Nov 10, 2012

The Vanderbilt Hotel

The Vanderbilt Hotel designed by Warren & Wetmore c. 1912 at 4 Park Avenue with the Empire State Building designed by Shreve, Lamb & Harmon c. 1931 at 350 Fifth Avenue looming in the distance.

Sep 14, 2012


The new World Trade Center as seen from Thompson and Broome Streets in SoHo as seen on Tuesday, September 11th, 2012.

Aug 27, 2012

Almost There

LaGuardia Place looking south between Bleecker and Houston Streets in Greenwich Village towards the almost topped out World Trade Center.

Apr 30, 2012

The Growth of the World Trade Center

The progression of construction on the World Trade Center as seen from West Broadway and Thomas Street between September 2011 and April 2012.

Mar 18, 2012

Washington Square Park

The Washington Arch from inside Washington Square Park. No. 1 and No. 2 Fifth Avenue loom in the background (No. 2 will soon have an entirely new facade).

Feb 11, 2012

On Top of the Dorilton

Some scenes from the rooftop of the Dorilton apartments designed by Janes & Leo c. 1902 at Broadway and West 71st Street.

Jan 26, 2012

The Wanamaker Annex / 770 Broadway

The Wanamaker Annex at 770 Broadway by D.H. Burnham & Co. c. 1903 as seen from East 9th and Stuyvesant Streets. This view only recently opened up following the dismantling of 51 Astor Place which can be seen surrounded by scaffolding across 3rd Avenue.

Jan 1, 2012

In the Park

Looking north at the repositioned Garibaldi statue with 1 Fifth looming in the distance and The Row visible between the trees in Washington Square Park in Greenwich Village.

Dec 30, 2011

Violet the Washington Square Park Hawk - RIP

Today came news that one of the best treats of Washington Square Park, Violet the Red-tailed Hawk, has passed away after undergoing surgery to remove her right foot after necrosis set in. I'd been watching Violet and her mate Bobby from both the park and my window since I moved to the Village in 2009. Above, Violet pictured in March 2010 with nest making materials sitting on 11 Fifth Avenue (The Brevoort). The nest they went on to build on top of 1 Fifth Avenue didn't work out for the pair in 2010 but this past May the couple had a baby Red-tailed named Pip from a nest on NYU's Bobst Library. The NYTimes installed a camera and those who were interested watched as Pip went from a tiny hatchling to a fairly large RTH before it left the nest in early July. I always enjoyed watching them soar over the park (hunting rats) and especially from my bedroom window. Violet will be missed.

These two screen grabs come from the NYTimes hawk camera from May 2011. Above, Violet stands close by as Pip sleeps through the night. Below, Pip can be seen giving the camera a close up while spending some alone time in the nest.

Nov 20, 2011

The Bottom of Fifth Avenue

Looking north up Fifth Avenue through the 1892 Washington Arch with the 1929 No. 1 and 1951 No. 2 Fifth Avenue apartment buildings and the 1931 Empire State Building looming in the distance.

Oct 19, 2011

The New World Trade Center

File this one under New-NYC but I had a chance to visit the 9/11 Memorial and thought I'd post a couple of pictures from the site. One World Trade Center above and the North Tower memorial waterfall below.

Oct 17, 2011

Inside the Church of the Ascension

Inside the Church of the Ascension designed c. 1840 by Richard Upjohn in Greenwich Village with an interior remodeling by Stanford White between 1885-1889 which included a mural by John La Farge.

Sep 22, 2011

Mills House No. 1

Mills House No. 1, built by Darius Ogden Mills and designed by Ernest Flagg c. 1897 on Bleecker Street in Greenwich Village. Click HERE for a complete history of Mills House No. 1 by Christopher Gray of The New York Times.

Sep 11, 2011


Looking South beyond the Stanford White designed Washington Arch with the unfinished but still very tall 1 World Trade Center rising in the distance.

Jul 18, 2011

Ludwig Baumann Mausoleum

The mausoleum of Ludwig Baumann (1843-1904), a Bohemian Jewish immigrant and partner in Ludwig Baumann & Co. and later Baumann Brothers, dealers of furniture and carpets. Click HERE to read the LPC designation report on the Baumann Brothers store on 14th Street. The mausoleum is located at the Ahawath Chesed (Central Synagogue) Cemetery also known as Linden Hill in Ridgewood, Queens.

Apr 24, 2011

Freie Bibliothek und Lesehalle / Deutsches Dispensary

On the left, originally 'Freie Bibliothek und Lesehalle' and now the Ottendorfer Branch of the NYPL. On the right, originally 'Deutsches Dispensary' and now the Stuyvesant Polyclinic Hospital, both designed by William Schickel between 1883-84 on Second Avenue between 8th and 9th Streets.

Mar 14, 2011

Hook & Ladder No. 8

Hook & Ladder No. 8 on North Moore St., also known as the Ghostbusters firehouse, seen during a department exercise.

Dec 31, 2010

Washington Square North

The morning after the blizzard, December 27th, 2010.

West 9th Street After the Blizzard

Between 5th and 6th Avenues, December 27th, 2010.

MacDougal Alley After the Blizzard

The morning after, December 27th, 2010.

Nov 6, 2010

The View to Hell Gate

The view from Carl Schurz Park of the R.F.K. Memorial Bridge (formerly the Triborough Bridge), opened in 1936, and beyond, the Hell Gate Bridge, built c. 1915.

Oct 5, 2010

The James B. Duke Mansion

The James B. Duke mansion, designed by Horace Trumbauer c. 1912 at 1 East 78th Street.

Sep 26, 2010

The Bayard-Condict Building

The Bayard-Condict Building at 65-69 Bleecker St. designed by Louis Sullivan c. 1898.

Sep 1, 2010

St. Joseph's Yorkville

St. Joseph's Yorkville, designed by William Schickel c. 1894 on East 87th Street between York and First Avenues.

High Pressure Fire Service

At Gansevoort Street and 10th Ave.

Update: Has since been demolished.

Jul 11, 2010


A view of downtown NYC from the Brooklyn side of the East River. Governor's Island is all the way to the left.

The Manhattan Bridge

A view of the Manhattan Bridge from Empire Fulton Ferry State Park in Brooklyn.

Jul 10, 2010

More Empire Stores

The rear of the Empire Stores warehouse looking towards Manhattan.

Empire Stores

The Empire Stores warehouse at 52-58 Water Street, built c. 1869 with 1885 additions and the Tobacco Warehouse along the Brooklyn waterfront.

Jun 27, 2010

Washington Arch

The Washington Arch, designed by Stanford White and erected in 1892.

Mar 2, 2010


The view of the bottom of the city from the Ellis Island ferry.

Feb 24, 2010

A Room With a View

The Statue of Liberty as seen from one of the measles wards on Ellis Island.

Jan 23, 2010

The Polhemus Memorial Clinic

The Polhemus Memorial Clinic, designed by Marshall Emery in 1897 in Cobble Hill as part of the Long Island College Hospital. The building was paid for by Caroline Herriman Polhemus in memory of her husband Henry Ditmas Polhemus, Regent of LICH from 1872 until he died in 1895.

Dec 20, 2009

Bleecker & Charles

Standing on Bleecker Street looking up Charles.

"The Row"

1-13 Washington Square North built between 1832-33.

Nov 14, 2009

Ellis Island

Ellis Island, designed by Boring & Tilton c. 1898.