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NYC – Madison Avenue – South? Native Fashion Now comes to Lower Manhattan

Part One

Lower Manhattan on a bright sunny day… hot, humid and in need of “coolness”. What better way to escape but to visit the  NYC Museum of the American Indian.

The museum  is located in the Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House at One Bowling Green in New York City. ( more on this on next blog.) Free admission too!

During this visit they had on display an exhibition “Native Fashion Now” Nearly 70 works spanning the last 50 years Native fashion designers and artists from style-makers to maverick designers. The show emphasizes fashion and creativity in Native culture. I share a few photos from this exhibit. I will share in the next blog some of the interesting exhibits in  other parts of the building..

Part two will cover the building history as well as the other exhibits.

 

 

 

 

“Native Fashion Now” is on view through September 4, 2017.

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Petersburg, Virginia – coming back

Growing up, busses were very popular. Kate and I stopped in Petersburg, Virginia and I noticed an old bus Terminal.

Maybe you still have an old toy bus somewhere? If so, post a pic of it on FB…

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NYC – The Explorers Club -worth a visit

 

The Explorers Club

Walking to Central Park along  east 70th Street.  I was intrigued by the façade of a building that looked like it was Elizabethan England. I Crossed the street to have a better look and peered through the heavy metal door. Inside, it looked like a private club all wood and leather chairs. Also there were all kinds of interesting items hanging from the walls. Of course it didn’t dawn on me to look at the nameplate on the door before looking – The Explorers Club.

 

 

I hesitated a moment and then opened the door and was met by a very friendly receptionist. I asked if the club was open to the public and she said it was a private club but that I could visit the  first two floors. What a treat, I was about to become a faux explorer for a few hours!

 

 

What is the Explorer’s Club?

Founded in New York City in 1904,  the private Explorers Club promotes the scientific exploration of land, sea, ai, and space by supporting research and education in the physical, natural and biological sciences. The Club’s members have been responsible for an illustrious series of famous firsts: First to the North Pole, first to the South Pole, first to the summit of Mount Everest, first to the deepest point in the ocean, first to the surface of the moon—all accomplished by members. Members must have participated in some form of scientific exploration. The club is filed with souvenirs you won’t find anywhere else, such as an Explorers Club Flag Carried on the moon, a taxidermied Siberian polar bear and a ship’s bell from Admiral Byrd’s expedition.

Upon entering, I had the feeling that I was entering an old estate in England… Tudor. Jacobean and wood everywhere!

 

Members Lounge

First floor foyer

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Second Floor

The Clark room is the largest in the building where the walls are covered with noteworthy flags. One of these flags is taken to the Gobi Desert by paleontologist Roy Andrews. – I mention this because he was the inspiration for the movie “Indians Jones”.

 

 

The Library Room

 

 

There are still four more floors but they are not open to the public.

Als0, one block awayfrom Central Park and the Frick Museum.

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The NYC Arches -Grand Army Plaza – Washington Square Park – Others you may have missed

What is the most recognizable monument in Paris? – Would it be the The Arc de Triomphe?  In NYC, we have several to select from but at least one person from Brooklyn may be more familiar with the Soldiers and Sailors Monument in Brooklyn’s Grand Army Plaza.

The Grand Army Plaza was designed as the main entrance to Brooklyn’s well-known Prospect Park.

The soldiers and Sailors Monument dominates the Plaza – it is quite an impressive arch!Inside the arch are wonderful equestrian relief sculptures of Lincoln and Gran

The statues that sit about halfway up the arch represent “The Spirit of the Army” and “The Spirit of the Navy”. They were added around 1900 Statues  on top of the arch and depicts “Columbia”, who is generally used as an allegorical representation of the U.S.

To the north of the Soldiers and Sailors Monument sits Bailey Fountain. A popular spot for wedding photos, the fountain shows a man, woman (representing wisdom and felicity) and a boy holding a cornucopia. They stand on top of the prow of a ship surrounded by Neptune – god of the sea – and a triton.

