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

NYC – Library Walk – a good place to look down – updated

Library Walk

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A little History

Walking down 41st street towards the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building of the New York Public library, pedestrians can get a sample of the literary treasures that await them before even entering the building. The two blocks between Park and 5th Avenue, dubbed Library Way in 2003 by legislation signed by New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, are lined with 32 intricately designed bronze plaques emblazoned with quotes from literary giants like Emily Dickinson, Gertrude Stein, William Butler Yeats, and Ernest Hemingway. The quotations were selected in 1996 by a distinguished panel of literary experts and librarians who chose excerpts from some of literature’s most prominent works that best represented the importance and impact of literature. The best time to walk is on the weekend.

 

My Story

Walking in NYC can be fun and often leads you to find something different and new. Many of us are busy looking up, at our urban mountains but as I walked towards the library from Park Avenue (actually, I was at Grand Central) , I decided to forego 42nd street and walk along  41st street..

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The best time to walk is on the weekend.

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Also, it may be the only street where you don’t mind people stopping and partially blocking the sidewalk.

 

This Blog was updated May 17, 2018

 

 

 

Here are a few  photos.

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NYC – enjoy a private art gallery

NYC – enjoy a private art gallery

 

NYC offers you an opportunity to visit many famous museums. Often though, you may find some of best art there the “other” place might be appreciating works of art in a private gallery.

Sometimes it is great to imagine yourself   a person of means. Walking  around  the city, you can’t help but encounter shops that sell high-end goods.  It is  fun to go inside to enjoy seeing items that, I am sure,  cannot be seen anywhere else..

Today I entered the world of high-end art – The  Bartoux gallery – Central Park South and 7th Avenue. The gallery is quite impressive with large street windows and a deep interior with walls covered with brightly colored art. The staff was very friendly ad welcomed me and allowed me to take photos. You will find that most galleries welcome visitors and are most cordial in answering questions.

 

The gallery host art from leading artists (partial list)

MARC CHAGALL    ANDY WARHOL   BRUNO CATALANO   JULIEN MARINETTI   NOE TWO   DAMIEN hIRST

Welcome to a sample of what is inside

 

 

Damien Hirst

 

 

Noe Two – The Last Hope Spray paint and acrylic on cnvas

 

 

 

Julien Marinetti is a sculptor and engraver. All of these animals are bronze and painted with lively colors.

NYC – Gotham – Superman – The Daily News Building

Once the home of  Superman and a Vintage Globe – The Daily News

I suppose not many people go east of the Chrysler Building on east 42nd Street but those who do, will enjoy one of the city’s most historic Art Deco structures. The Daily News Building.

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This was the home of America’s first tabloid newspaper, the illustrious Daily News, until 1995. The outside of the building is exceptional enough on its own; a giant mural carved above the entrance in the Art Deco style depicts working Manhattanites under an illuminated sky.

 

But on walking into the building, you will  find a  spectacular architectural sight: a vintage globe that nearly dwarfs onlookers. IMG_1697 The globe is 12 feet in diameter and weighs approximately 4,000 pounds. It makes a full rotation every ten minutes, moving
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But it gets even better. Above the globe, an enormous rotunda made of faceted black glass extends upward, intended to depict outer space:

 

 

The giant globe was featured as part of the fictional Daily Planet in Richard Donner’s Superman films. The lobby still shows photographs of Christopher Reeve as Clark Kent and Margot Kidder as Lois Lane at work in the hectic newspaper offices.

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I added the Superman image

 

Accompanying the massive model are brass meteorological instruments giving the day’s rainfall, wind velocity, and atmospheric pressure, ornate clocks give the time in far-flung destinations such as Panama, Casablanca, Belgrade, and Berlin.IMG_1716

Inscribed on the floor surrounding the globe are the distances to such exotic locales as Cairo, Gibraltar, and the North Pole, suggesting to visitors not already bowled over by the remarkable lobby that New York was indeed the center of the world.

 

Also on display in the lobby is this gorgeous time zone clock, which features New York City time in the center…. surrounded by 16 miniature clock faces depicting time throughout the world.

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Finally, as you exit the building, be sure to look up……where you’ll see a gorgeous period clock overhead.

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And best of all, walking through the doors is like traveling back in time to the 1930s.

NYC – Doors – our public signatures

During the holiday, I received, as a gift, a book. This book “Door Jams – amazing doors of New York City” photographed by Allan Markman  provides the viewer with an extraordinary look at maybe overlooked pieces of art.

This book is a masterpiece of excellent photography. It provided me with an idea to see what doors might be found in east mid-Manhattan. My photos are simply “record shots” of doors, I could only hope to someday achieve the quality of Mr Markman’s work.

 

It is interesting to find so many different doors in just one small area of NYC

 

 

 

NYC – East of east 23rd Street

 

I have always been curious about what is at the end of east 23rd Street. It seems like a world away from the usual NYC. Well, curiosity has been met and here is a brief  look at  the far side of 23rd Street at the East River. It is not a glamorous view of the city but is functional area that serves the community.

I was surprised to find such a massive building as the  Asser Levy Public Baths which is a historic building located at the corner of Asser Levy Place and East 23rd Street in Kips BayManhattan.

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The baths were an important part of the drive to alleviate sanitary problems in the city. Many New Yorkers, especially immigrants living in overcrowded tenements, had no place to bathe – an 1896 survey found that there was one bathtub in the Lower East Side for every 79 families[3] – and progressive social reformers pushed for the construction of publicbathhouses modeled on those of  saunasmassages and relaxation therapies. Members of the society considered it as a place to meet and socialize. Public bathing could be compared to the spa of modern times.

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One of the entrances to the bathhouse, which were once divided by gender

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The building now houses two swimming pools, one outdoors for use in the summer, and one indoors for the rest of the year, and a public health club. It is part of theAsser Levy Recreation Center, which also includes the Asser Levy Playground next door.

Today the bathhouse offers a gym with weights, workout machines and treadmills; classes in yoga, aerobics, pilates; basketball, handball and indoor and outdoor pools.  But the modernized East 23rd Street Bathhouse retains the monumental quality so sought by the City Beautiful committee.

The fees for adults is $150 a year and for seniors and young adults only $25.00 a year. Quite a bargain, wouldn’t you say?

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I could not take a picture of the inside pool but the outside pool looks in good shape.

 

 

 

 

I walked over to a parking garage and a boat terminal. I think they also fly out of this area as well. Other than a nice view of the Queensboro Bridge and Queens there isn’t much of interest to capture.

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I will do my best to describe the area.

 

You may not be able to imagine yourself living in the Peter Cooper Village… there must be over a thousand people living in just one building.

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Also, I don’t think I have ever captured the Empire State Building from this far east.

 

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This are is part of the East River walkway – not at all like the West side parks. However, it looked like it is well used fro running, walking and sitting.

 

Lastly, I remained fascinated by the ditch windmill on the railings. I have seen these in few places but cannot find out the origin or history of them

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Now you know what the ordinary “New Yorker” sees everyday.