The sky was crystalline, giving the the skyline's favorite star, the Empire State Building, the look of a cinematic matte shot. Approaching the building from the block of Broadway south of Madison Square Park, the scene seemed at times like a surreal photo-collage, as if the buildings were cutouts and pasted on another photograph of the sky.
|1. the Empire State Building|
|2. Eataly. 23rd St. and Fifth Avenue.|
This neighborhood near Madison Square Park was one of the most fashionable areas in the city in the 1860s and 1870s. Edith Wharton was born in the house directly across from the entrance of Eataly on W. 23rd St. You can look at it while you stand in line. A Starbucks takes up the first floor. I amused myself with the question, "What do you think, Edith Wharton, of a cafe in your house that's named for a character in an obscure Herman Melville novel?"
|3. The Flatiron Building|
|4. Madison Square Park|
|5. Graduate School CUNY (355-371 Fifth Avenue, at 34th Street). Originally the B. Atlman & Company Department Store. 1905-1913|
|6. Lord & Taylor, 424 5th Avenue|
|7. Fortitude at the New York Public Library|
|8. Bryant Park|
|9. Philip Lewisohn building on W. 41th St.|
|10. Looking north to Times Square|
|11. Fashion District's information kiosk on Seventh Avenue.|
|12. Gray's Papaya on 8th Avenue and 37th Street.|
|13. The New Yorker Hotel (481 8th Avenue & 34th Street|
|14. The Empire State Building (left) and Madison Square Garden|
|15. 34th Street. Penn. Station. subway platform|
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Images from Saturday, September 4, 2010 by Walking Off the Big Apple. Made with an iPhone4 camera.