MM 4-35 A Manhattan Skyscraper

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 Solow Building on West 58th Street, a block south of Central Park. The white art deco building in the background is on 5th Avenue.

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.

The color version of my monochrome photo. This is the back side of the Solow Building. The main entrance is at 9 West 57th Street.

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.

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5 Responses to MM 4-35 A Manhattan Skyscraper

  1. disperser says:

    That is a strange building . . . makes you look twice.

  2. kzmcb says:

    Very chic. Great effect caused by the reflection.

  3. Peter Klopp says:

    At first glance I was puzzled by the looks of the skyscraper. I am so glad that you added the color version of the processed monochrome photo and that you mentioned the distortion created by the concave structure. Great entry for Leanne Cole’s MM!

  4. mvschulze says:

    Awesome image, the reflections and framing from the building’s curved edges. M 🙂

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