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Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Midtown

Midtown Manhattan is the busiest commercial district in the United States. This photo, taken from the Rockefeller Center observatory, is a closeup of a small section along Fifth Avenue in the 40s and gives a good sense of the density of buildings. There is no precise agreed upon definition of Midtown, but it at the very least covers the area from Central Park to 34th Street, from 3rd Avenue to 9th Avenue. In this area alone, there are numerous districts, squares, stations, buildings, centers, and flagship retail stores. Many of the sites known to visitors around the world are found in this small area of only about 2 square miles. One reason I chose this photo was that I was intrigued by the attractive slab skyscraper building on the far left with its large friezes at the crown. A little digging and research this morning revealed this to be the Fred F. French building, a deco gem built in 1927 by a real estate tycoon - I think I will cover this building in another post. In doing this photo blog, I am learning about a myriad of beautiful buildings I never really noticed. I hope you are enjoying the process of mutual discovery...

4 comments:

olivier said...

Superbe vue et photo, avec un de mes building preferes 'The French Building'.

luggi said...

Dense indeed. I will put up a photo to contrast with this one today (not dense).

Felicia said...

Awesome view! One of my first impressions from a small plane was: My, what productive creatures we are!

Nathalie said...

Beautiful !