Living beyond the Chrysler

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Photo of Margaret Bourke-White shooting from gargoyle of Chrysler Building. (MoMA)

With the new looser height restrictions in Manhattan’s Midtown East, it looks as if people with condos atop new towers soon to be built will be able to look down their noses from the clouds above the crown of the Chrysler Building. I wrote about this, and about how to choose a floor to live on in a supertall, in “Looking down on the Chrysler” for This East Side, the new blog published by my friend and former colleague Froma Harrop. Visit the blog as well as my post. Froma’s a very sharp observer of the Upper East Side scene, where she lives when she is not living on “this East Side” of Providence.

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The Chrysler Building. (Wikipedia)

About David Brussat

This blog was begun in 2009 as a feature of the Providence Journal, where I was on the editorial board and wrote a weekly column of architecture criticism for three decades. Architecture Here and There fights the style wars for classical architecture and against modern architecture, no holds barred. History Press asked me to write and in August 2017 published my first book, "Lost Providence." I am now writing my second book. My freelance writing on architecture and other topics addresses issues of design and culture locally and globally. I am a member of the board of the New England chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art, which bestowed an Arthur Ross Award on me in 2002. I work from Providence, R.I., where I live with my wife Victoria, my son Billy and our cat Gato. If you would like to employ my writing and editing to improve your work, please email me at my consultancy,, or call 401.351.0457. Testimonial: "Your work is so wonderful - you now enter my mind and write what I would have written." - Nikos Salingaros, mathematician at the University of Texas, architectural theorist and author of many books.
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4 Responses to Living beyond the Chrysler

  1. A Subscriber says:

    You’d suppose that after a few of my other comments, I’d learn to edit, revise and not post first drafts. You’d be wrong.

    Thanks for pointing out the obvious. I’m not in the Chrysler Building, I’m on the fifth floor of a building in Tucson – but the distance down is about the same. Mea culpa.


    • All I can say is tell me about it! Close readers of my pieces can see little errors that magically disappear. Thank you, Internet!!! Editing after publishing may be a venial sin, but I’m more than glad it is possible. If I make a big error, I correct it in an obvious way, but little stuff like typos or bad editing I just change it. The blessing of the Internet is that the editing process can continue after the publishing process.


  2. A Subscriber says:

    I live on the fifth floor. Looking down from my balcony makes me ill. I’m so glad that Margaret didn’t drop her camera.

    Love your writing, Mr. Brussat. Keep shaking me up.


    • Are you saying that you live on the fifth floor of the Chrysler Building? I did not believe there were any residents (nor any balconies, for that matter). Too bad if being out on your balcony (wherever it is) makes you ill. I’d love to have a balcony with a fine view. My view from the fifth floor of the Smith in downtown Providence was stupendous, but no balcony, alas. (Living now in a house on the East Side, I wanted a porch. Alas, no porch.)

      But all that aside, many, many blessings on your head for your kinds words.


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