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Old August 29th, 2013, 11:31 PM   #41
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Great glass. Black is so under-used these days...
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Old August 29th, 2013, 11:38 PM   #42
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Good to see the cladding progressing nicely. I love black buildings and Midtown could use some more
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Old August 31st, 2013, 05:42 AM   #43
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this building looks so cool when you go past it on the tram. only when i went, i got sick on Roosevelt island, and was stranded on there for two hours because i was too scared id get sick on the ride back... but still was cool
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Old August 31st, 2013, 05:54 AM   #44
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Old August 31st, 2013, 11:31 PM   #45
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That black facade looks awesome!
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Old September 1st, 2013, 05:55 PM   #46
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From that angle it looks like one huge building
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Old September 10th, 2013, 10:01 AM   #47
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Old October 1st, 2013, 02:26 PM   #48
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Very nice. Won't the people on that gondola be able to see into the building, though?
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Old October 2nd, 2013, 12:48 AM   #50
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Very nice. Won't the people on that gondola be able to see into the building, though?
Which raises the value of certain units!
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Old October 2nd, 2013, 11:19 PM   #52
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What is that structure that looks like a roller-coaster near the bridge in the middle of the picture? Some sort of amusement park ride?

Edit: I need to clarify, I'm not referring to the Roosevelt Island tramway, but that looping structure below it.

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Old October 4th, 2013, 03:10 PM   #53
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What is that structure that looks like a roller-coaster near the bridge in the middle of the picture? Some sort of amusement park ride?

Edit: I need to clarify, I'm not referring to the Roosevelt Island tramway, but that looping structure below it.
That's a sculpture called "East River Roundabout". And yes, it looks a LOT like a roller coaster. It kind of floats above the pedestrian walkway and dog park right by the bridge - it's pretty awesome.

The artist is Alice Aycock - here's her webpage with a few photos, but the sculpture is MUCH more impressive in person: http://www.aaycock.com/eastriverroundabout.html
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This 80-foot long aluminum helix is by artist Alice Aycock (b.1946). Dedicated on November 6, 1995, the sculpture is attached to the skeletal steel roof supports of a former waterfront garbage transfer station.

Aycock was selected to create this sculpture as part of a project to transform a defunct sanitation facility into a public plaza. The resulting piece, its shape reminiscent of a roller coaster, is her response to the clamorous visual environment of the Queensborough Bridge, F.D.R. Drive, heliport, and commercial river activity which envelope the plaza. A consortium of organizations helped to plan and finance the project, including New York Hospital, the Hospital for Special Surgery, Rockefeller University, the East River Waterfront Conservancy, the Parks Council and the Municipal Art Society. Quennell Rothschild Associates, a landscape architecture firm, and Hellmuth Obata & Kassabaum P.C. Architects created a waterside viewing pavilion and passive recreational space, by adapting portions of the existing structure.

Aycock's spiral sculptural conception, with its undulating fan-like canopy attachment, was also inspired by the weightlessness of Fred Astaire's dancing. Her bold design was engineered by Thorton-Tomasetti Engineers and fabricated by Dover Tank & Plate Company. The site itself is owned by the New York City Economic Development Corporation, and operated and maintained by Parks; a sculpture maintenance endowment is managed by the Municipal Art Society's Adopt-A-Monument Program.

Aycock's design for East River Roundabout is intended to stand out in a highly competitive visual environment, and engage motorists and pedestrians alike. When the sculpture was installed, Aycock described the project as an opportunity to galvanize this extremely dynamic situation, calling attention in a dramatic way to the visual forms of movement inherent in this very active place. The Roundabout is a theater around which New York City enacts itself. And the viewer becomes a spectator in the play of the city as well as an actor in the spectacle.
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Old November 18th, 2013, 07:38 AM   #57
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This glass reflection looks perfect... It is a regular glass box, but I have to say that glass high quality makes it way more attractive.
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Black glass can look so cool at times.
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