Stately Christmas trees and decorations appear in neighborhoods throughout Manhattan. Here I feature the holiday spirit in bright lights and colors at Fulton Street in the South Street Seaport area, the New York Stock Exchange, Avenue of Americas and 50th Street and, of course, Rockefeller Center. Merry Christmas!
While Samuel Untermyer (1858–1940) amassed a fortune as a corporate attorney, he also cultivated a wealth of knowledge about horticulture and created nationally recognized gardens at his 150-acre Greystone estate in Yonkers, New York. Today, it is in need of assistance.
Far from the buzz and bustle of Midtown are the northern sections of Central Park, where fewer travelers and comparative quiet are the norms. But like their central and southern cousins, the park’s upper reaches are a mix of the landscaped and the raw and rugged, perhaps more so than any other area.
Dianne Durante, a freelance art writer who produces the web site Forgotten Delights, has released an Android app based on her book Outdoor Monuments of Manhattan. The app, produced by Guides Who Know, features more than three hours of video on the fifty-four sculptures that appear in the book, including Continents by Daniel Chester French, Sherman Monument by Augustus Saint-Gaudens, and the Statue of Liberty.
Renowned photographer Richard Berenholtz has been commissioned to document the construction of 432 Park Avenue, a building that, at nearly 1,400 feet will be the tallest residential tower in New York and the Western Hemisphere.
Judith Dupré knows stately structures. The architectural historian has written books about bridges, churches, monuments and tall buildings. “Skyscrapers,” originally published in 1996 and updated twice, remains a bestseller in its genre. In April, Dupré published her most ambitious work, “One World Trade Center: Biography of the Building.”