NYC – Have you seen these NYC animals/

Don’t be surprised at the number of animals you might encounter when walking through NYC. They seem to be everywhere. Fortunately, they are not human but are pieces of artwork found in parks, squares and on buildings.


It can be a great adventure for younger people to see how many animals they can find within a certain distance – I am sure they might  turn up some interesting ones. Here are some of my favorite ones.


Ape & Cat (at the Dance)

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Cat and the Ape dancing

Robert F. Wagner, Jr. Park, at the southern end of Battery Park City

Question: Can a feline and primate find love in the cold, harsh city? Apparently so: an inter-species affair is underway at Battery Park, where this sizable bronze commands attention next to the Hudson River.

Charging Bull

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Near Broadway Ave. and Beaver St.

What’s now a beloved icon for Wall Street originated as an act of guerrilla art by Arturo Di Modica, who left the bronze sculpture in front of the New York Stock Exchange shortly before Christmas 1989. Tipping the scales at 7,100 pounds and with a snout-to-tail length of 16 feet, the bull took two years to create. Tourists love it,rub it, and even ride it.

Delacorte Clock

Central Park, near the Children’s Zoo entrance

980x (3)High above the arches between the Children’s Zoo and the Wildlife Center in Central Park is a band of animals: a hippo violinist, a tambourine-wielding bear, a concertina-playing elephant, a horn-playing kangaroo, a goat with pipe, a penguin drummer, and two bronze monkeys sitting above the clock. Every hour, the animals circle and spin to nursery rhymes, or, during the winter, “Deck the Halls” and “Jingle Bells.”

                                                   Dancing Bear

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Just a stone’s throw away from the Delacorte Clock is one very happy bear.

This Dancing Bear is one-half of a footloose pair (the Dancing Goat sits at the zoo’s south entrance).

Peter Pan  

Carl Schurz Park, near E. 86th St. and East End Ave.

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While Peter Pan isn’t technically an animal, the boy wonder is certainly friend to them all. The hero of lost young schoolboys everywhere casually sits with a fawn, a rabbit, and a toad. Originally the statue’s home was the Paramount Theater lobby in Times Square, but Peter & co. were moved to the Upper East Side’s Carl Schurz Park in 1975. A delicious, only-in-New York mystery occurred in 1998 when the entire statue went missing — and was later recovered at the bottom of the East River. Captain Hook remains at large.

Balto and Togo

Central Park, near the East Drive at 67th St.

980x (6)Film fans may recognize this pup from the 1995 animated movie Balto, which depicted his heroic efforts leading a group of sled dogs “six hundred miles over rough ice across treacherous waters through arctic blizzards from Nenana to the relief of stricken Nome in the winter of 1925” (so says the plaque at his feet)



The bronze statue of Togo, located in Seward Park is less well known.But the part played by  Togo, has been largely lost to history. Togo  traveled in freezing temperatures, wind and darkness and  carried the serum for over 90 miles and traveled more than 260 miles.


Group of Bears

Central Park, Pat Hoffman Friedman Playground at Fifth Ave. and 79th St.

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Could there be more bears than pigeons in New York? One of the more recently created sculptures around is this one depicting three bears (sans Goldilocks), unveiled to the public in 1990. The bears have some esteemed origins — their sculptor Paul Manship most famously constructed Prometheus, that golden Titan given prominent placement outside 30 Rockefeller Center.

Hippopotamus Fountain

Riverside Park, near Riverside Drive and 91st St.

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They may be considered one of the most ferocious animals in the world, but this pod of hippos at the children’s playground inRiverside Park seems downright domesticated.


Sutton Place Park, near 57th St. and the East Rive

This boar has been living at this postage-stamp-sized park since 1972. It was here that Woody Allen romance his best friend’s girlfriend here with views of the Queensboro Bridge (Manhattan 1979).

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242 West 30th Street

The early 20th century loft buildings that crowd the streets of the Garment District feature some nifty surprises—like these two magnificent fox statues, which guard the entrance of 242 West 30th Street.




