I work in the Meatpacking District and have been watching as the neighborhood has changed during recent years. I find it interesting that so many of the new developments seem to reinterpret the aesthetics of the area’s historic buildings. Notably, this condo development at 122 Greenwich Avenue reminds me of an updated version of the nearby Starrett-Lehigh building!
You might be familiar with Bailey Fountain at Grand Army Plaza, but there was once a far more spectacular fountain here. In 1873, Calvert Vaux designed the Dome Fountain at Grand Army Plaza. The fountain was a two-tiered, cast iron dome containing gaslights that shone through colored glass windows at night. The surface of the fountain pool was also illuminated by gaslight, perhaps like a 19th century version of the lights atop the Empire state building!
“And we will probably be judged not by the monuments we build but by those we have destroyed.” –Ada Louise Huxtable
The Gothamist article linked below includes several pictures (courtesy of The Museum of the City of New York) taken by Aaron Rose during the destruction of old Penn Station.
Rare Photos Reveal the Sad and Slow Destruction of Old Pennsylvania Station