Brooklyn & Manhattan Bridges, Dawn

Every year my husband and I do an excursion to watch sunrise from the east end of the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges.  Since that means arriving at least half an…

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Capitalist Christmas 2018

This site is usually dedicated to art that’s inspiring, thought-provoking, skillfully executed, and/or breathtakingly beautiful ... and once a year, I stretch that to include the fabulous decorations, clothing, and jewelry…

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ARC Exhibition at Salmagundi Club thru 10/2/18

The Art Renewal Center's annual competition for contemporary realistic art attracts some of the best artists from around the world. The paintings and sculptures are stunning for their technique and/or…

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The Dene Shelter (Central Park Maintenance)

The rustic Dene Shelter, sitting high on a rocky outcrop, is a great place to enjoy a splendid view and think about how many, many things could go wrong in…

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Frederick Law Olmsted and Central Park

If you’re in the Ramble, you’re probably wandering aimlessly – and Frederick Law Olmsted would be pleased about that. This wooded area with its convoluted paths harks back to the…

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Calvert Vaux and Central Park’s Dairy

In the early days, Central Park had sheep, but no cows. It did, however, have a Dairy, because of a scandal that broke in the summer of 1858. The Swill…

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John Ericsson, by Jonathan Scott Hartley

This essay is adapted from Chapter 2 of Outdoor Monuments of Manhattan: A Historical Guide. I’ve kept cross-references to other chapters in the book, all of which will eventually be updated and…

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Honoring Frederick Douglass (d. February 20, 1895)

In 2011, two life-size bronze sculptures of Frederick Douglass were dedicated in New York: one at the north end of Central Park, one at the New-York Historical Society. Douglass at…

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