No Filter Needed: Watch NYC Glow Against an Otherworldly Autumn Sunset

Posted On Tue, December 1, 2015 By

Posted On Tue, December 1, 2015 By In City Living, photography

New York City experienced a surreal sunset last Sunday; one of the best in recent memory. The sky was dull and overcast for most of the afternoon but when the sun began to sink below the cloud-line, the city transitioned to a hue often reserved for sci-fi films and the outlandish renderings of our banal real estate developments. The tie-dye sky was so vivid that even the prosaic glass-walled rental towers on the Far West Side appeared majestic. During the sun’s 15-minute adieu, the sky transitioned from soft pink, to a ribbony purple, and then to an electric tangerine; ultimately billowing into a fiery blaze over New Jersey.

So what caused the city to be enveloped into this watercolor masterpiece? According to ABC News meteorologist Jeff Smith, a storm over Eastern Long Island created a situation that when the sun was going down, light caressed the high- and mid-level cloud bottoms resulting in the gorgeous sunset, which 6sqft captured in a gorgeous photo series.

Coach TOwer, Hudson Yards, KPF Architects

The final structural beams are being put in place at Hudson Yards’ first skyscraper 15 Hudson Yards. It’s shingled skin designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF) and skyward-facing facets prove ideal in reflecting Hudson River sunsets. Space in the enigmatic tower is nearly fully accounted for with a roster of tenants that includes Coach, Boston Consulting Group, L’Oreal USA, SAP AG and VaynerMedia. A flock of cranes to the right of the tower mark where its taller twin 30 Hudson Yards will soar. Also rising into view is Brookfield Properties’ 64-story residential tower at 435 West 31st Street.

Manhattan Autumn Sunset, Skyline Silver Towers, Atelier, Midtown West Far West Side

A relatively new cluster of mammoth apartment buildings tower over the Far West Side. The glassy rental developments include Silverstein’s Silver Towers, Moinian’s SKY, and Extell’s under construction 555 Tenth Avenue. The green-glass Olivia and The Orion rise towards the right.

Manhattan Autumn Sunset, Skyline 35XV FXFowle

FXFowle’s recently completed forward-looking condominium tower 35XV reflects the sunset. Toll Brothers’ 55 West 17th Street under construction condo-tower rises to the right.

Downtown SKyline, World Trade Center, Chelsea, Greenwich Village

Here, we’re looking south over Chelsea towards the spires of the Financial District. Across the Hudson River, the Jersey City skyline is giving west siders something worth looking at.

Walker Tower, JDS Development, Statue of Liberty

Rising 350 feet high, JDS Development and Property Markets Group’s Walker Tower at 212 West 18th Street is one of the tallest buildings in Chelsea and provides commanding views of the cityscape and harbor. In 2014, CetraRuddy crowned the telecom building with 47 condominium units and a design that pays homage to the Ralph Walker-designed classic below,

WTC, Financial District, Downtown Manhattan, Painted SKy

One World Trade Center soars into a painted sky. On the left, the core of 3 WTC climbs skyward and behind it the angled elevation of 4 WTC reflects the last bits of sunlight uptown.

Empire State Building, CHelsea, Midtown West

A lucky evening to be atop the observation deck of the Empire State Building….

Hilton Hotel, Chelsea, West 25th Street, CItyRealty, NoMad

…or atop one of the city’s now-numerous rooftop hotel bars

Coach Tower, Kohn Pedersen Fox

Silver Towers, Sky, Moinian, Silverstein

Reflecting something meaningful is the most we can hope for many of the glass skyscrapers remaking the Far West Side.

Lower manhattan, Harbour, CityRealty, 1WTC

Far West Side Hudson Yards, MIMA

Manhattan sunsets, New York SKyline, NYC archtitecture

A view over the the roofdeck of the Chelsea Mercantile condo building.

Hudson River, New Jersey, Sky on FIre

A Pennsylvania-based trio called SunsetWx provides regular sunset quality forecasts from coast to coast, and whose maps accurately predicted last Sunday’s sunset for the region.


All photos via 6sqft



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