Why New York's Skyscrapers Keep Changing Shape

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@benwagner742 11 aylar önce
You just can't beat B1M writing and production quality. Amazing video as always!
@zeus4634 11 aylar önce
@2ndcomingofFritz 11 aylar önce
@@zeus4634 is Greek
@radar_the_fox 11 aylar önce
175 park st should get canceled because they reduced the height from 1646 ft to 1575 ft
@ashishknarwal1848 11 aylar önce
@chrisogrady28 11 aylar önce
Just cant beat? I mean, that's a bit extreme and superlative
@liyifenn 11 aylar önce
I love this view of architectural design through the decades. Please do make more, this is fascinating.
@HenryMidfields 11 aylar önce
Absolutely. Love the historic styles that emerged in the 20th Century. Makes me wish more cities outside of US had embraced skyscrapers during that time.
@CheeseburgerDanny 11 aylar önce
Pls do it B1M! :)
@Soulseeologia 7 aylar önce
Why don’t you spend any time figuring out who built the buildings that were already here when the settlers arrived like the Empire State Building ?
@herrbonk3635 6 aylar önce
But they tend to make you belive it was somehow local to New York. On the contrary, most of the basic styles used in NY were international, with their roots in Europe: Neo renaissance or classicism (late 1800s-), Art Nouveau (1900s-), "modernism" & "functionalism" (late 1920s-), post modernism (mid 1970s-). The only style that could be said to be more typical for USA among the ones mentioned here was "Art Deco", a mix between Art Nouveau and functionalism.
@cmartin_ok 11 aylar önce
If you ever get the chance to visit NYC, don't just look at the Chrysler Building from the outside, be brave and go into the reception area. It's stunning and makes you wonder what the rest of the building is like.
@ibubezi7685 9 aylar önce
Empire State is beautiful as well - can't say the same for the modern cookie-cutter stuff...
@TeaCup1940 8 aylar önce
Is it not possible to go beyond the reception area?
@cmartin_ok 8 aylar önce
@@TeaCup1940 There are turnstiles/electronic barriers. You need a building pass to get through and past the reception area
@Logical_Chronical 8 aylar önce
@@ibubezi7685 The strange thing is that they aren't that cookie cutter. Most look different and art deco is actually making a comeback. As the new buildings age, newer generations will start to cherish the buildings being built now because it represents an era of the past. I've realized that newer isn't always a bad thing, especially as the new ages. Every time a new skyscraper is built it is disliked. Like he said even the iconic Empire State Building, World Trade Center, and Chrysler Building were considered eyesores and not wanted when they were new.
@ibubezi7685 8 aylar önce
@@Logical_Chronical I see your point, but to me the 'style' is similar: square towers cladded in colored (mostly blue), mirror-panes. Shapes may differ, yet it is the same, industrial look - globally. And yes, WTC wasn't 'beautiful', but they were unique, becoming iconic over time. Also, it doesn't have to be Art Deco per se, yet some 'diversity' would enhance skylines.
@mmedefarge 11 aylar önce
I'm surprised that people used to think the Chrysler building ugly; I've always thought it beautiful. I loved to see it on my approach home; it was always comforting, somehow. It's a symbol of old NYC when working class people like me were allowed to live here.
@michaelrmurphy2734 11 aylar önce
"Working class people lived there". Yeah, try that today on a moderate income.
@marcv2648 11 aylar önce
@@michaelrmurphy2734 You can't make a living in NYC today because it is now a capital sink rather than a forge of capital formation. Unfortunately, this can go on for decades before it becomes apparent to the average person or investor.
@juniper617 3 aylar önce
Honestly, the Twin Towers were ugly. Their destruction was an unspeakable tragedy and it hit me very close to home, but they really were ugly buildings. The view from the top, though, was amazing. My dad took me up there as a child, and it saddens me that I never got to take my own kids.
@mmedefarge 3 aylar önce
@@michaelrmurphy2734 I was born in Manhattan and lived around 48 & Lex. as well as Hell's Kitchen as a kid. Once upon a time in NYC...
@Doodoodust187 2 aylar önce
​@@juniper617I think they looked cool in an industrially beautiful kinda way.
@VinceHere98 11 aylar önce
Both the Chrysler and Empire State buildings made me fall in love with skyscrapers as a young boy. I was amazed by their outstanding appearance and their defiance over the New York City skyline. I’m not sure how I as a young boy would react to the Twin Towers had 9/11 never happened (I was born in 1998), if anything I would’ve at first thought they looked pretty weird because of their appearance, but as time would go on, I would fall in love with them, and they would be my favorite part of the city, along with Grand Central and Times Square. The Chrysler building is still one of my favorite skyscrapers, mostly because of its history and its awesome appearance, but I will be a bit sad to see it literally overshadowed by taller buildings, if anything it almost reminds me of that book I read as a kid called “The Little Skyscraper”.
@ironmatic1 9 aylar önce
The base of 175 Park Ave looks to me like a slight nod to the world trade center.
@r62aguy85 9 aylar önce
In what way are they wired is just a simple design and they are unique because they were twins it’s not very common to find twin buildings of that height in my opinion the twin towers dominated nyc and both the Empire State Building and Chrysler I mean if you would of put the twin towers next to the Chrysler and Empire State Buildings the towers would dwarf each of them by a country mile
@planetdisco4821 10 aylar önce
Spent 37 years of my life as a rigger on megaprojects in Australia and this hands down is my favourite channel on TRshow. And it just keeps getting better! Great work as always B1M
@stevelopez8797 11 aylar önce
As a New Yorker, I’d love to hear about your predictions for development in areas of Queens and Brooklyn. I imagine that zoning laws will change giving way to more skyscrapers.
