The Oligarchs’ Erection

(Addendum to “A Six Hour Vacation”)

November 25th

We’ll take a brief interruption from our otherwise chronological order of posts to add a photo that will help readers visualize the New York City skyline I refer to in my August 28th entry,  “A Six Hour Vacation”.  In that post I commented on the skyline as seen from Long Island Sound, but as a poor or unprepared blogger (I hadn’t started this blog at that point) I didn’t get any photos.

Today, after ferocious cold over Thanksgiving, it warmed up and the wind calmed down enough for me to get out on the pond in my winter craft of choice, my Pygmy Boats “Murrelet” sea kayak.  17 feet of self-propelled sleekness and joy, designed by John Lockwood and built in the same shop as Grey Fox.

The highlight of my short paddle was stumbling upon this wonderful view of the city, late in the afternoon.  I hadn’t planned on taking any photos, what with my hands hobbled by big neoprene gloves, but this was too good to pass up and I had my iPhone with me, so I risked it and got it out of its waterproof case. 


In the digitally zoomed view you can see New York’s tallest buildings, including the Freedom Tower (far left); the Empire State building (just left of center, and looking down right puny next to…) 432 Park Avenue, cynically dubbed the Oligarchs’ Erection by certain friends of mine,  just about dead center; and a couple of really tall ones on the right which include Central Park Tower, still under construction but which, when completed to its design height that’s 150 feet taller than 432 Park Avenue, will render that current biggest erection somewhat — shall we say, flaccid. 

Author: Larchmont Jim

A 50-something investment banker from Larchmont, New York (about 15 miles from midtown Manhattan). Amateur small boat sailer, boatbuilder, kayaker, musician. I grew up spending summers sailing the New England coast on my grandfather’s beautiful 47’ 1952 Sparkman & Stevens wooden yawl. I’ve lived in Larchmont, a major and historic sailing center on Long Island Sound, for 25 years, but career and family obligations kept me off the water for all of my 30s and 40s, and only about 7 years ago did I get back on the water, first in sea kayaks, and then in small boats.

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