Thursday, January 10, 2008
More photos: Walking home
Still experimenting with the new camera, this time taking some shots during my walk home through Madison Square Park. The first two are of the Metropolitan Life Insurance Tower, constructed between 1907 and 1909. At 700 ft., it was the tallest building in the world until 1913, when the Woolworth Building downtown surpassed it. At night, the top of the tower, including the clock faces on each side, are brightly lit in either white or colors appropriate to the season/holiday. (I can see it from the roof garden of my building in the West Village.) It's still considered one of the most significant buildings in Manhattan and is now on the National Register as a historic property. I believe it was sold in mid-2007 and reportedly will be converted into either condos or a high-end hotel. Oh, and that last picture . . . I love how the Flatiron Building looks like the prow of a ship, making its way between Broadway and Fifth Avenue.