In New York City, certain things get photographed a lot.
The Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty, Times Square and Grand Central Station spring to mind.
In this month of photos, I’ve tried to stay away from the obvious and overdone.
But walking down Lexington at 43rd St and looking up is a showstopper, and I couldn’t resist.
The Chrysler Building takes my breath away every time I’m near it; it’s magnificent top is its best known feature (when someone says it “shines like the top of the Chrysler Building” we all know what they mean), but the building is stunning from top to bottom. I wonder if architect William Van Alen grasped the magnitude of the influence his building would have; at the time of construction it was in competition with the Empire State Building, which famously surpassed the Chrysler in height a mere 11 months after the Chrysler Building was completed.
In my mind there is no competition as far as beauty. Van Alen’s masterpiece wins. End of discussion.
My first job in NYC was at 733 3rd Ave., and on my way to and from work I always exited the subway through the lobby of the Chrysler Building. It’s like stepping back in time – all art deco and polished wood – and I never tired of it. (In fact sometimes it was the best moment of my day.)
This shot is an angle to which I don’t believe I’d ever paid much attention in the past, but there really isn’t a bad angle to the Chrysler Building.
It is a classic in every sense of the word.