We walked through Central Park one day during our four-day stay in New York City last June and then on our way toward 5th Avenue and our hotel we turned left from Central Park South to West 58th Street and I took this shot of the strange skyscraper that dominates this block. This shot will be my entry for this week’s Monochrome Madness Challenge.
The skyscraper is called the Solow Building and we are really looking at the back of the building. The main entrance is located at 9 West 57th Street. But both north and south facades are identical and so both feature concave slopes in their lower stories that result in distorted reflections of the nearby buildings.
The 50-story building was designed by Gordon Bunshaft of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill and was constructed in 1974. Billionaire Sheldon Solow owns the building and charges more than $200 per square foot which is why at least half of the floors are often vacant. At one time Avon occupied 27 floors of the building and at another the Bank of America filled up 24 floors. At the present most of the floors are occupied by law firms and hedge funds. They say that there’s an amazing view of Central Park from the upper floors of the north side.
There is a restaurant in the building’s basement called Brasserie 8 1/2 that was featured in the TV series Sex and the City. The building was also featured in several movies over the years including Superman and Zoolander.
Here’s a color verson of the photo. It was processed in Lightroom. Then I eliminated saturation and added more black and shadow and a slight vignette and the MM version was born.
Australian photographer Leanne Cole hosts the weekly Monochrome Madness Challenge and just recently she decided to post on Wednesdays instead of Thursdays. So drop by her website on Tuesdays if you live in North America or Europe to see what Leanne and photographers from all over the world are doing in monochrome these days.