Art: Ready to Soar

Manhattanites seldom waste a glance on the towers of steel and stone that hem them in. They are content instead to let their eyes rest on rich objects displayed behind plate glass in the towers' ground-floor shops. Last week a new office building on midtown Park Avenue forced New Yorkers to look aloft for the simple reason that it has no shops and seems, to have no ground floor at all.

Almost the entire street level of the new building, Lever House, is given over to a parklike complex of garden and patio, open to...

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