One of the benefits of doing portraits for companies is that you often get to shoot in their boardrooms with amazing views of the city. (It makes up for slogging 100+ pounds of equipment across the city in the pouring rain.)
This shot was taken from the W.R. Grace Building right next to Bryant Park. Front and center is one of my favorite buildings in the city, the American Standard (Radiator) Building.
The American Standard Building was built in 1924 for the American Radiator Co., a heater manufacturing company (it was originally called the American Radiator Building.)
The black brick was chosen to symbolize coal and give the building the feeling of solidity. The Gothic pinnacles and terra-cotta friezes on the facade are coated with gold and are meant to symbolize fire. On the building are carved allegories, symbolizing the transformation of matter into energy, which was very fitting for a heater company.
The building is currently used as the Bryant Park Hotel.