I was passing by an empty lot on Third Avenue in Midtown the other day. A large building, or block of buildings, had been torn down. Whatever is supposed to go up here hasn't begun being built yet, so we're lert with this view of the backs of several other older, smaller buildings on the street to the north.
The tall, tiered building with the exhaust and drainage pipes snaking down it is particularly fun. You wouldn't see that kind of construction day. So quirky. Ugly, yet in an interesting way.
The fire escapes on this squat, brick structure created a wonderful pattern of lines and angles. The graffiti actually improves the picture, adding a little colorful chaos to the geometry.
This one sort of looks like a patchwork quilt. You have to wonder how it got that way.
I guess what mainly struck me about these rear facades was that I knew instinctively that the backs of these buildings were more interesting looking that would be the front of whatever glass tower that will eventually block them from view again. Old Manhattan inside out has more character than anything new Manhattan has to offer.