Right outside 9 West 57th Street (designed by Skidmore Owings & Merrill, 1974) is a twelve-foot, firetruck red number 9. A proud survivor of the 1970s, it weighs three tons and was constructed out of half-inch steel plate. Ivan Chermayeff was the sculptor, of Chermayeff & Geismar & Haviv (responsible for such famous designs as the Chase Bank logo).
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All that’s interesting enough, I guess. But not nearly as interesting as why I like it. It’s essentially a living version of the Beatles’ “Revolution 9” from the White Album. Pace restively up and down in front of 9 W 5th and you’ll be greeted with the repeated 9; the constant chatter of conversation is like the cut up dialogue from the song. Brilliant!
You have to walk up and down for nine minutes to get the full effect.
Then have Ringo Starr sing “Good Night” to you afterwards, obviously.