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NYC – East of Midtown – a walk around east 54th and 2nd Avenue

Here is a look into a neighborhood a bit off the grid of tourist areas.  I selected an area bounded by east 54th street, ast 52nd Street, and Sutton Place and 3rd avenue. Some people call this part of Turtle Bay. The area has very little to offer but I found a few interesting places of interest.

the New York City Bath House Building – a very impressive building, on  east 54th.

The center’s original purpose was to provide sanitary facilities for the city’s working classes and much of its original character and history remains. The basketball court and jogging track are connected by two wrought ironwork spiral staircases,The vaulted ceiling in the gymnasium, and the lobby are indicative of the architecture of the time. Marble walls in the locker rooms hearken back to the original marble baths. (Not allowed to photograph swimming pools)

 

 

 

Funny how NYC people interact with each other:

I found myself looking through the locked doors of the Norwegian Seamen’s Church and wondering how to get inside, just then a passing mailman that just yelled to me to press the two white buttons, magically, the door clicked open. (I love going into interesting buildings)

Norwegian Seamen’s Church

A smiling young man greeted me and allowed me to come inside for a visit. The church is a part of Norwegian Church Abroad. Along with being a church it also holds an assortment of events and art exhibitions.  There’s a small store and cafe inside the church that offers coffee, waffles, and a few Nordic packaged goods.  The store had a few friendly people having a coffee away from the bustle of midtown. There is a Gallery located downstairs from the “church” and has a nice collection of Scandinavian art.  Upstairs there is a small library/reading room with a fairly impressive collection of books in Norwegian.

 

What you find off the beaten path are often small ethnic restaurants.

 

 

Extra things I fiund along the walk.

 

 

 

 

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NYC – South Street Seaport – A rainy day walk

NYC – South Street Seaport – A rainy day walk

Winter weather turned mild and ushered in a light rain. Not really “cabin fever” but just a chance to get outside and not freeze had me take another look at the South Street Seaport area. Purposely, I stayed away from the major tourist attractions and mainly stayed within two blocks of the seaport.

 

SSS is a nice walk from the Staten island Ferry Terminal. You can walk up Pearl Street to Anne Street – take some time to go a block east and west for some interesting buildings. (See if you can find Stone Street?) You could walk up Broadway and then go east on Wall Street down to South Street. Taking a walk in this area is worth the time spent downtown.

 

The seaport is still undergoing reconstruction but there is still a section that has restaurants, clothing stores and specialty shops. However, I elected to just walk around the immediate area. It was a Saturday and there were not many people as would be during a work day. I found it very relaxing to be able to just wander around and feel like I was alone.

 

 Some of the photos above were taken around 85 Broad Street and Stone Street. I add the following article about this location.  may be of interest.

Lower Manhattan has a lot to offer as a destination as the history of NYC begins in this location.

Governor Lovelace’s tavern (later called King’s Tavern) was located in what is now the Financial District in lower Manhattan. The original foundation walls of the former bar can be seen through a glass window in the sidewalk at 85 Broad Street, located about 100 feet away from the Fraunces Tavern. If you’re familiar with the neighborhood, you’ve most likely walked past it (or on top of it) without so much as a second glance.

 

Oh, don’t forget to treat yourself

I have included a few of my previous blogs below.

Quick Guide to lower Manhattan

Earlier blog on this area

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NYC-Central Park-Bethesda Terrace-carvings

New York City’s Central Park is a must place to visit and the Bethesda Terrace (fountain) should not be missed. It is a magnificent terrace that has much to see – a towering fountain, a beautiful lake, a distant boat house and, often missed, intricate carvings on the railings and columns of the Terrace.

Over the past years I have returned to the Terrace area many times and my latest visit brought my attention to the intricate carvings that adorn the railings and columns.

My research has uncovered that they are placed in groups to represent each of the four season’s . I came across a FB video describing the carvings in great detail. The video is from the Central Park Conservatory and is well done however the background noise can be a little distracting.

video here

I had intended to create a longer blog but I think the video will do a better job of showing these marvelous carvings. I encourage you to take a look the next time you visit NYC

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Winter Jam – January 27, 2018 – Central Park

While in NYC …

Many times I write about an event that I have gone to but  I thought, today, I would give a shout-out to an event that will happen on Saturday, January 27, 2018. My family has enjoyed this event in the past and I know, if you are in the city, your family might enjoy this fun day in the park.

Take a snow day at the annual Winter Jam in Central Park next Saturday, Jan. 27th, with FREE skiing, cross country skiing and snowboarding lessons, an ice slide for kids, ice sculpting and more. It’s all happening 11am to 3pm at the Central Park Bandshell in Rumsey Field, rain or shine, so let’s hope for shine (rain/snow date is Feb. 3).

Here is a link to Winter Jam 2018

https://www.nycgovparks.org/highlights/festivals/winter-jam

 

Here is a link to some other sites you could enjoy in this same area.

https://thombradley.wordpress.com/2014/01/20/nyc-winter-in-central-park/

 

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NYC – Talking Statues

Came across this and thought it would be of interest to my readers.

From the web:

“Talking Statues is an original Danish concept giving voices to statues through modern technology for the first time in the world. It became a success and later was realized in the cities of Helsinki, London, San Diego, Berlin, Chicago etc. The project in New York is now running. ”

Learn about the details here

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NYC – Revisit to Old Daily News Building and Grand Central Station at Christmas

Christmas update – Old Daily News Building& Grand Central Station

Often, what is nice about re-visiting parts of the city is that there always seems to be something added or taken away.

This weekend, I had a chance to revisit east 42nd Street between Madison Avenue and 3rd Avenue. I selected two older blogs where I visited the same location.

I have added link to each of these at the beginning of each section. I leave it up to you to decide whether to look at the older blogs before or after the new information.

The Old Daily News Building – think Superman!

Earlier Blog read here 

 

 

Grand Central Station

 

Earlier Blogs here, here

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The majority of New York City’skyscapers, including its tallest hotels and apartment towers, lie within Midtown.

Just a block over east 41st Street is the library walk. here

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NYC – Quick visit to Sotheby’s Auction House

I made a quick visit into Sotheby’s to visit their show rooms. Here are some samples of Contemporary Art.

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Most of these will be going  to auction.

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