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On Chase's closure of its iconic branch at 43rd and Fifth

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Chase's closure of its iconic branch at 43rd and Fifth

"The crisp glass box, with its signature vault daringly visible from the street, made you feel good to be in it. I liked to stand on the upper level, and just look out the window and watch the traffic on the avenue below: the Lubavitchers across the street, hustling office drones, street dancers, tourists walking along oblivious. How different it was from the traditional bank branch of an earlier time—think imposing classical facade of rusticated stone—and also the contemporary vulgarization of its own modern aesthetic." — Mark Lamster