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St Peters Church under Citibank Building preserved its status and forced the Citibank Building to build with its support in the middle rather than at the corners of the buildings. The resulting failure to weld correctly is the stuff of legend as the force brought to the middle columns needed to be secured and the fear was that the Citibank building could collapse into Midtown. The church survives in the shadow of one of the corners where a corner support would be, specifically the northwest corner of the block.
This brilliant, gilt bronze equestrian statue depicts one of the better known generals from the US Civil War. Finally dedicated in 1903, it was completed by none other than famed master sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens serving as the centerpiece of the “Grand Army Plaza.” Following Sherman’s death, members of the NYC’s Chamber of Commerce decided to raise funds for some monument to the general. The sculptor had a head start since he had created a bust of Sherman in 1888. Saint-Gaudens was meticulous regarding every detail of the statue. The sculptor also became very sick during the process. In 1902 the statue was ready to be installed. Wanting to place it in Riverside Park near General Grant’s Tomb, the Sherman family objected and the statue was placed in Grand Army Plaza. Harriette Eugenia Anderson posed for the statue of Peace leading Sherman. The pine branch at the horse’s feet represents Sherman’s march to the sea through Georgia.
Avenue of the Americas is the well known name in Manhattan for 6th Avenue. Most people don't give the name of the Avenue a second thought. After all 'Americas' and the United States are close enough that the plural 'Americas' doesn't give pause for reflection. However, the term 'Americas' is actually a reference to the entire Western hemisphere and the avenue was actually renamed at the bequest of Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia who was attempting to rename the avenue in honor of a certain Pan-American ideal. The result was that at the northern terminus of the avenue at Central Park, a plaza was built honoring Latin American leaders: Simon Bolivar, José de San Martín and Jose Julian Marti. Hence, the reference below are to the statues of each in southern Central Park on 59th and Avenue of the Americas.
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