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What and where is the only street with a fractioned number in New York City,

A while back, I put up some photos of an outside arcade (walk-through) on west 52nd Street.

At the time, I was engrossed on getting to an event and didn’t notice a sign post – 6 ½ Avenue w 52nd Street. Later, as I edited the photos I noticed the 6 ½ Avenue sign, though  I didn’t recall seeing a roadway in the middle of the block. My first thought was that someone was just having a little fun. With a little of exploring, let me tell you the story.

 

Yes, there are sign posts showing a 6 ½ Avenue. Hey are located on west 51st street to west 57th Street. While 6 ½ Street  is not an Avenue or a Street it is a series of Privately Owned Public Spaces (POPS)  that provides a way to get from w57th Street to w51st Street mid-block. Currently the only street with a fraction number in New York City,

 

These arcades of Midtown connect one street to another through building(s). 6 ½  Avenue is a public walkway through the buildings for the convenience of pedestrians. It is a fun secret of NYC. For the most part, I found most of the passageways boring, but I also found one that was worth a visit.

I have elected to start from W 57th Street and go south but you could start at W 51st and work north.

 

 

West 57th street: There are three points of entry

 

Le Parker Méridien at 118 West 57th street, which is perhaps the most interesting. The elegant lobby, which is technically an arcade but looks just like a hotel lobby. The hotel is required to provide a certain number of tables and chairs for the public. If I had to begin and end my tour it would be here.

Le Parker Méridien has battled with the City over its elegant lobby, which is technically an arcade. The hotel is required to provide a certain number of tables and chairs for the public,. But the thing you notice upon entering at 57th street is that half the lobby has been appropriated by the hotel’s Gothic style cafe and bar. This entrance is quite cozy and may intimidate you from entering but be assured, it is a public space! I noticed one person who was eating her bag lunch on one of the sofas..

 

This space opens up to an impressive lobby that has large columns and mirrors. Here is a glimpse of the inside.

Here are two BONUS items for you:

  • Burger Joint at Parker New York – right next door. Noted for the best hamburger in NYC. Also, highly recommended by my daughter.
  • 130 57th – a small lobby with very interesting old photos of celebrities. The building used to an arts building. There is a doorman but just ask to see the photos on the wall. (I put some samples  at the end of this blog)

The other two entrances are not as nice as above.

Since I love the challenge of finding new things, I continued my quest to learn more about 6 ½ Avenue and headed south. Most of these arcades are simply walk throughs. Some have seats and benches. Originally, I thought I would show you some examples but I just found a video that walks through the arcades and I think does it better.

Please Note:

  • The video starts from w55th Street and heads south.
  • The entrance on 56th Street is easy to spot. Note that construction on w54th  but go down a bit and you can  cross through the Hertz parking lot.
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30 west 57th street – Lobby photos

 

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NYC – a short Christmas walk in midtown: Part One

 

Today, I took a walk on 7th Avenue from west 57th st to west 52nd. Turned east and walked to the Paley Building (25 w 52nd) and then walked up to west 57th. This an easy walk and I added a stop at the Paley building and the 21 Club.

Because of length I have put the Paley Center and the 21st Restaurant in Part Two

This Blog will be mostly photographs taken along the route.  This time of year, there are many things to notice and enjoy. Let’s get started.

 

57th to 52nd along 7th Avenue and then across w 52nd to the Paley Center,)

Inside building – corner of 7 Avenue and w 52nd

 

Along w 52nd there are some many attractive walkways between streets

 

w 52nd to 5th Avenue back to w 57th.

 

Part Two

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NYC a short Christmas walk in midtown: Part Two

Continued from Part One

Today, I took a walk on 7th Avenue from west 57th st to west 52nd. Turned east and walked to the Paley Building (25 w 52nd) and then walked up to west 57th. This an easy walk and I added a stop at the Paley building and the 21 club.

If visiting the. city and if you will be walking down 5th Avenue then this is a great stop for you and your family. Literally, it is just around the corner (w 52) from 5th Avenue

The Paley Center for Media celebrates the joy of the season with a special family friendly experience. It’s Holiday Time in PaleyLand features continuous daily screenings of beloved classic holiday TV programs from the Paley Archive. Families can also enjoy special holiday activities like arts and crafts, dreidel games, and FREE hot cocoa!

December 8, 2018, to January 6, 2019, in New York
Wednesdays to Sundays 12:00 to 6:00 pm; Thursdays until 8:00 pm

Closed Mondays and Tuesdays.  website here

 

Right next door is the 21 Club

Perhaps the best known feature of 21 is the line of painted cast iron lawn jockey statues which adorns the balcony above the entrance. In the 1930s, some of the affluent customers of the bar began to show their appreciation by presenting 21 with jockeys painted to represent the racing colors of the stables they owned. There are 33 jockeys on the exterior of the building, and 2 more inside the doors.

Interesting: a couple going into the club with matching shoes

Interesting: couple with matching shoes

 

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NYC – San Gennaro Festival

 

The Feast of San Gennaro

 

Every year people flock  to Little Italy to celebrate Italian heritage and to feast on some of the best Italian cuisine the city has to offer.

For some, this is the opportunity to enjoy some amazing food, special music performances. This year, the festival started on September 13th and will end on September  23rd .