@pauleohl 11 aylar önce
Very tall buildings can't be built anywhere. They require bedrock to be near the surface.
@r3d0c 11 aylar önce
@@pauleohl they dont require bedrock, it's just cheaper and easier if they are near bedrock; the world's tallest building was built on sand
@njnikusha 11 aylar önce
Brooklyn is sure on a rise with Brooklyn tower 🥳🥳🥳
@spaceengineeringempire4086 11 aylar önce
@@pauleohlyou don’t need bed rock. Only friction for the foundation. That can be done with a few dozen or hundred pilons.
@KRYMauL 11 aylar önce
@@r3d0c It’s base is huge, though.
@ryanrodriguez4535 11 aylar önce
As an architect working and living in New York City this amount of rich history and the feeling put into it is so impactful. It really puts into perspective the work that goes into giving this city a life or identity. Or sometimes reflecting on the current identity. I’m proud to live here. Please keep doing more of this.
@m4x927 11 aylar önce
It ain't perfect, but it's home
@johnburns4017 11 aylar önce
It usually takes an outsider to highlight your own values.
@portfolioremileblanc 10 aylar önce
doesnt have a rich history yet
@numberonefuturediaryfan 10 aylar önce
@@portfolioremileblanc nine eleven
@fish-wf5vf 10 aylar önce
Unlike dubai
@DMLand 9 aylar önce
Change is inevitable. I know that with every fiber of my being. And even though I live on the other side of the continent from NY City, the thought of some monstrosity overshadowing the Chrysler Building still rankles. The B1M is one of the slickest, most interesting channels on TRshow. Keep up the good work.
@johniii8147 11 aylar önce
I worked in the World Trade Center North in the late 90s (fortunately before 911). It was a pain in the butt to work in usually being on the 80th floor. It could take you 10 minutes many times to just get to your office once you entered the building. Our office was already highly outdated and the small windows didn't help.
@r62aguy85 9 aylar önce
Lucky man the best looking building ever made congrats on your opportunity to work on that iconic and beautiful structure
@Doodoodust187 2 aylar önce
​@@MrCmon113Haha, you're so unique and funny for saying that. 😐
@ItzBIULD 2 aylar önce
​@@MrCmon113I'm not glad the terrorists brought it down, since it took many lives with it, but the towers were either gonna become a historical structure or simply be demolished to make way for a new office structure
@billkittleman9631 11 aylar önce
Fred, your work and that of your entire team at the B1M is simply OUTSTANDING .. you all keep up the truly great work, the videos are immensely enjoyable and educational ✌️
@goalfever76 9 aylar önce
Living in NYC for the pass 23 years I’ve come to appreciate the history of my city… thanks for your unique perspective on the historical significance of skyscrapers throughout the decades and changing landscape of NYC… great content as usual…
@paulmacfarlane899 11 aylar önce
Loving these longer, focused videos on a certain topics. You cannot beat the B1M on a normal day, but these ‘feature videos’ raise the bar, and you also get to learn a lot about that area (in this case NYC) cracking effort 👏🏻
@RX552VBK 2 aylar önce
I worked for ten years in maintenance at 45 Park Avenue. One of my favorite things to do was to have my break on the roof--especially at night. To see the Chrysler Building on a clear night was so breathtaking. I was up there so many times that my supervisor knew where I was without even using the walkie-talkie. It is one of the few things I missed on that job.
@GoldenPhil 11 aylar önce
To me, as a NewYorker, the city is like a person a character a personality that grows and changes as it goes thru time. It indulges fads, trends, priorities and also painful times. Every scar, crack, pothole and yes building has a story attached.
@ripwednesdayadams 8 aylar önce
I love the Art Deco skyscrapers. They’re iconic. The trump tower is so tacky. I have mixed feelings about the newer generation of skyscrapers. I feel like many of them look like they could exist anywhere- they’re not uniquely New York. The architect and urban planner Vishaan Chakrabarti referred to it as the "creeping sameness" that is besetting the planet.
@NGC1433 11 aylar önce
For someone who never seen a building taller than 2 floors... This is absolutely fantastic! Thanks!
@ainsleyfrastructurekpopmashups 2 aylar önce
I've never seen a Supertall skyscraper in my country, I think the only one is Grand Hyatt in Manila. Most of the skyscrapers in the Manhattan-like district of Makati are only between 100 to 250m.
@cyrilio 11 aylar önce
Love this kind of episode. Can you do these for other cities too!?? Amsterdam is going through a fascinating development this decade after for a long time banning ‘sky scrapers’ (yeah I know the stuff here technically doesn’t qualify as skyscraper). Especially the A’dam tower is awesome.
@grigandy 11 aylar önce
Amsterdam has lots of amazing projects being build or proposed. I also want such a video but wondering if we should wait a few more years and see what else appears there. They are currently upgrading a train station for international travel and I expect that many more projects will be announced there once it is completed.
@bluepurplepink 11 aylar önce
Amsterdam is amazing when it comes to public transport and bicycling. I think even if they add sky scrapers, they should be designed accordingly to its history. A NY style skyscraper would look ugly af in Amsterdam, even if its shorter.
@bramsta 11 aylar önce
@@bluepurplepinka lot of modern high rises have been and are being erected in Amsterdam, yet they cluster some 5 km south of the city center in the Zuidas business district. As a resident, that feels like a sensible way to go about this sort of development in a beautiful historic city like Amsterdam.
