not be converted to residential now that the market is cooling off a bit. With the market not as overheated as before, a developer may not want to risk paying top dollar to create apartments that might not fetch him top dollar returns.

Comelade
November 4th, 2005, 10:00 AM
http://img17.imageshack.us/img17/5559/11293674788194280tw.jpg

http://img17.imageshack.us/img17/8333/11293674784259155zk.jpg



http://img17.imageshack.us/img17/3946/11293674788676891jp.jpg

is this somebody knows why the tower with different colors? what it reason? and what are they all the colors?

lofter1
November 4th, 2005, 10:23 AM
Some info on Met Life's lights here: http://archrecord.construction.com/projects/lighting/archives/0305MetTower-1.asp

Comelade
November 4th, 2005, 10:34 AM
Some info on Met Life's lights here: http://archrecord.construction.com/projects/lighting/archives/0305MetTower-1.asp

Merci

ZippyTheChimp
November 4th, 2005, 10:52 AM
I hope that they don't turn off the crown lighting as a result.
When a commercial building, the top 25% of 90 West St was bathed in gold light. Now a residential building, there are no lights.

The problem is that those lights were big floodlights that washed the entire wall of the building, windows and all. They are a lot brighter looking down into them than when viewed indirectly from the ground. The fact that they are turned off at midnight is not going to be acceptable, especially during the winter, when the sun sets by 5PM.

The solution to the problem may be LED technology, which can be used to direct light directly at the walls, and avoid the windows.

arbitrage
March 30th, 2006, 04:52 PM
Any updates on this building? Haven't seen much recent info. (Or has the thread restarted elsewhere?:confused: )

From Page Six/New York Post March 17, 2006.

March 17, 2006 -- [We hear] THAT Ian Schrager, who's already developing 50 Gramercy Park North and 40 Bond, is teaming up with SL Green Realty Group, Credit Suisse and RFR Holdings to convert the 43-story landmark "clocktower," One Madison Square Park, into 100 luxury residential condos . .

lofter1
March 30th, 2006, 05:40 PM
More info, but pretty much the same HERE (http://www.wirednewyork.com/forum/showpost.php?p=90118&postcount=823) ...

Schrager and RFR Holdings to convert One Madison Avenue

CITY REALTY
3.20.06

Jim856796
July 31st, 2007, 12:07 PM
the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company Tower may be converted into apartments and the base would remain an office component.

BigMac
October 21st, 2007, 03:51 AM
a.h.l on Flickr
September 28, 2007

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/212/1491459727_c67b9d57db_b.jpg

Luca
October 23rd, 2007, 04:04 AM
Dude!! I've seen a lot of pictures on WNY (many so-so) but the one above is really great!!

ablarc
October 27th, 2007, 02:10 PM
This building once had more detail, but I'm thinking removing the barnacles actually improved this one.

brianac
July 25th, 2008, 04:48 AM
Clock Tower to Plaza: Watch Us Get Russians (And Donatella!)

by Lysandra Ohrstrom (http://www.observer.com/2007/author/lysandra-ohrstrom) | July 24, 2008

http://www.observer.com/files/imagecache/vertical/files/clocktowerwallyg.jpg
wallyg via flickr.

The Plaza and 15 Central Park West better watch out, because a new ultra-luxe condo is coming to town and its developers are already claiming they will have the edge with an emergent, but increasingly lucrative, segment of the residential market: the Russians.

Earlier this week, Lev Leviev's Africa Israel Investments (http://www.africa-israel.com/eng/index.asp) announced that it had contracted Versace to spearhead the interior redesign of the Clock Tower Building and convert the former MetLife headquarters at 5 Madison Avenue into a 55-unit condo (http://uk.reuters.com/articlePrint?articleId=UKL2254403920080722).

Versace, of course, ranks high on the list of residential amenities, but we couldn’t help but feel a brief pang of déjà vu. Didn’t another Israeli real estate developer, Elad Properties, commission Versace to design some units in the Plaza a few years ago? The answer is yes, but the CEO of AFI USA, Rotem Rosen, assured us that the Clock Tower will be far from the Plaza Redux.

