Archive for May, 2010

York Restorations Enjoys Union Square

May 28, 2010

York Restoration Corporation's view of union square

After a cool day, one who threatened and menaced New Yorkers by brandishing darkening clouds and a whisper of rain, York Restoration Corporation felt the need to take a balmy visit to Union Square.

With temperatures teasing the low 90s, York Restoration Corporation sunned and sipped cold tea in Union Square’s newly wide-opened northern plaza.

This particular shot is facing west, looking at a aesthetically odd grouping of buildings. A mixture of shops, office space, and the occasional rogue apartment, the grouping’s wildly different heights and styles is a fun accident of New York’s mixture of old and new.

Next time the weather breaks and drags you out from your office, into the sun, beverage of choice in-hand, take a quick look around at the mixture of architecture, all the brick, steel, glass, sparkling, drab, crumbling, brand spanking-new, strange buildings that make up the visual white noise of living in the greatest city on Earth.

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Astor Place Building, York Restoration Corporation Salutes You

May 27, 2010

Glass Building photo courtesy of York Restoration Corporation

Today, York Restoration Corporation‘s legion of cameras walks us past the Astor Place Building. The Astor Place Building is a mid-rise steel-and-glass number near Washington Square Park and NYU. What sets it apart from its more tame steel-glass brethren is its rounded, globular, lower facade that bends and rounds itself into a circular crown. Up top, the architecture squares itself off into swanky lofts for the luckier, wealthier citizens.

The interiors conform to the dips and bows; the dens and bedrooms’ views look out over the city from behind the tinted glass walls. Natural light? They’ve got it in spades.

It’s certainly a unique look. We’re glad to have a glass/steel structure whose architects can see beyond the fascination with straight lines and ho-hum high-rises. Is it the landmark, however, that the owners claim it to be? Well, not yet. No one instructs a tourist to “take a right at the Astor Place Building,” but maybe this is just step one in its progression towards fame?

The lipstick building didn’t exactly burn up the charts on its way to semi-notoriety, either. Who knows.

Until then (if that fine day ever comes), the Astor Place remains as a pleasant, if slightly anonymous, footprint in lower Manhattan.

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York Restorations Spots A Beautiful Cathedral

May 26, 2010

Shadowy cathedral spire

We hit the streets to take some shots of the beautiful structures we New Yorkers tend to “tune out” in our daily commutes. There’s so much to see, so much beautiful architecture (and incredibly ugly architecture, as well!), that maybe our brains shut down as some sort of defense mechanism.

Here’s a release valve.

Cathedral near union square taken by York Restoration Corporation

This church/cathedral caught York Restoration Corporation’s eye after a late breakfast/early lunch of fruit, yogurt, and granola. The weather’s been great, and the workload hasn’t overwhelmed and drowned our sense of adventure (yet), so we decided to set out on a walk after the brief meal.

Cameras in hand, we snapped shots of buildings we love, and this cathedral down near 14th, was one of the ones we all took pictures of.

If anyone knows when or how a church is officially a “cathedral” instead of a church, I’d love to hear it. We had a brief discussion as to whether this structure would be called one or the other, and we settled on cathedral because it’s so pretty. And fairly large.

Enjoy!

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