John Wolfe Ambrose, Battery Park

John Wolfe Ambrose monument, 1936. Bust: Andrew O'Connor, Jr. Relief: Frederick G.R. Roth. Architect: Aymar Embury II. Original bust by Andrew O'Connor, Jr, created ca. 1900; recreated ca. 2017. Monument…

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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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Music of the Gilded Age: Lyndhurst for the Holidays

Last week I attended a wonderful concert at Lyndhurst Mansion, which was gorgeously decorated for the holidays. (Photos below.) The concert was arranged by Christopher Brellochs, who's creating a series…

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Kosciuszko Bridge Progress, 5

For earlier photos, click on the Bridges tag in the Obsessions cloud at right, and my video of the bridge's progress. The Queens-bound side of the Kosciuszko Bridge, with its towers in…

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Manhattan Bridge: Almost 99 Years Old

The Manhattan Bridge, connecting Canal Street in Manhattan with Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn, opened for business on the last day of 1909. Its 6,855-foot length carries four lanes of traffic…

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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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Andrew Haswell Green Bench, Central Park

Who most influenced the shape of Central Park in its early years? There was Egbert Ludovicus Viele, whose detailed topographical study of the site helped make the park’s design a…

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