Architecture, Influences, My Favorite Things, New York
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My Favorite Things – Architecture Old and New in Lower Manhattan

One of the things I love most about living in New York City, is being surrounded by fabulous architecture.  From Art Deco buildings to modern sky scrapers, there’s a feast for the eyes…all you have to do is look UP!

Yesterday I met friends down in lower Manhattan.  We had an appointment to see an apartment at the new Frank Gehry building at 8 Spruce Street.  From a distance, the building looks odd…almost like it’s melting in the atmosphere.

Frank Gehry Building at 8 Spruce Street, photo taken by Joana Miranda

Already at 45% occupancy, the building’s top floors are still being completed.  

Work in progress at Frank Gehry Building at 8 Spruce Street, photo by Joana Miranda

The apartments we saw were “only” on the 36th floor.  Even so, the views were beyond spectacular, but gave me vertigo.  To get an idea, take a look at my friend Tom’s pictures here.

At $6300 and $5200 per month for a two and one-bedroom apartment, respectively, I won’t be living here, but will happily take in the view from below.

Photo of Frank Gehry building as seen from the ground through the trees, taken by Joana Miranda

Frank Gehry building as seen from the ground, taken by Joana Miranda

To be honest, I prefer older architecture anyway, like this red brick building…

Photo of red stone building in lower Manhattan, taken by Joana Miranda

The golden angel atop the court building…

Golden angel atop court building in Lower Manhattan, photo taken by Joana Miranda

The neo-Gothic Woolworth’s Building

Photo of Woolworth Building, taken by Joana Miranda

The grandness of the court building as seen from the street…

Photo of court building in lower Manhattan, taken by Joana Miranda

And the elegant attention to detail.

Photo of lamp post at court house in lower Manhattan, taken by Joana Miranda

I love the odd look of the water towers dotting the urban landscape…

Photo of water towers in lower Manhattan, taken by Joana Miranda

The riot of competing styles in nearby Chinatown…

Photo of church and surrounding apartment buildings in Chinatown, taken by Joana MIranda

And the more human-scale new architecture in the East Village.

Photo of east village modern condo, taken by Joana Miranda

But that’s just me!  

2 Comments

  1. Meredith Hendrickson says

    I also prefer the old styles – do you remember where the buildings with the lamp post are?

    • Hi Meredith,

      Thanks for your comment and for visiting my blog! Most of the older style architecture pictures in that post were taken near the South Seaport Village in lower Manhattan. I don’t remember the exact address of the reddish building with the lamppost, but I think it was probably on Fulton Street.

      🙂 Joana

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