About the city: Playing with scale
When building The Village, I bent the "standard" scale a lot, learning from what Walt Disney Co. has done in their theme parks. In Disney World, the areas where people walk (such as shops and things) are all built normally, but all the upper floors are at a smaller scale... 3/4, I think. You would think it would add "forced perspective" and make the buildings feel bigger, but it actually gives them more of a "quaint" feeling, which is exactly why they do it.
I did the same thing in Greenwich Village. The upper floors are not big enough for a minifig to stand, but it doesn't matter.
About the real Greenwich Village
My model isn't a "copy" of any particular place, or of any specific buildings; I just wanted to imitate the atmosphere of this part of Manhattan. For those of you that don't know New York, large parts of "The Village" are designated as Historic Districts.... most of the buildings are from the late 1800 and early 1900s, are small, and have a lot of character. There are no skyscrapers. This part of the city is always bustling because it has hundreds of places to eat, an active night life, and many charming narrow streets serviced by wide, busy avenues.
Quoting Graham Agee
OMGZZ SEAN! if you live in greenwich, my town, bedford, is about half an hour fron there! maybe we could meet? but right now im in SC. PLEASE WRITE BACK!
No, Greenwich Village is the name of a neighborhood in Manhattan, New York City. BUT, If you're talking about Greenwich and Bedford Connecticut, then I'll actually be doing an event nearby in October. I'll post more information about it soon. (And if you're talking about Greenwich and Bedford England, sorry, I'm not even close.) :)
hi,im 12 years old and i adore your art work
you are my biggest ideal i love all your creations but this is one of your best.i don't live in new york or the usa. im aussi but i love new york i know every thing about it and i was wondering if Greenwich is a really town?
new york city is awesome. so is your Greenwich.....can you plz look at mine and tell me what i should change.
This has been my favorite LEGO creation of all time, so I finally decided to comment/rate. A beautiful city that captures the feel of New York perfectly (though I don't know NY as well as you). The details are incredibly well done and add so much more to the creation. The city truly feels alive, something I've seen in very few works of art, let alone just LEGO.