Mr. Rosen told us yesterday about the company’s plan to give the Plaza a run for its money by becoming “the highest-end residential building in New York.”

“This is totally different [than the Plaza],” he said. “There are only 55 units [the Plaza has 181]. ... Our clientele is different, too. The clientele will be top celebrities. I cannot tell you the names we have already gotten calls from to get a unit, but you can imagine how many celebrities will want to live in this building.”

“To give you an idea we connected with Versace through Guy Oseary and Madonna.” Mr. Oseary is a talent manager whose clients include Madonna and Alex Rodriguez.

Mr. Rosen would not reveal the names of the interested condo hunters since the developers are not in the position of taking reservations for units yet, but he said Donatella and her daughter will be living at the Clock Tower. Meanwhile, as one of the biggest real estate developers in Russia, AFI is anticipating a “huge amount of excitement from Russians.”

“We have so many people in Russia who ask us, ‘Where should we move in New York City?’ So we will have a big upper edge with them,” Mr. Rosen said. “And they love the Versace brand.”

That may explain why the Plaza has been so popular among expatriate Russian oligarchs, but Mr. Rosen clarified that only 10 apartment units there were designed by Versace—“when I say designed, I mean with Versace furniture,” he said.

“The concept here is totally different,” Mr. Rosen explained of the Clock Tower. “The Plaza was just a few that were done with a Versace touch.

The whole interior design of (the Clock Tower) is Versace, from the lobby to the spa to the restaurant designed specifically by Donatella herself.

Everything inside will be 100 percent Versace design,” he said. (Versace designed 32 Plaza units, Reuters reported.)

The “restaurant club” will be the first in the world bearing the designation "Designed by Donatella Versace," and the apartments will be done by the Versace Company. The entire building interior has been “demolished,” Mr. Rosen said, save for the Met Life boardroom, which will retain its original design.

Versace declined to comment on the design concept for the Clock Tower—they are known for sleek, monochromatic, black-and-white interiors like their units in the Plaza (http://www.luxist.com/2007/03/20/a-peek-at-the-versace-residences-at-the-plaza/)—since it was not yet finalized.

Late afternoon Wednesday, Mr. Rosen told us that “a delegation of 12 people from Italy were sitting in the Clock Tower right now working full-time on the design.”

“We expect to start soon. This process of sale of 55 units will not take more than six to eight months maximum,” he said. "There will be huge competition over the building, because it’s the most up-and-coming in the city.”

http://www.observer.com/2008/real-estate/clock-tower

© 2008 Observer Media Group,

BrooklynRider
July 31st, 2008, 12:49 AM
“... Our clientele is different, too. The clientele will be top celebrities. I cannot tell you the names we have already gotten calls from to get a unit, but you can imagine how many celebrities will want to live in this building...To give you an idea we connected with Versace through Guy Oseary and Madonna.”

Oh Brother! :rolleyes:

These real estate whores will say anything. What celebrity would live in a building where the sponsor is using their names to sell units?

Nordikon
August 21st, 2008, 10:58 AM
http://curbed.com/archives/2008/08/21/donatella_vs_rem_the_battle_for_the_50_million_pen thouse.php

