New York Autumn - Central Park - Poet's Walk - Dusk
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New York - Autumn - Central Park - Carpet of Leaves
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New York City Sunset - Skyline and Newtown Creek
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New York City Townhouses - Greenwich Village- By Vivienne Gucwa There are so many hidden architectural treasures that are scattered throughout New York City. This is one that I had never seen until recently. This is Grove Court. Grove Court is a row of townhouses that are nestled in far from the street in Greenwich Village (or the West Village depending on who you talk to). The space is tucked away and marked by an iron gate. In fact, it's easy to miss due to its distance from the rest of the neighboring buildings that line the street it is on. The houses that sit in this beautiful alley were first built in the 1840s and Grove Court spent the majority of the 19th century as a spot for the economically challenged lower classes. The story goes that the poor who inhabited these houses were so poor that they were unable to enjoy a typical spot of ale and instead had to drink the leftover remnants of the local pub's beer barrel (the proverbial "bottom of the barrel"). So, for a short period of time, this spot was often referred to as "Mixed Ale Alley". The townhouses were sold to realty company in the 1920s who re-vamped the look of Grove Court hoping that its newer, more charming incarnation would attract a newer crop of artists and writers who were flocking to the West Village.Grove Court is currently a treasured hidden enclave and the townhouses that sit at the end of this ivy-covered alley are worth millions of dollars. ---
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New York City Skyline - Financial District Skycrapers at Sunset- By Vivienne Gucwa There's a series of moments that linger between day and night that linger a little longer in the summer. The sun slides down through the clouds towards the city pouring its soft light onto the water. The skyscrapers soften their time-worn facades as they lean in towards the last fragments of the day. And the spray from the wake of a boat dances with the sun's light. --- This was taken on an absolutely stunning summer evening with the A77 while on a boat in the East River as the boat pulled away from the skyline leaving an illuminated wake behind it. This is the skyline of lower Manhattan in the Financial District. To the right (out of this scene) sits the Brooklyn Bridge. ---
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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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New York Winter - Snow on 42nd Street- By Vivienne Gucwa
New York City resembles a snow-globe when snow first falls. As the snow swirls, the trees reach over the city streets as if they are trying to catch snowflakes with their bare, graceful branches.
This was taken at night during a winter storm in New York City that dropped enough snow to turn the city into a winter wonderland momentarily. This is the area on 42nd Street next to Bryant Park across from the Grace Building which can be seen partially on the left-hand side of the image. It's one of my favorite spots to snow-gaze at night.
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Skyline Sunset - New York City- By Vivienne Gucwa Late summer and early autumn sunsets in New York City are intensely beautiful. The city seems to cling to every bit of sunlight through a haze that sleepily hangs low over the urban waterfront. This was taken near the end of a four hour long ferry ride back and forth around the East River in the late summer. There were barely any people on the ferry that day and I spent entire rides just taking note of the sun's descent in the sky. When this moment occurred, it was so brief and fleeting and yet so dramatic in its intensity as the sun dipped towards the midtown skyline grazing the skyscrapers that I barely even knew if I captured it properly since the waves were kicking up in the river and the boat was swaying up and down over the waves. By then, I had gotten my 'sea legs' and knew the exact way to stand and counter the movement with my camera in my hands. And the sun-kissed skyline drifted away from view and descended into the twilight of evening. --- This view is of the New York City skyline in midtown including the Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building during the last moments of a sunset as seen from the East River. ---
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Song of the Willows - The Lake - Central Park - New York City- By Vivienne Gucwa When the summer sun has drifted low into the sky after every bit of earth has been soaked in its warm splendor, the trees hang their heads down in mournful remembrance of winter's impending icy touch. And the willows play a slow and deliberate adagio to accompany the last of summer's lovers on the sweetest sun-kissed wings of the wind. ---
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Flowers and the City - High Line - Chelsea - New York City- By Vivienne Gucwa There is a beautiful tension in the juxtaposition between the flowers that grow along the High Line and the distinctly urban views that exist beyond the High Line. The High Line is an elevated park that runs along 10th Avenue all the way from midtown down to the heart of the meatpacking district. In the 1930s, freight trains ran along these re-purposed tracks delivering supplies and service to the buildings lining the High Line. In some of the newer sections of the High Line, the closeness to the buildings that line the tracks is made all the more extreme by the wildflowers that have sprouted up along what remains of the train tracks. Flowers and plant life now breathe life into this space that was once dominated by industry. Perhaps that is why it sometimes has a vaguely post-apocalyptic feel. The scenery calls to mind I am Legend's fictional world where urban settings which were once thriving hubs of industry are now dominated by the plant life that had been suppressed for years under the weight of urban life. ---