The following you may miss. The first is in Central Park, the second is at 114th Street and the remaining are at East 103rd Street.

The Panther on the hunt in Central Park

Central Park East Drive

Joggers and cycliscentralparkpantherts hurtling up East Drive near the Ramble are always mistaking this sculpture or the real thing. Perched on top of a steep hill at about 76th Street and looking like he’s ready to pounce, it’s a ferocious panther in bronze, officially titled “Still Hunt.”. Created in 1883, it’s one of the few sculptures in Central Park meant to look natural and blend in—which is why it has no plaque and makes passersby do a double take. Note: I am pretty sure that most park goers miss seeing this.

Alfred Lincoln Seligman Fountain (a.k.a. Bear and Faun)

Morningside Park, near the 114th St. entrance


This seven-foot tall statue in Morningside Park features a bear discovering a faun (that’s a man-goat hybrid) with musical pipes at his side — and even comes with a working water fountain. The faun looks surprisingly youthful, despite being nearly a century old. For the most endearing detail, check out the bear’s claws — his furry feet are sculpted with individual toes. Unfortunately it is further uptown than most visitors travel.




NYC – FINAL DATES – Christmas Window Displays – 2015

New York City is a wonderful place to visit during the holiday season, particularly because of the beautiful decorations at many city stores and landmarks. While it too early to know the exact date of each store display here is a preview of what is coming.

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Before starting out  It might help, in your planning, to include the following:


  • The holiday windows at each store are unveiled on different schedules, but all should be on view from Thanksgiving through the New Year.
  • Crowding is greatest on weekends and in the early evening.
  • I think the holiday windows are best enjoyed when it is dark, but they can be appreciated during the day as well.
  • It can be difficult to actually see the window decorations during the unveiling events because of crowding, but the performances and excitement can be fun!
  • Bundle up! It gets cold and if you try to see all of them it will take two hours (or longer, depending on how many places you stop along the way.) I think waterproof shoes, knee socks, long coats, mittens and hats go a long way to keeping everyone happily exploring NYC. I suggest that you bring along a plastic shopping bag to hold extra clothing both to hold extra clothing you may be wearing or extra clothing for a change in the weather.


Lord & Taylor Holiday windows will be unveiled on November 12, 2015 at 6pm

Displays typically  feature imagery and mechanical movements that make them both traditional and very enjoyable for families.


Henri Bendel Holiday windows will be unveiled the week of: NOVEMBER 17th

Be sure to include Henri Bendel on your NYC Christmas Holiday window walking tour….word on the street says that the theme this year will be an ench.anted garden


Tiffany’s Holiday windows will be unveiled the week of: November 14th

Tiffany windows are always a class act and this year, they are no exception. You will see scenes reminiscent of the sophistication of NYC in the 1950’s and ’60s highlighting Rockefeller Center, Times Square and Central Park, as well as an homage to the 75th anniversary of the 1939 New York World’s Fair. In addition to impressive window displays, the interior of the store features beautiful trees with decorations featuring the store’s signature blue.


Bloomingdale’s Holiday windows will be unveiled NOVEMBER 18th


Bergdorf Goodman’sHoliday windows will be unveiled NOVEMBER 18th

Elegant, intricate and extravagant are words that we’ve heard to describe the Christmas windows at Bergdorf Goodman, and we suspect that this year will be the same.  As per their blog, the “Visual Team were inspired by The Arts this year, with a dazzling windows celebrating: Literature, Architecture, Theater, Painting, Dance, Sculpture and Film”.


Barneys Holiday windows will be unveiled: November 17th

This year, Hollywood director (Moulin Rouge, The Great Gatsby) Baz Luhrmann and his costume designer wife, Catherine Martin, will be transforming Barney’s and the holiday windows to “BAZ DAZZLED” a  “magical world” with “fantastical characters, woodland creatures, ice skaters, snow owls and candy canes.” Each window will have its own theme and soundtrack recorded by the a cappella group Pentatonix. 

