Photo by myself, on Park Avenue around 53rd Street.
I'm sure many people think of scenes like this when they think of New York City - many, many tall buildings.
Most of the offices in this area I believe are financial. Maybe there's an advertising agency behind some of those panes of glass, too?
The economic climate is making my industry shudder.
Architecture and construction typically lags behind everything else. When the market goes down, future projects are put on hold. Current projects, however, usually have enough funds to keep going to the finish. A half-finished building is no use to anyone.
I've been hearing of layoffs at other architectural firms, and large projects that have fallen through. Lots of people in finance find they can no longer afford to build their dream homes, and abandon the project until better times.
Where does that leave us architects? Shaking in our shoes, I guess, and putting in overtime on projects we have.
I find something reassuring in the above photo - all those tall buildings aren't going anywhere. They may change hands, they may sit half-empty. But these guys are here to stay.
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