 

I joined the celebration on Saturday September 15 during the day just as they were getting the parade organized

 

(Sorry for the extra stuff at end of video but only way I could get it in WP was Youtube)

And of course — always an Italian singer.

I added an accordion player

 

 

 

Marching up Mulberry Street with a little “upbeat” music

And the grand Marshal… hint to my family look closely in background

Grand Marshall Vic DiBitetto, the comic, mingled with the crowd as his float maneuvered through narrow Mulberry Street and its crowds

Sorry for misspelling Gennaro a few times
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NYC – NYC Water Towers -ART – update 2018

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This Land Is Your Land by Ivan Navarro

New York City’s water towers are iconic, and a hundred of them are covered in artwork created by Jeff Koons, Maya Lin, and other artists. They are meant to raise awareness of global water problems and encourage New Yorkers to drink their tap water.

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What are those wooden water tanks?

When I first started visiting the city I noticed that the City’s skyline is dotted with wooden water towers. My first thought was to mistake them for vanishing relics of a bygone era. Maybe like seltzer bottles and street gas lamps.

But what I didn’t realize is the towers are hardly antiques — in fact, most drink and bathe from the water stored in them every day. We think they are old because they look as though they are. While many are more than 30 years old, even new ones look old because they are made of wood that isn’t painted or chemically treated (so as not to taint drinking water).

Though the technology has become more efficient, the concept of gravity delivering water from a wood tank hasn’t changed in decades. The average wood tank holds 10,000 gallons of water and costs around $30,000.

Only three companies build the ones you see on the NYC rooftops, and to get an idea of how much in use they are, Rosenwach Tank Company (which has been in business for over 100 years) builds approximately 300 new tanks a year.

This system may be “old” but it sure is reliable. About 15,000 buildings still use this system today.

How it works:

– A water tower is a simple device that uses gravity to provide water pressure.

– They provide water for domestic uses and fire supply.

– Most structures taller than six stories need some sort of water tower and pump system of their own.

– Water is fed to buildings through pipes in the basement.

– Electric pumps push the water from the basement to roof.

– From the roof, gravity sends water to pipes throughout the building.

– As tenants use the water, the level in the tank goes down and, just like in a toilet, a ballcock lets more in.

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NYC – The Library Lions of the NYC Public Library – Are there others less famous?

 

Most of us are familiar with Patience and Fortitude, the world-renowned pair of marble lions that stand proudly before the majestic Beaux-Arts library building at Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street in Manhattan. They have captured the imagination and affection of New Yorkers and visitors from all over the world.

NYC Public Library – 42nd Street

History: Their names of the lions have changed over the years. After the dedication, the pair were named Leo Aster and Leo Lenox, after the library’s founders, Jacob Aster and James Lenox. Later, folks decided to dress them up in costume and name them Lady Astor and Lord Lenox. N

Who knew that we have two sets of lions guarding public libraries in NYC?

Did you?

Actually, there are two more lions, a pair, of sleeping, cousins, in the Bronx,at the  NYC Riverdale Library. The lions, each weighing about 900 pounds are sprawled lazily on stone pedestals with  their eyelids closed  at the libraries entrance.

New York Public Library – Riverdale

Though smaller than the NYCPL lions, they began their public life at the Loews Regency Hotel on Park Avenue. At their present location in Riverdale, they have been named “River” and “Dale.”

 

Are these the only pair(s) of lions in the city?

Are you are familiar with two lions named Stephen and Stitt,?

These two lions  keep watch over the HSBC bank at Canal Street and Bowery.

HSBC Bank – Canal Street and Bowery

History: Lions have appeared on the English coat-of-arms ever since the arrival of William the Conqueror in 1066, and the Peking Lion holds a great significance in Chinese tradition. It isn’t surprising therefore, that two lion sculptures can be found guarding many of the HSBC offices around the world today. Note: The HSBC name is derived from the initials of the Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation.

You are invited to add to this story.

 

 

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Walking 5th Ave Mid-Summer Fashion Windows

A walk along 5th Avenue can be enjoyable if you take time to look at the many store windows. Also, don’t be afraid to go inside and browse around. Today, I walked from 59th street to 42nd street with side trip to Rockefeller  Plaza and Times Square.

Few things are as fun as an indulgent and leisurely shopping trip to  New York’  However, it can also be incredibly daunting and overwhelming, particularly for first-time shoppers. So here is a short list of some of the top shops to visit during your time in Manhattan.

Tiffany & Co.

Shiny, sparkly baubles abound at the incredibly famous fine jewelry brand

 

Bergdorf Goodman.  The premier shopping destination for all luxury items.

Louis Vuitton

The crème de la crème of leather handbags, this outpost of the

French maison, Louis Vuitton will set you back a pretty penny for a purse.

Zara Bargain

shoppers have known about the fast fashion shop Zara for years. For the uninitiated, the shop offers the best of what’s hot now at low prices.

 

Gucci Offering everything in men’s and women’s fashions, Gucci has gained more fame from their adorned sneaker collections.

Versace

This Italian fashion house was made famous by the deceased designer’s sister

Fifth Avenue is the most famous shopping street in the world. Although most people assume that only luxury labels such as Hermes, Gucci, Tiffany, Prada, and others are represented here, there are a variety of other recommendable shops to visit.

Here is a list of stores with location and price.

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