It’s Supposed To Lean Like That

New Yorkers might think we’re getting our own Tower Of Pisa, but as Gothamist explains, it’s supposed to lean like that. They write:

A new building is going up near a long-empty land parcel near the East River in Midtown, and it looks a little …sideways. Lest you think this sloped structure is the product of some Jägerbombed architect, it turns out the building is supposed to look like it’s trying to nap on its neighbor’s shoulder. The development, located at 626 First Avenue and designed by SHoP Architects, will be comprised of two copper-covered high-rise towers connected by a bridge. One such tower will lean ever so gently into the other.

The project will have 800 rental units and an infinity-edge pool on the roof.

  • I think it looks pretty cool…but what is the wind like at that height? Seems like the roof wouldn’t be a very comfortable place for swimming or anything really.

    • Oh, please. You hire people to swim in it for you. And since you’re paying them they had better look like they’re having a good time!

  • Octavio

    Oooooo . . . tony!

  • TexasBoy

    There is no way I’d be able to enjoy that pool. I’d need to be able to see the edge clearly that far up in the sky.

    • Andrea_Rae

      if i were in that pool there would be a fatty lumpkin or two to keep me company!!!

      • bsinps

        Marina Bay Sands Singapore is much higher and hangs out past the hotel. It was guit nerving looking over the edge.

        • poose

          Been there. I loved the warning about umbrellas…

  • RossPDX

    With that view, I expect the pool to contain about 50% urine.

    • Princess Lardass

      This just made my day! Hilarious, witty, and with a perfect delivery…

    • BobSF_94117

      Indeed. And they picked a very sensible color for the pool deck.

    • Jeffg166

      Luxury urine

      • Bryan

        100% Luxurine.

        • Toasterlad

          The classiest, most luxurious, most golden urine in all of New York.

        • pj

          isnt that mouthwash?

    • another_steve

      I grew up in a neighborhood in Brooklyn New York near the ocean, and practically grew up on the beach.

      I was age 14 when people informed me that pissing in the ocean, when there were other bathers nearby, wasn’t cool.

      • sfbob

        Nobody ever told me that. But I guess the density of bathers at Jones Beach is somewhat lower.

        • another_steve

          I grew up in Coney Island, hon. We’re talkin’ Coney Island beach here.

          From age zero to age 10, I lived a ten minute walk away from the famous Cyclone roller coaster in Coney Island. From age 10 to age 27, I lived five minutes away.

          Then — largely for business purposes — I moved here to rural/suburban Maryland, where I have been decaying ever since.

    • ElenorRigby

      I’m assuming anyone who can afford to live there will get their kicks out of pissing over the side upon the paupers below.

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    • Snarkaholic

      I won’t ask what the other 50% is!

  • Gustav2

    Even buildings get to make out in NYC, Hi! This is Tony Perkins. Right now in New York City, home of the nation’s largest gay population and degenerate parade now has buildings making out. That’s right, a pair of buildings are making out by the river. Are they going to let them marry next?

    • Billanddogs

      Each one will marry a dog, the breed decided by Rick Santorum.

    • Stephen Elliot Phillips

      one has a curved penis and the other is a straight penis. sword fights are so hot

      • Happy Dance

        I like the curved ones!

  • Rambie

    Will this be another tower filled with apartments that foreign investors buy and only visit a few weeks a year (if that).

    • Former porn star, turned reality real estate star

      • EdmondWherever

        And now I have something new to look up in Google images (when I get home from work). Hubby loves all those MDL shows, and I have to admit I have a thing for Josh Altman.

        • I don’t think those guys have a porn past, but Frederik definitely does. Most times I usually a friend told me to Google “(insert name here) nude” and the magic interweb gnome fetches all the debauchery.

          • EdmondWherever

            Oh yeah, I’m very familiar with googling “(insert name here) nude” and “(insert name here) shirtless”. Hey, Google isn’t porn!

          • agcons

            My friend told me the same thing and he was right.

          • stanhope

            i knew before I googled….BOTTOM oooops bossy bottom

        • Manny Espinola

          His porn name is Tag Eriksson

          • EdmondWherever

            Hey, not bad! I do actually find him kind of annoying on that show, though.

    • BobSF_94117

      Better they should stack themselves up in new tall buildings than go buying existing housing, no?

