I was about to cross the intersection of Lexington and 58th when I was suddenly transfixed by the towering horror of 731 Lexington. Couldn't stop looking at it. I've passed by this humorless tower of glass hundreds of times, but I never really realized until that moment how absolutely awful the building was. Maybe it was the way it impudently glowed in the twilight. An unending, graceless pile of climbing glass, with its lower, retail floors walled in clear panes, forcing us to the see the innards of every corporate, chain store inside.
Then I looked around and realized that 731 Lex set the tone for the whole intersection. Across the street, New York & Company (and Zales) were equally clothed in transparent glass. I've never gone inside that place, but I feel as though I have.
Similarly, at the Steve Madden shoe store kitty-corner to 73 Lex, there was absolutely no opacity to the walls. It's enervating. Must I be inside awful stores even when I'm outside them? Does walking down the sidewalk mean I have to be quasi-shopping all the time? (The fourth corner was taken up by the mausoleum-like Victoria's Secret, which you can't see through, but had walls just as shiny.) Got to avoid this intersection in the future