RUSSIA: Hole in the Ground

New York, decided the Russians, might conceivably be all right as a place to visit, but they sure wouldn't want to live there. The daily Vechernyaya Moskva took a long look at Manhattan's skyline and found it little more than "an accumulation of flat surfaces, a chaotic mass of styles, like monstrous stalagmites . . ." Furthermore, Manhattan's topless towers are dangerous and uncomfortable. On windy days, "lamps swing and water splashes . . . The inhabitants of the Empire State Building can hardly experience great pleasure when the tremendous building swings with the wind and...

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