New York

Happy Thanksgiving

by Don Friedman on November 23, 2017

Seeing The Future From A Balloon

November 12, 2017

That’s a view looking north over the southern tip of Manhattan, taken from a balloon, in 1906. The cluster of skyscrapers is centered on Wall Street and Broadway. The oval park midway up and towards the left side is Bowling Green, at the foot of Broadway. This view brings home the mixed-use aspect of the […]

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Missing One Thing

November 7, 2017

That’s a picture of demolition in progress at a 140-year-old house – a mansion, really – in Brooklyn. The bulk of the building will be demolished and/or altered into an apartment house that will look quite different. There is a need for more apartments in the city as construction of new units, particularly at the […]

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Up High

November 2, 2017

I was playing tour guide last weekend and, as I usually try to do, I took my charges to the top of the RCA Building, AKA The Top of the Rock. It’s my favorite tall building and part of the reason I’m a big Raymond Hood fan; the experience of its observation deck is, in […]

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Art In The Mundane

November 1, 2017

Artists have often seized on a single piece of the New York landscape as inspiration. Narrowly-focused art that has become famous includes Joseph Stella‘s views of the Brooklyn Bridge and Childe Hassam‘s paintings of flags. We can José Guízar to the list of artists picturing New York through synecdoche. His “Windows of New York” project […]

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Multiple Eras

October 24, 2017

The picture above nicely encapsulates an issue we deal with on a daily basis. That’s the northwest corner of Chambers Street and Broadway, taken from the west (down Chambers) looking northeast. I took that picture five years ago to use as the background for an ad we ran until last year. For the ad, we […]

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A Day In The Life

October 22, 2017

Times Square circa 1910 above, and as it is today via the Guardian. Entertainment is entertainment.

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From a Distance

October 7, 2017

Lower Manhattan used to be famous for its lack of vistas. The combination of very tall buildings, very little open space, and a seventeenth-century Dutch village street plan meant that you were lucky if you could see five or six blocks. Changes came gradually, as a result of the 1960 zoning law encouraging plaza construction, […]

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A Cliche For A Reason

September 24, 2017

The combination of the Empire State Building’s height, its setbacks, and the narrow side streets in Manhattan makes for some nice angled photos.

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Halfway There

September 23, 2017

I have finally found the perfect apartment. Now I just need $110,000,000.

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