Elizabeth Street (Little Italy) – delightful garden

Updated from 2015

There is a small park – Elizabeth Street Gardens – on Elizabeth Street , between Prince & Spring streets (Little Italy) that is very unusual. While not open all the time it is a great place to have lunch (bring your own) or picnic or sit in the shade. You will be surrounded by statuary of all kinds. Oh by the way, it is free. Check here for when open.

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The Elizabeth Street Gallery, open to the public in a park like setting, contains a variety of ornamental stonework, some of it depicting mythological figures

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I walked the length of Elizabeth Street and found most of the people enjoying the day. The restaurants were busy and  those stores that were open had customers.

Most of the buildings in the area are multifamily, or apartment buildings dating from the first decade or two of the 20th Century

Some people think that the boundary between Chinatown and SOHOis mid-block between Kenmare and Spring,  The area to the south is mostly Chinese.

Before  the virus arrived the northern area was home to upscale galleries and shops north of Kenmare.

As of this date,  many shops have closed due to the pandemic. The street is filled mostly with outside dining. and there is a lot of construction going on. However, visiting the garden is still very enjoyable and all along the street people were animated and enjoying their visit. Most wearing masks and other than restaurants and bars, keeping some separation between each other

I am confident that after we solve the health situation  These  two blocks just South of Houston will, again, become quite alive and quite trendy.

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Carved, painted and lettered shingle signs that hang over the sidewalk are becoming popular in the neighborhoods where the hip people go,
 Photos taken on November 8, 2020

Trivia

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Elizabeth and Hester may be the only intersection in Manhattan where both streets are women’s first names, though Hester isn’t used much anymore. Elizabeth Street is one of the few major streets in Manhattan that begins and ends at a T-shaped intersection.

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

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.

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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.”

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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)

 

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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.

 

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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.

Boar

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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Foxes

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.

 

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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

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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

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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.

 

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NYC – You may be surprised – Manhattan Statues – Quiz

 

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Conservatory Garden – Central Park

 

During this winter I have been catching up on reading about New York City. I am trying to set up my warmer weather walking trips to various areas within the city.

However, there are advantages to walking in the winter

I guess like most,  when you walk during the winter, you are glad that the leaves on the trees are gone.  Many times you get a chance to look at things that were not visible during other seasons. This blog will focus on some statues that may have escaped your view. I read somewhere that there are more than 150 free-standing statues that are easily within public view in the city. I would also guess that there are thousands more if you count libraries, schools, inside buildings and reliefs on the sides of other statues.

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So, on this winter day, let’s start with a little quiz

(Answers will follow – remember only free-standing)

  1. Where is there  statue of  Mohandas Gandi?
  2. How many statues of Abraham Lincoln are in NYC
  3. Where is there a statue of Eleanor Roosevelt?
  4. Hard to believe (or maybe it isn’t), but out of the 150-some historical statues and more than 400 years of civic history, there are only five women thus immortalized in New York City. Can you name them?
  5. How many statues of Washington are in NYC?
  6. In Manhattan, how many men on horses are there? Any women?

 

The following are some samples of popular NYC statues:

Can you identify them?

And here are some you may never have seen (parent preview advised)  click here

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Answers to questions

1. Mohandas Gandi located in Union Square park.

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NY Historical Society

2. There are four statues of Lincoln in the city. He can be found, with Ulysses S. Grant, as a bas-relief on the inside of the monumental arch in Brooklyn’s Grand Army Plaza, and as free-standing statues in the north end of Union Square, in the Concert Grove section of Prospect Park and outside the Lincoln Houses at 135th and Madison. Note: I may have missed this one at the New York Historical Society.

 

3. Riverside Park is where you will find Eleanor Roosevelt

4. The Fabulous Five are

 Stein, which is on the east side of Bryant Park;

Joan of Arc, which is at 93rd Street in Riverside Park

Eleanor Roosevelt, about 72nd Street also in Riverside Park;  

Golda Meir, at 39th and Broadway in Midtown, and

Harriet Tubman, who was lately added to a triangular green space at West 122nd and Eighth Avenue (Frederick Douglas Blvd.).

5. There are seven statues of Washington in New York: a statue of him and the Marquis de Lafayette in Manhattan’s Morningside Park, two statues on the arch in Washington Square, an equestrian statue in Union Square, one in Flushing Meadows/Corona Park in Queens, one in Washington Plaza in Brooklyn and the enormous figure outside Federal Hall.

6. There are 11 men and 1 women. Before looking, jot down your best guesses

Click  here for names and  locations.

NOTE: DID I MISS ANY?

NYC – Park Avenue Statues

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In New York City, the impact of Public Art  on local communities brings a lot of joy to our lives. Also, most of it is free! Here are six pictures of Park Avenue between east 60th and east 55th Streets

Niki de Saint Phalle’s signature work comes to Park Avenue with this major, site-specific installation. Ten sculptures made of polyester resin, with mosaics of ceramic, mirror, and stained glass tower above the crowds and traffic at as high as 16 feet tall and 13 feet wide. The internationally acclaimed artist’s sculptural nanas, totems, athletes, and jazz musicians are playful and dynamic, bringing new life to Park Avenue. This exhibition coincides with the ten year commemoration of Niki de Saint Phalle’s passing, celebrating the life and achievements of a monumental artist.

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Park Avenue and 55th

 

ps: Still sorting and tagging photographs