In 1927 the newly built Bank of Manhattan clock tower stood pristinely over the industrial neighborhood of Long Island City, but over the years the building, much like the banking industry, began to decay.
The clock cracked.
The company moved out in the ’80s and then in 1990 Citibank built a metal and glass edifice that dethroned the bank as the tallest building in the borough.
Now, if only for a couple months, the nomadic public arts group No Longer Empty has filled the vacant bank once again. But the bankers of the early part of last century who had graced the floors of the 14-story skyscraper might not be too pleased with the theme of exhibition.
“What’s money?” artist Theodoros Stamatogiannis asked while standing in front of the pingpong table he installed on Monday morning.
“It’s a big game,” he retorted.
Stamatogiannis, who splits his time between the UK and Queens,