I spent a good amount of time last night just walking around Midtown. It's been a while since I've just roamed around at night aimlessly. The weather was good and I was already uptown, so I figured, why not? So I did.
Midtown is so different at night. The buildings are all the same, sure, but their appearance is completely changed not only by the darkness but by the way they are often lit up by artificial lights. At times, I would pass by a building I knew for sure in the day, but found it completely unrecognizable at night. A sort of two-sides-of-the-same-coin deal I suppose. I like that about NYC (although I admit that's not really unique to this city).
Still, there are things like the image above which I would never have noticed had I not been around at night. You see 475 Park Avenue South up there? The building numbers are lit up in giant ways at night -- something I would never have noticed during the day due to how open that space is. I guess there's so much going on there during the day that I just tend to focus on what's around me rather than what's above.
How cool are those giant lit-up numbers though? What a fantastic design element for this under-construction facade. I like it a lot.