The 200 Water Street Digital Clock stumped me. Was it really a clock? Was it a calendar? Was it a massive bingo card? What was the purpose of this thing on top of a Starbucks in the Financial District?
Apparently this 45 by 50 foot digital clock was created by American artist Rudolph de Harak and belongs to 200 Water Street, a 32-story building designed by the architecture firm of Emory Roth & Sons. Installed in 1971, this three-story high clock consists of 72 square sections, each containing a number from 00 to 59. It was created to display the date, time hour, minute and second. Also as part of the project, De Harak created street furniture such as the red phone booth and a few bizarre (and slightly ugly) looking chairs that have now moved around the corner.
In 1998, the building was converted into a 576-unit residence hall for New York University undergraduates. Today it’s no longer a NYU dorm, but just a regular apartment building owned by Rockrose Development whom is responsible for maintaining the clock. Unfortunately the clock has lost time over the years but remains a Lower Manhattan landmark.
The 200 Water Street Digital Clock, Financial District New York