Whenever I’m in New York, I feel compelled to run around the city, without a map, snapping pictures of whatever gets in my way. Everywhere you look, there’s a photo op. From the architecture and monuments, landmarks and historical buildings to the local art, the neighborhood hangouts and just about everything else in between.
During our most recent trip to New York, we stayed at Hotel 17 near Stuyvesant Square. One morning, while everyone slept, I snuck out with the digital camera my homeboy Chad McKelvey loaned me to capture as much of the neighborhood as I could in a couple of hours.
Around the corner from Hotel 17 is Stuyvesant Square. It was still early when I got out there, so other than an occasional dog walker, I had the park to myself.
It’s named after Peter Stuyvesant who owned the land back in the 1800s. In 1836 his great-great-grandson, also named Peter, sold four of the acres to the City of New York as a public park originally to be called Holland Park. It was sold for a token $5. Add a bunch of zeros and you might be able to buy some property there today!
“In the early 1900s, Stuyvesant Square was among the city’s most fashionable addresses. The Stuyvesant Building, at 17 Livingston Place on the eastern edge of the Square, was home to such luminaries as publisher George Putnam, Harper’s Bazaar editor Elizabeth Jordan and Elizabeth Custer, the widow of General George Armstrong Custer.”
I took dozens of photos of just about everything, but most of them you just had to be there to really understand or get the essence of the photos. The photo above of the tree wrapped in yarn looks cool, but as chilly as it was at 8:00 am, it brought just enough of a smile that good art really does keep you warm.
Around The Neighborhood
I literally was roaming around randomly, letting the wind direct me. If something caught my eye, I went in that direction. Since New York is essentially a grid, it’s harder to get lost than it is to find your way around. So, I just kept walking and shooting.
Couldn’t you tell by the art that this place does sushi?
Why waste money printing a ton of menus?
St. Mary’s Catholic Church of the Byzantine Rite
General Worth Square
This squirrel is the same size as the subway rats
This sculpture is called The Alamo
The Flatiron Building
And while I was just strolling through the neighborhood, I ran into the Flatiron Building. Approaching it from the back, it looked like any of the concrete trees in the concrete jungle, but as I rounded the corner, the building sort of kind of disappeared. Looking at it from the front, the Flatiron Building is truly a weird site to see. I can only image what the corner office looks like. You can probably touch wall-to-wall in the corner.
The Flatiron Building
One thing that stands out in New York is the number of yellow cabs on the streets. All day. All night. They’re everywhere! There wasn’t a single moment when I couldn’t look around and see a cab. Washington, DC, has a ton of cabs, but since they come in every shape, size and color, they tend to blend in. New York’s cabs, though, appear to be a wave of yellow steel barreling at you every time you cross the street. Even Santa Claus was seen hailing a cab!
Even Santa Claus was hailing a cab in New York