Day 104

Portal of the day

April 12th, 2012

Writing in the NY Times, and referencing the City Beautiful movement, Christopher Gray says that "No project ever realized this concept of the entire city as an integrated work of art more successfully than the plaza of the Manhattan Bridge". He goes on to bemoan the deterioration of the plaza over the years, likening it to the sack of Rome. While much of the larger plaza has been lost at this point — notably the two parks that once stood at its corners — the monumental arch and colonnade have, thankfully, since been restored to a state befitting such grand architecture.

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