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From the series "New York by the bird"
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We come back today on my 2nd favorite skyscraper in New York (the 1st one being the Lever House). So today, let's contemplate the Chrysler building (Art Deco, 1930, by William Van Alen, 1048 ft, 320 m), and this time, indeed with the antenna… Where are we exactly? We are at the heart of Midtown (not geographically but physiologically). At the feet of the Chrysler is the 42nd street, with on the left the Met Life building (Brutalism, 1963, by Emery Roth, 808 ft, 246 m), which pinpoint Grand Central station (here present only with your creative imagination; I can't do everything, right?). Behind this block, the pyramidal roof is part of the Helmsley building (Art Deco, 1929, by Whitney Warren). Now I drag you almost at the top left corner. We are on Park avenue, with 2 black towers here, the one on the left being the Chase building (International Style, 1961, by Skidmore, 707 ft, 215m), while across the avenue is the Chemical bank building (International Style, 1962, Emery Roth again, 687 ft, 210m). I know, it's not my most literary text, but it's holidays for me. And you know, if you visit New York, more you understand the styles, the periods, more you understand how Manhattan was built. More you form one body with the city. That's helpful if you're photographer. Because you have to feel the forms in order to find the dynamical lines.

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