OK, so a tour of ugly buildings may not be high on your list of things to do during your visit to New York City, but I at least was interested to see this recent list, originally included in the American Institute of Architects’ new guide to the city.
Along with some seemingly obvious choices (a bright blue T.G.I. Friday’s in Midtown, for example, or an iron workers’ training facility in Queens), I was surprised to see some long-standing and big-name institutions, like the Four Seasons hotel and the Trump Tower (pictured below).
What’s the city’s ugliest building, you ask? Well, according to these architects it’s the Times Tower (or New York Times Building) on Eighth Avenue between 40th and 41st, near the heart of Times Square. This relatively new home to the city’s most prestigious newspaper, completed in 2007, was designed by world-renowed Italian architect Renzo Piano. In addition to earning this dubious distinction from the AIA, the building made headlines in the summer of 2008 when a man known as “the French Spiderman” climbed the 52-story building to draw attention to global warming.