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Old Posted Jul 26, 2007, 1:44 PM
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NEW YORK: Skyscrapers in the canyons of Lower Manhattan

Lower Manhattan (Downtown), with its skyscraper canyons, is one of the
tightest and densely packed location for skyscrapers on the planet. Some go
all the way back to the earliest days of New York skyscraper constrution,
including some of the classics. Yet, they somehow manage to squeeze in more.

I love to walk the area on weekends (when its less crowded, but a lot more
populated than it used to be). There you can just stand and stare upward
at the magestic towers that line these canyons.




Below are some photos I took over the weekend, down in the canyons!

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While not technically in the canyons of Lower Manhattan, the
Woolworth is always a favorite of those Downtown skyscrapers...

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That almost looks European except the buildings are more than seven levels.
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That almost looks European except the buildings are more than seven levels.
Go back a couple of hundred years, and thats what you get.
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Nice! I dont see why so many hate 60 Wall Street, I always thought it was a great addition to the skyline.
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Is 20 Exchange Street getting a facelift? It looks much cleaner now, compared to a few years back,

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Is 20 Exchange Street getting a facelift? It looks much cleaner now, compared to a few years back,
I'm not sure, but I've grown to like it more and more. I think it's been overshadowed by its taller neighbors.
Maybe if it had a spire on top...


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Nice! I dont see why so many hate 60 Wall Street, I always thought it was a great addition to the skyline.
I don't have a problem with it. Some people probably don't like it for it's bulk, or location. The planned NYSE tower just down the street (cancelled after 9/11) would have been bulkier and taller, at 900 ft.
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How wide are the streets down there? How far apart are the buildings? Seems insanely dense. It's like old Paris at 40 floors.

What building is that on the right? Geez man, I've never even noticed it before.
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And I love 20 Exchange. It's long been a favorite of mine. (I have many.)
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I'm not sure, but I've grown to like it more and more. I think it's been overshadowed by its taller neighbors.
Maybe if it had a spire on top...
I've loved it the way it is, American International - 60 Wall Street - 20 Exchange seem to make a nice compact cluster. Apparantly 20 Exchange was supposed to have a pyramid making it the WTB, apparantly the depression ended up making the tower shorter.

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The planned NYSE tower just down the street (cancelled after 9/11) would have been bulkier and taller, at 900 ft.
Oh thank god that horrible thing was scrapped. That would have ruined the pre-9/11 Skyline. It would have replaced that large (but nice) pre-war skyscraper and complelty block out 40 Wall Street.

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What building is that on the right? Geez man, I've never even noticed it before.
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Thats the Liberty Tower, one of Downtown's many "Hidden Jewels"
1909-1910
33 Floors
Converted into Apartments in 1979

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How wide are the streets down there? How far apart are the buildings? Seems insanely dense. It's like old Paris at 40 floors.
Yeah, it can be very dense (and dark!) down there, but I love it. These are some of the original streets
from back when the city was settled by the Dutch. Some are so narrow, they are just pedestrian walkways.










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Apparantly 20 Exchange was supposed to have a pyramid making it the WTB, apparantly the depression ended up making the tower shorter.

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Imagine this with 40 Wall and the AI towers on the classic skyline...
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As much as I love the classic Downtown scrapers, I also like the large, glass boxes mixed in.
These are some of my older pics...














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Hmm the Boxes, love it or hate it. Some say they ruined the skyline but eh, Lower Manhattan did a good job of not overbuilding. Chase Manhattan Bank is a perfect backdrop for 40 Wall Street and somewhat balances the skyline out. The Twins balanced the skyline even more, when all the skyscrapers seemed to be leaning to the east in the 1960's. The massive boxes on the East River and Battery Park City really completed the skyline.

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This is what I think really ruined the Downtown skyline, among them, New York's largest skyscraper...



These towers helped keep Downtown a financial center, but just a little less bulkiness
on the waterfront would have been fine...
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Those streets are amazing. Yeah you really get the feeling that area is very old. The buildings may not be all that old, but the street layout is straight out of the 18th and 19th centuries.
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Actually, I believe those East River boxes make the current Downtown skyline what it is and do a large share of creating the now-classic Downtown look.

Nice compilation, NYguy. This is most likely my favorite neighborhood in New York, if not the world. Amazing how many various viewpoints and sights it offers, yet each picture you posted is amazingly familiar and in many cases is associated with some memory of mine.
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Hmm the Boxes, love it or hate it. Some say they ruined the skyline but eh, Lower Manhattan did a good job of not overbuilding. Chase Manhattan Bank is a perfect backdrop for 40 Wall Street and somewhat balances the skyline out. The Twins balanced the skyline even more, when all the skyscrapers seemed to be leaning to the east in the 1960's. The massive boxes on the East River and Battery Park City really completed the skyline.

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The Lower Manhattan skyline is great, but the Twins completed it. They weren't the best skyscrapers, but their presence was amazing. Lower Manhattan + Twins = Greatest skyline ever in my opinion.

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