Donatella vs. Rem: The Battle for the $50 Million Penthouse

Thursday, August 21, 2008, by Joey
http://curbed.com/uploads/2008_8_donatellarem.jpg
We've already called the landmark Clock Tower on Madison Square Park—whose condos and spaces will be designed by Versace—the new 15 Central Park West (http://curbed.com/archives/2008/07/23/meet_the_new_15_central_park_west.php), and now the hotly-anticipated condo conversion has its very own Plaza-like rival: starchitect Rem Koolhaas's secretive (http://curbed.com/tags/23-east-22nd-street) 22 East 23rd Street. Yes, their proximity makes them competitors, but it's the planned outrageous pricing of both that gives us 15 CPW vs. Plaza (http://curbed.com/archives/2007/12/06/does_the_plaza_have_an_edge_on_15_cpw.php) vibes. In a Post feature (http://www.nypost.com/seven/08212008/realestate/mad_money_125320.htm?page=1) on how Madison Square Park is the new Central Park West (but with better burgers), Katherine Dykstra reports that the penthouses of both building will be priced around $50 million. This means two things: 1) The still-available $45 million penthouse at Koolhaas brother building One Madison Park is now chopped liver, and, 2) We're in for a showdown, market conditions be damned!

Dykstra also reports some new details on the 55-unit conversion of the Clock Tower, including that there will be a restaurant and club, a Turkish steam bath (or hammam if you prefer) and the Donatella-desiged six-floor penthouse will have a glass elevator. But since Al Pacino's Scarface is a fictional character, who's going to buy that thing? According to developer Rotem Rosen, either a Russian or a top celebrity (http://curbed.com/archives/2008/07/25/clock_tower_clientele_will_be_russians_top_celebri ties.php). And speaking of Rosen, the quote machine is back at it, addressing the Madison Square Park vs. Central Park West topic. Kaboom:
[Madison Square Park] will surpass Central Park West," Rosen insists. "When you're buying $6,000 and $7,000 [per square foot] uptown, I don't see an upside with respect to resale, but in the Clock Tower, when you're talking about the prices right now, I think there is a place for doubling."You hear that, Koolio? The Clock Tower penthouse is now worth $100 million.

ablarc
August 24th, 2008, 04:18 PM
The entire building interior has been “demolished,” Mr. Rosen said, save for the Met Life boardroom, which will retain its original design.
That was all that was worth keeping?

ZippyTheChimp
December 8th, 2008, 02:47 PM
The Clock Tower and Stanford White's Madison Square Garden II in 1923. MSG was demolished two years later.

http://img244.imageshack.us/img244/3684/metlifemsg1923hh9.jpg

ZippyTheChimp
December 8th, 2008, 03:28 PM
That was all that was worth keeping?

I bet they wish the original lobby was intact.

http://img168.imageshack.us/img168/6479/metlifelobby01he9.jpg

http://img168.imageshack.us/img168/5671/metlifelobby02vk8.jpg

http://img444.imageshack.us/img444/2355/metlifelobby03nd1.jpg

lofter1
December 8th, 2008, 08:53 PM
The Surrogates Court building (http://www.wirednewyork.com/forum/showthread.php?t=10393&highlight=surrogates+chambers) (now undergoing major restoration) down on the NW corner of Chambers / Centre Streets has an ornate lobby very similar to that one. You see it often on various episodes of Law & Order (standing in for the criminal courts building). it's a "must see" for those interested in NYC architecture -- and it's free (although ID is required for entry). It also houses the Municipal Archives.

antinimby
December 8th, 2008, 09:23 PM
I bet they wish the original lobby was intact.Or maybe not. Remember, we are talking about a city where they are still doing this:

http://img444.imageshack.us/img444/4056/newsweek02cpz0.jpg



...in order to get this:

http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2008/02/20/nyregion/20gm.2.jpg

Stroika
December 9th, 2008, 01:19 AM
Wow. Makes me want to vomit. Preferably all over classless Moinian's most expensive (classless) suit and all over his wife.

JSsocal
December 9th, 2008, 02:04 AM
How does Metlife's lobby currently look? Does it look anything like those photos? *probably not*

NYC4Life
December 9th, 2008, 06:37 AM
The above photo leaves me in awe at the destruction that is allowed to continue all throughout this city.

Alonzo-ny
December 12th, 2008, 04:28 PM
http://wirednewyork.com/forum/showthread.php?p=262846

Moderators note: All general landmarking posts have been moved to the above link.