    • ElenorRigby


    • 2guysnamedjoe

      Amenities include a money laundry room on each floor.

      • Rambie

        I have to hand wash mine, I never have enough to fill the machines. 😉

  • OMM: Perverse NYC skyscrapers are indoctrinating your children into sexual deviance!

    • Gustav2

      Which building is the top?

    • Snarkaholic

      Yes…anything named ‘Penthouse’ is Satan’s Playground!

  • MattM

    “Is it supposed to lean like that?”
    “The fuck do I look like? An architect?!”

  • Mark_in_MN

    On that rendering of the rooftop pool: No, just no.

    • Gustav2

      We in the Midwest like our trees taller than the water, right?

      • Mark_in_MN

        That’s always good, yes. But it’s more the great height and no clearly visible edge.

      • That’s why Romney likes Michigan so much, all the trees are the right height.

        • Gustav2

          The trees are all the right height (and age) because the state was over forested after the Great Chicago Fire in 1871. Michigan timber rebuilt the city. It is a wonder the whole state didn’t erode away into the Great Lakes.

    • EdmondWherever

      Yeah, I wouldn’t be able to do it. Of course, I wouldn’t be able to step out of the stairway doors and onto the roof.

    • Steve on the Big Island

      That’s exactly what I thought too when I first saw the rendering.

  • BobSF_94117

    It’s undoubtedly called an infinity pool because you’d have to pay me an infinite amount of money to get into it.

    • Outlaw Woman

      I’d be hanging on to the non-infinity edge for dear life, knowing in my heart if I let go I’d somehow get sucked over the infinity edge.

  • Ray Taylor

    All the other buildings around it now look outa whack.

  • BostonBud

    This is very hard to write. But my office is in trouble. In NYC, there are offices going up right and left, even some leaning to the left but I need your help. Today I’m worried. My office has already spent over $530,000 stopping the radical homosexual agenda and now we’re in trouble. We don’t have the millions they have to erect skyscrapers.
    This is a painful letter for me to write. I feel as if my pro-Family supporters are letting me down.

    • Snarkaholic

      Is your office located in a dockside warehouse…and is the view outside your window dark and stormy?

    • 2guysnamedjoe

      I would donate, if only I could find one of the fourteen links to your donation page.

  • The Larry Mac

    “The development […] comprises two copper-covered high-rise towers ”

    Copy editors, we hardly knew ye.

  • another_steve

    The idea of leaning high-rise architecture scares me. I hope they’ve got their physics straight.

    The two strongest most unrelenting forces in nature: sex and gravity.

  • David Kerlick

    Composer Lou Harrison complimented Scientidic American on the phallic picture of the Malaysian twin towers….
    Scientific American 278, 10 (1998)
    doi:10.1038/scientificamerican0498-10 (paywall, unfortunately)

  • DanimalChgo

    It looks like that kid’s drawing of the Twin Towers trying to hug each other from 9/11/2001.

    • Steve on the Big Island

      That’s exactly what I thought too, when I saw the rendering.

      • TheManicMechanic

        Me too.

  • octobercountry

    Why, why, why are they constructing such ugly structures in NY?

  • Galvestonian

    so what do you do if the grand piano is on wheels ???

  • SLK in SF

    Been waiting for a long time for modern architecture to finally jump the shark.

  • Steven Leahy

    It’s hideous

  • olandp

    There is not a chance in hell I would get in that pool. Also, it is bad Fung shui to live under a pool.

  • StraightGrandmother

    The buildings look like they are hugging each other.

    • TheManicMechanic

      I thought the same thing, and of the child’s drawing of the twin towers hugging each other that Joe rescued from a rainstorm that he eventually donated to the 9-11 Museum.

  • EqualityForAll

    It looks ever-so homoerotic. I can hardly wait for One Million Moms’ boycott of cement or bricks or mortar or some other new God-damned thing.

  • J Ascher

    Unless the pool is heated, it can probably be used only a couple three months out of the year!

  • I stayed on the 37th floor of a building with a balcony. I had to hold on to the railing to look over the edge.

  • MisterShoebox

    Heh. I love how the magazine is called “Gothamist.” ‘course, I’m a huge nerd, so I shall explain my laughter.

    In the comics, ol’ Batville AKA Gotham is implied to be in New Jersey. Tee-hee.