@ainsleyfrastructurekpopmashups 2 aylar önce
Here is my long paragraph reply: I think Manila is also going Manhattanization, the cause is 6-7% growth in economy, Bay Area will be a downtown district filled with mid-rise buildings, and some few high-rise buildings. Across the major avenue passing through the outskirts of Manila, there is also a skyscraper boom, and I think this corridor, especially the C-5 in eastern Metro Manila is also undergoing this phenomenon, because both Makati, and BGC CBDs is getting too expensive to build here, that the developers now force or consider them to build in fringes of CBD, and outskirts of Metro Manila like in Ortigas CBD, and Quezon City, because our president start to ban reclamation in the Bay area except for the Atlanta Airport-sized Manila-Bulacan International Airport, I think Manhattanization will begin in provinces such as Bulacan, Pampanga, Laguna, Rizal, Cavite, and Batangas, especially in 2020s, in which it is a beginning stage, while 2030s to 2040s are the peak stage of skyscraper boom outside of Metro Manila. I've seen a single mid-high rise building when I was in Southwoods City, located just south of Alabang CBD, that is the sign that skyscraper boom is on verge for the provinces. Also, the President's Pambansang Pabahay Program is now on full-blast, with apartments ranging from mid to high rise, and because of that, it will contribute more to the provincial skyscraper boom, so expect residential skyscrapers sprouting in the middle of rural farmlands by at least 2040s. Also, by 2049, Manila should be interconnected, with 10-11 subway lines criss-crossing this metro.
@knockshinnoch1950 11 aylar önce
Thanks for this very informative video. The Chrysler Building is majestic and the thought of it being blocked by this new monolith is heartbreaking. There really is something uplifting about being able to see the Chrysler from around the city and to watch it continually change according to the light and weather. Along with the Empire State it forms a dynamic duo that for many people is the most recognisable visual representation of Manhattan. I cannot believe that for future generations of New Yorkers and tourists that iconic view will be forever lost.
@jerseymetalmike5111 10 aylar önce
Probably due to zoning, but the Empire State Building enjoys fantastic views because the immediately surrounding buildings are much shorter. I often wondered how that came about, and how long it would last. It's too bad the Chrysler didn't enjoy that same zoning. The Chrysler was often referred to as the beautiful little sister to the more muscular and taller Empire State. It's going to be uncomfortable when that new building gets finished, dwarfing the Chrysler and blocking it out from the east.
@freetrade8830 9 aylar önce
I share your appreciation for the Chrysler Building but let’s keep in mind that skyscrapers (and cities) are primarily an economic function. Preventing development for the sake of nostalgia or esthetics is not a good idea and can easily lead to stagnation. The building will still be there, just less prominent.
@philipthomey7884 9 aylar önce
Billioniares don't know what to do with their money
@freetrade8830 9 aylar önce
@@philipthomey7884 Billionaires know perfectly well what to do with their money. That's how they became billionaires in the first place.
@r62aguy85 9 aylar önce
Twin towers were better
@duck8dodgers 11 aylar önce
I'm glad you mentioned the Skyscraper Museum. Another thing we are known for here in NYC is our museums, and I've been to most of them. I can tell you if you watched this entire video you would love the Skyscraper Museum. It's one of the tiny museums that most people skip by, but makes up for it's small size by it's charm.
@LutraLovegood 7 aylar önce
That's where they belong.
@abunchahooey 6 aylar önce
Is there still a tenement museum in Brooklyn? I don’t know why, but I’ve always been interested in tenements in NYC.
@johntelesca1440 11 aylar önce
Very interesting video, thanks! New York's skyscraper boom started before the 1920s however - there was the Flatiron (1902), Singer (1908), Metropolitan Life (1909), and Woolworth (1913), each working out what the world's tallest building should look like.
@blushdog99 3 aylar önce
the first tall buildings in the city were in the 1870s and the first skyscrapers in the 1880s, so even earlier then the first building/year you listed
@themosquito8404 7 aylar önce
I went to New York for the first time just a few weeks ago, the Chrysler Building is undoubtedly the most beautiful building I've ever seen.
@joelm33 11 aylar önce
Very interesting. I am a construction manager myself and find these developments fascinating. Keep up the good work.
@sivanandkashyap5893 11 aylar önce
I always wanted to visit New York City and you practically took me on a tour. The fact a city can be known just by its skyscrapers is great!!! Thanks B1M. Keep up the good work.
@Racko. 11 aylar önce
You will fall in love with Midtown!
@sivanandkashyap5893 11 aylar önce
@@Racko. How do you remember the addresses??? They are way too confusing.
@Racko. 11 aylar önce
@@sivanandkashyap5893 I live and work here, I remember and know pretty much everywhere by heart
@sivanandkashyap5893 11 aylar önce
@@Racko. I mean the street names are okay but the numbers that's what I am asking about.
@Racko. 11 aylar önce
@@sivanandkashyap5893 Those two, overtime you get used to the numbers, they're very easy to me to memorize
@J3scribe 11 aylar önce
"It’s the next chapter in the relentless evolution of..." quality presentation videos of a subject [of any sort] on TRshow. The B1M is (in my mind) now the gold standard of how an info video should be presented, directed and produced. Your crew is exceptional! I eagerly await your next chapter!
@Logical_Chronical 8 aylar önce
Once buildings get older they will be liked or even cherished. This is a common theme. New things are seen as bad, but as they age they are seen as more valuable. I think this has to do with people's memories when they are young. Younger people when they grow older will cherish these new buildings and its architecture. I know things built when I was little were hated and now they are valued as years go on, giving a memory of nostalgia.
@fanniinnanetguy653 7 aylar önce
except buildings built in 60's and 70's. They just look bad.
@Logical_Chronical 7 aylar önce
@@fanniinnanetguy653 They do in my opinion too. Not a good era for buildings.
@janelleg597 6 aylar önce
​@@fanniinnanetguy653 ya that's rough
@robertjones8856 11 aylar önce
An excellent episode, feels like a special. I hope to visit New York, to see the Chrysler sparkle in the sun before a new build covers it in shadow. Glass builds are stunning, Iceland Harper Hall isn't a skyscraper but it's beautiful, have a look. Fred's presentation excellent as always, best wishes everyone. (Rob)
@levantos 2 aylar önce
How did I find myself watching an entire documentary about sky scrapers in New York from start to finish? Great works guys, thoroughly informative and entertaining!
@edramirez1240 11 aylar önce
I never really appreciated the Chrysler Building due to the fact I worked mostly Downtown and the Westside. Then I had an interview over on 42nd & Park. I had time to kill and wandered towards the CB. It is so impressive from the outside, but the lobby is absolutely incredible. A true Art Deco beauty and a marvelous structure. It’s a miracle that it survived pretty much intact in a city that’s constantly changing.
@LV-426... 11 aylar önce
You probably meant 'wandered', not 'wondered', but OK - it happens. I agree though with everything else.
@edramirez1240 11 aylar önce
@@LV-426... Corrected. This is what happens when you write a comment right after you wake up. Thanks.
@lanardfletcher1422 11 aylar önce
You're absolutely correct. The lobby of the Chrysler building is truly a marvel
@Racko. 11 aylar önce
I work on the East Side so I get to see views of Midtown and the entire 42nd St line along with the Chrysler building, it's absolutely gorgeous
@mirando1 11 aylar önce
The grandeur view from the 42nd street looking where Grand Central Terminal is will be blocked and that will suck. They can build that elsewhere. Lol
@jeffbaird4318 11 aylar önce
THAT was AMAZING! Historical perspective is SO powerful! Fred ( @The B1M ), I love how you used this video presenting why new buildings are good, to actually help prevent forgetting our history - a problem that I would presume is the main argument against "covering" the Chrysler Building. Well done, sir! Well done.
@notsoberoveranalyzer8264 10 aylar önce
It’s always interesting how by looking at buildings how much you can learn about the culture/society/values. Say, when a city/nation has artifacts of other nations, there’s a solid chance that said nation was quite militaristic. But on the other hand, nations often gift their Ally’s statues/buildings/sculptures, to build/enhance the relations between citizens. Like back when literacy was uncommon, that it would take weeks, months, years if ever to get information from one side of a country to the other. A monument that was gifted, the citizens wouldn’t need to be able to read, information could pass from mouth to ear, of their ally being attacked/mistreated/etc, which would so that when taxes were raised, or soldiers sent to assist, it was easier to understand/accept. Especially if said nation didn’t have as much infrastructure, and when times were more focused on being pragmatic. In Hong Kong, several massive sky scrappers between the ocean and mountains have massive holes in the center, to allow “dragons” to migrate from the mountains to the sea. Japanese hospitals generally don’t use 4 & 9, for rooms or even floors. ( they just skip the number, or in some cases don’t do particular things on said floor. One of the pronunciations for 4 being the same as death, and 9 agony) Egypt, sure slavery existed. But you also gotta factor in the Pharaoh’s were essentially living gods, from my understanding the intensity even put middle age EU royalty and Chinese emperors did not have as intense believers. To even gauge the value of certain faiths. Looking at some mosques & churches that took several centuries to build. If you lived on a farm your entire life, to then traveling, going through village to village, most things being made of wood and stones to seeing something like Norte Dame. Of course you’d think “These people must be pleasing the gods.” Or with the Ottoman Empire invading Spain, and trying to build mosques as fast as possible. Even though they were the invaders, many people must’ve felt intimidated at first, but then ti hear “non Muslims are welcomed” to see the beauty, and how it likely was interpreted as a gift. It’s really not a surprise how effective the Ottoman Empire was. It also always fascinates me, that during War time, even during wars like WW2, that leaders would actually have agreements not to fight / destroy particular cities and buildings.
@LutraLovegood 7 aylar önce
I guess it depends on the Notre Dame you went to, but some of them weren't that impressive compared to even a small castle. Heck, there are keeps bigger than some of those churches. But I wouldn't take the biggest monument or building as an indicator of what they valued, few civilisations if any had actual democracy. Nowadays almost everyone lives in the paradoxical farce of capitalist democracies, where everything important is actually decided by money but you can elect the head of state once in a while and hope for the best.
@brmnyc 11 aylar önce
This was an excellent presentation. Having said that, I truly hope the developers of the Commodore tower are having second thoughts now that work from home has become so commonplace and office occupancy rates are so low. Many companies are reducing the amount of space or vacating altogether in order to adapt to this societal change. This is already impacting the redevelopment plans around Penn Station. If the Commodore tower gets built I think it will be absolutely tragic for how it will completely block views of the Chrysler Building from anywhere west. If this monstrous structure were going up five blocks away or more it wouldn't matter as much, but to completely block one of New York's most beloved landmarks is very sad indeed.
@eattherich9215 11 aylar önce
The Chrysler building is hard enough to see from the ground and a building blocking views from any angle will be disastrous.
@ohary1 2 aylar önce
Great video. I stopped through Manhattan yesterday to check out the skyline haven't not been there in 20 years. Those narrow towers are impressive. I can only imagine what they must feel like on the upper levels during a hurricane.
@imtisalzafar 10 aylar önce
Not only is the production quality brilliant of your videos but Fred could totally explore a parallel career as a news anchor or a voice over artist for various documentary channels 👏
@flopsiejmcardle 11 aylar önce
It's strange to say the start of the worlds tallest office building competition began with the Chrysler Building. In NYC the race for worlds tallest building had been in earnest since at least the 1880's with such as the Park Row building and New York World Building. Also interesting that before 1880, the tallest buildings were all cathedrals. Like NY traded one god for another.
@sc1338 11 aylar önce
A fake god for a real one lol
@rkan2 11 aylar önce
@@sc1338 Don't believe your money is more real anyway. It is all debt after all.
@jamineamina5429 11 aylar önce
@@rkan2 i do tangible things for money that buys things i can actually experience. that seems more real to me
@JohnFromAccounting 11 aylar önce
Ulm Minster is still enormously tall. If you drive through Ulm or take the train through, it's impossible to miss. The tower defines the entire city, and the lack of skyscrapers in Germany, other than Frankfurt, makes it stand out in a good way.
@deconteesawyer5758 11 aylar önce
@@JohnFromAccounting It is a reminder of where stupid, arbitrarily invasive, restrictions on individual's liberty imposed on the people like shutting down businesses by law on Sunday come from.
@KevinGrahamArt 6 aylar önce
I like some new building but as an artist prefer ornate sculptures, etc. on buildings. Much of which was sadly lost in Europe thanks to the World Wars and sadly no one contributes that style anymore. I recently went to NY and was blown away by the architecture on and in the NY Library. It’s beautiful
@RLee-zs1ds 11 aylar önce
Many years ago the company I worked for wanted to move their head office into the Chrysler Building and waited for a long time while renting in the IBM Building. Finally, I think it was in the 70's, their desired floor in the Chrysler Building became vacant and they moved into the 61st floor, which had a balcony and the gargoyles at each corner. I only visited the head office 5 or 6 times times, but the experience of entering the building, even getting into the elevator was surreal. Everything was exquisitely art-decor from elevator doors to marble walls, inlaid brass fittings, and on and on, but the experience of standing on the balcony looking over NY was an experience I will never forget. Such a privileged experience for an art-decor lover, great memories
@monhi64 10 aylar önce
Art decor? I’ve always heard it called art deco, is that a variation? Do they call it that in NY Which side note, yeah art deco is super cool to me. I wish there was more of it around but it’s totally possible I’d be sick of it if I actually went through the period where it was everywhere
@tenbroeck1958 6 aylar önce
Great stuff. I would love to see something like this on the Singer Building, which was one of the first ever Skyscrapers, finished in 1898 I think. It was deconstructed from 1967-69 to make way for the modern One Liberty Plaza, now 50 years old itself (it opened when I was a baby).
@GlenBerry 10 aylar önce
Like the Chrysler Building's story, I've heard many stories about iconic buildings in many different cities, that were nearly universally hated at the time of their construction, but later became nearly universally cherished city icons. The conclusion I've come to is many folks instinctively hate the visual esthetics of anything they aren't intimately familiar with. Such a tendency doesn't seem very intelligent or societally beneficial, in my opinion. 😐
@charlesachurch7265 7 aylar önce
Fascinating presentation on one of my favourite subjects. I live in the middle of a forest and I'm happy to not have to experience these monstrosities.
@noegenesis 11 aylar önce
The quality of these mini-documentaries is astonishing. Great work B1M team!
@tylerkochman1007 11 aylar önce
Fun fact: the tube within a tube design used in the WTC design was first implemented in the building now known as the Cook County Administration Building in Chicago. A rather unassuming uninteresting building that had a MASSIVE role in the evolution of towers
@aherowon003 4 aylar önce
Wow, what a great watch. Very well researched and presented. Please continue to make more videos like this, perhaps on different cities.
@shinyshinythings 10 aylar önce
Thank you for doing proper video captioning. I watch videos a lot when I’m in noisy places, so I use captions frequently. It’s always refreshing to see when care has been taken to convey the content of the video, not just slap on automated captions and call it good. I’m sure Deaf viewers appreciate it too. Well done!
@alexbarnes6065 11 aylar önce
Loved this video, and I've been waiting for you to do a combined Midtown East one for a while! I'm still amazed that I've yet to see a render that includes all of 175 Park, 270 Park, One Vanderbilt, and (if possible) Penn15 in one view, alongside the Chrysler and Empire State. Would've been cool if you had talked a bit about the East Side Access project here too!
@TopLux101 Aylar önce
Wow, I never noticed how much the NY skyscrapers have been changing over the years. Thank you for sharing
@ryanpatterson9526 11 aylar önce
I’m surprised there aren’t height restrictions around the Chrysler Building like there is around the Space Needle in Seattle, which are there to stop other buildings from blocking everyone's view of the landmark.
@jjongm3213 8 aylar önce
NYC has just recently rezoned Midtown East, with the desire of replacing much of the undesirable office stock. Naturally, developers have looked to make use of near Grand Central proximity. Hence, the towering buildings in the process of obscuring Grand Central and the Chrysler bldg.
@user-qx6ek4dj8w 7 aylar önce
i never knew people cared about the Chrysler so much cause most of the attention in midtown goes to the ESB but maybe I'm just too New Jersian to realize
@johnsimpsonii108 7 aylar önce
Na an you’re right tourist care about it not New Yorkers which might be why the zoning doesn’t matter as much for there
@chrischarman8707 7 aylar önce
As a European it looks to us as a flagrant disregard for your own history and beauty in pursuit of profit and greed. But I doubt you’d agree.
@bruhmania7359 6 aylar önce
@@chrischarman8707 what
@playgemji 9 aylar önce
Keep up the good work and keep the team. B1M is one of my fav YT channels for years now.
@MrThingummy 9 aylar önce
To be fair the Elizabeth Tower (Big Ben) was, built 160 years ago, actually on a river bank on a site occupied for over 1000years; and 10% of the tilt was planned for when they extended the underground line close by. They estimate it is good for around 4000 years. Not quite the cock-up in San Fransisco.
@AZ012229 9 aylar önce
The way you told the city's history through its buildings is more than amazing! It was very emotional watching your video and makes me want to go there again and enjoy how the city looks knowing all what you said now... :)
@johnbrooks1188 11 aylar önce
Superb video. As a Coast Guard officer and recreational sailor bringing ships and boats to and through New York Harbor over more than 40 years, New York's buildings are what makes it such an amazing site from the water. And one of the newest innovations is the building lighting, which is now enabled by complicated LED installations that are a new grand art form (for New York) that is visually absolutely arresting.
@paulscott1980uk 8 aylar önce
Thank you for producing such an interesting documentary. I found the history and the commentary very balanced. Well done.
@Dumptheclutchevo 11 aylar önce
As a young Englishman when i moved to NYC in '98, I lived in the shadow of the WTC Twin Towers, and walked through there every day. I left NYC in '06 and returned last year. That area holds a lot of memories for me, and I'm still emotional watching this video. I think this is one of the most informative, and sympathetic explanations of the WTC I've seen, succinct but comprehensive, and not just a rehashing of the myriad stories already out there. The rest of the video of course is up to your normal excellent standards, if not exceeding them. great video, great channel!
@henri372 11 aylar önce
It has a good description of their structural integrity as well. Which is omitted in lot of the later stories.
@harrishromero6447 10 aylar önce
As a something I know this is true
@N9O 10 aylar önce
Ok, first video of this channel Ive seen and I am blown away by the quality! Thanks for this superb work and not rushing it like most other youtubers think they would have to do. Great cinematography, graphics and presentation!
@georgehintenbergerpa4363 11 aylar önce
This is my favorite video of 2022 from the B1M and the reason I originally subscribed to the channel. The focus on past, present and future architecture of skyscrapers indulges my appetite for construction and design. A nice break from the current green agenda condemning construction projects.
@dinoschachten 10 aylar önce
One World Trade Center fascinates me. I remember it being discussed relatively soon (or so it felt), then it felt like nothing happened, and then (from my perspective, on the other side of the world) it was suddenly there, without any globally perceived announcement. I like the thought that went into it and let's acknowledge for a moment how much more ginormous it is than any other building in Manhattan. While I never liked the look of the skyline with its weird cluttered mix of very different skyscrapers, OWTC pulls it together nicely, forming a symmetry and visual sense of natural falloff in the average skyline height to both sides. The footprint waterfalls are such a beautiful idea. I'm surprised they did that, given the significant amount of space that remains untouched in an ever-densifying city, but it's just beautiful. I couldn't find out just now what used to be in the location where OWTC stands now? I assume one of the smaller buildings of the previous complex? Another thing: Let's appreciate what an absurd amount of mass can be carried by such a foundation and the immensely sturdy steel construction. A lot of un-hyped progress is going on in so many technological areas.
@daviddelgadillo4881 11 aylar önce
Another great video! A few months ago, i just went to NYC for the first time and for someone like me who loves construction, to see those skyscrapers made me emotional, I cried when I watched the Chrysler Building it is a piece of art!
@deriko8144 11 aylar önce
I would say with the chrysler" building an the empire state" building as well known, the twins" tower's will always be remembered as the most recognizable style that actually made New York City completely stand out an best know compared to every city metro around the globe
@codyc6242 11 aylar önce
A huge thing about Midtown East in the next few years is the fact that the East Side Access is being added to Grand Central, which will make it much easier for millions to access that area from Long Island. Edit for context: I think you may have covered this massive project in the past. In the past, millions of people per day were forced to go to Penn Station to go to Midtown East, adding at least 20-30 min to each commute. With Midtown East’s expansion, I also think it deserves a better name. Someone help me with this part 😅
@TheB1M 11 aylar önce
@Phisherman86 11 aylar önce
MIdtown East already has multiple areas: Tudor City, Grand Central Area, Sutton Place, and Turtle Bay
@the.abhiram.r 11 aylar önce
yeah i was thinking about this, there's so many betters names for that neighborhood
@radar_the_fox 11 aylar önce
I wish project commodores height was left at 1646 ft instead of its now 1575 ft
@thadaHawk 11 aylar önce
@@Phisherman86 Grand Central is flanked by Vanderbilt Place and Pershing Square, although Pershing Square isn't much of a Square. The Midtown East rezoning has breathed new life into Vanderbilt place with 1 Vanderbilt and the pedestrianization of the adjacent road.
@wilmotown 11 aylar önce
It seems like the new construction will partially block the Chrysler Building from the observation deck of the Empire State building, which is where I suspect the most people have experienced the full profile of the Chrysler from, rather than just a view from below. I’m glad they’re building new structures in New York, but it seems odd to obstruct the view of a historic piece of the skyline from arguably the city’s most famous observation deck.
@DadOnHisOwn 9 aylar önce
Fascinating, highly educational and very well made - please keep up the good work
@KarleneE 11 aylar önce
I have never watched an episode that I didn't enjoy, but this one is a great one! Congrats! Architectural history is fascinating.
@thedukeofchutney468 7 aylar önce
I’m really glad the old school stepped look is coming back. In my opinion Art Deco and Deco inspired skyscrapers look far better then the modernist ones and reflect NYC perfectly.
@RyanisRude 3 aylar önce
I visited New York City over the summer. I loved seeing all these different skyscrapers from different eras! It was beautiful!!!!
@bramsta 11 aylar önce
Damn B1M, you’ve been my favorite YT channel for years but this has to be my favorite piece up until now. Absolutely love the historic and socio-economic angles. Great to see you guys always keep improving your production value, very much appreciated!
@buba_Dukz 11 aylar önce
@mikeytheczechoslovak 11 aylar önce
This video is beyond crisp. Eye-popping visuals and cutting-edge content. Truly THE channel for construction and engineering. And to think I began to follow B1M when it had a "measly" 80k subscribers... 🥲
@thomasblanchard6778 11 aylar önce
The Foshay Tower in Minneapolis was once the tallest building west of the Mississippi, now it looks a bit like a garden gnome, hidden amidst the downtown towers.
@Tiqerboy 11 aylar önce
I found this documentary fascinating, because the last time I've been to NYC was in 1998 so many of the buildings that have gone up since, felt alien to me. Yes I've driven by the city and seen the skyline since but really never gave it that much thought, except for the Freedom Tower measuring 1776 feet high, probably because that's the only one that really reached mainstream media. Well that, and Trump Tower
@justintime802 11 aylar önce
I absolutely love the quality of your videos. Keep on doing that :)
@KuroiGW2 11 aylar önce
Wow, fantastic story behind The Chrysler. There really is nothing more iconic for NYC than that design in my mind, even to this day.
@ernlwjr2 11 aylar önce
As per usual, a wonderful segment from B1M!
@davebartosh5 11 aylar önce
Having worked in NYC most of my life, plenty of memories of these buildings. I worked in 40 Wall Street for about a year, for instance. I also narrowly missed the bombing of the garage of the World Trade Center (1993) as well. Drove a delivery van then, and was down there all the time.
@SicilianStealth 11 aylar önce
Same here I commuted from Rye to Grand Central Terminal over a 30-year period. And during 9/11 was supposed to be there for an interview.
@kitchin2 11 aylar önce
@@SicilianStealth the leaning train tracks when Rye was the Amtrak stop! Suburbs have changed lots too.
@SicilianStealth 11 aylar önce
@@kitchin2 they curve so that when the Metro-North train banks it can go faster. Rye hasn't been an Amtrak stop for more than 20 years it's New Rochelle. My father passed away at the age of 90 3 years ago mom and dad were married 63 years they sold the house just recently from Mom's continued healthcare. While I'm not looking for sympathy to this day I could cry because there's no more going home.
@henrey 11 aylar önce
@@SicilianStealth I find it funny that pretty much everyone who I know to have lived in or around NYC in the last three decades seems to have survived or narrowly missed a terrorist attack at some point.
@walperstyle 11 aylar önce
@@henrey You should talk to people that grew up in Beruit, lol.
@hugodesrosiers-plaisance3156 11 aylar önce
That was a seriously interesting video. I really like how you delve into the History of skyscrapers in New York. Is there any chance you might do more videos about the History of construction?
@LMays-cu2hp 11 aylar önce
I still miss the previous World Trade Center One and Two. And there were the others lower buildings there with them as well. I live in New York back in the early 1970s and had summers trips there as well.
@LMays-cu2hp 11 aylar önce
Thank you for sharing this nice information about New York..Merry Christmas and Happy New Years t you and your staff coworkers...
@Double0Kevin 10 aylar önce
Would love to see you do a similar type video on the crazy architecture of Las Vegas. Would be such a fun watch for a city that doesn’t know the word subtlety.
@LeCrenn 11 aylar önce
This guy does such an excellent job covering New York. He clearly loves our city.
@PLuMUK54 11 aylar önce
When you watch a video like this, slick, professional, and very informative, it comes as no surprise that television is losing its grip. A fascinating topic, well presented.
@MrFister84 11 aylar önce
For sure, with no hidden agenda bullshit.
@walperstyle 11 aylar önce
What did it for me was showing the Guarding Angels and NYPD in an old video clip from the late 80's. That is exactly what was going on, people were taking charge of the direction of the city, and government backed away, hence why it was chaos, but there was also massive opportunity and overall NYC grew and people were working. ...even illegal immigrants.
@deborahdowns5198 11 aylar önce
I can't watch television anymore. On TV this would be called "City Buried Alive" with twenty-five minutes of commercials, dramatic teasers before and after every commercial break, watered down context, and no mention of the Chrysler building until the last five minutes.
@BradThePitts 11 aylar önce
I wish they would tone down the continuous and unnecessary sound effects - I personally found this video very hard to watch (listen to.)
@PatRisberg 11 aylar önce
Fred is better than the chatbots. Very impressing! Chatbots are normally 10X better than journalists.
@kevinknutsen7054 11 aylar önce
Amazingly crafted and great production value! Can't miss
@mpcinlv 11 aylar önce
So often I find myself looking back to the aesthetics of the 1930s as the model of the way forward. Style, statement and art.
@RedPILLosophy 10 aylar önce
I love both Art Deco & Neo Gothic. The Chrysler Building is beautiful but my favorite skyscraper is the Woolworth Building
@John_Weiss 11 aylar önce
FunFact: The reason why Manhattan is able to support such tall buildings is because of the breakup of Pangaea. You see, where Manhattan is now, there was once a rift-valley. And with continental rifting comes magma upwelling. The cliffs of the Palisades, on the west side of the Hudson, are the cooled, crystalized remains of an ancient magma chamber. Likewise, Manhattan Island is underlaid by ancient basalt. And not all that far below the surface, either. [Thank you, Laurentide Ice Sheet!] That's a very, very stable base to anchor the supports of a skyscraper into, and you can go quite deep without ever hitting the end of that volcanic rock. The last thing that helps NYC with such tall skyscrapers is that (1) It's on a passive continental margin that hasn't been geologically-active in a good 100 million years; (2) It's on the coast, away from the tornado-forming-interior of North America; (3) It's far enough north that getting hit by hurricanes is [well, was] a fairly rare occurrence.
@deonex4993 9 aylar önce
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@harryhames1 7 aylar önce
Very good informative video. Very interesting to be fair. Great presenter as well! Edit: and one think I'll say in London whilst im waiting for a bus is looking at old school(beautiful) buildings which are a 1/4 full used and yet we still build more... I'm not a snapper but yes in reality it's about the people at the top and who's making money. Second edit: can't wait to be a bladerunner 😂
@pathtobillions8070 11 aylar önce
I’m loving the longer format videos you have been putting out lately. Would be interested to see similar videos for other historic cities.
@thomasjamison2050 11 aylar önce
The thing I want to know is just how big would Manhattan have to be to have the same square footage as the existing island plus all the square footage contained in all the buildings from the second floor up, inclusive. And one could also count the roof space. How big would that island be?
@eyjafjallajokull9913 9 aylar önce
New York City has an unspeakable magic. It's a City which is impossible not to fall in love with. Once you visit it, it changes you forever and fills you with increadible feeling of life, joy, pride and inspiration. Thank you for this beautiful story.
@stanbernadino 11 aylar önce
This was very well done, and as the Chrysler and Empire State buildings are beautiful, I think the designs for those epic new office buildings look pretty great as well!
@r62aguy85 9 aylar önce
Twin towers better
@EdvinPalmer 11 aylar önce
The quality of your videos is outstanding. Excellent work!
@baronvonlichtenstein 8 aylar önce
The Chrystler is still my favorite. Love that art deco era.
@colechapman6976 11 aylar önce
The Chrysler is still the best-looking skyscraper in the city. Such an iconic design
@D_Marrenalv 11 aylar önce
The Chrysler, the Woolworth, and a few other beauties (not the ESB, though).
@charlesachurch7265 7 aylar önce
Fascinating presentation thanks xxx. Ps. I'm happy to live in the middle of a forest and don't have to experience these monsters first hand.
@amistry605 9 aylar önce
The Chrysler building is top-tier architectural design. That is one of the best looking buildings in the U.S. Classic New York! And that's coming from a Chicagoan! 🇺🇲🇺🇲🇺🇲
@Stargazerslay 2 aylar önce
I love the art deco revivalism seen in the JP Morgan tower and gothic Brooklyn tower. Steinway Tower has some art deco elements too.
@michaelrmurphy2734 11 aylar önce
Thank you, Fred. Great episode. Years ago my family and I went to New Jersey for a wedding. We stayed right across the Hudson River from Lower Manhatten. The room my brother and I were in overlooked a parking lot but we go around the corner to the room out parents were in and there they were. The Twin Towers looming right over us. The day after the wedding we were eating outside as the sun was going down over New Jersey and the Towers were lit up like a film set. That is something I will never forget. And to think my Dad was there too. My father survived the Halifax Explosion of 1917. The greatest man made explosion before the nuclear age. Little did we know that day what would happen. You thought they would be there forever. And I had the chance to ask Daniel Liebskind at a Q+A if he was haunted by the ghost of Minoru Yamasaki. Should have gone for it! New York is just not the same without them.
@Mr.Septon 5 aylar önce
I don't believe that the skyscraper is even close to being done, but I do think that some reimagining will likely occur with the next couple of decades. I personally think that skyscrapers should adapt to a much more mixed use setup. Have shops on low levels, then offices, then housing. Building vertically definitely allows to fit a lot more people into a smaller overall footprint, and having some government investment to help ensure that a certain percent of living space is for low income residents.
@Sajatzsiraf 11 aylar önce
This, this is a gem. Thank you for sharing this with us.
@mattywanders 11 aylar önce
I loved this style of episode. I'd love to see more longer videos like this for various cities around the world.
@iceshiel 11 aylar önce
Would love to see you take on other cities like Singapore.
@josehernandez0311 11 aylar önce
First of all, great video, great quality, and content. My wife and I just came back from a quick trip to NYC, as we were leaving the city and heading towards JFK, she mentioned how "it is crazy that the Chrysler Building is slowing getting covered" This was on December 14, and my jaw dropped 30 mins ago when saw this video on my subscriptions feed uploaded on the same day! Ever since I was a child the Chrysler building was always one of my favorites, despite taller and newer being built in NYC. I have been to the observation deck of most Skyscrapers and to the lobby of most iconic/historic buildings in the city, but by far, the one I cannot die without going to the top is the Chrysler Building. I really hope that they do something to bring that jewel back to life. I have been to the lobby of the building once and it was empty and quiet. There is now an Amazon Go store that didn't even try to blend in with the beauty of the building, Being a beloved city landmark they should offer an experience for those who travel from afar to see it in person, after all, it is even listed as a tourist attraction.
@Traffick05 10 aylar önce
I have a hard time believing that New Yorkers in 1930 thought the Chrysler Building was an "eyesore." Today it's considered one of the most beautiful skyscrapers ever built and I fail to see how that wouldn't have been the case at a time when art deco was in vogue.
@leefrost3496 11 aylar önce
love the content covered by B1M...well delivered yet again 👏
@princecuddle 8 aylar önce
The future of mega city building will be a handful of super structures taking up multiple blocks being fairly high, containing tens of thousands of families but have such an interesting design to feature it being very open and accessible. Lots of parking garages for vehicles out of sight on sidewalks. Many commercial / recreational districts with focus on diversity of stores available for daily needs. Create it's own eco system essentially. But most importantly separate the industrial from the commercial. Under ground deliveries of goods etc. etc. sorta like main highway floor in cruise ships to deliver goods on without customer interference.
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