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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


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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NYC – Central Park – few women among many men -change is coming!

This is  an update to an older post. 

For the first time in history, a bronze statue depicting and celebrating the achievements of women will join the myriad monuments honoring men, animals and fictional characters in the storied park.

The city  plans to place the “Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony Woman Suffrage Movement Monument” in 2020. It will be located at the south end of Literary Walk.

I wrote, last year, that the only monuments depicting females in the park are Alice in Wonderland, Mother Goose, Juliet (from Romeo and Juliet) and a variety of nymphs and other mystical creatures. Also, there are a few in other parks (see below).

source: here


Post from January 2016

Nestled amid the greenery of Central Park are some rather inexplicable statues of men of history — such as King Jagiello, a 14th-century Polish king, and Albert Bertel Thorvaldsen, a Danish sculptor who lived in the 18th century. Not included in the park’s 29 monuments dedicated to historical notables are any real women.

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Alice in Wonderland

Currently, the only female figures to be honored with statues in the park are fictional (and not necessarily human), like Mother Goose and Alice in Wonderland.










However, the city’s Parks Department has granted conceptual approval to an effort to erect a statue of Elizabeth Cady Stanton* and Susan B. Anthony by the park’s West 77th Street entrance.

*Born on November 12, 1815, in Johnstown, New York, Elizabeth Cady Stanton was an abolitionist and leading figure of the early woman’s movement. An eloquent writer, her Declaration of Sentiments was a revolutionary call for women’s rights across a variety of spectrums. Stanton was the president of the National Woman Suffrage Association for 20 years and worked closely with Susan B. Anthony.


As of now, only a few of the 800 or so sculptures in New York City’s parks feature historical women:

Eleanor Roosevelt and Joan of Arc, which are both located in Riverside Park. In case you are wondering, the others are Gertrude Stein, Golda Meir, and Harriet Tubman.


Throughout the city a few women are honored. On the I. Miller Building at Broadway and 46th Street there are  sculptures of Mary Pickford, Ethel Barrymore, Marilyn Miller, and Rosa Ponselle.

In the Bronx at the Bronx Community College’s Hall of Fame for Great Americans, busts of Harriet Beecher Stowe, Susan B. Anthony, Mary Lyon, Maria Mitchell, Emma Willard, Alice Freeman Palmer, and Lillian Wald are included.

Then there are a few statues on churches of saints and of real women on private property that have a public presence, like the statue of Mother Clara Hale at the Hale House.

There is the face of a female model – Audrey Munson who posed for several statues including the Isador and Ida Straus Memorial.

Resources used for this article here 1 , here 2


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Argosy Bookstore – tucked away in midtown


The Argosy Bookstore – oldest independent bookstore in NYC

I am always amazed while walking around NYC  to find myself noticing stores and shops, well-known in the city for years, new to me. This along east 59th street, I noticed a bookstore that is one of those bookstores that when looking through their windows draws you inside.. The sign read that it was New York City’s oldest independent bookstore. As I entered, I felt myself thinking that I was traveling  back in time by looking at well-preserved maps that are centuries old, and were once in the hands of people who lived in New York when Manhattan was mostly just downtown. It’s an opportunity to touch elegant engravings the likes of which you see in museums. Yes, your touch them and even buy them.

They specialize in old and rare books, including maps and lithographs and a selection of old autographs books and prints. Not into old books? This place may still offer little treasures to you… they sell old prints, maps, etc. You can even buy prints on pages from old books that have been chopped out.

I arrived later in the day so I only got to browse the main floor but they do have six floors but mostly only the second floor is open on a regular basis. On this floor is gallery of prints and maps.

This is such a wonderful and unassuming place in the middle of Midtown. I was allowed to take photographs and to spend as much time as needed to browse different collections. A visit will give you a brief respite from the hustle and bustle of the present.

I plan on returning so I can visit the upper floors. Also, I read that they have a basement filled with reasonably priced used books.

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NYC – Lower Manhattan – Louis Vuitton Exhibition -a must see.

Louis Vuitton Exhibition

If you are in the area – Lower Manhattan   —– it is a must see.

Located at 86 Trinity Place and next to the Trinity Church and walking distance from the 9/11 Tribute Museum, Wall Street, The Charging bull Statue to name only a few. Hours open

Yesterday I went to the Lois Vuitton Exhibition –  It was one the best curated shows I have seen this year. It certainly demonstrates how the wealthy traveled but it also leaves you inspired to travel.

It should be no surprise that the show is about the evolution of luggage. Throughout you will see the use of canvas and wood with a very distinctive pattern. There are flat trunks, wardrobe trunks all set within exceptional displays. Did you ever know of so many kinds of trunks?

There is so much to see that I walked through the exhibit twice. I took so many photos that couldn’t decide which ones to put in the blog. I decided to add some to the  end. Also, I decided not to explain each photo – better for you to visit and see each them in context with the display they are set up in.

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One of the rooms was set up like a train car. Here is a video of my walking past the display. Sorry for the quality.



Extras,  if you are up to it  (Click to enlarge)

B/W Photos

Cases for hairbrushes and cosmetics – sorry for the noise

Odds and Ends



NYC Events – Small Parades – don’t miss them.

While walking around the city, I sometimes run into a small event such as a parade or block party. These are the times when the city really shows off its diversity.



Many people are familiar with parades such as the West Indian, Puerto Rican and St. Patrick’s Day parade. Occasionally though, the smaller parades demonstrate the culture, history and music of unique nationalities. Sometimes, you can enjoy and maybe even move and dance to their music.

This past week, Nigeria celebrated its independence with a parade and participants wearing traditional and lively African costumes really enjoyed themselves – I did too!

I encourage you, when visiting NYC, to look for these small events that can add to your enjoyment of the city. Google to find events or festivals and street fairs – there are many sites to choose from.

ps: Many times there is geat food to be had as well!


A forgotten Garden in Fredericksburg VA – was to be part of The National Slave Museum.



Tucked away in a remote area of Fredericksburg VA is a small garden – The spirit of Freedom – A somewhat forgotten part of what was to be The National Slave Museum.

In 2013, mostly overgrown it is tended to, occasionally, by a young student who has taken the voluntary task of trying to maintain the garden. The National Slave Museum has gone bankrupt and the property will probably become a ball field. I was impressed with the young girls attempt to keep this place alive so I searched and found the garden.

The garden is near several Civil War battlefields where soldiers fought to preserve slavery, In the center of the garden stands a solemn stone figure arms outstretched, face turned skyward as if rejoicing over the broken shackles etched into its thick arms….The Hallelujah Sculpture, a 5,000 pound statue,” according to museum officials, “represents the pain, tears, and un-timely deaths of those millions who never gave up on their belief that one day they would be free.”

As interesting as the statue is, I found, at the rear of the garden, an amazing discovery. There were several tree trunks with beautifully carved designs of slaves in various positions. Here is a brief slide show.

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The remainder of the garden:


UPDATE: October 2017

After three years, I had a chance to re-visit the site. You can see through the following photos that, while you can still see a few of the remains, the site is almost fully forgotten history

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