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.

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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.


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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Hamilton Grange – uptown from the NYC Broadway Stage -Hamilton Heights

Updated  July 2018 – I added additional informaion at the end in case, you would like to explore the area.

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Nice place to check out if you’re a history buff and you enjoy exploring the lesser explored areas of the city the Hamilton Grange House is an interesting, easy, place to visit. The house and tour are free. They offer a few tours throughout the day and there’s a small self-guided exhibit and video you can see as well. There are only a handful of original pieces in the house. The house is not exactly the way it looked, but you do get a sense of where Hamilton spent some of his last years.

You cannot miss the house as it sits precariously positioned on a hill – It is the third place the building has been moved to

You enter into the basement where the kitchen/servants quarters would have been (obviously the basement is not original to the house) and this takes you into the visitors center/small gift shop where the rangers hang out.

After touring these three rooms you can visit the first floor which has been decorated in period era furnishings.  I say period era because there are only two items in the house which were directly owned by Hamilton.  Everything else is the NPS’s best guess.

Updated on July 30, 2018

While I enjoyed the visit, it may not be for everyone. The area is away from other popular historic sites. the area streets are somewhat steep and can be difficult walking for some. The Grange is a very basic structure and inside there were several replica and period pieces as well as a few original items. To better enjoy your visit,  I suggest adding a walk around City College(immediately above the Grange)  to see the unique buildings and gargoyles. 

I added an article from amNY.com that gives a newer look at this area

Hamilton Heights is full of historic buildings of all types. St. Luke’s’ Episcopal Church, which saved the Grange in 1889, is still here. Hamilton Terrace is an out-of-the way enclave, running one block between West 141st and West 144th and Like Strivers Row and Convent Avenue, it has single-family rowhouses in excellent condition.

Also, it is worth it to walk around the corner to St Luke’s church to see the Alexander Hamilton statue…

For me, I enjoyed my visit to this summer home of Alexander Hamilton. He was a vital part of our nation’s history and it is nice to know that his heritage has been preserved.


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 Links of Interest:

City College

 Sylvan Terrace

Hamilton Historic District

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NYC – Walking -W70th Street to W58th Street -Riverside Drive – updated 2018

July 2018

I recently revisited this area and found it a very poplar place for walkers, joggers and bicyclists. The Hudson River Park is clean and there are many several piers along the way for your enjoyment of the Hudson river. I note that there are clean bathrooms along the way and  two places for eating -79th Street and 69th Street.


79th Street Boat Basin Restaurant.

Great view, from the restaurant, of The George Washington Bridge.


I looked south at the horizon and immediately was taken by the tall glass-enclosed buildings, a destination at last.





I continued on up the path to Riverside Drive



This area is mostly high rise apartments/condos and is all building.At the westernmost end, beyond Central Park .


I did find a park amongst them and there were plenty of pre-schools along the way so I imagine quite a few people live in this area.


Ended the walk with a drink

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NYC – West 48th Street – Music Row – 2018 Update

July 2018 update – gone forever

“In the middle of 48th Street on the south side of the block, where a clutch of music stores had once been, was rubble. An enormous expanse of rubble. The municipal version of a tooth that has been knocked out. If that wasn’t surprising enough, the space directly across the street, on the north side of the block, which had also been home to several music stores, was also rubble.

These stores on Forty-eighth Street weren’t merely a place to buy musical equipment. They were an immersive world where all this stuff was highly important. There were photos on the wall, the trappings of fame, money, the sense that giants had strode into this place, that the gods bought instruments here, or just strings and picks. Just by walking into these places you became a part of the ecclesiastical grit of rock music in New York”. (Thomas Beller, The New Yorker)

Music Row – Endangered

I recall going to 48th street during the late sixties and going in and out of several music stores. Yesterday, I walked down the street and couldn’t believe the shuttered up store fronts. Manny’s Musical Instruments, a Midtown landmark, since 1935, is gone and the remainder of the Music Row—as the block of W. 48th Street between Sevent and Sixth Avenues is affectionately known—is falling  like a row of dominoes.


Over the years, Manny’s has serviced such clients as Benny Goodman, Charlie Parker, Buddy Holly, lks from Rockefeller Center have apparently been buying up parts of the block and aim to level the entire street so that the Center can expand across Sixth Avenue. Put simply, Music Row, one of the last real vestiges of Old Times Square, will cease to exist.

sam ashand the Beatles to Jimi Hendrix, U2, Eric Clapton and Nirvana. This almost hurts even more than the recent news that Tin Pan Alley might be torn down, while Music Row still exists. It’s alive and functioning.

