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Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Springtide in Manhattan

 Ten Big Standing Bronze Flowers by Texas-born sculptor James Surls, Park Avenue, 2009.

 A mix of blossoming Kwanzan and Yoshino cherry trees and crab apple near Central Park West. Punctuating the skyline on the left are the three Baroque-ish cloud-busters of the Beresford, designed in 1929 by Emery Roth. Jerry Seinfeld lives there.

 The Romanesque-Revival brick carriage houses of Sniffen Court at 150-158 East 36th Street. This mews dates from 1864.

 A little more than a century later, in 1967, was created Paley Park at 3 East 53rd Street, designed by Zion and Breen on the former site of the Stork Club. Each minute 1,800 gallons of water flow down the back wall to drown Midtown commotion. The tables and chairs are by Harry Bertoia.

 Central Park lamppost, designed in 1910 by Henry Bacon.

 Row houses on Gramercy Park West that date from the 1840s. Numbers 3 and 4--the ones with cast-iron porches--are attributed to Alexander Jackson Davis and lend an air of Old New Orleans to New York City. 

Central Park's Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir, named in her honor in 1994, the year she died. In 2003 this four-foot-high steel fence with cast-iron ornamentation supplanted an awful seven-foot-tall chain-link fence that for decades abhorrently screened views across the 106-acre body of water.
For more pictures of the park, visit: Rustic Architecture and Accoutrements in Central Park

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