Room With a View

This apartment building fascinates me. It stands on the Upper East Side of Manhattan on 1st Avenue. If its dark, dank and dismal you are after, this is the place for you.

Not everyone’s idea of a Manhattan apartment

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54 thoughts on “Room With a View

  1. Fabulous location with it’s endless repetition and subtle variations on a theme. The reflections in the windows on the two lower floors would make a great additional cropped image.
    Regards, John

    • Hey John, thank you for your comment. I pass this building almost every day and the light has never been as perfect as on the day I photographed it.

  2. darker, danker, more dismal as you descend… deliciously authentic and I can’t let it go. I have come back to your image in my mind’s eye many times since yesterday…. enough so that it brought me back to your blog to comment. Excellent work!

    • Donna, thank you so much for taking the time to make such a wonderful comment. I am very pleased that the image has stayed with you, as a photographer, I could wish for no better than that.

  3. Like this pic! It looks gloomy, …in a good way. Have to agree with Donnamariecarey , deliciously authentic and cant let it go!

      • Oh man, I can go on and on with that one so I’ll try and keep it short. So much has changed, in my opinion. I remember when Times Sq was a dangerous place and now it’s Disneyland. And it’s not that I want crime to go up but really noticing that along with all these changes for the “better”, NYC has also lost its character or edge, whatever you want to call it. But I guess that’s just the nature of change and partly my romantacizing it and partly just part of growing old(er)…Five years, hmmm, you’re just about ready to officially be a New Yorker…how are you liking it?

  4. super photo, it also brought to my mind memories of the movie West Side Story. Thanks for sharing.
    Ciao, Francina

    • Yes I can see that. There are very few buildings like this left in Manhattan, they are iconic reminders of that time. Sadly, the bulldozer and the wrecking ball will eventually prevail and glass and steel will replace them. Great comment, thank you.

  5. Hi! I am just rereading a Tennessee Williams play: in Spanish it is called “El zoo de cristal” In English I have found it as “The Glass Menagerie”…
    Well…This is scenario I imagined after reading Williams words……Perfect…

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