Barneys holiday windows are New York City’s most unusual. They tend to be very “of the moment” and highlight contemporary themes and are usually different than the holiday windows you’ll see at any other store.


Macy’s Herald Square Holiday windows will be unveiled NOVEMBER 20th

The first department store in NYC to feature Christmas windows, since the 1870’s, Macy’s Herald Square is sure to dazzle once again this year. Little information has been revealed about the 2013 windows, so it is unknown what theme they are highlighting. However, it is known that there will be over 5,000 LED lights.
No information as yet on theme of windows…will continue to update.

Macy’s has two sets of windows with holiday displays — one set on Broadway between 34th & 35th Streets, and another set along 34th Street. The windows along 34th Street have been from “Miracle on 34th Street” and “Yes, Virginia” (a modern adaptation of the same story,) while the windows along Broadway change each year.


Saks Fifth Avenue  Holiday Windows will be unveiled NOVEMBER 20

This year’s theme, “The Winter Palace”, a completely new concept for the store, will feature 225,000 points of controlled lights and a “Winter Wonders of the World” theme (think: China, the Colosseum and the Great Barrier Reef)

Saks Fifth Avenue is located on Fifth Avenue between 49th and 50th Streets. The holiday windows at Saks are playful and fun to see, and are often particularly appealing to children and their families.


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Christmas Blog from 2014



Sunday at Sotheby’s – well not really!

Really not Sunday but visited on a Friday.
I often stop at Sotheby’s just to look at what is on exhibition. It is one of the many free things to do in NYC.

Similar auction houses are Christie’s, Doyles and Bonham’s as well as several others scattered around the city. Often there are several floors that can be visited.

Today, I focused on the following:


Sotheby’s is pleased to offer a superb selection of Russian works, including decorative pieces of furniture and important  bronzes from distinguished private collections.

Furniture – not sure they are Russian but all had tags. 


 Painting and Art Work 




Important European Silver, Vertu, and Russian Works of Art

 .. AND …

 The small photographs are mine  but click the Titles for a better view  from Sotheby’s.



Estimate   5,000 — 7,000 USD







Estimate   8,000 — 12,000 USD


Please note: The exhibits are time and date sensitive based on the dates of the auction.

NYC-Sotheby’s- like a free Museum.



Is it a cold, rainy or snowing day? Short on cash?

These are times when you start thinking of inside things to do. Museums usually get crowded and some are expensive (of course, pay less than the suggested price whenever possible). My suggestion is to visit  an auction house.

I happened to be near Sotheby’s and took the following photographs as samples of what was being viewed on just one of their floors- all free:

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Sotheby’s Auction   Always something on view. Sotheby’s New York is located on the Upper East Side of Manhattan at the corner of 72nd Street and York Avenue.

Christies Auction  20 Rockefeller Plaza
New York, NY 10020

Auction House List


NYC – World Science Festival – Washington Square Park – Astor Square

Often, I have been asked, what is there to do in the city that’s free?  This blog will be mostly pictures showing what one Sunday afternoon can be like.

Photographic samples follow –  It all happened in four square blocks.

The World Science Festival

This event was held on the NYU Campus and was the Ultimate Science Street Fair. It was truly a family event. There were many exhibits that were hands-on and had plenty of volunteers to assist. (And it as free.)

Washington Square Park

In the spring or a summer day, and you’ll find some of what makes NYC a great place to live–families and couples lingering, dozens of (impressive!) musicians claiming a bench or corner of the park to earn a few bucks, artists making or offering things of beauty, chalk and sand artists, comedians, jugglers and people looking for a challenge at the chess board. Public bathrooms.


The marble Washington Arch was built between the years 1890 and 1892 to replace a wooden arch erected in 1889 to commemorate the centennial of Washington’s inauguration.

