Walking the street of New York City exposes us to some of the most impressive architecture in the world – from iconic art nouveau skyscrapers to gothic design, from spectacular display windows to amazing graffiti art. But some of NYC buildings are distasteful that describing them as ugly sounds like a polite understatement. So, without further ado here are the ugliest buildings in New York City:
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New York Times Building
The new New York Times Building is a grey and dull monster in the middle of the 8th Avenue. Built between 2003 and 2007, the 52-floors tower was designed (by award-winning Italian architect Renzo Piano) as a green and energy efficient building with a glass façade that provides natural lighting, but for the passerby the result is simply depressing. However, its unattractive look doesn’t prevent people from attempting to climb it.
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The ugliness of the Verizon Building on 375 Pearl and Madison Streets is a consensus. The erected concrete column has been ruining the view of the Brooklyn Bridge for decades. Opened in 1975 as the headquarters of the New York Telephone Company, the building was scorned from the start. In 2007 the building was purchased by Taconic Partners who promised to completely renovate its façade.
The 604 Fifth Avenue of T.G.I. Friday’s is known more for its tasteless bright blue outdoor walls then for its slow service and mediocre food. So maybe from the marketing perspective you can justify the strange color choice.
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The 68-story skyscraper on fifth Avenue and 56th Street is a synonym of bad taste and flamboyance. From the excessive use in pinkish marble, mirrors and brass to the indoor waterfalls, the Trump Tower earned its spot among the ugliest buildings in Manhattan.
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The Blue Condominium
The Blue Condominium or the Blue Tower is a residential and commercial building on 105 Norfolk Street in the Lower East Side Manhattan. Designed by Bernard Tschumi and opened in 2007, the awkwardly shaped 16-stories, blindingly blue tower doesn’t seem to blend in its surroundings, forcing the people passing by to look away.