The former AT&T Long Lines Building at 33 Thomas St. is built in the Brutalist architectural style popular from 1950s-1970s. This style is known for its stark concrete structures with no ornamentation and very few windows to let light in. Although the style is named after the French term beton brut meaning "rough concrete", I think it is also an apt term in English since every time I see one of these buildings and imagine about people working inside in a windowless environment, I think "how brutal!". But for a Brutalist building, I actually find this one strangely attractive with its severe ridges and massive shape. There are rumours that this building has been used by the National Security Agency (NSA) as a spy hub. The AT&T Long Distance Building at 32 Avenue of the Americans (6th Ave.) was built in the Art Deco style in 1932. The exterior of the brown-bricked masonry facade exhibits common Art Deco features including long sleek lines, rows of windows grouped in threes and crowning stepped architecture.
At the front of the lobby is a tiled map of the world with the slogan "Telephone Wires and Radio Unite to Make Neighbors of Nations".
Belgian Surrealist Rene Magritte's famous work "The Treachery of Images" which presents the image of a pipe along with the text "Ceci n'est pas une pipe", meaning "this is not a pipe".. it is just the visual representation of a pipe. The t-shirt displays the image of a gun with the text "Ceci n'est pas un conciliateur" (this is not a peace-maker). In addition to referencing the meta notion Magaritte's work, this could also be taken as a commentary on violence and gun control.
Ford Hub, an "interactive brand experience studio" that allows you to explore theoretical ways to "move faster, smarter, more freely" in the future. That future could include autonomous cars, smart intersections, high-speed (driverless?) trains and more. In the central display, marbles roll up and down along an intricate road maze, either aided or impeded by gates (representing stop lights?) that you can control by pressing buttons in an attempt to make traffic flow more efficient. A two man video-game race called "Race to the Future" is played by each person standing on a podium and steering his vehicle by leaning and tilting the steering wheel. Points are awarded for speed and for running over specific objects. We did not get a chance to try the virtual reality glasses that let you simulate being on top of the Empire State Building in a Ford Mustang.