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Here we were at Fifth Ave with E 23rd St going to Eataly a place for Gourmet Italian Food, Gift Baskets, Pastas, Sauces...

In the photo the Madison Square placed between 5th ave and Madison Ave and between 23rd St and 26rd st.

Madison Square Park
The area known as Madison Square Park has existed as an urban public space since 1686. Named for James Madison, fourth President of the United States, Madison Square was formally opened as a public park in 1847. Soon after the creation of New York Cityís first Department of Public Parks in 1870, the square was re-landscaped by William Grant with Ignatz Pilat, the departmentís chief landscape architect and a former assistant to Frederick Law Olmsted in the design of Central Park. The park incorporated both formal and pastoral elements with well-defined walkways and open lawns similar to the park plan we know today. - See more at:

Buildings in the photo - From the right to the left:

1.Metropolitan Life Tower: or Met Life Tower, and currently being converted into the New York Edition Hotel, is a landmark skyscraper located on Madison Avenue near the intersection with East 23rd Street, across from Madison Square Park in Manhattan, New York City. Designed by the architectural firm of Napoleon LeBrun & Sons and built by the Hedden Construction Company, the tower is modeled after the Campanile in Venice, Italy. It was constructed in 1909 and served as world headquarters of the company until 2005. It was the world's tallest building for three years, until 1913. The tower have four clock faces, one on each side of the tower, located from the 25th to 27th floor. Each clock face is 26.5 feet (8 m) in diameter with each number being four feet (1.2 m) tall.

2.Metropolitan Life North Building: By the late 1920s, the 1909 Met Life Tower and the 1919 North Annex were becoming too small to house the continuously growing activities of the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company. Looking to expand, the company considered building on a full block site between East 24th and East 25th Streets.
Ecole des Beaux Arts-educated architect Harvey Wiley Corbett left his position on the Rockefeller Center design team in order to take up this project in 1928. The final design for the new building was proposed as a 100-story, telescoping tower. However, the onset of the Great Depression in 1929 caused the company to scrap plans for a giant skyscraper and instead built only a portion of the proposed tower. What stands of the North Building today, completed in 1950, is what was to be the 32-story base for the 100-story tower, built with the structural strength and number of elevator shafts needed for a later completion.

3.Forty One Madison Avenue:, a Rudin Family Project, is a modern style glass and steel building designed by noted architect Emery Roth & Sons. The building is located on Madison Square Park and was opened in 1974 as the New York Merchandise Mart. It contains 23 floors of showrooms from over 80 leading manufacturers of tableware, tableware housewares and gift products.

4.New York Life Insurance Building:Designed in 1926 by Cass Gilbert, rises forty stories to its pyramidal gilded roof and occupies the full block between 26th and 27th Streets, Madison Avenue and Park Avenue South, a rarity in Manhattan. The building stands 615 feet (187 m) tall and contains 40 floors. It was the last significant Gilbert skyscraper in Manhattan.

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