Every Restoration Corporation Enjoys New York’s Met Building

York Restoration Corporation shot of Metlife

This giant, foreboding wall of windows is one face of the gigantic MetLife building (nee Pan Am Building), located slightly above and behind Grand Central Station in central Manhattan.

Strangely enough, it’s not even owned by MetLife any longer. It’s owned by some group called Tishman Speyer Properties, which sounds more like a mom-and-pop apartment leasing venture than a group with the clout to buy an iconic Manhattan high-rise.

York Restoration Corporation is, sadly, not a huge fan. It reminds us of many of the generic Los Angeles sky scrapers, boxy and gray, boring and somewhat of an eye sore. All of that is multiplied, of course, by its location behind Grand Central. It stands out, (somehow gaudily) despite its generic ugliness, a throwback to the utilitarian, almost Modernist, late 60s/early 70s high rise architecture that dominated the day.

Ah well. It is very popular with tenants, supposedly, probably because of its central location and attachment to Grand Central.

Maybe someday we’ll see a replacement, but it’s highly doubtful. The MetLife building is probably here to stay.

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