2. Singer Building

Source: New York Public Library

With 7% of the votes, the Singer Building came in second. Never heard of the Singer Building you say? Well, it was once the world’s tallest building. If it was still standing, you’d see it right near the World Trade Center next to Zuccotti Park and Liberty Street and Broadway. It was built in 1908, designed by the architect Ernest Flagg for the Singer Company. One reader wrote, “Singer building. It was effing gorgeous. And it was replaced with a black box that has no style or personality.”

In 1961, the Singer Company sold the skyscraper to US Steel when the company moved to Rockefeller Center. The building’s shape, a narrow tower on a base, was considered not conducive to modern real estate needs (though the setback was a deliberate design by Flagg). The red brick, limestone, and terra cotta building was demolished in 1967 and replaced by the black steel tower you see today.

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7 thoughts on “12 Buildings That Should Be Brought Back in NYC

  1. I would add both the Roxy Theatre and the the RKO Roxy / Center Theatre at Rockefellr Center.

  2. wish I had known about this poll. I would certainly add the roxy theatre,

  3. The spectacular Navarro Spanish Flats on Central Park South, the most expensive in the City at the time are utterly forgotten in this list.

    1. LOVE that building and everything by George Post! Most of his buildings are gone.

  4. Rebuilding the magnificent, glorious, majestic Beaux Arts Penn Station, executed by McKim Mead and White, would be wonderful for the city of New York. 134 of the Station’s original drawings are in possession of the New City Historical Society, and they could be computer digitized and printed. The original foundations of the station are still there. 600,000 people a day travel though the Hell Hole which is now Penn Station. Commuters and visitors alike would be able to enter one of the world’s greatest cities in the dignified manner that would be provided by the original Penn Station. Sam Turvery is in charge of the Rebuild Penn Station movement. Cost would be about $3.5 Billion, which is less than what was spent revamping LaGuardia Airport and building the new World Trade Center train station. Madison Square Garden can be moved to another location instead of sitting over Penn Station.

  5. A chandelier which hangs from the ceiling of St. Joseph’s Church in Rossville, S. I. is originally from the Hotel Astor. When the hotel was being renovated in 1931, a parishoner on the demolition crew obtained the chandelier for the parish.

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