Enjoy some color in midtown Manhattan. It used to be awash with black-and-white, but now it’s simply lit up in pretty much all the colors of the rainbow! Gone are the days when the area looked grey and businesslike from the skyline. Color has entered the city…and it has become a real joy for everyone. Indeed, it has even been described as akin to the colors in Tokyo’s Ginza strip, according to designer of the Time Warner Center at Columbus Circle and the Freedom Tower at Ground Zero, David Childs.
Partly, this is light reflected from the ground, and partly the colored lights emanating from the very tall buildings. As well, some of these buildings also have lit up antennas which have been described as “upside-down lollipops” which can be viewed from out of the Chrysler Building and the Empire State Building – like they are sticking out of them.
Five Manhattan Crazy Colors
The five buildings that are lighting up midtown Manhattan are: the 52-story New York Times Building on Eighth Avenue, (color changes are reflected in the iron-glass construction at different times of the day); 1 Bryant Park, the Bank of America’s 51-story building (this has a white façade lighting which can switch night into day); 42nd Street with two Silver Towers (residential) close to Hudson River; and 4 Times Square, the 48-story reflective glass and steel Condé Nast building. Two of these buildings – the ones on 42nd Street – have been fitted with a $3.5m energy-efficient light extravaganza, put in by Douglas Durst, the developer.