Welcome to Street Seen, where Curbed video operatives investigate the non-archicritic's impressions of some of New York's most architecturally significant buildings. Have a suggestion? Send along a note.
At 870 feet high, starchitect Frank Gehry's New York by Gehry rental building in lower Manhattan is the tallest occupied residential building in the Western Hemisphere (soon to be eclipsed by One57, currently under construction some 75 blocks north). Since hitting the market in Feb. 2011, the building has been raved over by (former) New York Times archicritic Nicolai Ouroussoff, who called the swooping, steely tower the "finest skyscraper to rise in New York since Eero Saarinen's CBS building went up 46 years ago," and mercilessly slammed by its tenants for smelling like cigarette smoke and having impossible delivery hours. All valid points, sure, but what do passersby think? For one: Gehry's design is worthy of a song. Above, watch.