This 40,000 piece city was Sean's first LEGO model as an adult.
Inspired by nearby Manhattan,buildings range from 5-foot-tall Empire State Building to tiny slums that fit 6-per square foot. Displayed on a custom-built table, the city had subterrantia that included a subway, sunken plazas, and real electric wiring.
Map numbers correspond to the buildings below.
On this page1. Empire State Building
2. Open air plaza
3. World Trade Center
4. Subway station
5. Old commercial building
6. Department store
8. Government complex
9. Old time hotel
10. Apartment towers with parking garage
11. Victorian apartment conversion
14. Telecom building
Sean has since modeled a more accurate Empire State Building
At the heart of the city was this plaza, central to all the hustle & bustle of shopping, entertainment, and business. The plaza was actually sunken into the ground, made possible since the entire city was actually raised up on little pillars.
This model was made long before the terrorist attacks. It wasn't a political statement, it didn't have anything to do with death or war or anti war or anything. It was just a really cool set of buildings. This LEGO WTC project started in April 2000; the first tower was finished in February 2001, was accidenially knocked over by a friend a few months later.
Go to the LEGO WTC page
Sean has since prototyped a more realistic subway station
This 7-story building was designed after one of Fifth Avenue's oldest commercial buildings. It had real working electric lights, a florist, a general store, a laundromat, and a graphic design studio. The lower floors have "drop cielings" that allow electrical wiring to run across the building and into the various offices. There are also vertical ducts enclosed in the rear of the building to allow wiring to run to the upper floors. The whole building hinges open on its center to allow access to the interior.
Inspired in part by the now closed Manhattan Mall, this building had several floors of retail. Most of the mall's space was occupied by a 4-floor department store. The 5th floor was vacant office space, and at street level there was a small hair salon and a bank. It had 20 gargoyles on the facade, and had recessed windows and mouldings common in art-deco styling. The top 3 floors detach from the base to allow access to below.
This was the oldest building in the city, built in June of 1997. It was only 1 story tall but the main exhibit hall had a 2-story vaulted cieling, topped with a glass dome. This was the only structure in the city that was not taller than it was wide. Exhbits on display: "Dianosaur!", "The Wonderful World of Widgets", "Early Space Exploration", "Under the Sea", along with several others.
This 3-story building had a post office, the department of motor vehicles, the a courtroom, and the mayor's office. Built in 1998, it was torn down and rebuilt in early 1999. And then retrofitted with real electric lights in 2000. The Government Complex was constructed in the "International" style of architecture, common in the late 1970's and the 1980's. The most common feature of this style was the "vertical striped" facade. The World Trade Center in New York was built in the same style. The building was hinged down the center so that it can swing open easily and allow access to all the floors.
This 10 story apartment highrise sat atop a 3 floor parking deck. Between the two towers was a lobby with a 3-story vaulted cieling. The exterior of the building also features a large clock in the front, and a rear veranda with a swimming pool and lounge area. Located across from the three largest shopping centers in the city, its parking facilities were used for both guests to the city as well as residents of the building. The building was inspired by a building in Newark, NJ across from the Newark Penn station. No attempt was made to literally mimick the structure in Newark; Sean instead chose to incorporate these features into an original design.
This is a 5-story office building with communications equipment on the roof. This was the first building in the city with real electric lights; Sean used dollhouse lighting kits, since the wires were very thin.. thin enough to fit in between joined LEGO pieces!