The Cranes are Flying - as 51 Astor Place is being built. Points of info. The building on the left is Cooper Union, don't know the name of the glass tower in the middle, which is less than 10 years old. The building on the far right is the old Wanamaker Annex - build in 1902. The building that the cranes are working on here is already so high it hides the older building from view from the east.