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Thread: New York Life Building - 51 Madison Avenue - by Cass Gilbert

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    Default New York Life Building - 51 Madison Avenue - by Cass Gilbert

    Architect: Cass Gilbert
    Year: 1928
    Style: Neo-Gothic
    Description: The last neo-gothic skyscraper by Gilbert Cass, who also designed the neo-gothic 90 West Street and Woolworth buildings. See below for more details.
















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    Welcome to Gotham City !
    I luuuuuuuuuuuuuuve that kind of stuff ! ! !

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    Excellent. Funny how Gotham evokes Gothic to some.

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    Say it with me, guys.

    "New York Life...the company you keep."

    I love those commercials.

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    What's incredible is that it was designated landmark so recently, in 2000.

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    I have a love affair with that building. It defines New York to me much as the Empire State and Chrysler buildings do...

    It's amazing such a monument is and always has been associated with a mere life insurance company...

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    Then some idiot allowed this happen.



    Look at the low rises on the other half of that block. Met Life North could have swallowed that faux pas much better than the far more delicate New York Life...

    Out of curiousity, does anyone know why the Merchandise Mart looks like its only occupied on one side (the half facing the park has obvious signs of office space, but the other half looks opaque)?

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    That is one of the worst black boxes in the city.

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    Why ?
    I love it, it's so delicate...

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    IMO the Mart is not a bad building by itself, just its placement is inappropriate.

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    We should be allowed to use this argument of the placement only once in a year.

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    Tugrul

    I would guess that the opaque half is where the elevators and services
    are located.

    I like this building right where it is.

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    Ugh, I despise it. *I know I'm going to sound like a NIMBY, but the Merchandise Mart totally compromises the--dare I say it--character of the neighborhood.


    (Edited by TLOZ Link5 at 9:22 pm on May 28, 2003)

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    i like the merchandise mart and its location does not bother me. There are plenty of good views still available of NY Life from its other sides. Having such a beautiful gothic old looking spired building right next to a black box makes new york even more impressive. It says, "hey yeah we built all these old towers 60-70 years ago but we still need to build more more more." The placement of 60 wall so close to 40 wall does not bother me either, theres plenty of good views of 40 wall left, you dont need perfect 360 degree clear views, if you want that go to Boston or Atlanta with their spread out skylines, i want old next to new density.

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    I dunno yanni. I'm all for progress, but this is just too egregious. 40 Wall has at least a half a block and a street between it and 60 Wall, and it is taller. The Mart is *right* across the street *right* where it destroys the best view of the building, the amazing impact of MetLife, MetLife North and itself along the park, *and* its taller, completely scuttling the grandiosity of NY Life.



    Wish I could rearrange the area, putting the Mart on 5th Ave, putting that red building there now just to the west of NY Life, and those low rises I just replaced to where the Mart is.

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