Latitude 18.4606 Longitude -066.0829 One expects this in Miami, not in San Juan, but actually this building is really perfect in the sun or haze of San Juan. It seems like Art Deco is perfect for the Caribbean, but actually it really means that for many of my generation, Miami Vice left a very significant imprint. The combination of what is called in Peru "estilo buque", or properly Streamline Modern, with these pastels, is the look of that TV series. A Ferrari next to the building would seem natural.
Ashford Avenue is amazingly thin, just two lanes, east and west bound next to each other, with this building about 50 meteres from the end of the avenue proper and the beginning of a long bridge that crosses the lagoon and goes into the old city. It is difficult to get a good look at the building, but what more surprising is finding out that it is actually built on a mound, and the look of the city across the lagoon is incredible. This area of town is strange, with little if any people on the streets, thanks to a common belief of San Juan as a dangerous place, something Latin Americans can only laugh about. It takes a while for us to get to understand that it is and it is not part of the USA, with people talking about ATH instead of ATM or using pesos and reales rather than dollars and quarters. Then you try to buy a burger and discover at least in terms of prices, you are in the States.
-Eduardo Villanueva, Lima, Peru