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From the series "New York by the bird"
Indeed. From where you are, at the south tip of Manhattan, you can see everything up to Central Park, 6 miles away. The Park is just a tiny patch stuck on the top, on the left part. A bit on its right, you will see a small white steeple with a big clock on the tower. That's the Metropolitan Life Tower (Renaissance Revival, Napoleon Lebrun sons, 1909). Still near the top, there is a massive horizontal striped building. At its feet, open you eyes and observe a tiny thing with a triangular roof, like a greek temple. That's Grand Central (Beaux-arts, Reed & Stem, 1913). Millions of windows, thousands of buildings. I was hovering above the Governors island with the helicopter, with no door in order to obtain the maximum of clarity. I wanted this humungous feeling to be at the gate of a megalopolis: the loneliness in the swarming, yet the warmth by the herd instinct in a city so complex it becomes a living entity by itself, feeding you, devouring you… I wished to get this bag of mixed emotions due to the fascination blended with repulsion. An hypnotic attraction. Gravity by a living planet. Or by a black star.
The foreground is the Financial district:
- The bend skyscraper on the down left corner: 17 State Street building, Modernism, Emery Roth sons, 1988
- On its side, the black cube is the Schroder building, International Style, Emery Roth, 1969
- The big one with the face like a gigantic hive is the One New York Plaza blg, Modernism, Kahn & Jacobs, 1969
- Its neighbor with vertical white stripes is the Two New York Plaza blg, Modernism, Kahn & Jacobs, 1971

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