Monday, June 22, 2009

West Village, 14th Street at Eighth Avenue; Eighth Avenue Between 14th and 13th Streets

So Friday late afternoon, FL and I head downtown to meet Myra to go for a walk on the just opened newly done High Line. High excitement. And FL consented to go early so I could get a photowalk in. And not only did it not rain, the sun came out. Things to be thankful for.

Mary Sargent © 2009 …………………………………….. click to enlarge

Tonight I'm going to show you two buildings, the old and the new. Well, part of the old. This was originally the New York County National Bank, built in 1907. If you crave to see the whole building, click on the above link. Can you guess what it is today? Why, a men's spa, of course. Nickel, by name. They have designed it to look like the inside of a submarine which results in a "masculine yet sophisticated environment." Funnily enough, the Chinese massage place that FL, Myra and I dropped into after dinner for $10 worth of massage each also looked like the interior of a submarine. There's where the resemblance ended. Sophisticated, it wasn't.

Mary Sargent © 2009 . click to enlarge

Now, around the corner on Eighth Avenue, we have One Jackson Square, almost finished. What recession?

FL was taken with the building, especially the shiny parts, but objected to the brick. She thought it should be some kind of gray metal.

Mary Sargent © 2009 …………………………………….. click to enlarge

Surprise! It has a long side, too. Along Greenwich Avenue. It does look better on this side where no brick is showing, don't you think?

See map.

1 comment:

flyinglady said...

This building blows my mind. Maybe if they had used recycled brick; would that have been more complementary?

Still, it's gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous.