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    Shrine of Saint Elizabeth Seton.

    http://www.sacred-destinations.com/u...yley-seton.htm

    I don't understand why they don't slap a coat of paint on the building. It's a rather run down looking shrine.
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    Have they sold their air rights yet?

    (Probably did, years ago.)

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    It's only a guess, but I would think that 17 State got their air rights.

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    There used to be a nifty, slender little brick skyscraper where 17 State now squats. It neatly completed the brickish, finely-scaled ensemble of which the present shrine is a now-nearly-comically diminutive two-thirds. To my eye, that was a whole lot preferable to the flashy, monolithic blue thing however eye-catching it might be (Texas architecture).

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrooklynRider View Post
    Shrine of Saint Elizabeth Seton.

    http://www.sacred-destinations.com/u...yley-seton.htm

    I don't understand why they don't slap a coat of paint on the building. It's a rather run down looking shrine.
    Thanks for the info. It is simply amazing that it survived all these years. The structure really does look run down.
    Steven

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    Quote Originally Posted by ablarc View Post
    There used to be a nifty, slender little brick skyscraper where 17 State now squats. It neatly completed the brickish, finely-scaled ensemble of which the present shrine is a now-nearly-comically diminutive two-thirds.
    1920s

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    I remember when I first started my first big boy job at tender age of 23 working out of 4 New York Plaza. I used to pick up lunch, a Sausage and Pepper hero with hot sauce and Heineken from a nice Armenian man who had a blue truck parked right outside of 1 NYP on Water Street, head past the shrine into Battery Park and sit on a bench. Sometimes I would face the shrine and just stare at it. It was so awesome to me, yet so out of place. It was before NY Health and Racket Ball Club opened but the juxtaposition between that building and the others was amazing. This was back in 1981.

    I will never forget those times.

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    ^1981 - I was in high school eating qualudes and mescaline.

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    I was yet to be the twinkle in my parents eyes then.

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    Their website hasn't been updated since February, but apparently they are trying to finalize preservation plans and I would guess that painting is a part of that. So while it's theoretically easy to slap on a fresh coat of paint, they have to deal with the LPC in addition to trying to get state and corporate grant money.

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    From NYC-architecture.com



















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    This reminds me so much of the type of thing I saw in London. Old structures jammed in between new. The area around 30 St. Mary Axe is a prime example. I suggest you have a look on google maps streetview. They have it all in HD there!

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    ^
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    Nice find. Thanks.
    I would love to be hands-on involved in the restoration of this time machine.
    It must be wearing a faux brick veneer?

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