Thursday, November 21, 2013

The Rocketship Building

My son's favorite skyscraper in New York isn't the Empire State Building or the Chrysler Building. It's a fairly obscure tower in Midtown called 1 International Plaza. (Elliot is a architectural hipster — you probably haven't heard of his favorite building.)

Elliot calls it the "Rocketship Building," and you can understand why it might appeal to a 5-year-old. In his drawings of New York, he always puts it right alongside the more famous landmarks.

The 30-story building was constructed in the late 1980s, but it's more timeless than many towers from that era (unlike, say, the ones that have Trump in their names). The architect, Helmut Jahn, also designed the Liberty Place complex in Philadelphia.

Banksy recently criticized the new One World Trade Center for being "vanilla" and "something they would build in Canada."

I'm guessing he wouldn't love the Rocketship Tower either, but at least it's able to captivate a 5-year-old.

When I took Elliot to see One World Trade, he was more excited about an inflatable ketchup bottle.