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Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Every Move They Make

Major NYC events just slip right by me. Maybe I should try reading the New York Times thoroughly on a regular basis and I would be better informed of things like the brand new New York Times Building which is now tied with the Chrysler Building as 3rd tallest in the city and 7th in the United States (52 stories, 1046 feet). Designed by the Renzo Piano Building Workshop, it was completed in November, 2007 and is located on Eighth Avenue in the Times Square area, across from Port Authority Bus Terminal. This historically unattractive area of midtown is finally seeing revival.
The building itself is cutting edge and quite remarkable. It is the first building in the US with a ceramic rod curtain wall sunscreen. It is considered a green building, with features like a power co-generation plant, low iron glass, mechanized shades, underfloor air distribution and an interior garden.
This photo was taken through the open passenger window of my car while I was driving (stopped at a light). Not realizing the significance of this building, I felt it was too inconvenient to try and park somewhere and get photos of the entire structure. I intended to use this photo as a segue into the controversy about the article written in the Times recently, concerning Presidential candidate John McCain's alleged inappropriate or romantic involvement with and favors for lobbyist Vicki Iseman (8 years ago). You can read the article, editorial response and over 2400 comments here.
Why is any of this important? Because the New York Times is considered the national newspaper of record - it is relied upon as the authority for news in the United States. Established in 1851, it is the largest paper in the US and has received 95 Pulitzer Prizes. Every move they make is of consequence ...


Anonymous said...

I don't think the major events slip by, there's just a lot going on out there...

Kim said...

Wow, this is impressive, just from your car window! I like the way the sun screen doubles as a sort of newsprint background for the newspaper title. It's nice to read of the buildings features and that a major publication like the Times chose to go greener in its building choices. I shall also have to bookmark the McCain article, as I had not heard of this topic before (I don't take a paper and only see what an elderly relative has on TV from time to time). I get my news from the radio (NPR, BBC, DWR, CBC, etc. and haven't noticed this come up yet. After a Times article or op ed, I'm sure it will. Great, great photo!
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Kitty said...

awesome shot.
It's about time we had a Pelli building. It is absolutely elegant.