BUY ME;Richard Meier On Prospect Park

It’s very safe for me to say how much I love glass buildings and was thrilled when the (troubled and high documented Richard Meier towers) went up on the West Side Highway.  Remember the Vicky Ward’s Vanity Fair piece on those puppies (2004)? 

And, how sad, when Time Warner left it’s old historic digs of Rockefeller Center for its glitzy West Side digs, Time Warner Center where cushy execs no longer needed to run off to Michael’s and instead could trade in a nice jaunt outside for an elevator ride to Thomas Keller’s Per Se or a take-out lunch at Whole Foods; Columbus Circle.

This emergence of glass opened the flood gates to what I now consider New York’s over-glassiness covering residential and commercial properties.  The troubling news is the many of these properties a la the new Richard Meier building at 1 Grand Army Plaza and the overstock in Williamsburg and DUMBO.   What will they look like in 10 years?  How will they be regarded?

Many of these glass towers sit empty because of the economy; yet it draws up interesting and older articles from the New York Magazine; a la What Went Wrong at Astor Place? which lays down five theories (from actual architect to the thought of a glass building in the East Village).

Yet; there always appears to be a diamond in the roughage.  My personal favorite (a fairly new, new comer)…Frank Gehry’s organically shapeful designed IAC Building where the old embraces the new as seen through my lens off the High Line.

Gehry's sculpural look off the High Line.  Image by KBD

Gehry's sculpural look off the High Line. Image by KBD