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    Default Ugliest Buildings in New York City

    Do most New Yorkers still despise the Met Life building (formerly Pan Am building)? Is it still, to date, the most hated building in New York City?

    Apart from that, what building do you most despise in NYC?
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    We've got newcomers that are much worse to steal our ire. I particularly hate the Atlas, the ugly new Marriott next to Bryant Square Park, 6-12 Barclay, and just about all of the new buildings around the far end of West 42nd.

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    I don't hate the building. I think it is one of the best flat-top building in the city. It is right next to the GE Building, IMO.

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    Marriot 39th and 6th, my opinion the ugliest and most wasted prime site out there

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    I've never hated the Metlife Building.

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    They should restart the helicopter service from it's roof to JFK.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Viktorkrum77 View Post
    Apart from that, what building do you most despise in NYC?
    Right now, I'm very unhappy with the NY Times tower. And it seems to have frozen in space & time, no sign of anything to change my mind about it. One of the worst to go up, made worse because its a very prominent tower.

    As far as the Met Life (still Pan Am to me), I've always liked it, mainly because of the way it straddles Park Avenue. And it's always been a buddy to the Chrysler. Put it on 6th Ave, and I like it less.









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    I for one love the Met Life building. For me it represents days gone by when New York was truly a place that encouraged prople to dream and be what they wanted to be. I don't think there is any room for that now. I aslo think when it was Pan Am it represented the international nature of NYC. I think the building I hate now is that ugly senior housing on 42nd street between 10th and 11th aves.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Viktorkrum77 View Post
    Apart from that, what building do you most despise in NYC?
    Is this just for Manhattan, or can the other 4 boroughs join?

    I, too, always liked the PanAm building.

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    Pam Am's signage was much more elegant than MetLife's, but I still like the building.

    My most despised: the huge, blank, nearly windowless Verizon tower by the Brooklyn Bridge.
    Close second: a similar Verizon atrocity on Tenth Avenue in Clinton.

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    I love the Pan Am building. It is one of my favorite New York skyscrapers. And it's great in spite of the fact that there are two massive, horrible Park Avenue boxes flanking either side just to the north and preventing it from having the breathing room it deserves. I think they are occupied by Chase and JPMorgan and they are two of my least favorite towers in New York. Where were the NIMBYs when these POSs went up.

    But no building in all of New York is as bad as the apartment building across from Lincoln Center. It actually makes me angry when i look at it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rapunzel View Post
    Is this just for Manhattan, or can the other 4 boroughs join?

    I, too, always liked the PanAm building.
    I suppose there's no harm, but the building should at least qualify as a skyscraper, or be higher than around 20 stories or so.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lbjefferies View Post
    But no building in all of New York is as bad as the apartment building across from Lincoln Center. It actually makes me angry when i look at it.
    YES!! The one with the stupid angle. That one makes me mad too. It's right up there with Downtown's J.P. Morgan Building by Roche/Dinkeloo. Ugly as sin.

    Pan Am is terrific. Too bad about the helicopters; too bad about the logo. But still terrific.

    Nice they restored the lobby to its former plainness --although it would be nice to get some of the Bauhaus artwork back (some of it was so utilitarian that folks didn't even know it was art).

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    Forgot the hated building:

    55 Water


    You can't avoid it.

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