New Yorkers always have a bit of a chuckle at the tourists who walk about the city with their heads craned up. They fall off curbs and crash into lampposts and each other. But savvy New Yorkers know that the tourists are RIGHT! There’s a spectacular show going on up there. Some of the finest architectural flourishes in the city can be found above the 40th floor.
Case in point: Take a look at the crown of this art deco masterpiece. This building is elegantly described by my good friend Artisté Florenza on her blog and is the subject of one of her beautiful paintings.
This grandly embellished piece of architecture on the corner of 51st Street and Lexington Avenue in midtown was originally called the RCA Victor building when it went up in the ’30’s. The symbols and details on the crown of the building were inspired by radio waves and it is quite a site to see.
Is it a symptom of my advancing age to say they don’t design them with this depth of detail anymore? Click on this pic and take a good look at it. Can the polished surfaces of Frank Gehry compare to this? Nay, I say.
The Empire State Building, that Grand Old Dame of the city, has ornamental lighting that changes almost every night. Each color scheme is a commemoration or celebration. On October 19th, I was walking by after a meditation class and saw this mess!
I looked it up when I got home and apparently, these “Psychedelic Tie-Dye Colors” were in honor of the New York Historical Society’s Benefit for the Grateful Dead Exhibition and Archive. Are they running out of themes?
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All the street corner fruit vendors in Manhattan call you either “boss” or “my friend.” I like it.
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Cost to park in a garage on 89th Street off of Park Avenue for a bit over three hours to take The Daughter to The Metropolitan Museum of Art: $45.
Ouch. Just so you know. When you lay in a bed of roses, you’re going to get stuck with a few thorns.