Tribeca's Most Tripped-Out Vista


This afternoon, after spending most of my time wandering Tribeca's pretty cobbled streets and looking at nineteenth century manufacturing buildings, I walked west on Duane Street, through Washington Market Park and then up the steps of the Borough of Manhattan Community College.

When I turned around to walk down the steps this vista stopped me in my tracks. The patterned squares of the college's plaza below and the differing rectangular-patterned windows of the tall office buildings in the distance almost made me lose my balance. The sculpture in the middle is perfectly sited and humanizes what could be a frightening glimpse of modernity gone wrong. Instead, modernism looks exciting from these steps.

Image: by Walking Off the Big Apple, March 14, 2008.

Click here for an updated post with a new picture and more information (March 2012).

See related posts:
The Woolworth Building
Establishing Shots: The Tribeca Film Festival
The Tribeca of Duane: Duane Street and Duane Park
Tribeca Living: A Building for Chocolate, and One for the Wool Trade
In Search of the Lower West Side: Before Tribeca
Walking Off Tribeca and Remembering Mostly Lunch
Walking Off Tribeca: The Lay of the Land
Walking Off Tribeca: Starting at Square One


Monika N. said...

That's a whoa-view indeed!

Profjoe223 said...

I've lived in nyc for all of my 54 years on the planet. I've NEVER seen a photo of the city that I couldn't identify--till this one.

Thanks. Amazing.

Teri Tynes said...

Thank You,Profjoe223.
Yes, that vista in Tribeca took the breath out of me. I'm glad I brought my camera.