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One57 IV


The view looking west on 57th Street. A wide angle lens is supposed to make distant objects appear smaller, but One57, the tallest residential building in the Western Hemisphere, still looks pretty big.

This photograph was taken the weekend before last, right before the weather got really cold.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

January 28, 2013 at 11:32 PM

Posted in Photography

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  1. Such an architectural accomplishment not to be touted daily in the NYCentrist news means they must be embarrassed by Their New Castle.

    Noblesse oblige?


    January 28, 2013 at 11:41 PM

  2. If I had enough money to afford a condo in One57 there’s absolutely zero chance I’d actually buy one. There are few neighborhoods worse than the border zone between midtown (commercial shitville) and the UWS. The only people who’ll live in this building will be people who simply don’t know any better.

    I’m curious: for all of you fellow readers who live in Manhattan — where would you live if money were no object? I don’t think it’s possible to beat the West Village, though I guess I could see parts of Noho/Nolita/Soho being doable. Why in the world do people choose to live in Tribeca? It’s frighteningly sterile.


    January 29, 2013 at 1:15 AM

    • Do you mean UES, because I thought the building was east of Fifth Avenue. I was under the assumption that the people who live in these midtown luxury buildings (Trump Tower, Olympic Tower, Museum Tower) were crass foreigners who couldn’t buy co-ops.

      Monroe Ficus

      January 29, 2013 at 7:55 AM

    • If money were no object, I would become Bloomberg’s neighbor in his part of the UES. Living in an apartment or a house that is a stone’s throw away from the Metropolitan Museum of Art is a dealbreaker for any attractive woman.

      One57 is considered Central Park territory, it’s prestigious enough to brag about, when you live in one of the most expensive neighborhoods near one of the most famous parks in the world. It has all the amenities that the West Village has to beat it.

      Just Speculating

      January 29, 2013 at 12:03 PM

    • I live on the Upper East Side between 2nd and 3rd Ave. and I would upgrade to a bigger apartment within my building. I’m spoiled having a Dallas BBQ on my block, and my neighbors leave good books in the laundry room.

      The West Village has some nice restaurants, but I also think of those news reports of men being beaten up near the Christopher St. Path train station.


      January 29, 2013 at 2:06 PM

      • Dallas BBQ is prole. The West Village isn’t nearly as prestigious as the UES. The UES was and is always about having money and status, and the West Village was formely a bobo district.

        Just Speculating

        January 30, 2013 at 12:02 PM

  3. It’s a treat for the rest of us
    To listen to Manhattanites ponder
    (yet, again) the age-old contest of
    Zip Code Oneupmanship.

    Me? Why, I’LL live in The Dakota
    And Trump all of ye
    (maybe I do)


    January 29, 2013 at 9:40 AM

  4. I wonder whether the apartments with the light colored glass panes cost more than the dark colored glass panes.


    January 29, 2013 at 10:42 AM

  5. Dude you are obsessed with that tower.

    Thanks and please keep the progress pictures coming.

    – Arturo

    Ape Eater

    January 29, 2013 at 1:57 PM

  6. Why are you obsessed with this building? Bought an apartment there? Longing to buy one?


    January 29, 2013 at 6:12 PM

  7. Are you New York’s Atget?


    January 29, 2013 at 7:19 PM

  8. Come on. I can’t believe you folks can’t clearly see that Lion is mocking the building. He’s showcasing the audacious hideousness of the thing in contrast to the beautiful architecture around it. Furthermore, he’s also pointing out how in spite of its garish gaudiness, wealthy people will (already have?) purchase units there because many wealthy people (esp lower class nouveau rich) have little sense and will buy units in a flashy Dubai-esque condo to buy status. One57 is residential bling.


    January 30, 2013 at 5:14 AM

    • Yes, the architecture around it is beautiful. Check out this stunning bookstore down the block on the same street, whenever one gets a chance.

      Just Speculating

      January 30, 2013 at 11:57 AM

      • That’s the bookstore I go to when I can’t find copies of the books I want in my laundry room. Love that place.


        January 30, 2013 at 12:24 PM

  9. Interior images of the gaudily garish One57. View at your own risk. I puked a little viewing the massively overpriced crap box.


    January 30, 2013 at 8:57 AM

    • The apartment interiors don’t really look much different than condos in my price range, they are just bigger. This is all stanard new luxuyr condo interior design. Except for the television in the bathroom. which seems sort of prole. And the bidet is weird.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      January 30, 2013 at 9:34 AM

      • In New York – esp. Manhattan
        Size matters.

        Well,maybe a “view”


        January 30, 2013 at 10:10 AM

      • I do like the toilet that is suspended from the wall because it’s much easier to clean.

        Why not have a computer that you can extend from the wall and use while sitting there.? Then you can push it away to clean up without touching the keyboard. That seems better than a tv.


        January 30, 2013 at 8:46 PM

  10. i love this one57 running joke. it’s like the opposite of where’s waldo.


    January 30, 2013 at 12:23 PM

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