1/320th at F13, ISO 800 (28mm).
Is there a larger shopping mall in the world?
While the cast-iron architecture in SoHo may seem grand and elegant, the reality about them is much darker. Here is some history from Blue Guide NY.
"During the decade between 1860 and 1890, most of the cast-iron architecture so admired today was constructed, the buildings serving as factories or warehouses, often with shopfronts on the ground floor. Appealing as they may seem now with their Corinthian columns, Palladian windows, or French Second Empire dormers, many functioned as sweatshops where immigrants from southern and eastern Europe endured 12 or more hours a day of tedious labor."
I grew up eating here. One of the best diners in the city, and I'd think there are few places in the world that have as many items on the menu as Big Nicks.
1/250th at F16, ISO 400 (35mm).
Got a chance to check out the final untouched section of the High Line yesterday, slated for construction in the next three months. So expect some more of these photos mixed in over the next few weeks.
It's an interesting feeling photographing something that you know will disappear in the coming months.
This is one of those images that's much better viewed large.
3.2 Sec at F16, ISO 400 (17mm TS-E).
I was excited when I came across this classic New York scene and saw the ladder and all of the workers milling about. It's one thing to take classic architectural shots of the city, but it's a completely different thing to be able to include the workers that built (well not these workers specifically) and now maintain these massive structures on a daily basis. These grand structures are a reflection of the people that created them.
Also, a single star (or planet) in the sky. A rare site to see in NY. Thought it was a dead pixel on my monitor at first.
At the very top of Cooper Union's Foundation Building, lies a small clocktower room that doubles as a classroom. The brownstone building, which is the flagship of the Cooper Union school, was built in 1859 and is one of the most gorgeous pieces of architecture in the city.
I was lucky enough to be allowed to view this room and go out on the rooftop when I was scouting the Morphosis building and I wanted to share the photos with you all.
This view will probably be changing very rapidly.
The Alwyn Court, built in 1908 on 58th street and 7th avenue (one block south of Central Park) has one of the most ornate exteriors in the entire city. Whether you consider it to be majestic or gaudy, it is one of the most interesting pieces of New York architectural history that the city has to offer.
The exterior was designed in the style of François I, the French king at the turn of the 16th century and whose symbol, the crowned salamander, can be seen above the entrance to the building. The facade is covered with terra cotta ornaments, including salamanders breathing fire, urns, flowers, crests and much more.
The building is an example of the beginning of the wave of wealthy people migrating from the large Manhattan mansions to apartment buildings. Marketed as "city homes for those with country houses", the building's apartments were created to be full homes within an apartment setting.
The apartments ranged from 12 to 34 rooms with music conservatories, billiard rooms, wine cellars, parquet floors, marble or carved fireplaces and plaster friezes.
However, in 1936, during the Great Depression, the large apartments were subdivided into 75 three, four and five room apartments.
While the exterior has remained largely unchanged, the interior has changed over time. To put it lightly, I was a little surprised with the interior of this building, although perhaps it is because the exterior set such a high tone. I half expected to see floating stone angels, flying salamanders and huge sculptures lining the halls.
Instead, what we get is the illusion of all of this, with plain walls painted by illusionist Richard Haas to mimic the look of carved stonework.
A truly amazing building.
For Open House New York this past weekend we decided to go check out the Chrysler Building Lobby, which is possibly the most ornate and expensive lobby in the entire city.
The trip served two purposes for us. The first was obviously to see this amazing lobby and to photograph it for this blog. You can click here for a history of the Chrysler Building, it's very interesting. But secondly was that Sara and I are both huge Art Deco fans, and our wedding next September is going to have an Art Deco influence, so this was also "research" for that.
When walking in, the first thing that hits you is the amazing mural that covers the entire ceiling. A tribute to the age in which it was created, it is filled with Deco triangles, sharp angles, slightly curved lines, chrome detailing, and a multitude of patterns. The lobby shows scenes primarily of the workers that created the building, as well as tributes to the airplane and the age of flight.
The gorgeous walls of the lobby are made with a very expensive African marble. It is clear that no expense was spared when creating the building. The random yet repeated patterns play off the style of the rest of the lobby extremely well.
The lighting in the lobby was fairly sparse and somewhat dim, even though the fixtures were powerful and iconic. Both factors created wonderful mood lighting and enhanced the scene.
An upside-down ceiling fixture - perhaps the inspiration for a wedding cake (credit to Sara for this thought, obviously.)
I am adding these photos to the Chrysler Building article as well. Once again, for those of you that want to read about the history of it, please click here.
This is taken of my Great Aunt Julia, who lived until she was 100. She was sharper at 99 than I am at this moment, and it's nice to see a younger photo that shows the same spark that everyone knew her for.
There's a good chance that this was taken on a rooftop in the East Village, on 5th street between A and B, where my grandma's family lived.