Derek2k3
March 3rd, 2009, 05:28 PM
Posted on Skyscraper Page:

http://www.daniel-libeskind.com/typo3temp/pics/04afa48369.jpg

More renderings on Libeskind's website:
http://www.daniel-libeskind.com/projects/show-all/new-york-tower/


Just for kicks imagine it with these...
http://www.nyc-architecture.com/GRP/GRP19-502.jpg http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3401/3326060069_178ee2338c_o.jpg

lofter1
March 3rd, 2009, 08:12 PM
Let's just imagine the older renders built in their places without the presence of Danny's Cracked Tower.

Bob
March 3rd, 2009, 11:30 PM
The older renderings... now THAT is architecture. I'd like to see at least one of them built to contemporary design standards. Faced with limestone, of course.

philvia
March 4th, 2009, 01:47 AM
this needs more news and to be built exactly like the renders so far

brianac
February 28th, 2011, 09:19 PM
Clock Tower to Plaza: Watch Us Get Russians (And Donatella!)

by Lysandra Ohrstrom (http://www.observer.com/2007/author/lysandra-ohrstrom) | July 24, 2008

http://www.observer.com/files/imagecache/vertical/files/clocktowerwallyg.jpg
wallyg via flickr.

The Plaza and 15 Central Park West better watch out, because a new ultra-luxe condo is coming to town and its developers are already claiming they will have the edge with an emergent, but increasingly lucrative, segment of the residential market: the Russians.

Earlier this week, Lev Leviev's Africa Israel Investments (http://www.africa-israel.com/eng/index.asp) announced that it had contracted Versace to spearhead the interior redesign of the Clock Tower Building and convert the former MetLife headquarters at 5 Madison Avenue into a 55-unit condo (http://uk.reuters.com/articlePrint?articleId=UKL2254403920080722).

Versace, of course, ranks high on the list of residential amenities, but we couldn’t help but feel a brief pang of déjà vu. Didn’t another Israeli real estate developer, Elad Properties, commission Versace to design some units in the Plaza a few years ago? The answer is yes, but the CEO of AFI USA, Rotem Rosen, assured us that the Clock Tower will be far from the Plaza Redux.

Mr. Rosen told us yesterday about the company’s plan to give the Plaza a run for its money by becoming “the highest-end residential building in New York.”





MetLife Development: Twice the Apartments at Half the Size Updated 38 mins ago


February 28, 2011 7:24pm


A report says development of Madison Square Park's clock tower has been altered due to the economic crisis.


http://s3.amazonaws.com/sfb111/story_xlimage_2011_02_R2928_MetLife_Building.jpg
The clock tower building, which overlooks Madison Square Park. (DNAinfo/Leila Molana-Allen)


by Leila Molana-Allen
DNAinfo Reporter/Producer


FLATIRON — The buyers of Madison Square Park's historic clock tower have overhauled their plans for the building in response to the economic downturn, according to a recent report.


Africa Israel USA, (http://www.afigroup-global.com/usa_real_estate.htm) the global real estate group which purchased the tower in 2007, had originally planned to develop the building into 55 high-end condos. However, the site, which previously housed the MetLife (http://www.metlife.com/) headquarters, would now house 99 condos, each around 2,000 square feet, less than half the size of the original units, according to Real Estate Weekly. (http://rew-online.com/news/story.aspx?id=1273)


The investment firm has also changed its target audience for the development. Rather than appealing to overseas clientele as originally intended, the apartments would now be designed with New Yorkers in mind, according to the real estate website.


"We feel really good about the neighborhood," Peter Rosenberg, the firm's managing director for development, told the publication. "They don't really build buildings like this anymore," he added.


Rather than leasing the ground floor for retail space, Rosenberg planned to build a luxury restaurant. The building would also feature a 60-foot swimming pool and a gym, according to REW.


Donatella Versace, however, who was originally slated to design the restaurant and apartments, has been replaced by Mark Zeff Design (http://www.markzeff.com/), the company which would also design the rest of the tower's interior, REW reported. The report added that designers planned to theme the décor around the period in which the building first opened — the early 1900s.


