The Standard

7:16pm

Built in 2009 around The High Line, the hotel offers unobstructed views of the City, Hudson river, people visiting restrooms and, scandalously, hot amorous couples showing off through the floor-to-ceiling windows in their rooms, turning unsuspecting passersby into unintended peeping toms.

From where I stand it’s too far to see – or is it?

May be if I waited for the lights to be turned on…

8:45pm

By the way, remember that incident when Solange Knowles lost it and attacked Jay Z in an elevator? That’s were it happened. Fame and Notoriety make good partners, I think as I gaze at life going on behind the windows.

September 7th, 2016

The Ugly Giant

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Arrived in December 2015 to rival the Gehry skyscraper – in height but not in beauty. 432 Park Avenue is seen by many as an eyesore; its super tall, super thin square shape appears like rising out of nowhere and bears no relation to neighouring buildings. When the weather is low the top floors are lost in the clouds giving literal meaning to the tallest residential building in the world.

Here in b&w because even eyesores look good in it.

November 18th, 2016

 

 

Behind the facade

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wp20160829_191112Harmonious lines, soft palette in ochre and blue, a visual delight; it could have been a cubist painting. Solid yet airy, playful urban architecture. Hanging cables letting a fleeting glimpse behind the facade. In a little while it will be masked, its beauty lost to ignorant passersby forever.

57th Street, between 11th & 12th Avenues, walking towards Hudson River Greenway.

August 29th, 2016