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Central Synogogue across from Citibank on Lexington Avenue, located at 652 Lexington Avenue and 55th. Completed in 1872 in the Moorish Revival, its a virtually identical copy of Budapest's Dohany Street Synagogue, it is an homage to the Jewish presence in Moorish Spain (Andalusia). It has been in continuous use by a congregation longer than any other in the city.
Built in 1999, its ornate top is really just a fancy water tower enclosure meant to emulate the building the picture was taken from, the Empire State Building. The building is a 48 story residential building in Midtown South.
I took a couple of Lincoln Tunnel videos. The first is a video emerging from the tunnel into Midtown on a beautiful June day, its one of the better emergences from a tunnel, exiting the tunnel, the enormity of the city has the tendency to overwhelm. In the second video, I'm actually taking the video in an attempt to try to get a decent picture of the state line between NY and NJ. Every time I cross the Lincoln Tunnel, I try to get a clear picture, but the motion of the car blurs out the picture. I'm hoping a still picture can be taken from the video.
The Mercantile Building at 10 E40th St is an art deco skyscraper located in the Midtown East/Murray Hill section of New York City, between 5th and Madison. The 48 story building is the width of the block in between 39th and 40th Sts. It was previously known as the Chase Tower, after its first tenant, Chase Brass & Copper. Its owner until his death in 1938 was Frederick William Vanderbilt. On November 14, 2007, the building became the last building removed from Edison's original direct current grid in New York City. As of 2014, the 620 foot building currently houses the Moroccan consulate.
Took this picture on May 18th, 2014 from the 86th Floor Observation Deck looking up at the top of the building. It’s a sharp angle, but the 102nd Floor Observatory is also visible, at that observatory, the observatory is encased in glass, no completely unobstructed view to the outside.
Record Plant recording studios on 44th Street near 8th Avenue. Mural was doneby Faile, Patrick Miller and Patrick McNeil, and apparently physically painted by Colossal Media. The building is significant for being the home of Record Plant recording studios. Musicians and bands like Jimmi Hendrix, Aerosmith, and Cyndi Lauper recorded albums at this location in Hell’s Kitchen location. John Lennon was recording “Walking on Thin Ice” at the Record Plant when he was shot and killed.
MetLife Building, Grand Central Terminal and Chrysler Building
Broadway looking generally uptown from 29th Street
Greeley Square Building was designed by Gronenberg & Leuchtag. The Renaissance Revival building, currently an office building is attractive and while once relatively prominent, it really isn't particularly famous being dwarfed by subsequent buildings which are much taller. Year completed: 1927, Floors: 25 Height: 336'
Baroque Ornamental Top of 411 5th Avenue at 37th Street
Statue of Dr. Norman Vincent Peale of Marble Collegiate Church
One Penn Plaza with MSG looking uptown with NY Times Building
Fashion Institute of Technology Dorms, 406 West 31st, American Book Bindery Building
Silver Towers 1 & 2, West 42nd Street & 11th Avenue
New York's Grand Central Terminal is a well known train station. An historic structure which survived the wrecking ball, this neoclassical station features one of the better neoclassical statue's appropriately enough a Statue of Mercury which is perched atop the station on 42nd Street with Hercules and Minerva looking on.
Madison Square Park has many monuments, this one of Seward is second only to the statue to Farragut in the Square. Here the winter trees devoid of leaves allow the picture to permit the viewer a partially obscured view of the Empire State Building in the background.
Statue of David Farragut in the foreground in Madison Square Park with the famous New York Life Building behind it.
Roscoe Conkling, last person to refuse an appointment to the Supreme Court
Sun is directly behind the Flatiron building from my perspective near Madison Square Park in this photo
View from 230 Fifth Avenue of the weather vane perched atop Marble Collegiate Church on 29th and 5th
1740 Broadway, aka the MONY Building or Mutual of New York Building,) is 26 stories in Midtown Manhattan in NYC currently owned by Vornado Realty Trust as of January 2014. Located on the east side of Broadway between 55th and 56th Streets. Its most famous attribute was a sign advertising for Mutual of New York. MONY being red neon lighting. It was this serving as inspiration for Tommy James and the Shondells' 1968 hit single Mony Mony . The MONY sign was removed by Vornado in December 2007, and replaced with 1740 to reflect its street address. On the roof is the Weather Star, a 150-foot tower of lights topped with a star built by Artkraft Strauss. The star is green if the following day's weather forecast is fair, orange for cloudy, flashing orange for rain and flashing white for snow. The direction the lights moved on the tower indicated a temperature change. No movement, no change. The Weather Star is still operable but it's no longer used.
This Emery Roth building is located on East 50th Street and Lexington Avenue. A classic which tends to be dwarfed by the other glass skinned structures lining the Lexington Avenue canyon, this 312 foot hotel, 25 stories, was built in 1927. The hotel was formerly known as the Beverly, the current name takes its name from the founder of the Denihan Group’s founder, Benjamin Denihan. In the first and second pictures below we see the Benjamin Hotel sharing the Lexington Avenue canyon skyline with the Grolier Building, 599 Lexington and the Citibank Building.
Formerly the ITT Building, the Mutual of America Building was initially only 425 foot tall. It was reclad, as opposed to being rebuilt in 1995. This was done to take advantage of its pre 1961 zoning status and the result is the struture that is there today, in essence a 476 foot tall post modern representation of an Art Deco skyscraper.
Olympic Tower is 51 stories located at 641 Fifth Avenue between East 51st 52nd Street. Built in 1975, the mixed used building has 225 condominiums and 250,000+ sq ft. of office and retail space. Neighboring St. Patrick's Cathedral, it offers unique views of the church’s buttresses and 5th Avenue. Upon construction, it was considered one of the prime destinations for the rich and famous. The planned use of the building was unique at that time since it was the first mixed use building on Fifth Avenue. Aristotle Onassis was involved in its construction as the owner of Victory Development. The completed building had many luxurious condos for that time. One of them even had a swimming pool installed. As of 2013, the NBA has offices located in the tower from the 14th to the 20th.
Some pictures are so compelling for the simple reason that they show an object from a completely different direction. In this instance we have the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree and of course we’re familiar with the typical view of the tree, essentially straight on from street level. Well, here’s another viewpoint, looking straight down on the tree from one of the offices in the GE Building or 30 Rock. Of course, the exigencies of taking the picture demand use of a cell phone which when coupled with the glaring lights in the background make for a less than mint photo, the picture still reflects something unique.
Picture of the Standard Hotel, a boutique hotel located on 10th Avenue and 13th Street, with a street address of 848 Washington Street. Its unique design allows the structure to straddle the High Line. Its location offers rooms with exceptional and sweeping views of the Hudson River and New York City
In the picture below is a picture of the University Heights Bridge (207th Street Bridge). The University Heights Bridge spans the Harlem River, connecting 207th Street in Inwood, Manhattan, to West Fordham Road in University Heights in the Bronx. The bridge is operated and maintained by the NYC DOT. The bridge’s capacity is for 2 lanes of traffic in both direction, with a pedestrian sidewalk. The first bridge was simply the old Broadway Bridge which was being built anew. The old bridge was floated downstream and put in place. It opened for traffic in 1908. The bridge seen as of 2013 is the new bridge built between 1989 and 1992.
The Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) is part of of the cormorant family of seabirds. It lives along inland waterways as well as in coastal areas, and is widely distributed across North America, from the Aleutian Islands in Alaska down to Florida and Mexico and even urban areas like New York City as the picture here suggests. Measuring 2-3 feet in length, it is a black bird which has a small double crest of black and white feathers during breeding season. It has a distinctive orange-yellow facial skin. It mainly eats fish and hunts by swimming and diving. Its feathers, like those of all cormorants, are not waterproof so the bird must dry itself off as they are likely doing in the below picture. Thanks to Sue from Hidden New Jersey for identifying these birds for me.