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AIA Calls New York Times Building ‘Ugliest’

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The American Institute of Architects (AIA), in the new edition of its Guide to New York City, has branded The New York Times Building as the city’s “ugliest” building.

The institute’s annual list of the top 10 architectural blemishes include, this time round, anything from apartments to hotels to restaurants.

Donald Trump had a ‘strong’ showing this year, with his Trump Place and Trump Tower taking fifth and fourth place respectively.

Here’s the full list:

1. The New York Times Building (pictured above)
2. 520 W. 27th St.
3. 200 11th Ave.

4. Trump Tower (pictured above)


5. Trump Place
6. Training Centre, Ironworkers Local 40 & 361
7. Montefiore Apartments II

8. The Four Seasons Hotel (pictured above)

9. TGIF Friday’s, 604 Fifth Ave
10. Former Bear Stearns World Headquarters

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Update: The list above is, in fact, not the opinion of AIA New York but those of the authors of AIA's Guide to New York City, as AIA NY communications director Emily Nemens pointed out to us.

AIA NY executive director Rick Bell himself says that while he doesn't agree with the choices in the city guide, the institution welcomes "dialogue about design excellence" in New York.

Despite its name, the AIA guide is currently an independent publication and isn't affiliated with the national AIA.
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