Armchair architects, which buildings need a facelift?
The Verizon Building, a mistake from the 1970s, is going to be reclad -- at last. Photo via BILLBINNS on Flickr.
The Verizon building is to architecture what the burlap sack is to fashion, and what’s worse is it rises in lower Manhattan across from the Brooklyn Bridge, damaging one of the city’s most beautiful views.
Sure New York has plenty of buildings that are an offense to beauty, but few are so grotesque and so misplaced as the Verizon building. Thankfully, the tower at 375 Pearl St. is about to get a makeover that might make it a little less intrusive on the skyline as seen from the Brooklyn Promenade.
When Taconic Investment Partners announced a deal to buy the majority of the building from Verizon they also announced a major renovation. In reporting the renovation project, the New York Times called it “The Tower That Has No Friends,” seemingly to reflect that no one will miss the Verizon eyesore.
Now, the question is will the Verizon logo still flicker atop the 32-story building? Let’s hope not.
Now, you don’t have to be an architecture expert to know what you like. So, amNewYork is asking readers this question: Which other city buildings need a facelift? Let us know in the comments, and we'll publish the results in the paper and here.
-- Garett Sloane