Mysterious Windowless Buildings In New York City

Here is a list of the mysterious windowless buildings in New York City

Spring Sheet Salt Shed

The Spring Sheet Salt Shed’s crystalline, faceted planes enliven this highly visible structure. The cast-in-place concrete structure tapers toward the bottom—creating more pedestrian space—and rises from a glazed moat that will be illuminated at night. The Salt Shed’s solid, crystalline surface acts as a counterpoint to the diaphanous, scrim-like façade of the Manhattan 1/2/5 Garage, directly across Spring Street to the north. Rising nearly 70 feet, the shed houses 5,000 tons of salt and has become an iconic landmark at this important intersection.

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33 Thomas Street

33 Thomas Street is a 550-foot-tall windowless skyscraper in Tribeca, Lower Manhattan, New York City. It stands on the east side of Church Street, between Thomas Street and Worth Street. The building is an example of the Brutalist architectural style.

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Asphalt Green

Asphalt Green building is actually an athletic facility with basketball courts and a gym, among other amenities. The recreation center’s name is indicative of what it used to be: an asphalt mixing plant. Architects Ely Jacques Kahn and Robert Allen Jacobs designed the almost windowless building in the 1940s but the need for the mixing plant waned and other uses for the building were proposed.

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Public Safety Answering Center II

Public Safety Answering Center II (PSAC II), a new facility located in the Bronx, enhances New York City’s 911 emergency response system and sets a high standard to sustainability. The 450,000-square-foot building brings together emergency response workers from multiple city agencies—the Police Department, the Fire Department, and Emergency Medical Services—serving as a model for inter- agency cooperation.

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Brooklyn–Battery Tunnel

The Brooklyn–Battery Tunnel, officially the Hugh L. Carey Tunnel, is a tolled tunnel in New York City that connects Red Hook in Brooklyn with the Battery in Manhattan. The tunnel consists of twin tubes that each carry two traffic lanes under the mouth of the East River. Although it passes just offshore of Governors Island, the tunnel does not provide vehicular access to the island. With a length of 9,117 feet (2,779 m), it is the longest continuous underwater vehicular tunnel in North America.

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Holland Tunnel Ventilation Building

The building is actually an integral part of what occurs almost 100 feet below it: the Holland Tunnel‘s ventilation system, which transports the toxic carbon monoxide exhaust gas out of the tunnel. The tower is one of four vents, two on each side of the river, that house 84 fans—42 blowing and 42 sucking.

Holland Tunnel Ventilation Building

The Tombs

The Tombs is the colloquial name for the Manhattan Detention Complex, a municipal jail in Lower Manhattan at 125 White Street, and also the nickname for three previous city-run jails in the former Five Points neighborhood of lower Manhattan, an area now known as the Civic Center.

The Tombs

Grant’s Tomb

Grant’s Tomb, officially the General Grant National Memorial, is the final resting place of Ulysses S. Grant, 18th president of the United States, and his wife, Julia Grant. It is a classical domed mausoleum in the Morningside Heights neighborhood of Upper Manhattan in New York City.

Grant's Tomb