From the 60s through the 90s, 48th street between 6th and 7th Avenue was a mecca for music stores. In fact, these were arguably the best music stores maybe in the world, always with the latest gear and the best prices. The famous Manny’s Music would battle it out with cross-street rival Sam Ash while Alex Musical Instruments, Rudy’s Music, We Buy Guitars, 48th Street Music, Colony Music Center, New York Woodwinds and Brass, and a few others that I can’t remember picked up the crumbs.

mannys pictiures'Beatles, Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, and the Rolling Stones: Almost every major musical act of the last 75 years has a signed photo hanging on the “Wall of Fame” at Manny’s Music, the longest-standing store along fabled Music Row on West 48th Street in Midtown.

While there are several music stores on the western end of this block between Sixth and Seventh avenues in a cluster that feels frozen in time, many fear that the volume will soon be turned off completely.

The famous and beloved Music Row will soon be just a memory. Goodbye, Music Row. Some of us are going to miss you!

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NYC – a walk in NOHO

A walk through NOHO which is tucked between East Village and Greenwich Village is a small downtown nook with an eclectic sensibility and bohemian spirit. Expansive lofts, chic boutiques, and quaint cafes abide in this tiny yet happening neighborhood.

  • East to West Boundaries: Bowery and Broadway
  • North to South Boundaries: East 8th St. and East Houston St.
  • Nearby Neighborhoods: Greenwich Village, Soho, Nolita, and East Village

The area’s small streets are dissected by three major commercial arteries: Broadway, where many chain stores are found, Lafayette Street, where restaurants mingle with cultural institutions and the buzzing Bowery Street, which houses a cluster of eateries and late-night options.

I began my walk at east Houston and 2nd Avenue, (I could have started nearer my destination but Whole Foods has a public bathroom – ask for the code, and then walked to Crosby St.Heading north to Bleeker St.

I came upon an array of small shops like Village Tannery on Great Jones Street, INA NoHo on Bleecker Street and Louis Purple on Lafayette Street. I rarely shop, so I cannot endorse any of these or the many restaurants along Great Jones Street or Lafayette Street – they all looked great from the outside. I am usually always interested in older buildings, at least those that have not been razed for glass towers. When you gaze upward several gems of NoHo’s visual culture  become visible. –

A white terra-cotta building with 6 supporting  angels

Bond Street was a very fashionable in the 1800’s. Now it has small shops and a few restaurants. One older house is still standing is at #26 was probably owned by a wealthy new yorker.

Great Jones Street is really east 3rd Street

Exaggerated French ornate arch of NYC Fire Department’s Engine Company No. 33 (44 Great Jones St.),


Seems to be the rear of a church but there is no front on e 4th st.


On east 4th Street is the Old Merchant’s House Museum. One of the oldest houses of this style in NYC. there are a lot original pieces of furniture inside. Also it supposed to haunted as well.

The following is a collection of photos taken along the walk


I took a look inside the Papp public Theater which is a very imposing structure. Also, has a public bathroom)




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NYC – Barbershop Museum

This past weekend the Barbershop Museum was officially opened. but when I went over to visit  the museum was closed. Unusual for me, I have taken the liberty to copy a few photos  and cite some information from the internet



Joining the ever-growing list of quirky city museums is the NYC Barber Museum, a newly opened Upper West Side establishment dedicated to the art and history of barbering. The brainchild of Arthur Rubinoff — a fourth-generation “Master Barber” and the CEO of the Reamir  barbershop chain whose star-studded clientele includes Bruce Willis, Tony Danza and Regis Philbin — the museum opened this past Friday with much fanfare. Now it’s paying tribute to generations of old school barbers, while also offering a variety of grooming services to visitors. Best yet, it’s free to visit. They have no telephone listed.

(Source:untapped cities)
This would be a neat place to visit if you are 9 blocks away from Lincoln; 7 blocks away from Zabar’s; a few blocks away from the Beacon Theater; and one block away from Central Park) I would put it on your list of things to see only if in the area


The NYC Barber Museum is located at 290 Columbus Ave. It’s open “casual hours” Sat-Mon; Tues 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m., Wed 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Thurs 11 a.m.-11 p.m. and Fri 10 a.m.-7 p.m.

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