And then I stumbled upon this view, which I thought was pretty cool, and that's because the buildings close to street level were very dark, and received almost no direct sunlight at all, and despite of it being an utterly, startlingly and overwhelmingly gorgeous today in NYC, with nary a cloud in sight.
Interestingly, this photo also explains why the rest of Manhattan above the Financial District DOES receive adequate sunlight at street level, as well as also explains why many modern skyscrapers in New York City also TAPER in as they ascend into the skies.
For that's because the New York City Government -- very wisely, too, it must be said, especially for a day, age and zeitgeist which seemed far less concerned with the overall quality of human life than the truly modern era -- ultimately decided that the Financial District's combination of tiny streets -- but also towering skyscrapers, too -- meant that so little light was reaching ground level that it legislated:
1) that all future streets in New York City would be sufficiently wide enough whereupon the canyoning effect seen in the Financial District will not be repeated, and which -- coincidentally -- also gave birth to Manhattan's absurdly wide avenues, most of which start above Houston Street; and,
2) that all future New York City skyscrapers would have to taper in as they increased in height if they exceeded certain thresholds that are calculated based on the ratio of the height of that skyscraper (also total square footage of skyscraper) to the size of the plot of land that the skyscraper is built on.
As such, we actually have the dark, narrow streets to be found in the Financial District to thank for the fact that the rest of New York City enjoys such wide avenues, as well as enjoys plenty of sunlight at ground level, too.
Although that's obviously cold comfort to anyone who lives, works, or runs a business in today's Financial District, and which may also explain why until only very recently living in this neighbourhood was -- like, you know -- so totally uncool !!!
Which may also explain why it is nowadays -- like, you know -- so totally cool to live in the Financial District.
You see, we must learn a thing or two about that weird New York City community called -- rather derogatorily by others I suppose, and despite what you'd think initially was the opposite, too -- "The Hipsters."
One of the favourite personality, and hence character, traits of a hipster is to LIKE something that everyone else DISLIKES. Or, in the case of real estate, to LIVE somewhere where everyone else does NOT want to live.
Which meant that the Hipsters -- like you know -- started colonising the Financial District several years ago, whereupon they also immediately started -- like, you know -- bragging about the fact that -- like, you know -- they're living in uncoolest place to live in all of New York City, let alone Manhattan.
Which -- and in a manner that basically resembles anything that after a brief period of success always eventually ends up sowing the seeds of its own ultimate destruction -- meant that the Hipsters started making the Financial District COOL once again a few years after they started moving in, thereupon leading many more mainstream New Yorkers to eventually decide to take the plunge and to move to the Financial District as well, ultimately making the Financial District the place that it is today, which as a matter of fact is a surprisingly COOL place to live.
Of course, the poor ol' Hipsters have mostly moved out by now, having been driven out by soaring rent estate prices, and hence soaring rents as well, which also explains why I said earlier that the Hipsters always end up sowing the seeds of their own destruction within many of their decision choices.
Oh well, and after an absurdly lengthy introduction, digression and explanation ....
.... Enjoy !