A Visit to the Crown of the Statue of Liberty.
One can't think of NYC without thinking of the MTA Subway system. Next month, on Oct 27th, the NYC Subway turns 110 years old. This old lady is a vital part of the city carrying over 1.7 billion riders to their destination in 2013.
The NYC Subway has its pluses and minuses. It's largest plus in my opinion is its reach and the extensive network of stops especially compared to smaller systems such as DC, LA, and Atlanta. Sadly there are many minuses including the stops can be very hot during the summer with terrible odors, the trains overfill especially during peak travel hours on weekday mornings, and for some reason people feel it is okay to throw trash on the tracks. I thought the trash issue was a byproduct of living in a large city with a large subway system, but one could almost eat off the tracks on the London Underground system... not a sign of trash or rats anywhere on the tracks.
In my 10 years of living in NYC, I've never seen the underworld of NYC like I did a few weeks ago. Typically, there is a semi-transparent window at the front of the first car, however this time I had a clear window and my camera. So... Here's the conductor's view on the NYC Subway system.
I've sped up the portions in between subway stops by 2x.
In August of 2013, after reading about the Roof Garden Installation by Imran Qureshi, I decided I had waited long enough. I stopped by the museum on an overcast weekday and I was delighted to find that I was one of only 10 people up on the expansive roof top that afternoon.
The position of the Roof Garden within the perimeter of Central Park is truly unique and special. As an artist, can you imagine the opportunity to have the Roof Garden as your canvas with one of the most famous parks in one of the most famous cities on this planet framing your work? A very special opportunity to say the least.
Imran's installation was sublime especially given the contrasting green hue of the trees reaching up toward the Roof Garden and the towering cityscape beyond. The installation represented Imran's emotional response to decades of global violence and his hope for lasting peace and regeneration. On the day of my visit, when the place was quiet and mostly void of people, the roof top eerily felt like a murder scene surrounded by a still and silent city whose residents had fled the city streets for a safe haven.
Beyond the emotions triggered by the installation, the Roof Garden was an amazing way to take in the breathtaking view of the tree tops of Central Park and the city beyond the park's perimeter. I kicked myself for waiting so long and I knew I won't wait another 9 years before my next visit.
More pictures of Imran's installation from August 2013:
This August, I went back on a gorgeous Friday evening for drinks with visiting relatives. It was something I wanted to share with them as the views of NYC are second-to-none. I was hopeful that a good sunset was in store for us.
The installation on the Roof Garden had changed (Dan Graham) as well as the size of the crowd. This time, I was one of two hundred plus. The weather was perfect, the mood was upbeat and festive, and the views were priceless. The energy of the crowd was only matched by the fiery colors of the sun and the sky as the sun approached the horizon.
I will certainly be back as fall takes hold and transforms the color palette of Central Park.
Today's blog post is in recognition of the High Line which celebrated its 5th Birthday yesterday. For me, the High Line is one of the best outdoor spaces in NYC and easily one of the best new spaces added to NYC in the last 10+ years. It is loved equally by locals and tourists which is a difficult task for any city to pull off. Every time I visit the High Line, I see something new be it seasonal plants, a new building, a new art exhibition within the High Line, new food vendors, and much much more.
While the full history is available here, I will highlight a couple of key dates:
- 06.09.2009: Section 1 (Gansevoort Street to West 20th Street) opens to the public.
- 06.08.2011: Section 2 (West 20th Street to West 30th Street) opens to the public.
- 09.20.2012: Groundbreaking is celebrated on the High Line at the Rail Yards. Construction proceeds in three phases, with the first phase projected to open in 2014.
I visited the High Line in March when there was still a little snow here and there. And then I visited again as Spring took hold of the city in early May. Here's some of my photos.
Two other views of the IAC Building:
The 26th St Viewing Spur - Allowing visitors to view the city as if they were watching a film:
Early May and the promise of Spring on the High Line:
Spring is a special time in NYC, especially this year after a snow-filled and chilly winter. As temps warmed, I took a stroll through Williamsburg and Greenpoint in Brooklyn on a gorgeous day in late March. While I've spent some time in Williamsburg and Greenpoint, I'm not nearly as familiar with these areas as I am with other parts of Brooklyn. So, exploring I went. Here's some of the interesting things I found along the way. I hope you enjoy!
A gallery of pictures of the Empire State Building from the East River Waterfront in Greenpoint:
The view of Brooklyn and Manhattan including the sunset from Ides Bar at Wythe Hotel in Williamsburg:
On May 27th, I visited the recently opened 9/11 Museum in Downtown Manhattan. A somber occasion and a moving experience reliving the day that touched just about ever American alive on that horrific day as well as the supportive international community. Walking in the footprint of the towers where so many perished and so many heroes selflessly gave their own lives to help others was a humbling experience and one I would recommend to others living in or visiting NYC.
I've pulled together this photo essay to share my experience at the 9/11 Museum.
Images of the 9/11 Memorial Fountains and surrounding World Trade Center buildings.