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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

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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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Brooklyn – Prospect Park 7000 pinwheels

Today,I traveled to Brooklyn’s Prospect Park to look at  7,000 yellow Pinwheels. The pinwheels — which range from 6 to 11 inches in size — span 2¹/₂ acres of the Rose Garden, a quiet corner of the park.

Students from 40 city schools were asked to submit designs. Several of these were printed and folded into the installation’s bright yellow pinwheels, which are made from a renewable material generated from crushed stones.

The installation is going to close on July 17th.

Interesting enough was that I have never been to Prospect Park in all the years I have visited and lived in NYC. Now that I have broken the ice, I will venture to other boroughs as well.

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NYC – Backup Plan for Rainy Day

NYC – Rain makes for sudden changes

Recently, I went to see a parade –IMMIGRANT’S PARADE  – but unfortunately when I got there it started to rain. I mean really rain!

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So you are soaking wet and the parade gets cancelled, what to do?

Think inside. Before I went to the parade I looked up where the parade was to be held and also what other sites are nearby. I guess it is called having a backup plan.

The following is a record of my afternoon:

I arrived at the parade and found many participants seeking cover. I walked over by the Radio City Hall and realized that the parade was not going to hap

First, I headed into Rockefeller Center (nice and dry) walked underneath from 6th Avenue to Seventh Avenue. Sat for awhile had a coffee and used their bathroom.

I had read that an old Art Store had been converted into a cooperative for artists and headed in that direction.The cooperative had just opened and had only a few artisans manning their displays.

 

The rain kept coming so I ducked into the Sheraton Hotel . Hotel lobbies are great places to sit and rex and, if needed, use their public bathroom.

Rain continues so I am off to the Time Warner Building at Columbus Circle. Passing the Columbus Circle Subway entrance, I was intrigued by the colorful sign advertising 39 stores below in the subway lobby.

So, below I went Great use of this space and very unique shops and dry.

I decided to head for home.

Moral: No matter what the weather, go and explore!

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NYC – Sunday in Washington Square Park – drizzle and all

Some days are just gloomy and sometimes there is a drizzle that make it just a little bit different. what better time to visit Washington Square Park and environs.

Here is my walk in pictures…

The Park

 

 

 

Art Show

 

 

 

Streets (Mac Dougall – West 3rd – Thompson ) – South of the Park

Off of 5th Avenue – North of the Park

Time for Coffee

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