New York

Reflections on the High Line

Reflections on the High Line

High Line, New York.

I was in New York a few weeks ago and walked the High Line with an old friend who hadn’t seen it since it was first opened. It was packed as it is almost all the time now and incredibly, there is more new construction going on there than I’ve ever seen before.

At some point one would think that the city won’t be able to absorb any more high end rentals (think Shanghai) but who knows?

Thousand-Pound Bronzes on the Upper West Side

Thousand-Pound Bronzes on the Upper West Side

New Yorker staff writer Paige Williams came to the installation of Joy Brown’s sculpture on Broadway but weren’t sure if the Talk of the Town piece she was working on would make it into the magazine. It did, and hopefully it will bring even more foot traffic to Joy’s amazing work.

I did watch her frantically scribble on her notepad when the driver of the flatbed transporting them down from Bethel, Connecticut said: “I could’ve drove here naked and nobody would’ve noticed.” I thought it might be the lead, I was off by a paragraph.

Joy Brown on Broadway

Figures on a flatbed

Figures on a flatbed

Broadway, New York City.

My good friend Joy Brown has been making large bronze castings of her ceramic sculpture and is having a show of them in New York City. Joy has been traveling to China to work with a foundry there for many years and these finished pieces were shipped to the US in a large container by ship and arrived a few weeks ago. There will be a sister show in China opening in a few months.

Forklift on Broadway

Forklift on Broadway

Thinker in crosswalk

We pulled an all-nighter last night helping with the installation which was done by a great outfit out of Bethel, Connecticut: Mariano Brothers.

We started at 10:00 pm and finished at 3:00 am. There were two flatbed trucks, ours with four pieces starting at 72nd St. and working north, the other starting at 168th St. and working south.

Mother and child at 72nd St.

Mother and child at 72nd St.

Many of Joy’s friends came from all over the country and they were joined by a crowd of curious and supportive New Yorkers. It was quite a scene although after midnight as we moved up town only the core group remained.

Tomorrow, Wednesday May 17th there will be a formal “opening” at 11:00 am at the 72nd St and Broadway installation. The show will be up for at least six months, maybe longer. Each setting has a map showing the location of each of the sculptures. It’s a bit of a hike to walk the whole thing but there’s a subway line running under Broadway and the pieces are near enough to stops so they can be easily gotten to.

I’m pooped!

#joybrownonbroadway

Face

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My flickr contact Keith Goldstein took this picture of a crumpled piece of paper on a sidewalk in Manhattan (NY) with a face on it.

For me, what’s great about this image is that it’s probably an advertisement but the face is a real person with a story (even the ad has a story) and here it is on a discarded piece of paper on the ground in a city where most people will step over it (or on it). That face is a real person with a life, even if she’s a model for an ad agency. The fact that the wall and sidewalk are grimy and that the paper is white helps the effect of a face peering through a wormhole in time.

I’m not really sure what makes all of this work for me but it does.

Lunch atop Rockefeller Center

The reason this particular construction project was so well documented was that it was Rockefeller Center.

No one, not even the photographers, is wearing safety equipment.

The subjects and the photographer are unknown, but the photo is one of the most iconic of all time. With Central Park in the background, 11 men casually have lunch 800 feet above Manhattan. In this short piece by Time Magazine, archivist Christine Rouselle explores the story behind this historic image.

[via Devour]

Central Park south

Central Park south

New York.

After seeing a show at the Guggenheim Museum we walked across the park to catch a subway on the west side. I have to say, Central Park is magnificent: the trees alone are out of this world and it’s such a special place, like being in Yosemite Valley with cliffs of skyscrapers all around.

This shot is looking due south from a large field right in the middle of the park.

New York is quite a place. I’m glad I don’t live there but I sure do like to visit.