This collection of photos is really random. Just shots I had taken throughout the course of the year that I really liked and want to share with you. The one thing that unifies them is that the point of view is always looking up at the buildings in Manhattan. And because this is Manhattan, they also happen to be luxurious and by extension expensive.
The tall structure to the right of it is One 57 a super-tall residential building second only to 432 Park Avenue. One duplex sold for $100 million to give you an idea of the neighborhood.
The building under construction is Nordstrom Tower which is also supertall and super expensive. Are we seeing a pattern here? Me, I just like to enjoy the view!
The building was completed in 2014 and the condominiums have since been sold to mostly wealthy owners who buy residences for monetary gain. The majority of residences will remain unoccupied for more than 10 months out of the year.
This speaks volumes about the situation in Manhattan where we have these ultra expensive residences and then we have the subsidizing for the poor. If only there were some sort of middle ground, housing for average folks like us. Why have all these residences if no one is going to live in them?
The taller building was originally built in 1903 as the Bank of the Metropolis. It has been converted into luxury lofts.
The building on the left was originally General Motor’s 10 story headquarters.
The Alwyn Court Apartments was built around 1907. It is covered in Francis I style terracotta ornamentation and is a New York Landmark (of course) in the French Renaissance style. Louis XVI could have come up with this one himself.
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