Today we start on a series I shot back in August 23, 2011 (yes you read that right). I decided to walk straight downtown from work and see what I could see. I didn’t even start taking pictures until I passed Houston St. Then I saw a whole bunch of this:
As I walked down Centre Street closer and closer to Chinatown, I noticed a building facade I had never seen before as the setting sun lit it up. As it was early evening, a lot of the city was being hit with that “Magic Hour” style of light that just makes ornate architecture pop.
As it turns out, this is NOT the Museum of Chinese in America (see their comment below, after some more internet hunting, I have learned that the building houses luxery condominiums and is a NYC landmark since 1978). I have not set foot inside it, but the outside is spectacular. This building used to be a Police Department building for the NYPD. Take a look at all of the statues and architectural aspects of the building itself (note: since the building is mostly monochromatic, I tend to enjoy these pics more in black and white – especially as the sun was hitting the building so directly that it would give off a yellow tint that I was not a fan of. And yes the sky was that blue due to the placement of the sun.):
Clearly I was fascinated with the dome. As I left and continued downtown I was greeted with this image to remind me that this was indeed Chinatown:
Next week: My trip downtown continues into the Judicial Area.