I was always curious when seeing this freestanding smoke stack (1 of 6 original) sticking up on the West side.
It’s quickly becoming dwarfed by modern all glass “starchitect” high-rise buildings popping up all around NYC’s newest neighborhood - Hudson Yards.
It was originally a power station for the subway system. When completed in 1904 it was the largest in the world. It was later purchased by Con-Ed in 1959 and converted into a steam generating plant which today serves about 1,800 buildings.
The entire city block building was designed by Stanford White, part of the firm designing the original Pennsylvania Station. Today, the IRT Powerhouse is just shy of passing Landmark status in an ever changing West Side.