Photos of the Week: Manhattan Roofline

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View from the Manhattan Bridge. Photo by Vivienne Gucwa

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View from the High Line. Photo by Vivienne Gucwa

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This entry was written by Christopher DeWolf , posted on Monday June 27 2011at 11:06 pm , filed under United States and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink . Post a comment below or leave a trackback: Trackback URL.

3 Responses to “Photos of the Week: Manhattan Roofline”

  • Two shots of Manhattan that show some originality, and that show Manhattan’s vistas are changing rapidly. (As always.) I’m an old movie fan and love to see Manhattan’s skyline, and Times Square, in movies of the ’30s through the ’60s. I usually freeze-frame them on my HD TV to get a good look. There were so many fewer towers in Midtown back then. There used to be no tall buildings south of the Empire State until you got to Wall Street, and not many north of it, either. Someday this shot of the new Gehery tower downtown will be a reminder of how New York used to look; the tenements with their Victorian facades will likely still be there, giving contrast to something yet to come. And the shot of the High Line shows off the current look of that area beautifully. So millennial!

  • I’m surprised by how much I like the new Gehry tower. Maybe it’s because for once he had some practical constraints.

  • C. Szabla says:

    It’s certainly come in for its share of praise. Witness the absurdly hyperbolic review by Jonathan Glancey in the Guardian, in which he manages to compare it to both the Empire State Building and the Statue of Liberty and includes descriptions likening it to “a vertical river bed, a titanic cyborg, muscles and veins bulging under robotic skin”.

    And it certainly looks good from some angles — particularly from the north, as we see it here. Then again, it would have been difficult to ruin the always-absorbing perspectives over southeastern Chinatown from the Manhattan Bridge. I can’t help but continue to be rankled by the way it’s cut off the view of the Woolworth Building from Brooklyn, though, or the vertiginous, completely flat south side, which was originally one of Gehry’s “practical constraints,” but which he kept over the objections of the developers who found the “cuvier” units sold better, simply because he thought it posed more of a contrast to the Byzantine streets below…as if the other flat-fronted skyscrapers soaring nearby didn’t?