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Guess Where in New York?

What's this about?
Each of us lives in his own layer of a place. When I immigrated to the US as a journalist in 2006, I wanted to share my enthusiasm about New York. It was a new place for me—my home, my playground and my workplace.
"Guess Where in New York?" is an ongoing project. Well known parts of the city, seen from unusual angles or crops, are put together to an interactive travel and guessing game. A printed version of some of these pictures and many more new photos will be published in 2014.
So, is it for adults only? No, not only. Children will also enjoy recognizing what's where in the vast and ever changing city of New York. It is quite possible they will astound their elders with a comprehensive knowledge. Take a walk around the neighborhoods within these pages, and see what you find.
This boils it down to why I made this series:
"New York is an ugly city, a dirty city. Its climate is a scandal, its politics are used to frighten children, its traffic is madness, its competition is murderous. But once you have lived in New York and it has become your home no place else is good enough!"

John Steinbeck, Autobiography: Making of a New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, February 1st, 1953

What others say:
”Many New Yorkers, not least those who came from somewhere else, take an enormous pride in knowing their city from inside out, and will love the challenges provided in 'Guess Where in New York?'
As a photographer, I’m particularly impressed by the idiosyncratic flair of the imagery. Janko Puls approaches the city with a wonderfully fresh eye - a little reminiscent of Robert Frank and his all-time classic, 'The Americans.'”
Bo Zaunders, photographer & author
"Janko Puls sees the city; he doesn't just look at it. [...] As the author of books on architecture, I note in Janko Puls a similar soul. His active and curious mind searches out the nooks and crannies, as well as the icons, of our wonderful town, in a most original way."
Roxie Munro, artist, illustrator & author
"This is a beautiful book of beautiful photographs, doubly engaging and amusing because of its gentle, charming interactive game. Further, it reminds all of us to take a little time to observe and to appreciate our fair surroundings."
Susan L. Roth, illustrator & author
Now, here is a selection from "Guess Where in New York?"
Astor Place

The roof of the restored Astor Place / Cooper Union subway entrance plows through the sight of the glass facade of the notorious “Who’s going to spend million there?” says a broker. “I’ll have skateboarders outside my window.” - Sculpture for Living Building. The glass facade mirrors the honorable Wannamaker Building, a former garment department store which lends the bus drivers until today the name of their last stop "Wannamaker Terminal".

Peeking into the frame: One of the two stone lions guarding the New York Public Library (aka NYPL, speak: nipple) raises its majestic head into the camera. Located on 5th Ave between 40th & 42nd Sts in front of America's third biggest library, one can see "Patience" in the picture, while "Fortitude" lingers a bit farther north - nicknamed this way by Fiorello LaGuardia himself.
You Must Take The A Train

You must take the A train to cross Jamaica Bay at Old Howard Beach. Swinging in the background are terminal buildings at the John F. Kennedy Airport.
Minerva salutes Liberty

Minerva salutes from Battle Hill in Green-Wood Cemetery to the Statue of Liberty, which can bee seen straight west for 3.5 miles on the other side of New York harbor. Minerva and the Altar to Liberty right behind the sculpture were created by F. Wellington Ruxell and unveiled in 1920.

Charles M. Higgins
The Greek revival tomb directly behind Minerva sculpture is that of Charles M. Higgins (1854-1929). A Park Slope businessman, he was the inventor of India ink. It was Higgins' ambition to build a memorial to the first large battle for American freedom, and he led the movement to erect the statue of Minerva. Eventually Higgins commissioned the sculpture and his tomb on this spot. Higgins' company is still going strong and his old mansion still stands on 9th Street between 4th and 5th Avenues.

In Roman mythology, Minerva sprang fully formed from Zeus's head, clad in armor. She was the goddess of battle and protector of civilized life, the inventor of the bridle, and the one who first tamed horses for humans. She also carried Zeus' thunderbolt for him. In the Greek mythology, Minerva is known as Pallas Athena, who built the Parthenon in her honor.

Battle Hill and the Long Island Battle
The Minerva statue was unveiled on August 27, 1920, the 144th anniversary of the Battle of Long Island, which was fought on this spot in late August 1776. This battle was the first for the Continental Army following the Declaration of Independence just some seven weeks prior. During the engagement, 2,000 American troops under General William Stirling battled General James Grant's British force, which was three times larger. Much of the fighting occurred across this ridge - hence the name Battle Hill. It is said that atop this hill a group of American riflemen were surrounded, shot and buried where they fell. Battle Hill is the highest natural point in Brooklyn, 216 feet above sea level.

Green-Wood Cemetery National Register #97000228
"Force" sculpture just right of the main entrance stairs of the Appellate Courthouse at 25th St and Madison Ave, at Madison Square Park, Manhattan, New York.
The moon passes the top of the landmarked Metropolitan Life Tower (aka Met Life Tower) at Madison Square and 24th St. The architectural firm of Napoleon LeBrun & Sons modeled the tower after the Campanile in Venice, Italy. Unfortunately not too much of the decoration of the tower is left after a renovation. Since its construction in 1909 it was the world's tallest building until in 1913 the Woolworth Building grew even higher. The building connects via a beautiful skybridge to the MetLife North Building.
Lenin sculpture on the roof top of the "Red Square" apartment building, located on Houston and Essex Sts. The shot is taken from Norfolk just south of Houston St on the border of Lower East Side and East Village in Manhattan, New York, NY..
Downtown neighbors: a classic tenement building (left) and the Angel Orensanz Foundation on Norfolk St. in the Lower East Side, Manhattan, New York.
Abe in a niche

Abraham Lincoln on horseback in the western leg of the arch on Grand Army Plaza, also known as the Sailors and Soldiers Monument in Brooklyn, New York. The bronze sculptures of Lincoln and Ulysses Grant were created by William Rudolf O'Donovan, their horses by Thomas Eakins (1893-1894),
Sun reflects on the hull of the USS Intrepid (CV/CVA/CVS-11), also known as The Fighting "I" for her prominent role in battles, while her often ill-luck and the time spent in dry dock for repairs earned her the nickname "the Dry I". Commissioned in August 1943, she served in the Pacific and Atlantic until she decommissioned in 1974. In 1982 the USS Intrepid became the foundation of the Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum, located at Pier 86 at 46th Street on the West Side of Manhattan in New York.

The Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum is a military and maritime history museum with a collection of museum ships. The museum showcases the World War II aircraft carrier USS Intrepid, the submarine USS Growler, a Concorde SST and a Lockheed A-12 supersonic reconnaissance plane. The most notable of 2012 is the Space Shuttle Enterprise.

The museum, founded in 1982,  serves as a hub for the annual Fleet Week events. Visiting warships dock at the cruise ship terminals to the north, and events are held on the museum grounds and the deck of the Intrepid.
Fading memories of the World Trade Center on a parking lot mural at the now defunct Neptune Inn Restaurant, City Island, The Bronx, New York.
Thundering west - riding a Q train over the Manhattan Bridge
The UN bronze elephant - shrouded in shrubbery! Located on 1st Ave at the UN headquarters in Manhattan, New York.
At a crossroads: Washington Square Park
American icons

The US flag and Uncle Sam at the U.S. Armed Forces Career Center on Times Square at Broadway & 43rd St. Starbucks and the "www." of some web address sneak into the picture as well.
Classic rhythm of the city - gone! These buildings were on Lexington Ave's east side just below 86th St - now the lot is occupied by some nondescript glass & steel monster.
New York's skylines at night: The Citicorp Building is a recognizable feature of the Manhattan skyline, here seen behind the Johnston Mausoleum at Calvary Cemetery in Queens, taken from right under the Kościuszko Bridge (BQE).
March of the elephants

Once a year the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, performs at Madison Square Garden. Two of their three "tours" travel by train, a third one by truck. One of these trains stops at night in Queens and unloads a herd of elephants - the huge animals go on their march through the Queens-Midtown Tunnel and surface at the Manhattan end. Then their march continues at remarkable speed along 34th St all the way through Manhattan until they reach Madison Square Garden. The reasons for this march is less for the excitement of the up to 20,000 New Yorkers, who stay up late to watch the spectacle live, but more to make sure that the elephants are less distressed than by crossing Manhattan at daytime, since a train couldn't drop them at MSG anyway. Last not least this is a great self-promotion: For sure the circus takes advantage of having some spectacular shots taken for press and television. As long as the thick skinned guys don't mind...
"Underground Mary" on Crosby Street, SoHo, New York, between Spring and Broome Streets.
Jim "Mosaic Man" Powers' work in progress on a lantern post opposite of the Block Drugstore, 2nd Ave at E 6th St, in the East Village, Manhattan, New York
It's a fish's life

Carp in a restaurant's fish tank stare out onto East Broadway in Manhattan's Chinatown.
"Don't even think of parking here" - a corrugated entry gate to the famous wooden Cyclone rollercoaster in Coney Island, Brooklyn, New York.
Next stop: Louvre.

The view into the garden of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) discloses a Parisian Metro entrance gate, designed by Hector Guimard, and a Ferrari Formula 1 racing car in MoMA's Research & Education Center.
Golf balls caught in a safety net at the golf driving range at the Chelsea Piers Sports Complex (West Side Drive and W 18th St), Manhattan, New York.
Tudor limo. Reflections of Tudor City on New York's East Side in a limo windshield.
Tudor cab. Reflections of Tudor City on New York's East Side in a cab windshield.
"We live in 3A."

Raffetto's at 144 W Houston St near MacDougal St is a legendary pasta institution in New York. Since 1906 on the same premises, the third generation runs the family business now . Gino Raffetto, the founder's son, died in 2006. 20 types of ravioli/tortellini and 15 varieties of plain egg pasta are made right here on the premises. "Most of their business is wholesale", says New York Daily Photo - "they sell to about 300 of the finest restaurants, hotels and gourmet shops in the city such as Gotham Bar and Grill, Il Mulino, Fairway, Zabar's, Dean and DeLuca." Although the highly recommandable Russo's on 11th St at 1st Ave is a worthy competitor, Raffetto's is IMHO among the best pasta makers I know in town.
Give me an E!

And stay cool at Robert Indiana's LOVE sculpture in Midtown Manhattan, New York, 6th Ave & 55th St.
Birds - Pigeons in front of St. Marks in-the-Bowery, E 10th St & 2nd Ave, East Village, Manhattan, New York. The curch plays an important role in downtown Manhattan - Peter Stuyvesant had his land here and is buried on the church yard - as well as beat poet and East Village staple Allen Ginsberg.
Grand opening day at the New New Museum of Contemporary Art (NewMoCA), Bowery at Spring St, Manhattan, New York.
Night Piles

Wooden piles mark the former site of a pier in the Hudson River. These trunks are stuck in the mud (and rock) at New York's West Side in the Hudson River between Spring & Houston Sts, just south of Pier 40, but there are many more left. Fish love to dwell here because the piles provide an excellent protection against predators and some from tidal current.
Some open windows on the east side of the United Nations secretariat building, Manhattan, New York.
Central Park Hotelmania! The shadow of the Sherry-Netherland Hotel at 5th Ave and 59th St can be seen on the Pierre Hotel at 5th Ave and 61st St.
Stretching out to Liberty

Driftwood waterfalls at a now defunct garden center at the end of Barnell St., Red Hook waterfront, Brooklyn, New York.
Keep It Clear

The transparent stairwell at the Apple Store on 5th Ave & 59th St in Midtown Manhattan in New York gets permanently cleaned. This is one of the really rare occasions where the nearly invisible worker stands still for a second or two.
Window at The Cloisters overlooking the Hudson River at dusk. The branch of the Metropolitan Museum is located in Fort George, in the most northern part of Manhattan, New York. Parts of several medieval cloisters from different European countries are compiled into a stunning building and surrounding garden. The emphasis of the collection lies on art and architecture of medieval Europe.
Cat's christmas

Formerly known as "Moe's Meat Market", 237.5 Elizabeth St in Nolita houses not only this wonderful catominium door, but also the Phyllis Stigliano Gallery.
Glass tip

The glassed tip of the Flatiron Building at the intersection of 5th Ave, Broadway, and 23rd St, at the southern end of Madison Square in Manhattan, New York. The steel construction was erected in 1902 and was first known as the Fuller Building. It got its nickname because of the triangular shape.
Stuff and Guff pretend to hit the bell with a hammer at each full hour while Minerva (not visible here) watches from above. These mannequins are part of the clock which once crowned the former New York Herald Building right north of here. The building was erected in 1895 by Stanford White (from McKim, Mead & White) and was demolished in 1921. The clock, dominating the little park clad with bronze owls in Herald Square, Koreatown, New York, is still in function. The mechanical parts of the clock were constructed in 1895 by the sculptor Antonin Jean Carles.
Tiles for America is the name of the 911 memorial which consists of tiles, painted by people from all over the place to the memory of the attacks of September 11, 2001. The chain link fence is located at Mulry Place, which is the triangular place formed at the south corner of Greenwich Ave and 7th Ave, in Greenwich, Manhattan, New York.
Glass roof of the Jacob Javits Convention Center, located along the Hudson River on Manhattan's West Side.
View through the tombs of Ulysses S. Grant and Julia Dent Grant towards the stairwell in the General Grant National Memorial, better known as Grant's Tomb, on the Upper West Side in Manhattan, New York.
These beauties holding hands frame Macy's department store entrance on 34th St. near Herald Square.
Gulf Marine & Aviation building on theEast River at the end of E. 23rd St, Manhattan.

Marisol Escobar, who lives nearby in TriBeCa, created the "American Merchant Mariners' Memorial ". It is located in Battery Park in downtown Manhattan next to Pier A, here seen at night. Dedicated October 8, 1991. The memorial depicts merchant mariners in a sinking lifeboat; it is dedicated to merchant mariners lost at sea. The Maritime Foundation is the non profit organization that created the memorial. Every year since its dedication, commemorative ceremonies are held on National Maritime Day to remember all the American Merchant Mariners who have lost their lives at sea in service of our country from the Revolutionary War to the present day. In the background New York Harbour and a view over to Staten Island, NY (left) and Bayonne, NJ (right).
This warehouse in the Meatpacking District on 10th Ave at 13th St is gone. It stood in immediate neighborhood to the newfangled Highline Park and the hip Standard Hotel, which changed the neighborhood radically from a working district to a tourist destination and settling place for new money in New York. The building sat empty for quite a while, wearing the well known signs of death of a building: the crossed square sprayed on by the FDNY that the building is empty and ready to go.
Pallas Athena at Columbia University.

Pallas Athena, made from white marble, looks down on entering students in the foyer of the Low Memorial Library at Columbia University. The bust was modeled after the Minerve du Collier at the Louvre in Paris and donated by Jonathan Ackerman Coles of the Columbia College Class of 1864. She is the centerpiece in the foyer, surrounded by the twelve signs of the zodiac. The neo-classical Low Library, built in 1895, incorporates many of the elements of Rome's Pantheon, is in the shape of a Greek Cross and features windows modelled on those of the Baths of Diocletian. The columns on the library's front facade are in the Ionic order, suited to institutions of arts and letters. The building was designed by the architectural firm of McKim, Mead, and White, which was responsible for the design of much of Columbia's Morningside Heights campus. Nowadays the building is called the Low Memorial Library and serves as the administrative center of Columbia University.
Double Paddys

St. Patrick's Old Cathedral, here seen from the Mott St side, was the seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York until the current Saint Patrick's Cathedral opened in 1879 on 5th Ave in Midtown Manhattan. Old St. Paddy's starred in at least two movies: "The Godfather, Part III" in which Michael Corleone receives an honor from the church, and a scene in "Mean Streets" was set in the cathedral's walled graveyard.
Sculpture of St. Peter crowned by a bird's nest at the Riverside Church, northern Manhattan, New York. The sculpture is located close to the entrance on the east side of the curch at Claremont Ave.
The Robert Moses Playground along the FDR Drive between E 41st and E 42nd Sts features on its fence several of Robert Moses' projects related to traffic in New York. Belmont Island, aka U Thant Island, just south off Roosevelt Island, peeks out of the East River, and on the other side of the estuary one can see the borough of Queens. Behind the fence and above the water line one can see the FDR Drive, aka Franklin D. Roosevelt Drive. The Henry Hudson Bridge itself is not here, but spans the Harlem River, more precisely the Spuyten Duyvil Creek, a tidal strait, close to the entry to the Hudson River, connecting Manhattan and The Bronx since 1936.
Guardians of wealth

Lions watch a treasure chest at the entry to the Williamsburgh Savings Bank in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, New York, aka One Hanson Place.

