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Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Met Life Tower

This is the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company Tower at One Madison Avenue and 23rd Street. Click here for closeup. Designed by Napoleon LeBrun & Sons and completed in 1909, it reigned as the world's tallest building (700 feet) until 1913, when the Woolworth Building surpassed it (792 feet). The building was modeled after the St. Mark's Campanile in Venice, Italy and is a National Historic Landmark. The tower itself was an add-on to the 1893 building which encompasses a full city block. Click here for article. The tower lit at night is one of NYC's most prominent and recognizable sights along with the Empire State Building, the New York Life Insurance Building and a handful of others. It can be seen from around the city and outer boroughs - one of the most spectacular views is coming into Manhattan from Brooklyn via one of the bridges. As part of a 3 year restoration completed in 2002, a computerized colored lighting system was installed - the system allows them to achieve any colors in the spectrum. The color schemes can be changed for holidays or special events ...

6 comments:

k said...

Woaa this is just awesome. Really really nice picture!!!

ruth said...

This one must be fun to watch to see what colors it will be tonight. Great, clear shot.

Brian said...

Thanks - I am forever fascinated by these lit buildings in the NYC skyline.
Brian

Neda said...

oups... sorry. bad navigator! I wanted to say that I love your photos!

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Anonymous said...

Your blog is a great way to plan a NYC trip! I wish that I was able to pop over during the Christmas season but it's impossible right now.

The next best thing is the hopes to see some great Christmas-decorated street scenes and the goings ons!

Brian said...

Susan;
You will see these things here.
Brian