So which famous local landmark will be affixed to the envelope containing your Con Edison check?
Lovely Bethesda Fountain? The iconic San Remo towers? Zabar’s, perhaps?
The stamp features a photo of West End Towers at 74 West End Avenue around 63rd Street, taken from the sky. It’s a deliberately “ordinary” image, meant to symbolize the glory of residing in a city made up of tons of anonymous boxes where we live out our lonely lives. Other stamps in the Postal Service’s “Earthscapes” series include a railroad roundhouse, highways, suburbs, and barges shot from above. They can be viewed here.
As the US Postal Service described it: “Endless rows of balconies and windows dot the Manhattan cityscape. In this detail of a photograph, the camera’s telephoto lens compresses the distance between the towers of a high-rise apartment complex on the Upper West Side.”
The photo the stamp is based on was taken by Jim Wark; they should be available for purchase next year.