-- a touch of Moscow on the Upper East Side at 15 East 97th Street
(design based on 17th Century Baroque churches in Moscow)
on the Lower East Side.
This uniquely shaped, 17-story building is very innovative with its irregular pattern of pixilated blue and black windows that almost sparkle and contracts sharply with the old tenement buildings of this neighborhood.
a new spiral-topped "Eco-Friendly SkyScraper"
-- the second tallest in the City
and the fourth tallest in the country
Although modern skyscrapers dominate today’s New York City skyline, the City is a living illustration and history of 19th Century architectural styles and the craftsmanship that went into the construction of many of the older buildings in New York is unbelievable. Row houses (three to five story narrow buildings with windows in the front and back) of various styles were constructed from 1800 – 1930. Brownstone row houses became very popular in many parts of the City. Detailed descriptions of these styles can be found in the Guide to New York City Landmarks and they include:
In the late 1890s and early 1900s the "City Beautiful Movement," a progressive reform and urban planning and architecture movement, was inspired by architect Daniel Burnham (the Flatiron Building) and his design of the 1893 World Columbian Exposition in Chicago. In New York City the movement led to the use of the Beau Arts architectural style in many buildings including several now famous landmark ones: the U.S. Custom House (1907), the New York Public Library (1911) and Grand Central Terminal (1913).
Not surprising, there were a number of prominent and successful architects who lived in New York and competition for assignments could be fierce. Some important ones were:
During the last five years, residential tower skyscrapers and apartment complexes have been or are being designed for Manhattan -- often by well-known international architects. The New York Times has called this current period the "narcissistic age." Some see these designs as innovative architecture; others find them "flashy expressions of architectural vanity." It will be interesting to witness how these building change the City's skyline. Some of them include: