Blinding Square Topped Building In Midtown

For two long spans of time each year I am absolutely blinded in my office.  Seriously, very blinded – by a square!

See, there is a square on top of that building over in Midtown.

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It’s on the far right of this photo.  In late winter and early spring it is brightest, then in the first part of the summer it takes a break, and then comes back so that right about now it is an 8 out of 10 on the blinding scale.

Take a closer look…SHINY!

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The blinding building in question is just north of the Trump World Tower.

While it looks all cool and gold from the sun hitting it in the photos, it is actually quite cool yet painful to look at – oddly enough it is the sort of thing that everyone can’t stop looking at.

We’re a 50 story building of people that just cannot stop looking at with amazement the shiny and blinding square!

Thankfully it is only blinding from about 10:45 to about 11:45AM.

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Otherwise it is quite hard to see with the naked eye, and you can see in this telescopic photo the building is built with a triangle point on the north/south side, while having a square on an angle facing east.

Does anyone know what building this is even?  Residential?  Commercial?  Who the architect was?  Anything?

UPDATE!!!  Thanks to David W. Dunlap with the New York Times for getting to the bottom of this for me, and thanks of course go out to Der Scutt & Peter Claman for designing the building. 

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  1. Hey, I haven’t been around in awhile, but did you know you made the Times today????? City Room Blogs:
    http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/09/05/what-is-that-shimmering-square/

    You get an answer to your q, & links to your blog!!! Congrats!

  2. Oops, just read your post all the way through, & saw you already know. Darn, I thought I would be surprising you. ;-(

  3. Thank you Tracy. Remember that it’s the thought that counts. ;)

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