While writing this, I wondered if there were other “Arches” in NYC. Here is what I found…

There is more than one Grand Army Plaza in NYC

The influence of European arches can still be found in NYC

Assistance from Untappedcities and CurbedNY

At the southern entrance to Central Park is the Manhattan’s  version of The  Grand Army Plaza. General William Tecumseh Sherman, his steed, and guiding angels stand on the northern half of the plaza, gracefully and confidently striding towards across the street to the Pulitzer Fountain and the entrance of the Plaza Hotel. Sadly no Arch,

Washington Square Arch – I imagine that most visitors, when visiting the Village, have been to Washington Square Park. The arch here was originally built of wood to honor the 100th anniversary of George Washington’s inauguration. Later, it was made out of marble and was inspired by the Arc de Tromphe.

Manhattan Bridge Entrance – The entryway to the Manhattan Bridge was inspired by a different Paris Arch – the triumphal Porte Saint Denis

American Museum of Natural History – The Central Park West entrance to the American Museum of Natural History was modeled after the Arch of Constantine and is known as the Theodore Roosevelt Memorial.  It has four notable explorers in sculpture at the top: Daniel Boone, John James Audubon, William Clark and Merriweather Lewis.

 

FACADE OF THE MUNICIPAL BUILDING –The Arch of Constantine also served as the model for the facade of the Municipal Building. The building’s terra-cotta vault  was inspired by the Palazzo Farnes and its columned entrance was possibly modeled on Bernini’s Colonnade, at St. Peter’s. I don’t think many non city people visit this area.

 

 

 

Dewey Seaman Arch – This mostly forgotten arch is now partially obscured behind buildings in Upper Manhattan. The arch is a remnant of a once wealthy family and is  said to be an exact replica of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris.

also, there were two temorary Arches at Madison Square Park but removed years ago.

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NYC – Space collections recently auctioned at Sotheby’s

 

 

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Space Memorabilia

Timed to coincide with the 48th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing Sotheby’s displayed a wide variety of material from both the American & Soviet space programs., I took some photos so I could share with you some of the collection. I imagine that these items may stay in private hands and therefore not be seen again by the public.

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NYC – Pop-Up Mini Blog -Contemporary Art – private works going before Sotheby’s auction

 

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The following were placed, for sale, in an on-line auction. Many of these had not been seen by the public but are currently on displsy st Sotheby’s.

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NYC – Brooklyn to Manhattan – walking the Manhattan Bridge

Getting There

On my to-do list was to walk over the Manhattan Bridge. I gathered up my google skills and decided hat it would be best to cross from the Brooklyn side. How close will the subway get me to my destination – Jay and Sands Street? Will there be subways closures? The nearest stop is York Street –  just a block or so north of the pedestrian entrance at Jay and Sands.  Staring from the Upper East Side I rode the “Q” and “F” trains. The trip was uneventful and before going I checked with the MTA Trip Planner.

http://tripplanner.mta.info/MyTrip/ui_web/customplanner/TripPlanner.aspx

The Manhattan Bridge may be way down on your list of things to do in NYC but walking across this century-old bridge affords some spectacular views of the Brooklyn Bridge and buildings of Manhattan.

Pedestrian pathway

Sign are posted for walkers and bicycles, just make sure you walk on South side of bridge

The pedestrian pathway is at the same level as traffic and trains, so the walk is noisy, and plenty of bikes don’t heed the direction to ride on the north path, so you’ll have a few bikes speed past you, but you’ll be too focused on the amazing view to the south to care.

The total length of the bridge is just a little more than 1 mile, so it doesn’t take long to walk across, even if you’re stopping often for photos. The protective fence dogs your steps the whole way, but in a few spots people have cut it and pulled it apart so you can take a photo of the view more easily. Suggestion: Your phone will work very well shooting through the “chicken wire”. If you remove your lens flare-cover on your DSL you might be able to get some good shots through the railing. In all cases just hold on to your camera!

 

Ending your walk

 

You will come out in Manhattan right in Chinatown. the neighborhood, you’ll start to see the iniquness of Chinatown from this vantage point.

You will end opposite Canal Street and should be able to find some eatable treats as well as some shopping. Also, there is an uptown subway on canal  street.

 

And of course – Graffitii

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