Friday, April 18, 2014

Sightseeing from Inside the Park: 42nd Street Beauties

Bryant Park is a beautiful place that is enhanced by our impressive park neighbors. In this Sightseeing from Inside the Park series of posts, we play "tour guide" and detail the striking buildings that can be seen from inside the park.

Connecting landmarks like Grand Central Station on the east side and Times Square on the west, 42nd Street is known by tourists and native New Yorkers alike. This important thoroughfare is near and dear to Bryant Park as it borders us to our north. Such a high-traffic street is a showcase for impressive buildings.

Both the Bank of America Tower (left) and the Grace Building (right), as seen from the park during this year's Winter Village (that's Celsius across the bottom of the photo).
One Bryant Park, Bank of America Tower
designed by Cook + Fox, 2009
113 West 42nd Street, NW corner of 6th Avenue and 42nd Street

This anchor on the northwest corner of 42nd Street and 6th Avenue is the second tallest building in New York City. Its multifaceted glass and colorful LED spire draw attention to the building day or night. The building, at 55 stories, is the home of our Winter Village title sponsor, Bank of America.

W. R. Grace Building
designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, 1974
1114 6th Avenue, 42nd Street between 5th and 6th Avenues

This building is best know for its dramatic swoop away from Bryant Park, reminiscent of a ski slope. The building's facade on 43rd Street is identical to that on its 42nd Street side, and is the result of zoning laws that required setbacks away from the street.

Further east on 42nd Street, the Chrysler Building rises from the skyline.
Chrysler Building
designed by William Van Alen, 1930
405 Lexington Avenue, NE corner E. 42nd Street

The Chrysler Building, the fourth tallest in the city, tops off at 1048 feet and is known for its lacy top floors and needle-sharp spire. Built in the Art Deco style, this building emphasizes vertical lines and geometric embellishment. The tallest brick structure in the world, the building housed the headquarters of Chrysler Corporation for a quarter of a century.

You can see all this excellent architecture--and more, which we'll describe in upcoming posts--without leaving the park!

Information courtesy AIA Guide to New York City.

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