August 4th, 2008, 09:31 PM
August 4th, 2008, 10:54 PM
From Downtown To Uptown
The most dramatic change over the years has been that of Columbus Circle and the addition of the Time Warner Center.
August 5th, 2008, 12:20 AM
Fantastic thread. It's just crazy to see the change in all of the pictures, especially the Manhattan skyline in the LIRR picture and definitely Columbus Circle.
October 4th, 2008, 08:33 AM
So much development, in relativly so little time.
October 4th, 2008, 02:06 PM
It's just crazy to see the change in all of the pictures, especially the Manhattan skyline in the LIRR picture
This is an optical illusion. If you look carefully, you will see the same buildings are in both pictures. It is just that the earlier picture is zoomed and makes the buildings in the second picture appear shorter. Look at each building and you will see they are all there.
June 14th, 2009, 06:13 PM
June 15th, 2009, 09:53 AM
NYC Aficionado from Oz
June 15th, 2009, 11:40 PM
The ultimate Then & Now book is New York Changing:
Levere painstakingly recreated (in the late 90s early 00s) Abbott's classic 1930s pics not only to the precise angle, but also to the time of day/year. Even the shadows are aligned.
Last edited by RandySavage; June 15th, 2009 at 11:55 PM.
June 16th, 2009, 05:18 PM
Have it, but the pics posted here I didn't have and they are EXCELLENT. Thanks.
August 19th, 2009, 06:57 PM
Randy, every single last one of your pairs of pics in Post #6 is better in the BEFORE version.
What does that tell us?
August 19th, 2009, 09:35 PM
August 20th, 2009, 07:28 AM
So why do we keep rooting for the scaleless blockbusters? Why do we cheer Bank of America?
Originally Posted by RandySavage
Why do we like that egregious blue building at the tip of Manhattan? Maybe it would make a good vase, but as a building in context...
August 20th, 2009, 09:01 AM
Probably because it's all relative. A building with any form other than another cheap, dreary box is cheered.
August 20th, 2009, 09:29 AM
I see, it's a form of damning with faint praise.
Or anything that can be faintly praised is cheered.
A kind of general lowering of standards.
But then there are masterpieces like Gehry's Beekman Tower; do you notice how traditional his window treatment is: punched holes in a variegated plane?
August 20th, 2009, 10:09 AM
Except for one whole side. As beautiful as the rest of the building is I suppose the general lowering of standards allows us to declare a building that towers a completely undistinctive backside over its neighborhood a "masterpiece".