I selected this photo to be the photo of the day because it is the most iconic, but today I am going to post a few photos because it was a nice walk in Center-of-the-World Park today and… because I wanna.
I wondered about the building in the background for some time, as I have taken pictures of it in the past because it is such a wild design but it took until today to look it up. It is El Dorado- 300 Central Park West. This 30 story apartment tower completed at the end of the Great Depression has had many famous tenants, most recently Alec Baldwin, Faye Dunaway, and Michael J. Fox. The tower was built by the famous and established Hungarian Architect, Emery Roth. If you recall my post from the Chapel Hills cemetery in Brooklyn- Roth was a very prominent name on the mausoleums. The links in this article take you to the wiki links for further reading, if you like. The real beauty is that it overlooks the Jacquelin Onassis Reservoir in Central Park, seen frozen in the foreground of this photo. Homes seem to go for $3 to 7 million.
But it is not just the buildings that make New York the greatest city on Earth. It is the people. Specifically, it is the awesome variety of people from ethnicity, nationality, religion, heritage, social class, economic class, language, age… it is everything combined into one bowl of soup and we are all free to enjoy it, day or night.
At first glance one might think this guy is just hustling for money… and I blame those thoughts on bad media and gossip. Let me share what is really going on here: Music travels through the air and reaches our eardrums at great distances, totally uncontrollable by the artist the moment he or she allows the notes to leave the instrument. These airborne (Hooah!) musical notes reach our ears almost wherever we go in Central Park, or the subway, or the theatres, or any one of hundreds of spots around the city by often-talented musicians. For these people to stand and play a one-person show… that is a gift. They are sharing something with the world, and we are free to give back if we see fit. For this guy, I did; I don’t believe in taking a photo of a performer without compensation. What made him all the more genuine is he never opened his eyes, and that let me know that as much as he is playing the music for all of us, he is doing it even more so for the woman in his life I assume he is thinking about. Class never goes out of style.
Central Park is so massive that it seems no matter how many people take to the trails, it never feels too crowded… but we also never feel alone. These trees are so impressive to me- I call them Medusa’s hair.
How great is this park? They cleared the center part of the stairs, so everyone instantly agreed that the slopes were open along the sides! Below is a short 8 second stop motion showing the run. The sledder is actually the Mom and she started from halfway down the stairs. When her son went, he started from the top so he did not need any push and he definitely got a bit further than she did at the bottom. Of all the days to leave the sled at the house… This is why I must move there- I never seem to bring all the right things with me on these trips!
Click play on the video, above.
Entrepreneurs are everywhere. This guy has an old Polaroid camera and is offering immediate vintage prints fir a nominal fee. Hey, there is nothing wrong with that but I am sure he is wearing out the bend seat he is sitting on. The two girls just in the distance were busy taking selfies with their cellphones and can anyone guess what he is thinking? : )
This is the ‘Angel of the Waters and Cherubs’ at Bethesda Fountain- commissioned in 1868.