Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Ugly towers to be designated landmarks
Actual conversation between Crappy and Hooper last night:
Hooper: What are you reading about?
Crappy: These. They're gonna get landmarked.
Hooper: They look like those ugly pieces of shit by NYU.
Crappy: They are those ugly pieces of shit by NYU.
Hooper: You've got to be f*cking kidding me!
Crappy: And the phony Picasso statue apparently is included in the deal.
Hooper: Oh man...the only thing worth landmarking here is that green square.
This LPC decision even has AM-NY scratching their heads:
Buildings are eligible for landmarking 30 years after they are completed, which means that many pieces of modernist architecture are now coming before the commission. But many urbanists argue that much of the era's architecture was a mistake, and landmarking it would force the city to preserve what never should have been built in the first place.
What's a landmark? New Yorkers struggle to agree
From the NY Times:
Silver Towers won numerous awards, and was named one of “10 Buildings That Climax an Era” by Fortune magazine in 1966. It also won the American Institute of Architect’s National Honor Award, the City Club of New York’s Albert S. Bard Award and the Concrete Industry Board Award.
I. M. Pei’s Silver Towers Could Become a Landmark
Damn, the Concrete Industry Board Award? Maybe I rushed to judgment a little too quickly.
Conclusion to conversation:
Crappy: Maybe they'll landmark Lefrak City next.
Crappy: No, wait a minute...that's in Queens.