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    Sorry skyscraper fans, this super-skinny,...

    Sorry skyscraper fans, this super-skinny, super-spiky super-tall is very badly proportioned, and hence is super-hideous.
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    More than reminiscent of Gehry's so-called "Fred...

    More than reminiscent of Gehry's so-called "Fred & Ginger Building" in Prague, as if it were redesigned by Richard Serra. Can't wait for this stuff to go out of style.

    What's happening with...
  3. A backdoor gift to the awful Dolans, indeed. ...

    A backdoor gift to the awful Dolans, indeed. Once again, Bloomberg spits on the public interest to benefit the well to do, the well heeled, and the well connected. His entire philosophy of...
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    It isn't a glass box, to be sure. With the...

    It isn't a glass box, to be sure. With the spider web design motifs (or is it conceits?), Tower Verre is much closer to a cocoon than a euclidean form.

    And considering that New York is a city,...
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    2013 White House Correspondents Dinner

    Every aspect of the Nerds' Prom of tonight's White House Correspondents Dinner is disgusting, including the president. This event has become nothing more than a spectacle of the uber privileged...
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    What was the Millikin Building anyway? Offices? ...

    What was the Millikin Building anyway? Offices? From previous posts, it looked as if it didn't even have windows.

    I am a growing fan of Mid-Century Modern, but the best this thing could have...
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    In 1981 and 1982, the grand old Biltmore Hotel,...

    In 1981 and 1982, the grand old Biltmore Hotel, one of the loveliest and most historic hotels in the New York, was stripped down to its steel frame and rebuilt by the Millstein Brothers into the...
  8. That's a very good point. Given this, what good...

    That's a very good point. Given this, what good comes to New York from these hideous buildings? Is it the bonanza of property tax revenue based on the low-balled assessments? Is it the ruined...
  9. I do not suffer from vertigo, and I do like a...

    I do not suffer from vertigo, and I do like a view from a height, but I could never be comfortable living with the views from the upper floors of this building. Being so high up it would be like...
  10. Confound your logic, Zippy, for once I don't know...

    Confound your logic, Zippy, for once I don't know what to say!

    However, I wholeheartedly agree with LL - if something like this is going to be built, it belongs in Hudson Yards. Supertalls are...
  11. Thank you Zippy; you have a good memory for my...

    Thank you Zippy; you have a good memory for my rants against that-tower-which-shall-be-unnamed.

    I can crystallize my argument against this Monument to Mammon to a simple question: does anyone...
  12. It is a hideous monstrosity, and will FOREVER be...

    It is a hideous monstrosity, and will FOREVER be a tasteless and vulgar blight on the New York we all love. It is almost unbelievable that the City would allow it to be built. Have we become so...
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    The recent appalling spectacle of the Michigan...

    The recent appalling spectacle of the Michigan legislature teaches, if anything, this much: beware Republicans in a hurry. Bloomberg's determination to ram through this zoning change for Midtown in...
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    This was such a fine building - one of the most...

    This was such a fine building - one of the most beautiful churches in New York. I use the past tense because much of the interior decoration has been stripped away. I am not sure about the alter,...
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    As I get older, I appreciate mid-century...

    As I get older, I appreciate mid-century modernism more and more. However, One Astor Plaza will always be beyond any redemption, and is ugly as sin.
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    Here's another Mies proposal for Battery Park...

    Here's another Mies proposal for Battery Park housing, with 2 towers instead of 3.

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    So, whaddyathink? Dated or timeless?
  17. Gov. Christie may be a smart ALEC, but he is also...

    Gov. Christie may be a smart ALEC, but he is also a cafone. Indeed "Gov. Cafone" fits him like a size 60 portly suit.
  18. Good point. That's why I look at these supertall...

    Good point. That's why I look at these supertall residential towers as monuments to conceit and mammon. Consider what Poe wrote in his poem, "The City in the Sea" -

    While from a proud tower in...
  19. Poll: Ed Stone's kitschy, cliched work is very hard to...

    Ed Stone's kitschy, cliched work is very hard to like (it took me 30 years to appreciate the Kennedy Center), but is there any doubt that his Huntington Hartford Gallery is far superior to what the...
  20. The City in the Sea by Edgar Allan Poe...

    The City in the Sea

    by Edgar Allan Poe
    (1809-1849)
    Lo! Death has reared himself a throne


    In a strange city lying alone
    Far down within the dim West,
    Where the good and the bad and the...
  21. Thread: One Penn Plaza

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    Well, Amanita, to each his own. Neither is going...

    Well, Amanita, to each his own. Neither is going anywhere anytime soon, so we are stuck looking at them. To my eyes, One Penn and 1 Astor plazas are simply cheap and banal.

    Do you have any...
  22. Thread: One Penn Plaza

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    Thank you for taking the time to bring up this...

    Thank you for taking the time to bring up this difficult-to-overlook-but-easily-ignored building. I appreciate mid century modernism better than most people, but I am sorry to say that IMHO One Penn...
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    Gee, I thought you would have preferred something...

    Gee, I thought you would have preferred something more like this:

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    What would you like to see instead?

    What would you like to see instead?
  25. Thread: Hudson Yards

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    Poll: Supertalls belong in this neighborhood, not in...

    Supertalls belong in this neighborhood, not in the middle of Midtown.

    Cue the haters!
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