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    There's an interesting blurb and video on the new Met Life lighting scheme here..

    http://archrecord.construction.com/p...MetTower-1.asp

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    the lighting on it is beautiful, the colors are so clean and bright looking

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    We'd better enjoy decorative lighting such as this while we have it.

    Environmentalists have found something new to complain about: "light pollution." Already we are seeing legislation to restrict/outlaw floodlighting, require modifications of luminaire design, etc. Although our cities are dark by comparison to Tokyo and Hong Kong, they may get darker still.

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    The only lighting they need to restrict are those orange street lights. The glare and glow from thewm is horrendous. I would consider it l ight pollution. I'm still waiting for the day when I can see a star, any star, from my apartment windows.

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    Light pollution can actually be pretty annoying. For those who want to see some elements of the night sky, it's often too bright and sometimes enhanced by exhaust from roadways. I think instead of clamping down on nighttime building lighting, the city should install lamps that direct light exclusively downwards.

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    I think instead of clamping down on nighttime building lighting, the city should install lamps that direct light exclusively downwards.
    Thats right! As an astronomer I fully agree. And by the way there are hundreds of sky-friendly lamps already created, but...

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    Hrmmm, astronomy!! The city skylines' "enemy" :wink:

    Not sure about the sugar-coated candy-stripe lighting for this one. Too, too much. Monotones or a couple of co-ordinated colours for such a classic design would be "rather". 8)

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    Hrmmm, astronomy!! The city skylines' "enemy"
    Don't take my statement seriously, i have nothing against skylines, especially of my city of New York :wink:, I'm just against excessive and waste lighting, mostly created by street lights. Here in southern part of Brooklyn, where I live, there is no skyline to talk about, but skies are red anyway :? Even 50 away from the city one (astronomer ) can hardly find a site with acceptably-dark skies.
    Let the Manhattan be lit! There's no place on Earth like it, so i love it the way it is
    But back to topic: From the roof of my factory in Long Island City, the Met Life IMO looks just beautiful next to ESB and the rest 8)

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    I'm sure the new lighting looks best in the flesh. Pics, even of the candy-stripe variety (I suppose :roll: ) won't do it justice.

    BTW yepole. 2 things. I put a "winkster" next to the word "enemy" (astronomy is obviously has more importance)......and N.Y.C. is not alone in that lighting on certain buildings is cut-back due to their heavenly interferences (happens lots in Sydney & Melbourne).

    Manhattan is one of those skylines that needs light. Very dark in some places where it's (seemingly) not warranted.

    I'm amazed at the time it took for the doozying-up of Met Life. They really must have treated the building with kid gloves. 8)

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    I think we used to have a thread about this building, but I cannot find it

    Metropolitan Life Insurance Company Tower - the view from Top of the Rock - observation deck atop GE building in Rockefeller Center.


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    Beautiful shot Edward..

    For comparison's sake, here is a shot of it from the top of ESB




    Here's a rendering of what the extension just to the north would've looked like before they built the newer extension that exists now


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    It really is a great pic Ed, I hope you don't mind if it's now my screensaver and background.

    Note the beautiful Con Edison building to the SE. Dig we must.....

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    This has always been one of my favorite buildings in the City.

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