I was walking up Varick Street at 7:00 a.m. and came across this sad sight.
Some shitheel took out a tree with his/her sloppy driving. It was a direct hit. It looks like they drove their car right onto the sidewalk and up the trunk of the tree. They stripped the bark clean off for added insult. I can only hope the car was damaged beyond repair.
For some reason, my heart always breaks a little bit when I see a tree taken down. Who doesn’t love trees!? I especially enjoyed J.R.R. Tolkien’s treatment of them. At this point, Manhattan is almost solid concrete. Trees are a scarce commodity. This is one of the distinguishing characteristics that makes London a nicer city than New York. London is much greener and feels more like a collection of homey neighborhoods.
Here’s a rather plain but still attractive building on 8th Avenue and 15th Street across from the the truly gorgeous Apple store. It has some clean lines and I like the crown work. The brick façade is nice and warm. The awning is a nice touch. Unfortunately, it has been murdered by some shitheel architect.
We’re all out of horizontal space in New York so a popular work-around is to utilize the vertical space. There are lots of older buildings that have had structures added to the top of them. It can sometimes work with the existing aesthetics but what happened here is an abomination.
An ugly, festering, cancerous carbuncle has been jammed onto the top of the original building. It doesn’t have anything whatsoever to do with the original design. But what the hell. I’m sure they’re making a fortune off the rentals and in New York, too often, that’s what it’s all about.
Fun fact: To the right is the Old Holmstead Steak House. At 140 years, it’s one of the oldest steak houses in Manhattan. I had a Kobe beef burger there once and it was kind of gross. The meat was almost raw.