If there’s a single architectural controversy in New York (and there really isn’t only one), it’s the emerging line-up of supertall condo towers, particularly along 57th Street in Midtown Manhattan:
Gizmodo describes them here.
Nothing quite represents how the influx of global money is transforming the New York’s real-estate market and skyline as these towers. Who lives there (or, often, who owns but doesn’t actually live there) is described in this New York Times series: Stream of Foreign Wealth Flows to Elite New York Real Estate.
The tallest of them all is 432 Park, designed by Rafael Viñoly: “the third tallest building in the United States, and the tallest residential building in the world” – absurdly tall, actually (made possible by advanced technologies and, in particular, on how it handles wind pressure).
Despite the ultra-luxury targeting, it resembles more a giant chimney or, more romantically, a medieval tower in San Gimignano (right). In any event, it’s unavoidable – a presence on the skyline from viewpoints all over the city. As I went through my images, sure enough, there is was, often unexpectedly, when I was photographing city.
So today, from New York, the inescapable 432 Park:
From Roosevelt Island.