There are nearly a million buildings in New York City (including all five boroughs). That’s a lot of buildings.
It makes me wonder whether James Gulliver Hancock, an Australian illustrator living in Brooklyn, is aware of that fact. Why, you might ask?
Well, because Hancock has set out to draw all the buildings in New York. That’s right. All of them.
It’s a huge undertaking, and one that is, frankly, quite awesome. So far he’s got more than 350 illustrations finished. It’s a drop in the bucket, but it’s still a laudable number. And with a virtually un-ending supply of buildings to draw, he could keep this project up forever.
His illustrations are all documented on his Tumblr blog, aptly titled All the Buildings in New York. You can sort by borough or by building type (including number of stories, location, color, and more). Below are twenty of my favorites (including some of my favorite buildings in the city).
450 East 83rd Street
Fishs Eddy, 889 Broadway
Canal St. China Town
944 Park Avenue
Carroll St, Gowanus, Brooklyn
Andrews Avenue, The Bronx
Hook & Ladder 29, 138th Street, The Bronx
South 1st St., Brooklyn
62 Bank Street
75.5 Bedford St., “Thinnest Building”
845 UN Plaza
211 East 53rd Street
730 5th Avenue
1 Central Park South – Redux
New York Times Building
Google Building NYC