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Wildflowers Along the High Line - New York City- By Vivienne Gucwa The wildflowers that grow along the High Line Park are some of my favorite flowers in New York City. Greenery has a way of thriving in this elevated park due to the nature of the buildings that line the old railroad tracks which cast shade on certain sections while other sections bask in direct sunlight daily. In the 1930s, freight trains ran along these re-purposed tracks delivering supplies and service to the buildings lining the High Line. In some of the newer sections of the High Line, the closeness to the buildings that line the tracks is made all the more extreme by the wildflowers that have sprouted up along what remains of the train tracks. The shaded areas are brimming with colorful flowers and plant life that has claimed its home here breathing life into this space that was once dominated by industry. ---
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Central Park From Above and the New York City Skyline- By Vivienne Gucwa When you look out above the New York City skyline in midtown Manhattan, it's incredible to observe just how much space Central Park occupies. On a hazy day, it is as if the rest of the city disappears into the haze, infinite in all its dense glory. This view is facing north, looking towards upper Manhattan. Central Park is 2.5 miles (4 km) long between 59th Street (Central Park South) and 110th Street (Central Park North), and is 0.5 miles (0.8 km) wide between Fifth Avenue and Central Park West. The park initially opened in 1857, on 843 acres of city-owned land. In 1858, Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux won a design competition to improve and expand the park with a plan they entitled the Greensward Plan. Construction began the same year and was completed in 1873. The park, which receives approximately thirty-five million visitors annually, is the most visited urban park in the United States. A long time ago I read that the real estate value of Central Park was estimated to be around $528,000,000,000. But really, it's priceless in terms of the value it provides the residents of New York City and the many visitors that visit every year. ---
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The City's Memory - High Line Flowers - New York City- By Vivienne Gucwa Where does the city’s memory imprint itself? Is it imprinted on the concrete of sidewalks weathered by world-weary feet? Is it imprinted in the foundations of the skyscrapers that scratch the surface of the sky connecting the sidewalks below to loftier aspirations? Is it imprinted in the people whose lives unfold frenetically over the vast urban landscapes that stretch across the city like veins and arteries? Is it imprinted in the transportation systems that contract and expand like ligaments and tendons, flexing their way through the corporeal terrain? Or is the city’s memory imprinted on elements that only peripherally stake their claim on such a grandiose landscape? In the petals of flowers, freshly opened and unfettered by permanence, the city effortlessly makes an impression like pressing a hand into soft flesh or falling slowly into a cloud. ---
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Spring Blossoms Overlooking the Central Park Reservoir - New York City- By Vivienne Gucwa On Spring mornings, the world hangs in sleepy stasis. Trees, adorned with blossoms as soft as winter's first snow, use their branches to gracefully conduct the world's awakening in a daily symphony at dawn. --- I am admittedly a night person. I have tried for years to trick my stubborn body into accepting a different biological time-clock to no avail. However, on days when I am carefully trying to get myself to accept the mornings as a friend and not a foe, I am always amazed at how differently the world appears especially during certain times of the year like springtime. On a perfectly cloudy Spring day in Central Park, it's as if the world is opens up its dewy eyes one by one as the city stretches out languidly for a few hours. ---
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Park Avenue in the Spring - Upper East Side - New York City- By Vivienne Gucwa There is nothing quite like spring on Park Avenue in upper Manhattan. The gorgeous, ornate architecture is adorned by beautiful spring blossoms. Park Avenue is one of the wider avenues on the Upper East Side and has a center divider that showcase trees and flowers. In the spring, rows and rows of yellow tulips bloom at once catching the sunlight with their effervescent petals while the trees on either side of the avenue and in the center area feature pink, yellow, white and light green blossoms. ---
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The Urban Forest Primeval - Conservatory Garden - Central Park - New York City
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Blush Response - Japanese Magnolia Blossoms - Spring - New York City- By Vivienne Gucwa As the steel exoskeletons that wind along city buildings bask in the glow of springtime, fresh-faced blossoms blush in the warmth of the sun tilting their heads skyward hoping for a kiss. And the earth swoons. ---
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New Hope Springs Forth - Chelsea - New York City- By Vivienne Gucwa The world opens up in the spring drenching itself in new warmth: heady intoxicating warmth that bubbles up beneath the surface for months before rushing over the parched earth. And as the sun washes away all of the fears that have been buried beneath winter layers, petals open up one by one yawning delicately into the light of a thousand sparks of promise and hope. ---
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