Castle in the Sky: The Municipal Building

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    The love the alignment of the Municipal Building, the Thurgood Marshall Federal Courthouse and One Court Square in Queens. Quite simply, this is my favorite building in New York City. This is one of my first shots with my 70-200 4 IS and I am very satisfied with its performance (it is almost prime sharp).

    Manhattan Municipal Building
    1 Centre Street
    New York, NY 10007

    Date Built: 1909-1914
    Architect: William M. Kendall / McKim Mead & White

    "…an imposing building of real beauty…. one of the few monumental skyscrapers of the early part of the Twentieth Century."
    -- NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission, in its 1966 designation decision

    The limestone building incorporates Roman, Italian Renaissance and Classical styles of architecture. A major feature in the design is an open plaza, screened by Corinthian columns, that appears to be carved out of the first three stories of the structure. The plaza flows into a central triumphal arch, inspired by the Arch of Constantine. So grand is the arch that automobile traffic flowed through it before Chambers Street traffic patterns were altered. Today, the barrel-vaulted passageway is open to foot traffic.

    The building’s soaring classical exterior rises from modern roots: the Municipal Building was the first building in New York City to incorporate a subway station at its base. The subway station entrance at the south end of the building is covered by an arcaded plaza notable for its dramatic vaults of Guastavino tile construction.

    Surmounting the central tower is a 20-foot tall gilded statue,"Civic Fame," fashioned by sculptor Adolph Weinman. Constructed of sheets of copper with a hollow core, this female figure stands barefoot on a sphere and wears a flowing dress and a crown of laurels to signify glory. In her left hand she holds out a five-pointed crown representing the five boroughs (Manhattan, Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens and Staten Island).

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    1. fotophriendly 38 months ago | reply

      Wonderful image!
      It's like the Disney building in the City:)
      Congrat's on the awesome lens.
      It looks to be treating you right!:)

    2. Trish Mayo 38 months ago | reply

      Beautiful view. I agree with fotophriendly's comment -- my first thought was this looks like the Disney Castle

    3. Scott Hudson * 38 months ago | reply

      Holy cow what an amazing view
      you captured this perfectly

    4. andrew c mace 38 months ago | reply

      nice lens. yeah, the municipal building is from another time, one of the better parts of the downtown skyline.

    5. ~RichArtpix~ 38 months ago | reply

      this is truly spectacular! first off, it's easy to see why this building is a favorite of yours......and your loving treatment makes resemble a magical European castle!

    6. stevensiegel260 38 months ago | reply

      Great shot. Hmmm... I wonder if one can get up to the top of the Municipal Building... and get a close-up shot of the those turrets and that incredible golden statue.

    7. Rafakoy 38 months ago | reply

      Wow! Terrific view! Impressive cityscape!

    8. !!WaynePhotoGuy 38 months ago | reply

      wow.. totally gorgeous work.. wow.

    9. Barry Yanowitz 38 months ago | reply

      beautiful. i have the 70-200 f4 (but non IS) and love it. the quality & sharpness is stunning

    10. mheidelberger2000 38 months ago | reply

      The sharpness here is indeed superb!

    11. Louise and Colin 38 months ago | reply

      Wonderful lighting and I love the almost pastel colours. Congratulations on Explore - this image deserves it.

    12. lily_bart 38 months ago | reply

      A lovely treat to see your fantastic photo!

    13. Andrea Gandolfo [deleted] 38 months ago | reply

      Wow beautiful !!!


    14. hoifaileung 38 months ago | reply

      The color is great. Love that building myself. Have photographed there on the ground for more than a few times. Where exactly did you photograph this from? I always wonder how people can get into buildings to photograph.

    15. doraclay1 38 months ago | reply

      Spectacular image ! seen in Explore

    16. RBudhu 38 months ago | reply

      Hi, this shot was taken from my apt in lower Manhattan.

    17. LUCAS TATAGIBA 38 months ago | reply

      B e A u T i F u L

    18. ANAHI82 18 months ago | reply

      excelent peaple of Manhattan,I love.

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