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So I'm driving down Niagara Street when I see this giant boat being pushed down the river by a tugboat toward downtown. I cut across two lanes of oncoming traffic and jumped out of my car to take some shots.



The boat was moving fairly quickly so by the time I had all my settings in order it was already past me. I stood there watching it for a few minutes, then turned around to go back to my car just in time to see the International Bridge swinging the last five feet into place. It had been swiveling behind me and I never even noticed. Everytime I pass one of Buffalo's many drawbridges, I think about how cool it would be to actually see one in action, and then when it happens less than 200 feet away I'm too distracted by a tugboat to notice.



To console myself I drove to Niagara Falls. Nothing soothes my troubled mind like a lime green panel truck.



Don't you feel soothed already?



Obligatory Falls shot then it's back to Buffalo.



God I hate HSBC Tower. I hate the way it's off to one side of downtown throwing the entire skyline out of balance. I hate how it's faced in that awful 1970s concrete with sunken windows. I hate how its proportions are blocky but not square. I hate hate hate hate it.



On second thought, if you stand back a little bit it's not so bad.



Sunset from Hamburg.



Hamburg rocks!



Behind Ansonia Center during a break from rehearsal.



It's official. I'll look at anything to avoid seeing HSBC Tower.


It's happy hour again
I think I might be happy
If I wasn't out with them
And they're happy
It's a lovely place to be
Happy that the fire is real
The barman is a she
Where the haircuts smile
And the meaning of style
Is a night out with the boss
Where you win or you lose
And its them who choose
And if you don't win then you've lost

What a good place to be
Don't believe it
'Cause they speak a different language
And it's never really happened to me
(It's happy hour again)
Don't believe it
Oh no, cause it's never really happened to me
(It's happy hour again)

It's another night out with the boss
Following in footsteps overgrown with moss
And he tells me that women grow on trees
And if you catch them right they will land upon their knees

Where they open all their wallets
And they close all their minds
And they love to buy you all a drink
And then we ask all the questions
And you take all your clothes off
And go back to the kitchen sink
 

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you are a funny funny guy.

nice pics :)

(... except that now I'm going to hear Drew Carey singing "Hamburg Rocks!" in my head all day. :( )
 

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True, the HSBC Tower makes the Buffalo skyline very unbalanced, much like the way the Renaissance Center does to Detroit's skyline. However, if Buffalo's new tallest gets built, it could balance it out just a little bit.

The texture on the HSBC Tower as well makes it looks like it's made of giant grains of BIRD SEED, lol! :)

BTW, you should never call yourself an idiot. :)
 

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You'll notice that many skyline angles you see through the course of the day, be it for TV weather backdrops or postcards or whatever leave it out of the picture.

Personally, what I like least about it is probably the spacing between the glass, I think it really marginalizes the bulk of the tower. That, and I can't stand how narrow it looks when you're entering the city from the east on I-190.

Just think - it wasn't supposed to be the only one. Could we have dodged a bullet?
 

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Actually the HSBC Center is the tallest commercial tower from Buffalo to Hartford/Boston/NYC/Philly/Pittsburgh/Cleveland. :)



infact...


1. New York City - Empire State building (1,250 ft)
2. Philly - Comcast Center (975 ft)
3. Cleveland - Key Tower (888 ft)
4. Pittsburgh - US Steel Tower (840 ft)
5. Jersey City - 30 Hudson Street (801 ft)
6. Boston - John Hancock Tower (790 ft)
7. Detroit - Renaissance Center (727 ft)
8. Columbus - Rhodes State Office Tower (629 ft)
9. Albany - Corning Tower (589 ft)
10. Cincinnati - Carew Tower (574 ft)
11. Louisville - Aegon Center (549 ft)
12. Hartford - City Place I (537 ft)
13. Buffalo - HSBC Center (529 ft)
14. Baltimore - Legg Mason (528 ft)
15. Newark - National Newark Building (465 ft)
16. Rochester - Xerox Tower (443 ft)
17. Providence - One Ten (433 ft)
18. Springfield - Baybank Tower (390 ft)
19. Camden - Camden City Hall (371 ft)
20. Niagara Falls - Seneca Niagara Casino Hotel (358 ft)
21. Wilmington - The Chase Centre (330 ft)
22. Syracuse - State Tower (315 ft)
23. Worcester - 600 Main (289 ft)
24. Manchester - Hampshire Plaza (259 ft)
25. Trenton - Dept. of Labor Building (203 ft)
 

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HSBC Tower is notable for being the tallest building between Cleveland and Albany. (I guess they must not include cities that are to the south and north.. yet "between" Cleveland and Albany from a west-east perspective... like Pittsburgh, Baltimore, Philadelphia and Toronto.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HSBC_Building,_Buffalo,_New_York
HSBC is taller than the Legg Mason in Baltimore...but they have some stuff going up (I wish we had our stuff going up.)
 

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Buffalo's Worst Nightmare
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Wikipedia claims the Legg Mason is 529 ft. and the tallest building between Philadelphia and Charlotte. Here they're using a northeast/southeast line... they could also say "tallest building between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh" or "tallest building east of Cincinnati" or whatever depending on what line you wanted to draw on a map
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Legg_Mason_Building
 

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Emporis says 529'. I'd be inclined to take them over SSP and Wiki.

How about this - compile a list of the rooftop elevation of all these cities' tallests with regards to MSL as a datum. That might be interesting. Yay Denver! lol
 

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Do you think HSBC could ever be re-clad in a more contemporary material?
 

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That doesn't say very much...the only cities between Buffalo and those cities are Erie, Rochester, Syracuse, Albany, Scranton, and Youngstown...woopty dooooo
You forgot Binghamton.
 
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