Monthly Archives: April 2009

The Psychedelic Bus Dog


I frequently drive past this parking lot at Kent and Broadway in Williamsburg. Whenever I pass, I notice the psychedelic bus parked there… …and I wonder: what’s the story with the pit bull sitting in the second to last seat? He’s always there, staring morosely out the window at passing cars. I’d say he’s a guard dog, except there’s really ... Read More »

Remnants Of The Old Grand Central Cab Stop


I recently scouted a great parking garage on 44th between Vanderbilt and Madison. It’s right next to Grand Central Station, and was built quite a while ago. It shares some iconic Grand Central-esque features, from the brick in the walls to the zig-zagging arched roof over the ramp. While shooting pictures, I noticed something odd on the parking lane closest ... Read More »

NY’s Green Mutant Teenagers Celebrate 25 Years


Yesterday, the Empire State building was lit up green for Earth Day. Tonight (Thursday, April 23), it will also be green, but for an entirely different reason, ironically celebrating an event that could have never occurred on a clean planet… It’s the 25th anniversary of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles! Anyone born pre-1980 will probably groan at this, but for ... Read More »

An Abandoned Country Estate in Yonkers


Note: I DO NOT KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT ALDER MANOR AND WEDDINGS!! I’ve tried to figure it out, but the person in charge of weddings has never called me back, and it remains a complete mystery. I receive emails daily complaining about a lack of response for weddings, and I just don’t understand the situation. Very sorry! It sits on a ... Read More »

The Masked Lady of Broadway


If you look above the doorway of the Trinity Building at 111 Broadway… You’ll see this row of faces staring down on you… Well, all except for one. Can anyone explain why this woman has her face covered in such an odd way? The Trinity Building, along with its sister building at 117, are two of my favorite buildings in ... Read More »

Who Is The Man In Orange?


I was walking around Battery Park today when I saw The Man In Orange: Look closely – not only orange hat and orange coat, but matching orange suit and shoes. AND MATCHING SHOES. Where do you buy this kind of thing??? The best part was watching the reactions from park-goers, like this woman… …and this guy (note shoes)… …and these ... Read More »

The Remains of a 1920s Cruise Ship Office At One Broadway


You never really think of Broadway having a beginning or ending. It’s the oldest north-south thoroughfare in NYC, and is derived from a Native American trail, the Wickquasgeck, which once carved through the swamps and rocks of the island. The avenue passes through so many important hubs of New York life that the idea of it actually terminating somewhere seems ... Read More »

Lost At Sea


One of my favorite public art pieces in New York City is probably familiar to anyone who has ever waited in line for the Liberty Island Ferry. Located on the west side of Battery Park, the American Merchant Mariners’ Memorial is a haunting tribute to commercial seamen who lost their lives, for whatever reason, on the water. The memorial, designed ... Read More »