Walking through Madison Square yesterday, I had my first real chance to look at the One Madison Park, the towering, skinny fuck-you of an apartment building on 23rd Street, and really contemplate its horrendous impudence.
I haven't been tracking this development step by step, but I'd like to know, first off, how was this allowed to be built? It is just wrong that it should stick a sharp, jagged tooth up into the otherwise perfect Madison Square skyline. The majestic and ever exciting Flatiron Building, and the lordly, dignified Art Deco Metropolitan Life clock tower are the rightful monuments of this square and have been for decades. It seems utterly indecent that this parvenu, glass telephone pole should challenge those landmarks for dominance of the area.
Look at the way One Madison Park bullies its way into the skyline, its panels of glass aimed directly at the Met Life tower in a colossal, skyscraper stare-down. Met Life hopelessly tries to ignore One Madison Park's utter rudeness, it's clockface staring resolutely ahead, but it's no use. OMP is not going to be ignored.
Where's a gale-force gust of hearty wind when you need one?