Prolific architect Karl Fischer's reworking of/addition to the old Pennsylvania Railroad Power Station designed by McKim, Mead & White in 1909 near the Long Island City waterfront has always been a sensitive topic, but blogger Restless is not tiptoeing around the issue:
I hated the Powerhouse the second I noticed the sun bouncing off its plastic Coppertone top, long before I knew it was one of Karl's. In fact I thought it might be a Donald Trump enterprise, because of the tacky casino faux-class of its round castle towers and metallic color. As I said in the comments," If I worked at the U.N., right across the river, I would sue for degradation of view."Might hatred of Hot Karl's coppertop be the one issue that finally unites the nations' leaders? That would be slightly unexpected.
· Karl Fischer, Powerhouse [Restless]
· LIC's Powerhouse is Sort of Still There [Curbed]
· Touched by the Hand of Karl: Half of LIC Power Station Gone [Curbed]