Originally Posted by supermanpansy
I think Hong Kong is so ugly and tacky. It is all neon lights with buildings that all look the same. I don't care how many highrises they have, that is one freaking ugly looking sklyline. I don't think it being near water helps it either, somehow it reminds me of some beach towns in america on steroids. Their architecture is just so tacky and hideous that I can't believe it is winning this poll. i personally think many people are using this poll to stick it to NY. NY is the epitome of a historical skyline. Their many supertalls blend so well with so many other beautiful buildings. It seems like they're all in the right spots. When your walking in midtown, it seems like every block is capped off with some wonderful looking super tall skyscraper. The architecture in NY to me is unparrallel. With their mix of stock of old and new buildings create a sort of post card effect of NY. In some blocks you can swear that you are in 1920. There is a real going back in time appeal to NY. My second choice would be Chicago because of their architecture and the balance to their skyline. However, the downside to Chicago is that their density hurts it as well as their lack of size compared to the shear size of some of the other cities in the poll. To me Asian cities with the exception of Shangai just turn me off. Shangai I will admit has a bit of character that I just don't get from Hong Kong or Dubai, etc. I agree with those who said that pictures don't always do NY justice. Looking at NY from some pictures don't even impress me. But I have been to NY so many times and have seen it from so many angles that I know how great it is. Personal experience is how I know that many of these pictures don't do it justice. Trust me standing in some parts of NY you really feel like you are in the center of the world...Go NY, Hong Kong and it's childish tacky neone lights look like a disfunctional disneyfied version of a city. To me a real city has a look of old, new, and grit. It doesn't look all girly with neon lights and highrises that look like cheap hotels all over the place. I mean seriously Hong Kong isn't even in my top twenty. Just horrendous. The architecture of Hong Kong is so bland it is not even funny.
For being one of the best, most powerful, and most confident cities in the world, New York sure has some insecure forumers. I personally like the sheer size, natural setting, and architecture (of its best buildings) of Hong Kong slightly more than New York City...but I love the mix of old and new you can find in New York. However, I find it absolutely hilarious that the only defense some can find is "Hong Kong isn't even impressive", "Hong Kong is tacky", "You're just trying to stick it to us"...awww, poor widdle New York. Everyone's just trying to bully on you, that's the only reason you could ever lose anything...not true. Perhaps some people just prefer Hong Kong to NYC. Have you ever thought about that? Or is that just soemthing you can't accept?
Let me totally derail a few of your points...starting with architecture. I'll be the first to say it: a lot of the architecture in Hong Kong is hideous. The old resi-towers are gawd awful in many cases. You're not going to find any old classic skyscrapers there...However, they do have some amazing
modern buildings. Bank of China Tower often battles with Chrysler for "World's Best Skyscraper". By the way, I made sure all pics were day pictures so we don't have to hear the complaint "Hong Kong is only impressive at night"
... btw, it's very simple but Cheung Kong Centre to the right is awesome in its own right IMO.
Two International Finance Centre...you may remember this building from The Dark Knight
...residential skyscraper located on the second most expensive street on the planet (behind only a street in Monte Carlo).
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Suck it in!
The robotic looking Lippo Centre
You call the Shanghai skyline classy and Hong Kong childish and girly because it has neon...how strange
(http://www.flickr.com/photos/pascoule/1900937011/sizes/l/ - broken link).
You also talked about how the neon lights make the city look disneyfied...um, no. Neon is just a common thing in all Asian cities. If you want disneyfied just step in Times Square. You also mention a city needs grit...as if Hong Kong doesn't have that?! You do realize that there are a ridiculous amount of slums there, right? Finally, you mention that Hong Kong being near the water doesn't help it...and that it makes Hong Kong look like an American beachtown on steroids. Please, please, PLEASE
explain your rationale with that. Hong Kong's waterfront is treated no differently than New Yorks. However, Hong Kong does have some amazing (http://www.flickr.com/photos/58922922@N00/34210927/sizes/o/ - broken link) beaches
on the backside of the island...
What it comes down to is that you don't really have a good reason as to why New York isn't winning this poll. In your mind, there's nothing that can match NYC, which is fine...however in the process your only defense is to attempt to drag other cities through the mud.
Here, how about this...let's get your list of top 20 skylines in the world. I want to see the twenty skylines which are better than Hong Kong.
P.S. New York City is my favorite city in the United States, by far...However I get annoyed with the "we can do no evil" attitude of some
of the NY forumers on this site.