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    ^ Its neighbors are just as bad. Skyline ruined.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZippyTheChimp View Post
    Forgot the hated building:

    55 Water


    You can't avoid it.

    It's the largest in the city, and I just hate it, along with it's brothers to the south, New York Plaza.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZippyTheChimp View Post
    Forgot the hated building:

    55 Water
    [img]http://www.aefsales.com/55%20water.jpg[img]

    You can't avoid it.
    Did its renovated plaza ever become as popular as was hoped for?

    As for ugliest building, Chase Manhattan would have to be a contender.

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    ^
    I was there three times, and it seemed popular to me.

    However, it's not a public space in the sense of Columbus Circle; it's more an area workforce amenity.

    Easy to miss from the street, I guess it would be desolate on weekends.

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    I've never been there during weekday lunch hours ...

    The times I've been there I've never seen more than 5 others up top, and it's usually less than that.

    It's a nice place on a summer day to loll around. But bring a bottle of water.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ablarc View Post
    YES!! The one with the stupid angle. That one makes me mad too.
    The very one. Grrrrrr

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZippyTheChimp View Post
    Forgot the hated building:

    55 Water

    You can't avoid it.
    Don't mind the architecture but the color is awful.

    BTW does anyone happen to have a picture of this building across from the Lincoln Center? I can't find it anywhere on Google, but then again, I don't know it's name.
    Last edited by Viktorkrum77; February 13th, 2007 at 04:18 PM.

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    55 water is huge. must be like 3-3.5 million sq feet

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    It's website has it listed at 3.8 msf. If I remember correctly, the structural bays are on a 25 ft grid, meaning it's 175 x 350 ft, and that makes for whopping 61,250 sq ft floor plates..!

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    thats massive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigMac View Post
    As for ugliest building, Chase Manhattan would have to be a contender.
    Well, it was the first ti disrupt the skyline.

    Mid 1960s

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    Quote Originally Posted by H-man View Post
    thats massive.
    And there's still 500,000 square feet of unused air-rights.

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    Port Authority Bus Terminal and the windowless 40-storey tall Verizon Phone Substation in Lower Manhattan


    Last edited by millertime83; February 14th, 2007 at 01:03 PM.

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    Yes, 375 pearl street is an ugly on, id say the worst in Lower Manhattan by far

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    I never found myself disliking the MetLife Building over the years of me being a skyscraper enthusiast, nor did I ever find its dominance over its northern neighbor (Helmsley Building) offensive. It definitely enhances the Park Ave canyon effect and I just can't picture it being anywhere else in Midtown.

    There are plenty of other buildings that are IMO junk in NYC. For example, I find the Westin Times Square and the "Zebra Building" in Clinton to be ridiculously tacky (The William Beaver will join those two once it's built). The cheap blocky apartment across Lincoln Center and the Corinthian also qualifies. Also, I find many of the newer residential buildings going up in NYC to be rather cookie-cutter and low-quality in design.

    Civic Center also have many uglies, like the windowless fortress AT&T Long Line Building and the massive Javits Federal Building. Definitely some of the worst buildings in NYC. I actually don't mind the Verizon switching center by the Brooklyn Bridge though, since it actually have windows on its facade and it looks decent enough for a telecom fortress as compared to its NYC peers.

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