Aside from creating our homes and offices, urban construction lends color and geometry to the skyline, and provides a primitive and beautiful ballet in the girders. Despite the poetry of the process, the project pictured here has become a huge scar on the skyline of the upper east side of Manhattan, a lifetime memorial to the avarice and egos of the management of Mt Sinai hospital. To authorize this project, Mt. Sinai convinced the zoning board of New York City to grant logically and legally insupportable waivers to the zoning guidelines so that the hospital might construct a building totally out of character with anything in the neighborhood. Such is the power of corporate wealth. (Click a thumbnail image once to enlarge; click within the right or left side of the image to advance to the next or go to the previous image - or use your right and left arrows.)
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