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New York City's Ugliest Buildings: Your Choices

To celebrate the release of AIA's new Guide to New York City last week, we came up with a totally arbitrary list of New York City's ugliest buildings. Now you've had your say.

New Yorkers not being retiring types, we've heard from citizens of all stripes about the architectural blights that drive you crazy. At the top of the list: condos−in all their sunlight-grabbing, neighorhood-dulling blandness. (Too many to list here.) Also the target of some verbal whoopings: Richard Meier's Grand Army Plaza and West Village structures, the redone Museum of Arts and Design, and the Cooper Union structure by Morphosis. (I gotta confess: I seriously dig that Morphosis building, so I'm going to have to respectfully disagree.) Also on the ire list: the smoke-puffing thingie on the south side of Union Square. (I'm with y'all on that one. It's heinous.)

Below, a visual round-up of some of your choices for ugliest buildings in NYC.

The sort of structure that would have made Mussolini proud: Big, symmetrical, practically fascist -- on 4th Avenue in Brooklyn.
The sort of structure that would have made Mussolini proud: Big, symmetrical, practically fascist -- on 4th Avenue in Brooklyn. ( Adam Kuban )
One listener helpfully dissected the influences of a Williamsburg condo tower, which appears to be equal parts wood-panelled station wagon and juke box.
One listener helpfully dissected the influences of a Williamsburg condo tower, which appears to be equal parts wood-panelled station wagon and juke box. ( Kurt Strahm )
Gwathmey Siegel's Green Monster on Astor Place: Not a local favorite. At all.
Gwathmey Siegel's Green Monster on Astor Place: Not a local favorite. At all. ( madabandon )
Like a mirage (not a good one) on the Lower East Side--and, ironically, part of the School of Visual Arts.
Like a mirage (not a good one) on the Lower East Side--and, ironically, part of the School of Visual Arts. ( matthewboydgoldie )
Frank Gehry's IAC building is divisive. Some like it, many loathe it. (I think it looks best at night.)
Frank Gehry's IAC building is divisive. Some like it, many loathe it. (I think it looks best at night.) ( chillbill )
In the foreground, a downtown Manhattan building that can't seem to make up its mind on a look.
In the foreground, a downtown Manhattan building that can't seem to make up its mind on a look. ( ty law )
Sometimes it's not the architecture, but the details that get folks riled--such as the universally dumped-on Fedders air conditioning units.
Sometimes it's not the architecture, but the details that get folks riled--such as the universally dumped-on Fedders air conditioning units. ( Glark )
The dreaded AT&T building in TriBeCa, a structure that some folks I know have christened the Death Star.
The dreaded AT&T building in TriBeCa, a structure that some folks I know have christened the Death Star. ( Luca Zappa )
Bernard Tschumi's blue thing: Like a fist to the lower Manhattan gut.
Bernard Tschumi's blue thing: Like a fist to the lower Manhattan gut. ( gammablog )
In Brighton Beach: When condos come with exoskeletons, run for your lives.
In Brighton Beach: When condos come with exoskeletons, run for your lives. ( mercurialn )
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