New York City - Sunset Over East Broadway - Chinatown
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New York City Street - Soho Cobblestones in the Afternoon
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New York City Street - Broadway - Soho - Afternoon Bicycle Ride
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New York City Alley at Night
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Winter Garden Theatre and Times Square - Night - New York City
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New York City Townhouses on a Tree-Lined Street- By Vivienne Gucwa
On days like this, it's as if the rest of the world has slipped away with the winter somewhere past the visible horizon into the realm of distant memories.
On days like this, the sun exhales through the trees that spread their newly adorned limbs out in a welcoming embrace.
On days like this, the city lingers in a promise whispered on a warm breeze.
On days like this, the light is a dream that makes its way into reality.
On days like this, there is nothing else that matters.
This image was taken this past weekend as I walked around Manhattan for hours soaking in the gorgeous weather. I have mentioned my severe brownstone envy in other posts before. I believe that townhouses fall under this same category. To re-iterate, I grew up in Queens (another borough of New York City), and the brownstones in Manhattan and Brooklyn tugged at my heart constantly. Their enormous doorways always seemed to be flanked by extravagant stairways and every window seemed to be a frame encapsulating an enticing painting.
There wasn’t anything that came close to these beautiful works of architecture where I grew up in Flushing, Queens. And don't even get me started on the Cosby Show which added to my angsty brownstone envy on a weekly basis. I still stop in my tracks and swoon when I come across a particularly beautiful set of brownstones or townhouses. I imagine all of the narratives that could have possibly occurred in these fantastical works of architecture and it's enough to take me right back to feeling exactly how I did when I was growing up in Queens.
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Chinatown- Under the Manhattan Bridge - New York City Street- By Vivienne Gucwa When winter shifts into spring, the light shifts too. Stark, short afternoons that end too abruptly morph vivid, warm afternoons that linger until the sky relents. ---- This was taken on a stark, short afternoon that was only mildly flirting with spring a week or so ago before the city erupted into full-on springtime mode. This is one of my favorite parts of Chinatown under the Manhattan Bridge. ----
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Stone Street - New York City- By Vivienne Gucwa Stone Street is a narrow cobblestone alley that was first developed by Dutch colonists in the 1600s. Its claim to fame is that it is New York City's first paved street and as such it is recognized as a historic landmark. It's the main part of an area currently known as the Stone Street Historic District. Nestled among skyscrapers in the Financial District, it's something of a time machine back into another era of New York City's history. The street is the site where British merchants traded and sold goods, where American colonialists passionately spoke of independence and where tracts of land were purchased and sold (completely disregarding the earlier inhabitants of the area). The Dutch West India Company first sold this area to European property owners in the mid 1600s. It was around 1658 that the street was paved. The name Stone Street actually came about in the late 1700s. Prior to being named Stone Street, this alley was called Hoogh Straet and then Brouwer Street and also spent some time as Duke Street. Since the street is so close to the waterfront, it was the site of a tremendous amount of commercial activity for two centuries. In the mid 1800s, the area was destroyed by the Great Fire. Even though the Great Fire leveled hundreds of buildings in the area, the Stone Street district bounced back due to New York City having the leading maritime port in the country. However, in the mid twentieth century the area saw a decline due to maritime activity moving to the west side of Manhattan. In the mid 1990s, funding was secured to restore the area back to its former glory. ---
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Times Square - New York City- By Vivienne Gucwa Times Square is its own universe. It's New York City filtered through cinematic dreams and commercially-tinged aspirations wrapped up in flashing lights and colorful billboards. There is a familiarity to it that is tinged with a wild-eyed estranged quality that makes it all the more alluring. And when a yellow New York City taxi cab drives by at the speed of light under all the flashing lights, it's hard not to smile. ---
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Storm Clouds - Chinatown - New York City- By Vivienne Gucwa As storm clouds approach, the sun washes over the city showering its splendor onto the urban landscape like a brilliant star projecting its last bits of light into the vast universe. I love the light on the buildings in this section of Chinatown before a storm. This particular view overlooks the tenements that face the Forsyth Market under the Manhattan Bridge where produce and other food is sold daily in a sprawling open air market. ---
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Stone Street Historic District - Financial District - New York City- By Vivienne Gucwa Something I absolutely love about New York City is that tucked away between the towering monuments of modernity that populate the cityscape are streets that look as if they have been transported from another era and geographic location entirely. These streets are suspended in time like flies in amber. This area is known as the Stone Street historic district in lower Manhattan. Bound by Stone Street, Pearl Street, and South William Streets and Mill Lane, it is a section that is unlike any of its surrounding blocks. This particular section is bound by South William street and 13-15 South William Street can be seen in this particular view. Around the block from this part of the area are other historic buildings and the Stone Street area ‘proper’. In 1903, the architect C.P.H. Gilbert designed new street facades on the buildings in this section of South William Street (57 Stone Street on the other side). Gilbert’s neo-Dutch Renaissance architecture features structural details like stepped gables and strapwork and was a nod to the early settlement of Manhattan . This area which dates back to the 1600s when New York City was first colonized by Dutch settlers was sadly destroyed by the Great Fire of 1835. The surrounding section of Stone Street was rebuilt with granite bases of post-and-lintel construction and upper-additions of brick which were specifically erected for importers and merchants. ---
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Sunday Morning on Orchard Street - Lower East Side - New York City- By Vivienne Gucwa On cold city mornings, birds pepper the bone-white sky with movement. And through the haze left over by clouds caught in the scuffle between autumn and winter, the wind rushes through the streets like the ghosts of yesterday's thoughts. ---
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New York City - Rain- By Vivienne Gucwa There is an inherent romance that buzzes through the air in New York City when it rains. The Flatiron District is one of my favorite areas in Manhattan when it rains. The street (5th Avenue) opens up to reveal distant skyscrapers that disappear into heavy fog as people weave their way through the multitudes of umbrellas. The clock in this image is the Fifth Avenue Building Clock which is a New York City landmark and recalls another era: one where these ornamental clocks played a role in attracting people to gilded era storefronts. This vantage point is with the Flatiron Building directly in back of the viewer looking up 5th Avenue. ---
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New York - Snow in the City- By Vivienne Gucwa
People cross a historic street located on the Lower East Side in New York City in the snow. When it snows in New York City, the city resembles a beautiful snow globe especially in this part of Lower Manhattan where old store murals and low buildings dominate the urban landscape.
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Rain - New York City - Greenwich Village - Washington Square
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New York City - Pell Street - Chinatown - Rainy Evening
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