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Old 05-27-2015, 09:00 AM
 
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My pick would be the Chrysler Building. Built in the 1930s according to the art deco style prevalent at the time, it summons up memories of an earlier stage of America, Thin Man movies, Cagney gangster classics, Maxfield Parrish paintings. When WASPs were in the process of being replaced by Jews as the defacto ruling elite of America.




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Old 05-27-2015, 11:25 AM
 
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Really, was never so much into it. Too much useless stainless steel gingerbread.
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Old 05-27-2015, 12:19 PM
 
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I love the ESB. And not sure I'd say it's my 'favorite' but I've always like the Hearst building.
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Old 05-27-2015, 01:00 PM
 
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Hearst Tower is pretty neat looking. A ***** to clean the windows:

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The layout of the Hearst Tower is such that the facade is very jagged. Plans for a rig, designed by Tractel-Swingstage, to hold window cleaners, took 3 years and 3 million dollars because of the building's concave windows, referred to as "bird's mouths".[6] The resulting design incorporates "a rectangular steel box the size of a Smart car, supporting a 40-foot mast and hydraulic boom arm attached by six strands of wire rope to a telescopic cleaning basket, [and housing] a computer that monitors 67 electromechanical safety sensors and switches".[7] The device was installed in April 2005 on 420 feet of elevated steel track looping the roof of the tower.[7]
On June 12, 2013, two window cleaners were trapped on the window cleaning crane partway down from the top of the tower.[8] The unique zigzag grid on the building's exterior and "bird's mouth" divots on its corners necessitated development of a special scaffold for window washers.[7]
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Old 05-28-2015, 07:54 AM
 
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I love the Woolworth Building. Chrysler is pretty too.

Also, not skyscrapers, but Alwyn Court and the Ansonia are two of my favorite buildings in the city.
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Old 05-28-2015, 08:05 AM
 
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I used to live across the street from the marvelous Ansonia.

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From 1977 until 1980, The Ansonia Hotel's basement was home to Plato's Retreat, an open door swinger sex club. In 1980, the then Mayor Ed Koch shut the club down due to health concerns for public safety. Prior to Plato's Retreat, the building housed the Continental Baths, a gay bathhouse where Bette Midler provided musical entertainment early in her career, with Barry Manilow as her accompanist.[citation needed].[9][10][11]
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Old 05-28-2015, 09:24 AM
 
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Citicorp bldg..I think it looks awesome from top to bottom

Im talking about the one in manhattan, not the lonely skyscraper in queens
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Old 05-28-2015, 09:48 AM
 
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That's a sexy building. There's a Lutheran Church under one corner. One of the stipulations involved in allowing the building to be erected was that they tear down the old Lutheran Church and rebuild a new one with a modernist design.

It looks like a place to worship Satan if you ask me:

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Old 05-28-2015, 10:06 AM
 
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I always liked American Radiator building. Black and gold is pretty unique, built in Gothic art deco style.

https://www.google.com/search?q=amer...ed=0CAYQ_AUoAQ
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Old 05-28-2015, 10:29 AM
 
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Wow, that's a great looking building. Unique is right

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