Far from the glassy towers of the World Trade Center site in downtown Manhattan, some interesting, smaller buildings have sprouted up in the city. They include a recycling facility in Brooklyn and an ambulance-dispatch center in The Bronx.
In this interview, architecture critic James Russell said they are among the least noticed public buildings, but could have a long-lasting impact. "For decades we built them like fortresses, with barred windows, a lot of chain-link fencing, and that has really changed in the last decade or so," he said.
Here are some of the buildings Russell highlights: