So many definitions of beauty… Sometimes it lies beneath, sometimes it is expressed, or felt, or seen.  Most times it is found in places you are not expecting it to be.  On those happy days, when you look up and see something that makes you pause while you are standing on the roof ridge of one of your buildings, you cherish it.  Later in the day when you recount your view to a loved one, just be sure to fib a little bit about how high you were above the street.

View of a roof ridge in Park Slope, Brooklyn brought to you by Tim Jagisch. 


The view from the top of the NY State Legislative Office Building is an unequivocal representation of New York’s rich history, diverse character, and resounding strength. The Legislative Office Building is located at the north end of Albany’s Empire State Plaza allowing for a 360˚ view of the city. From this perspective, one can see a clear delineation of the various architectural styles that have influenced the city’s development.

Views of  the New York State Capital Building (foreground) and NYS Education Department (background) [top], Agency Buildings 1 – 4 and The Corning Tower [middle], and the Reflecting Pool surrounded by The Egg, Corning Tower, Cultural Education Center, and the Agency Buildings (left to right) [bottom] brought to you by Nicole Grosso.


Mindset while taking this photo: “Don’t slip, don’t slip, don’t slip” as my project manager is keeping a cautious eye on me as I creep closer to the edge.

Whenever I’m on a rooftop, the child in me is hoping I see a giant turtle fighting ninjas.

Rooftop views from Central Park (above) and the Upper East Side (below) brought to you by Howard Yoon.


The beautiful thing about Architecture, about design in general, is that you get to immerse yourself in a problem…
and take it apart in your mind,
and put it back together in a way
that allows something as ugly as an attic vent to be celebrated.

If this is what a mechanical vent can become, imagine what can be done with a whole building on your canvas…

Views of a copper mechanical vent in Park Slope, Brooklyn brought to you by Tim Jagisch.



Has anyone ever used that term to describe NYC? Moving from the relaxed pace of the District of Columbia to New York City, I always told myself I would never let the chaos of ‘the city that never sleeps’ get to me. From the first day of living here, I thought it would be impossible. That was until I realized that the city itself is not the chaos, it’s the culture. The city itself is calm and relaxed. It takes a beating from the transportation, weather, inhabitants and tourists, yet it stands tall and collected.

This may be the greatest city in the world because we can use this city to be what we want it to be for our own individual desires, yet most of us would also attest that this is the most chaotic city in the US. Why does it have to be?

Views of the New York City skyline from Weehawken, New Jersey (above) and a rooftop near Union Square (below) brought to you by Nick Pepe. 


Though I am a mere accountant at CTA, and therefore do not travel to sites around the City, I am lucky enough to be exposed to vistas that are unique to New York City, simply by living here.

This view, looking south from a rooftop in Chelsea, looks toward the Freedom Tower in Downtown Manhattan. The view, however, is obstructed by a series of building-top water towers. Being primarily a ground dweller of the City, I always forget about their existence and so when I enter a roof, I am always caught off-guard by not only their presence, but by the sheer number of them.

The water towers of New York City may seem antiquated, but they are still in use today. Though useful in providing water pressure to buildings around the city, they remain an iconic part of the New York City skyline and will be part of a citywide art project as linked below:

Accountants can have fun too!

View of the rooftops of Chelsea brought to you by Keith Lavit.


As a native New Yorker, I have often taken the tall buildings of the city for granted. But if you look up, relics of the past await you. Terra cotta details, made by hand for a New York City of a hundred years ago adorn even the most unassuming building. If you happen to find yourself out walking in New York City, stop and look up. The tourists are on to something.

View of the 210 Riverside Drive (above) and from the rooftop of 800 West End Avenue (below), both brought to you by Katie Ipcar.