The Ansonia appears to be getting a new coat of paint, according to this photo sent in by a reader on Friday. The historic building on Broadway between 73rd and 74th streets now has a section of burnt umber.
Perhaps this is a touch-up, or part of some restoration project. In my mind’s eye, the dome is dark green, and that’s how it appears in photographs like this one. But other photos make it look black, and sometimes it appears to be white, or even wintergreen.
Saul Bellow, who set his novel Seize the Day in the building, also noticed that its color seemed to shift:
What I’m saying is, if I’m confused at least I’m in good company. Anyone know what’s going on?