CAN YOU LIFT ME SPIRE A view from the Empire State Building’s 103rd floor, not open to the public. It overlooks the visitors’ observation deck on the 86th floor: here is a view of Manhattan’s East Side and the East River. (Photo: Librado Romero for the New York Times)
ASCEND OF THE ROAD Canadian soldiers searched inside a barn as they patrolled in the Panjwai district of Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, Monday. Canada will end its combat role in Afghanistan by the end of July. (Photo: Baz Ratner / Reuters via the Wall St. Journal)
I find the rudimentary architecture in this place fascinating: an (apparently) earthen construct, staircase encasing the entryway; storage for the tree branches possibly to be used as fuel; the punctured walls allowing light inside and air to ventilate. I wonder what the holes are for. Does anyone here know?
BRUTALISM A residential housing development in the New Territories region of Hong Kong. (Photo: Mike Clarke / AFP-Getty via the Wall St. Journal)
The flag billowed at just the right moment.
(Photo: Erik Jacobs for the New York Times)
Seagram Building by Mies van der Rohe
If you’re ever in Manhattan, take a walk by this building, on Park Avenue. It’ll still take your breath away.
THE STARCHITECT CHAMBER Architect Frank Gehry now has two buildings in New York City: the first is IAC’s curvatured redoubt on West Street; the other is his first skyscraper — “the tallest residential building in Manhattan,” according to the Times — due south in lower Manhattan’s Civic Center. I think it’s beautiful — a modern, futuristic counterpart to the century-plus-old Woolworth Building. (Photo: Fred Conrad / The New York Times)
An aerial shot of The Chrysler Building in New York City. (Photo: Evan Joseph Uhlfelder / Barcroft USA)
I love hitting the red light at 18th and the West Side Highway.
The folks who run the Empire State Building will tell you that they oppose the construction of 15 Penn Plaza (center) because it would ruin the “iconography of the New York skyline,” but really it’s because they don’t want to hurt their penises’ feelings.
Hey, ESB: you know what ruined “the iconography of the New York skyline”? Terrorists, when they flew planes into two buildings in Lower Manhattan. After 9/11/01, y’all were too happy to have your building reclaim the title of New York City’s tallest. And now, there’s a chance that another edifice will get in the way of your precious tourist sightlines - and that’s why you’re whining? You’re complaining about a construction project that would add thousands of jobs to the city’s rolls, millions more in property tax revenue for the City, not to mention millions of square feet in office space where a shitty hotel now stands - because it’ll block your view?
Give us a break.
Grand Central Terminal. Manhattan.