Entry door to a storage room on Market St at Henry St right under the Manhattan Bridge in Chinatown.
Detail of the now defunct artwork "The River That Flows Both Ways" at the Highline Park

thehighline.org says: "The inaugural artwork on the High Line, by artist Spencer Finch, is The River That Flows Both Ways. Its title comes from the original Native American word for the Hudson River, Muhheakantuck. This work is located on the High Line in the semi-enclosed former loading dock between 15th and 16th Streets, where the High Line passes through the Chelsea Market building. Finch transforms the site's existing casement windows with 700 individually crafted panes of glass representing the water conditions on the Hudson River over a single day. To create the project, Finch photographed the Hudson River 700 times from the deck of a boat and then carefully matched each unique image to a pane of glass."
Pixely piglet - mesh-link fence art at a construction site on Forsyth St.in Chinatown near the Manhattan Bridge.
The seat of the Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies at 22nd St and Park Ave South (north facade to 22nd St).
Bombs away! Bomb'S away. 57 Stanton St, near Eldridge St, once housed the FusionArts Museum. It is, according to  their website, "New York’s only visual art space dedicated exclusively to the exhibition and archiving of multidisciplinary (fusion) art." Anyway, another interesting place on the Lower East Side did bite the dust of gentrification.
New York City Ballet in the pit

Cranes perform an urban ballet on the World Trade Center site where the Freedom Tower shall rise. More than eight years after the attacks a steel construction starts growing out of the pit. The construction cranes on the south east side of the site are seen against the buildings on Trinity Place and Liberty Street.

This shoe repair shop operates on the sidewalk of Elizabeth St just north of Grand St in Manhattan's Chinatown at the Chung Chou City Chinese food store. Under the plastic foil sit and work in bitter cold not only the shoe repair men and women, but their toddlers and small kids stay there as well. Customers just slip in and out. Right on the other side of the street is the back of the upscale "Capitale" in the Bowery Savings Bank Building by the star architects McKim, Mead, & White.

Rush hour around the access ramp of the Port Authority Bus Terminal: At least seven buses can be seen on 10th Ave and the ramp at 40tt St. New York's main bus terminal is operated by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ). The terminal is the biggest bus station in the United States and the busiest in the world by volume of traffic. On an average weekday it serves 7,200 buses and about 200,000 people.
A ship wreck marks the entrance from the East River to the Westchester Creek at Clason Point in The Bronx, New York, close to the beginning of the Long Island Sound. The wreck is located close to the end of Soundview Ave, though this picture is taken from the water - obviously at low tide.
Monk parakeets swirl around the center spire of the main gate at Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn, New York. They also have their nests in the spire. These monk parakeets stem from a colony which escaped their containers in the 1960s on a flight from South America to Idlewild International Airport (today John F. Kennedy International). Now their descendants are spread out over several places in the city. Their fate in New York is covered by Steve Baldwin's specialized website brooklynparrots.com.
Weird entry situation at the Morton-Williams supermarket at 22nd St & Park Ave South. The sliding doors are on the corner of the intersection and put you right there to a fork in the road. And what says Confucius? Take it!
The eastern access staircase to the 26 lower level tracks right under the famous Oyster Bar at Grand Central Terminal.
Room with a view

Broadway between 48th (right) and 49th Sts, just north of Times Square, seen from the the Crowne Plaza Times Square Manhattan Hotel.
View of the Statue of Liberty over destroyed waterfront structures between Pier 44 and Fairway's overflow parking at the end of Conover St in Red Hook, Brooklyn, New York. Usually on this pier docks the barge "Lehigh Valley No. 79", serving as Waterfront Museum. Most of the area stretching from the warehouse north of this structure to the newfangled Ikea came under heavy restoration of the old Red Hook waterfront through the Erie Basin. One outcome is the Erie Basin Park between Ikea and the warehouses just south of the Fairway supermarket, which tries to document the historic role of the shipyards and marine industry in Red Hook.
Don't honk

I guess getting honked at is a minor problem here at 1st & 55th...
One of the two towers of St. Patrick's Cathedral on 5th Ave peeks out over Mitch Kapoor's concave mirror at the beginning of "The Channel" in front of Rockefeller Center. The mirror in the foreground that shows the French Building (south of "The Channel") was there temporarily in 2008 and has since been removed.
Public phones in Grand Central Terminal
Go With The Flow I

Fish tank on Broome & Mott Sts in Manhattan's Chinatown.
Elvis has the license to sing - at Great Jones Café at 54 Great Jones St in Nolita, Manhattan.
"Eastern Bloc" on E 6th St between Aves A & B in Manhattan's East Village
A stained glass ceiling crowns the men's restroom at the Irish bar P.J. Clarke's (the original one!) on 3rd Ave in Midtown Manhattan.
Spring sunlight reflects on the Western facade of the Socony-Mobil Building on 3rd Avenue in Midtown Manhattan.
Brighton Beach subway station in the Eastern part of Coney Island, Brooklyn, also called Little Odessa for its large Russian population.
"Sun dial" separating the U.S. Post Office on 4th Ave at 11th St from the neighboring building. Downtown Manhattan, New York, close to Union Square in NoHo.
Take Off

A seagull takes off from the promenade at W Rd on Roosevelt (formerly Welfare, formerly Blackwell's) Island. On the other side of the East River beckons Manhattan. Under the sun we see U.N. secretariat building.
What goes up...

A seagull lands on Stillwell Ave (aka Henderson Walk south of Surf Ave) in Coney Island, Brooklyn, New York. The background is dominated by the famous Wonder Wheel and the "Zipper", defunct since 2008, on W 12 St.
A sky level walk along Wall St

The steeple of Trinity Church - the biggest landowner in lower Manhattan - peeks out in front of the pyramidal Bankers Trust Company Building, at 14 Wall St, and the white top of The Trump Building, originally The Bank of the Manhattan Trust Building, at 40 Wall St.
Menage à trois

The meeting of Lafayette, Mulberry, and Bleecker Sts in NoHo.
Red & Blue

Jim "Mosaic Man" Power's planter for New York's bravest on Astor Place near the subway entrance for the Lexington line.
Former gantry crane at the Gantry Plaza State Park on the East River in the Hunter's Point section of Long Island City, Queens, New York. In the background the inevitable Empire State Building.
Reaching Out

Wall anchors at the northern transept of St. John the Unfinished a.k.a the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine - the biggest church n New York.
The former laundry building on Hart Island in the Bronx, New York. The island which is just east of City Island and part of the Pelham islands, serves nowadays as potter's field of New York and is otherwise not inhibited . Inmates from Rike's Island come with a special ferry from City Island to bury around 2000 impoverished and unknown dead per year. Estimated 850.000 men, women, and children are interred here. The island served as prison for criminals, captured Confederate soldiers during the Civil War, and a workplace for insane people. It also was used as a reformatory and in the early 1960s as a Nike Ajax missile base. The artist Melinda Hunt tries to give the buried names, help relatives to find them, tell their stories and eventually unearth their souls this way.
Walk Your Horses

Strivers Row is considered a gem of New York's architecture and consists of three rows of townhouses in the Western part of Harlem, Manhattan, New York. It is located between 138th and West 139th Sts and between Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard and Frederick Douglass Boulevard. Originally called the "King Model Houses" after developer David King, they were designed for upper middle class whites and constructed between 1891 and 1893. Different architects - most famous amongst them were the ubiquitous McKim, Mead and White - worked on each of the three rows. After a history filled with racial problems, this is one of the most beautiful areas in Manhattan with a high quality of life at the foothills of City.
From above and below

