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Old Posted Jul 7, 2010, 8:38 AM
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one of my favorite buildings! simply gorgeous!


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I've stated my dislikes for this building so many times, its like a broken record.

http://www.observer.com/2010/media/n...liest-new-york

Renzo Piano's New York Times 'Paradise' is the Ugliest Building in New York

By Zeke Turner
July 6, 2010

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The American Institute of Architects new Guide to New York City has named Renzo Piano's New York Times tower at 620 Eighth Avenue the ugliest building in the city, according to the Daily News.

The Times faced stiff competition on the list of uglies from the likes of the T.G.I. Friday's on Fifth Avenue (number 9) and Trump Tower on East 56th Street (number 4).

The Times own architecture critic Nicolai Ouroussoff called the building "a paradise by comparison" to the old Times building when it first opened. Not everyone was convinced.

Meanwhile Mr. Piano has been selected to design the new downtown headquarters of the Whitney, so that bodes well?
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New York's got its share, and the new edition of the AIA Guide to New York City shows you where to find them - pointing them out with great glee.

Here are reviews of 10 of New York's most hideous buildings:

10. Former Bear Stearns World Headquarters, 383 Madison Ave.
A bulky octagonal hulk for the mighty Wall Streeter felled in the 2009 financial crash. Stolid, not graceful; a dour banker in a bespoke suit.

9. T.G.I. FRIDAY'S, 604 Fifth Ave.
The brilliant blue on Fifth Ave. is a sign of desperate marketing.

8. The Four Seasons Hotel, 57 E. 57th St.
Pompous.

7. Montefiore Apartments II, 3450 Wayne Ave., the Bronx
Scale, but not human scale.



6. Training Center, Ironworkers Local 40 & 361, 35-23 36th St., Queens
A Constructivist steel building for welders in training. Perhaps they will practice on the building!




5. Trump Place, between W. 66th and W. 70th Sts. west of West End Ave.
The phony incarnation of Riverside Drive, south of its historic 72nd St. ending, has sprouted awkward giants, glorious to look out from (at the river and the Palisades) and inglorious to look at.

4. Trump Tower, 725 Fifth Ave. at E. 56th St.
Folded glass conceals a fantasyland for the affluent shopper. Within, the multilevel space houses a cafe with waterfalls and moving stairways to a shopper's heaven; flamboyant, exciting and emblematic of the American Dream. Donald Trump entered here stage left and has since delivered the Trump brand everywhere: His esthetics, however, are still more akin to malt liquor than to Veuve Clicquot.

3. 200 Eleventh Ave.
The "sky garage" (an elevator that lifts cars directly into the apartments) sounds exhausting.

2. 520 W. 27th St.
Apartments in two parts, with an outdoor recreation space between. The base is black block with white window frames flush to the facade. The upper stories, steel frame with translucent glass block, are reminiscent of the Brooklyn House of Detention. Can the residents leave on weekends?

1. Times Tower, The New York Times Building, Eighth Ave. between 40th and 41st Sts.
A tense tower obsessed with its own fussy connections, its glass facade bracketed by steel columns, X-bracing for lateral support and horizontal bars that act as a sunscreen (and ladder: Lunatics have been climbing it). As gray and dour as a rain-soaked copy of the Sunday Styles section.


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this is a joke right?

- the former BS world HQ is one of the coolest skyscrapers in the city
- where is the verizon building?
- trump tower may not be the best, but it's far from being called ugly...
- the NYTT is not that bad, i know at least 10 buildings which are far worse.
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NY Daily News keeps shifting towards becoming a tabloid. For shame.
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One of the best to be built in the city since the Citicorp Center. The outstanding level of intricacy and detail is undeniable.
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Isn't it interesting that Gehry's 800' facade exploration is lauded (and undeniably unique), but Piano's is much less so because the building isn't shiny? Despite the fact that Piano's work here actually creates something that people on the inside of the building can experience and enjoy? The interior office spaces in this building are some of the best in the city, and it has everything to do with the architecture.

But I guess skyscrapers have to look good in postcards only right? Doesn't matter if they provide a better environment for the people who actually use them right?
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None of that has anything to do with how ugly a building is. That said, I like NYTT.
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The NYTT is one of the 5 or 6 most beautiful skyscrapers I've ever seen. In any city.
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Amazing to see the Verizon Building and the monolith and windowless 33 Thomas St. (AT&T Building) both Downtown not make the list.
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NY Daily News keeps shifting towards becoming a tabloid. For shame.
They call it as they see it, New York style.
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The American Institute of Architects new Guide to New York City has named Renzo Piano's New York Times tower at 620 Eighth Avenue the ugliest building in the city
But this may be more up your alley...

The Wall Street Journal
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The Ugliest Building That’s Fit to Print

July 6, 2010
By Aaron Rutkoff

The American Institute of Architects — never a group to remain silent in the face of structures that it deems unattractive — has released an index of the ugliest buildings in New York City, part of the local chapter’s annual guide to the city’s architecture. And guess who is ugliest this year? Hint: it’s the new headquarters of daily broadsheet newspaper.


It may not be the ugliest, but as one of the city's tallest, likely the most prominent of the ugly. I stand by the judges decision.

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But I guess skyscrapers have to look good in postcards only right? Doesn't matter if they provide a better environment for the people who actually use them right?
Judging by the criteria listed in the article, I'd say the rankings were based on appearance. Even the ugliest buildings in town can have a nice environments inside.
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maybe ugliest of NY's supertalls but still not ugly.....
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maybe ugliest of NY's supertalls but still not ugly.....
I couldn't have said that any better. Also regarding the tower itself, there is something about the facade's reflective shine on a sunny day that I absolutely love! Same with the Bank of America Tower regarding its shine as well...
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With an aerial shot like that, I can't see why this tower would be considered the ugliest. Gives the skyline an added muscle in a location not known for density like the rest of Midtown.
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