Almost autumn in New York

art in public spaces, Central Park, Central Park storm recovery, city walking tours, great walks, New York architecture, social commentary, what’s happening in New York

A great New York Sunday = a long walk from downtown on the east side up to the Central Park loop and back, on a glorious pre-fall day. You see it all here – including great architecture, social commentary and unfortunately, devastation.

Two beautiful, but very different buildings

  • Chrysler Building :: 405 Lexington Avenue @42 Street
    This shot of the Art Deco Chrylser Building is taken from my favorite vantage point. Walking west through Tudor City on 43 Street provides one of the best views of the gargoyles from street level at any time of the day/night.
  • Hearst Tower :: 300 West 57 Street
    The preserved facade was built in 1928. The new building, New York’s first LEED-certified green structure, was completed in 2006. Together they create an amazing visual.


Lever House :: 390 Park Avenue

Built in 1952, the nearly 1,000 foot high building features an innovative courtyard and public space. This composed panorama is a portion of the current window installation on the East 53 Street facade.


“In violence, we forget who we are.” ~ Mary McCarthy/American novelist and critic,1912-1989

Central Park Storm Recovery :: Upper 90s, east side

A fierce thunderstorm blew through New York City on 18 august. More than 100 trees were toppled and hundreds more were damaged in Central Park. This holding area in the northeast end of the park is being used for processing the debris into woodchips.

Completed in 1859, the park was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and architect Calvert Vaux. While much of the park looks natural, it is almost entirely landscaped.


Map: The Mappery. Images © 2009 Janet Giampietro, shot with an iPhone 2G.

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