But there was no ill feeling in that parting. Noo Yawkers always simply have somewhere to go, something to do and "NOW, so get the lead out buddy!!"
And I also love the big buildings. But really, do they have to be that big?
Let's look back and see what was happening when they were all built and take a look at some of the things that were going on at the time: 1920's boom and then 1930's catastrophic bust in the main.
So labour was cheap and plentiful which helped but really did they need to be that high? New York was a big city, for sure, but it wasn't bigger than other major cities with lower rise buildings -- London for example had a far bigger population at the time. Also space wasn't really at a premium either. Manhattan may be an island but it's a really big island. So really why do they need such a big post office? And it's one of many.
|Left hand side…|
|… Right hand side …|
|… and round the corner too!|
The answer is quite simple. They did it because they could.
And what a job they made of it too. Some, no much of the craftwork is just lovely. It's not something you pick up at Home Depot either.
|The original big guy … but really take a look at the building next door. The work is magnificent.|
|The new big guy … #1 World Trade Centre, 1776 feet high and the tallest building in North America. And yes I bet you can guess why they made it 1776 feet tall!|
|And my favorite, the Chrysler Building on 41st and Lexington|