Walking from Astor Square to Washington Park

Part of the walk between St Mark’s and Washington Square Park. This place is great to take a stroll around if you’re in the area. This is called Greenwich village:which some call a artsy fartsy, creative area.

NYC – Sotheby’s – Almost like a free Museum

Many of you come into NYC and visit our numerous museums. Did you know that our leading auction Houses exhibit fantastic art work throughout the year.  I happened to walk by Sotheby’s on 72nd and York Avenue and noticed a coming auction on contemporary art. Here are a few examples of the pieces of art in this show:

Popeye – Jeff Koons
Final Four


Hot Dog -Roy Lichtenstein
Dog – Keith Haring
Untitled -andy warhol/Jan michel basquiat
Panda Geant – T. Murakami
No Title (while he lives) -Raymond Pettibon


Traveller -Duane Hanson




I hope you enjoyed this brief tour of Sotheby’s… fine art can be viewed with little or no money. Don’t you agree?


There are many Auction Houses in NYC. The three major ones are Sotheby’s, Christie’s and Doyle’s

Note: Sotheby’s is quite a bit to the east in Manhattan (est 72nd Street and York Avenue) … best to call ahead or check out their website  first. Christie has a location at Rock Center and Doyle is on East 87th street at Lexington Ave.

Note 2: Sotheby’s has a public bathroom and a nice outdoors coffee shop (10th floor).

NYC – Free Wifi and Flea Markets

Wifi Location Directory — Find A Free Wifi Hotspot:
Why pay for wifi when you can get it for free? The following web page will give you a run-down of locations in New York City that have free Hotspots

Here are a few that are on the list

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Bryant Park -– The whole park is a wifi hotspot. From 40th to 42nd Streets between Fifth and Sixth Avenues, 212-447-4222.
Chelsea Market — 75 Ninth Ave. at 16th Street, 212-243-6005. Free access throughout the market.
Downtown Alliance provides free wifi access in the following locations:
60 Wall St. Atrium -– 60 Wall St. near Exchange Place
Bowling Green Park -– State Street and Battery Place.
City Hall Park – Between Broadway and Centre St., from Barclay St. to Chambers St.
South Street Seaport -– South St. and Fulton St.
Staten Island Ferry Terminal -– Whitehall Terminal, South St. near Broad St.
Stone Street -– From Broadway to Broad St.
Wall Street Park -– Wall St. from South St. to Front St.
Winter Garden – World Financial Center atrium
Vietnam Veteran’s Plaza — 55 Water St.
Lincoln Center Park — Near Avery Fisher Hall at 10 Lincoln Center Plaza.

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Shopping at Manhattan’s flea markets is a great way to diversify your clothing and jewelry collections without breaking your budget. Check out these markets and pick up hot vintage apparel, the latest fashion accessories and funky items to decorate your apartment – all at affordable prices.

Here are a few that are on the list

Annex/Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market
At the Annex/Hell’s Kitchen Market, discover a truly eclectic selection of vintage clothing, antique jewelry, novelty items, posters, musical instruments, statues, figurines, books and toys. Location: 39th Street between 9th and 10th Avenues Days and times: Saturdays and Sundays, 10AM-6PM

GreenFlea Markets
GreenFlea is one of Manhattan’s most celebrated flea markets. Two locations offer unique and distinctive household items, trinkets and collectibles as well as apparel and accessories.

Locations: On Saturdays, head to Greenwich Avenue & Charles Street between West 10th and West 11th Streets. On Sundays, go to Columbus Avenue between West 76th and West 77th Streets. Days and times: Saturdays 11AM-7 PM, Sundays 10AM-6PM. West Village location reopens March 24, 2007

The Market NYC
When Urban Outfitters gets too crowded, too hipster, or just too routine, Market NYC is the perfect escape. Location: 268 Mulberry Street, between Houston and Prince Streets Days and times: Saturdays and Sundays 11AM-7PM

Another source of flea markets

My thanks to the Internet for this material