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Friday, June 10, 2011

At Work, in Midtown

Midtown, NYC
Photo by myself, in Midtown.

Many of the buildings in Midtown are not astronomically tall.

The heights of the buildings vary depending on where you are. Midtown is broken down into smaller neighborhoods, but overall, the area spans from 59th Street to 14th Street.

The buildings in this view are about 15 to 25 stories tall. In the middle distance, you can see some townhouses that are 5 or 6 stories tall. Teeny.

You get a hodge podge of buildings standing next to each other. Some are very modern, others are pre-war buildings. The landscape is constantly changing.

By the way, like the rest of the country, it's been very hot and humid here. Those walking around all day on the street should take care.

Related posts: Dusk Among Towers, Building for a Greener Environment and 42nd Street.

9 comments:

Olivier said...

belle vue sur manhattan, parcontre on pourrait se croire en hiver

Beatrice B. said...

so cute the dwarf houses down there!

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Terry B, Blue Kitchen said...

A great photo, Kitty. It also illustrates the setbacks on upper stories to let a little more light make it to street level.

anne mancine said...

Great shot! Love that building in the foreground.

SN said...

Some small houses in the middle seem amusing)

Anonymous said...

What do you call those old wooden-like or maybe they're metal (?) tanks that I see on top of the buidings? I was just wondering. Thanks.

Kitty said...

Thanks everyone! glad you liked the photo.

Yes, Terry, the setbacks are required by code and help a great deal with light and air. People also get great little garden spaces on the taller apartment buildings, which is always pretty cool.

Hi Anon,
Those are water tanks. The building has pumps to pump the water to the roof. The water is distributed when needed.

The water pressure in the city water pipes can only carry water up 5 or 6 floors. Therefore smaller buildings don't require tanks. Some newer buildings build the tanks on a special floor so you don't see them on the roof.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the info, Kitty! I'm kind of fascinated by them. They look so old, like industrial old alongside the exhaust fans. I had no idea that they were functioning fixtures until today. :)

Andrea said...

I'm surprised those small houses are still there...
I wouldn't want to live in those, can't get much natural light, constantly in the shadows of tall buildings...