While the apartments have not yet been priced, Rosenberg told REW that the costs would be at "the top of the realistic market." The company hoped to begin selling units within the next 18 months, with the site due to open in two years.



Read more: http://www.dnainfo.com/20110228/murray-hill-gramercy/metlife-development-twice-apartments-at-half-size#ixzz1FJ30QEIo

GordonGecko
February 28th, 2011, 09:45 PM
Donatella Versace, however, who was originally slated to design the restaurant and apartments, has been replaced
Ms V isn't going to be too happy...

lofter1
May 5th, 2011, 04:03 PM
From CURBED (http://ny.curbed.com/archives/2011/05/05/report_tommy_hilfiger_buys_madison_avenue_clocktow er.php#more):

Report: Tommy Hilfiger Buys Madison Avenue Clocktower

Cancel the condos! The former MetLife clocktower at 5 Madison Avenue, the grand old gal standing guard over Madison Square Park, has been sold by troubled developer Lev Leviev for $170 million. To Tommy Hilfiger. Who may turn the building into a hotel ....

antinimby
May 5th, 2011, 07:53 PM
Tommy trying to diversify.

scumonkey
August 23rd, 2011, 03:31 AM
http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb276/scumonkey/more/IMGP9719_tonemapped.jpg

Merry
August 23rd, 2011, 08:39 AM
Beautiful shot, SM :). The reflection on One Madison Park almost makes it look cool ;).

GordonGecko
August 25th, 2011, 10:57 AM
Makes you wonder what it used to look like before they got rid of the ornamentaion

Music Man
August 25th, 2011, 02:01 PM
13887
Full Size image here: http://www.shorpy.com/files/images/4a23396a0.jpg :eek:

From: http://www.shorpy.com/node/9139

Derek2k3
August 25th, 2011, 02:20 PM
Not too different. Looks like a lot of nice accent details were hacked off. Wish they would bring back the quoins and the old base during this conversion.

GordonGecko
February 5th, 2013, 12:45 AM
My discovery for today:

http://cdn.theatlantic.com/static/infocus/gc100020113/s_g02_4a22982a.jpg

If you look closely in the background, there is the Met Life tower under construction in 1908:

http://i48.tinypic.com/21bn4ls.jpg

RoldanTTLB
February 5th, 2013, 12:06 PM
If only cut and cover were still a viable method of constructing subway in NYC. Extensions would be so much easier. Nice find too.

vanshnookenraggen
February 5th, 2013, 12:20 PM
What made it easy was 100 years ago much of the land the subways ran through was open fields and farmland. But that's a discussion for another thread. Great picture.

GordonGecko
February 5th, 2013, 12:38 PM
Great picture.


Nice find too.

Well here's a bonus for you then, the original ultra high resolution image (8000 pixels wide) from the library of congress:
http://cdn.theatlantic.com/static/infocus/gc100020113/gcexcavation1.jpg

It's a lot of fun to zoom in on, I wish there were more of these available

RoldanTTLB
March 3rd, 2013, 11:11 AM
Notice anything interesting?

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8376/8523728451_d229740cc3_c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/7799907@N05/8523728451/)

GordonGecko
March 3rd, 2013, 12:13 PM
Nope

infoshare
March 3rd, 2013, 12:48 PM
Notice anything interesting?



OK, I give up - what are supposed to be looking for? ........ what's so "interesting". HeHe

Derek2k3
March 3rd, 2013, 01:34 PM
The elevator cab on Met Life. Seems work has finally begun turning this into a hotel. They've turned off the night illumination to my dismay.

RoldanTTLB
March 3rd, 2013, 01:41 PM
They've been assembling a construction elevator on One Madison Ave for a few weeks now. They were busy putting it up past the clock face yesterday. I'd been meaning to post about it previously. I'm not finding the right filings for whatever is going on. The filing from 2006 to make the whole building residential has not, from what I can tell, be refreshed.