Nature makes an appearance in Bryant Park, one of the most densely populated areas at New York's lunch time (with at least four free Wi-Fi networks for parkies). Bryant Park between 40th & 42nd Streets and 5th & 6th Aves is not only a rare place where New Yorkers are encouraged to sit on the lawn, but they also can use chairs and tables at their convenience. An open library for grown-ups and children, ping-pong tables, food & drink, and a roundabout (which poor Johann Wolfgang von Goethe is forced to look at all day long) beckon daily. Bryant Park is one of the best places in the city to play Pétanque or Boule. The park is used for free delights like open air cinema during the summer and as New York's biggest ice skating rink in winter in winter (until the NY Fashion Show forces an end to the winter fun. I bet more people would enjoy to have the skating rink there for longer. Famous residents are for example the NYPL (speak: nipple) AKA New York Public Library, the Bank of America in their "green" skyscraper, or the Bryant Park Hotel in the famous and beautiful American Radiator Building. The tilted facade in the picture belongs to the WR Grace Building at the north side of the park on 42nd St, built by Skidmore, Owens & Merrill in 1974.
Lookin' Down From Above

Electric connectors on the ceiling of the northbound track at the NRQ subway stop at 8th St/NYU.    
What's Under The Hood?

What's under the hood of the Woolworth Building? One of the New York's time favorites seen from below.
Well Hung

A Formula 1 race car hangs on the wall at the Museum of Modern Art in the Education Center on the East side of the museum.

Most rubbed are probably the horns and the cojones of Arturo Di Modica's Charging Bull in Manhattan's Financial District. The bronze sculpture brings more than 7000 pounds to the scale and dominates the south end of Broadway, just north of Bowling Green and close enough to Wall Street to be considered a NYSE mainstay.
Next Stop Rosemary's Baby

The subway entrance at The Dakota on Central Park West & 72nd St. for the B & C trains. Roman Polanski made "Rosemary's Baby here, John Lennon lived and died here, and the apartment building is famous for its residents, amongst them Leonard Bernstein, Lauren Bacall, Judy Garland, Boris Karloff, Rudolf Nureyev, Jack Palance, Yoko Ono, Roberta Flack, Rosemary Clooney, and many many more.

The Maritime Hotel on 9th Ave in Manhattan's Meatpacking District beckons with ship related details like porthole windows. Even the extension on 17th St picks up the theme and varies it in a stainless steel facade.
Like a space fortress towers The Corinthian at 1st Ave and 38th St, in Murray Hill just north of the Midtown Tunnel exit in Manhattan, New York.
No Show Today

No show today, despite the reputation as an exhibitionist's hangout - promoted by the Standard Hotel itself. Hovering over the High Line Park the hotel dominates what's left of Manhattan's Meatpacking District.
The sculptor Ken Hiratsuka aka OneLineKen is carving the pavement at 25 Bond St. Hiratsuka emerged in the 1980s as a street artist alongside other street artists like Keith Haring in the downtown scene. His sculptural work now spans the globe.
Out Of Sorts

Latticework and a round shape make for an unusual appearance in a SoHo, Manhattan, New York, apartment building at the corner of Thompson and Grand Sts. Seen from 6th Ave. The building features other unusual details for the nabe like Spanish style window bars, demi-lunes, glazed figures, and after all a height of only three stories.
Leakin' in (Beaux-Arts) style

Public restroom in Bryant Park at 42nd St.
Keep Clear

Keep clear where Broadway and 7th Ave cross, even the subway exits leave the Manhattan grid in Midtown Manhattan. This one is right in front of the sculpture of Father Duffy on Times Square, right at the famous red TKTS ticket booth and stairs - the epicenter of the Theater District. To be precise, this little quiet spot in our lovely city is actually called Duffy Square.

The southern clock at 23rd St at the landmarked Metropolitan Life Insurance Building at Madison Square in New York. The architectural firm of Napoleon LeBrun & Sons modeled the MetLife Tower after the Campanile in Venice, Italy. Unfortunately not too much of the decoration of the tower is left after a renovation. Since its construction in 1909 it was the world's tallest building until 1913 the Woolworth Building grew even higher. The building connects via a beautiful skybridge to the MetLife North Building.
Guess Where in New York?

Guess Where in New York?

"Guess Where in New York?" is an ongoing project. Well known parts of the city, seen from unusual angles or crops, are put together to an interac Read More