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    Photo makes it look good as it never does in reality.

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    Y U K!
    Wouldn't be able to tear it down fast enough for me!
    Worse than a McSam, because not only a failure, but a pretentious failure.

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    Too bad photoshop can't make it look like that in real life....
    In reality, drab and depressing, when it should be celebratory. To my eye, it always looks covered with dust.

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    LOL, It looks like an error or something.
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    It would look better in Miami
    In reality, it would look drab even in Miami.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ablarc View Post
    Worse than a McSam, because not only a failure, but a pretentious failure.
    Right, I can see how this McSam would be a much better building for that corner.


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    ^ Neither better nor worse.

    A well-chosen and exact analog, antinimby. I agree.

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    LOL. ablarc suddenly you've become a comedian.

    I was being sarcastic. I believe the Westin is perfect for where it's at. It anchors that corner very well.

    Another anonymous office or hotel building (e.g. the Ernest & Young tower, Times Square Tower or Ratner's Hilton) and that corner would be a boring disaster.

    As it is right now, it says "Times Square!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by antinimby View Post
    LOL. ablarc suddenly you've become a comedian.
    Always have been. The jokes just sailed right past you.

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    I figured you had to be joking.

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    The Westin looks sad to me... like seeing a Christmas tree in mid January.

    To my eye the "fun and frivolity" of the Westin's style is out of place in Times Square: the traditional office building and theatres of the district were straight-laced and mostly classical ...with an over-lay of bright flashing signs.

    The contrast was intellectual... I'd say elegant.

    For me the ideal architect for Times Square would Robert Stern.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fabrizio View Post
    For me the ideal architect for Times Square would Robert Stern.
    A good choice. Oddly enough perhaps, he came up with the illuminated sign requirement for the area.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fabrizio View Post
    To my eye the "fun and frivolity" of the Westin's style is out of place in Times Square: the traditional office building and theatres of the district were straight-laced and mostly classical ...with an over-lay of bright flashing signs.

    That's not saying much since the entire city is made up of straitlaced towers. If not Times Square where would "fun and frivolity" fit? Coney Island?

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    Oh I see... so that's what Times Square was lacking?

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    Actually, if we're talking about buildings, then yes, there aren't that many in Times Square that are.

    Most are just conventional office and hotel buildings that have signage tacked onto their base.

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    And theatres too:



    Actually Times Square had some of the city's most elegant structures.

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    Trying to find a picture of this corner before the Westin. Help?

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    Is this one okay. I'll check for more later.
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