Noted a few more points of interest, all of them within a few blocks of each other.. starts with apartment building that is curved to fit around exit ramp of Midtown tunnel..getting reverse angle I almost got run over by frantic drivers racing towards tunnel...
Then there is the little building and courtyard that has a plaque saying it is on the Historic Register, but it doesn't say for what. Suspect a lot of cities have little nooks like this.
Frieze on Daily News building is a little hard to read, says " He Made So Many of Them"--which is a reference to poor people I believe ( "God loves poor people...that is why he made so many of them.") Showing the populist roots of the Daily News, whatever its editorial policy is these days.
Then there is one of those odd midtown penthouses that date from way back.
Have noticed I tend to focus more on traditional architecture in the neighborhood...here are some more recent buildings ( well, relatively recent anyway)..
First is the new "Green Condo" that is nearing completion. It is advertising itself as being eco-friendly in every way... it will also recycle money on a big scale to live there.
Have noticed that, unlike older designed buildings, newer ones often make no attempt to hide water towers. There are exceptions, of course.
Those wooden water towers are so typical of Manhattan.
Met the son of the owner of the Rosenwach company , which has put up most of them it seems. He told me that they had competitors, however. ( This was at a business meeting of young presidents of corporations--- I did PR work for them).
All around Murray Hill and Kips Bay, and as you move further Westward, you see old buildings being renovated and new ones going up...often shoehorned in on side streets in what used to be against the zoning laws. The result is more and more Midtown congestion and the loss of small shops and even supermarkets...
Noticed, too, something that is rare for Manhattan, at least in Midtown-- a frame house. No plaque or anything so don't know the history of it.
My sister would probably love Health4U. Sure it carries all kinds of items geared for vegetarians and vegans... and of course, organic food.
Friend in California has just notified me that Murray Hill is now the 8th most desirable neighborhood in NYC..most of the best ones are in Brooklyn, apparently. Sounds like a very trendy article he got this from.
Went to Modell's sporting goods on 42nd Street to get a free weight to use to exercise my right wrist, which still needs work--even though fracture was ages ago.
Oh, how full of contrasts the center of Manhattan is!
From classic skyscrapers along 42nd Street, then to garish rental signs on buildings, --and suddenly, a vest pocket park which is like a mini-stonehenge. (Fountain isn't running yet...this will be a very beckoning place for weary pedestrians in the summer),
And then the Astro gems and minerals etc. store on 34th Street with its fascinating window displays...
All this and so much more packed into such a small area.
What I really wanted to get was a shot of some tourists craning their necks to see the top of the Empire State Building...
and the inevitable shutterbug crouched down and contorting himself, trying to get a "unique" shot of the building...following the other people who had done the same thing earlier and the many more who would do it later.
Nearby there are some renovated buildings that interest me more than the Empire State Building at the moment...
And, it's a cool April day again. The daffodils have wilted but the tulips are still going strong. After skimpy clothing for a few days, people are dressed more seasonably again.