The building looks like a modern art painting come to life, all angles and edges, with concrete walls that can look bluish or grayish or whitish, or some combination of the three. It would be an unusual structure in any setting, but none more than the fairly prosaic function it was created for — storing thousands of pounds of the rock salt that New York City‘s Department of Sanitation uses to deal with snowy streets.
The shed, built on the Manhattan waterfront at the edge of the Tribeca district at a cost of $20 million, pleased architecture critics.
Now a brutal winter storm is giving the building and a new $250 million sanitation truck garage across the street their first winter tests.
Getting the structures built was somewhat of a test, with celebrity neighborhood residents like actors James Gandolfini and John Slattery protesting and filing a lawsuit several years ago in efforts to stop the project.
Who wants a big garage, with noisy trucks coming and going, built next door to their hip apartment?
That was then, though. In the last few months, as the buildings have come into use, the general consensus is: How cool.
“You pass it, and it’s like, ‘ooh, what’s that?'” said Erik Torkells, who runs the Tribeca Citizen website and has been following the shed’s progress. […]