One of the joys of NYC is great architecture around every corner. Whenever Brian and I headed somewhere on foot, it always took twice as long to reach our destination because Brian (a serious student of NYC architecture) had to stop at every significant building along the way. Often we ventured into the lobby, where a bemused security guard would usually let us snoop around. It is amazing how many original features remain in the most humdrum of buildings.
Barbara Sallick, co-founder of Waterworks, recently posted photos of a find of her own in the City, the Bayard Building (1897), which was designed by Louis Sullivan, his only building in New York. Isn’t this fabulous—I love terra cotta!
Next time you are in NYC, look up; there are treasures hidden behind scaffolds, Duane Reade stores, and phony facades.