WPC: Place in the World

Like Erica, who’s challenging us to share our Place in the World, I too have a thing for the Big Apple. This has to do with the combination of several things: beautiful architecture (I die for those art deco buildings); the proximity to water and substantial green areas (making it more than just a concrete jungle); and the abundance of cultural activities (wonderful museums, great theater and musicals, jazz clubs, etc). There’s something magic about NYC that puts me in a great mood, makes me want to go out and soak the energy around me. I feel inspired and experience a “joie de vivre” there that I experience nowhere else in the world. The last time I was in New York, in 2016, I arrived at our hotel after two flights (one of them international) and a long taxi ride from the airport, in terrible traffic jams. All of that while still recovering from the a severe cold I got at the end of our Brazil visit. I collapsed in bed, slept for a couple of hours, and when I woke up I felt a burst of energy and a strong urge to go out, walk for a while and stop somewhere for a good dinner. And so we did. And, like magic, I felt strong and healthy again. Only in New York!! Time to go back… ūüėČ

 

The Prettiest of Them All

If you love architecture and Art Deco, you’ll¬†LOVE¬†the Chrysler Building, on the East Side of Midtown Manhattan, in New York City. The Chrysler was designed by architect William Van Alen and completed in1930. The Art Deco ornamentation at the crown of the Chrysler is¬†considered a masterpiece of Art Deco architecture. It is based on features¬†used on Chrysler automobiles. On the 31st floor, the corner ornamentations are replicas of the 1929 Chrysler radiator caps.¬†The corners of the 61st floor are graced with eagles, replicas of the 1929 Chrysler hood ornaments.

Another outstanding feature of the Chrysler building is¬†its terraced crown, composed of seven radiating terraced arches. The entire crown is clad with stainless steel.¬†The flush windows, the stainless steel crown, the spire, and the eagles were all fabricated from sheet metal shops on the 65th and 67th floor. Unlike¬†other buildings, the Chrysler was virtually sculpted by hand. A true work of art.¬†I think it is the most beautiful building in New York and perhaps the world, although I haven’t seen all the buildings in the world…

So, given my strong admiration for The Chrysler,¬†when I was in New York this past summer¬†I decided to photograph it up close, which¬†proved to be VERY difficult. The massive structure is squeezed between other buildings and so tall that standing across the street from it won’t¬†allow you¬†to shoot its whole extension. You can¬†get the building but not its beautiful crown. And when you get the crown, you cut half of the building.¬†That’s why I decided to photograph it in parts. I also didn’t have my 300mm lens with me on that trip so I wasn’t able to get some of the details as I would have liked. C’est la vie! I still owe it to myself a decent set of pics of The Chrysler, which¬†shall happen the next time I’m in the Big Apple.

On Top of The World

The One World Observatory, on the 102nd floor of the beautiful new One World Trade Center offers spectacular views of Lower Manhattan and Midtown. Thick glasses, harsh light, reflections, and hordes of people are¬†not conducive to good photography, but I had a lot of fun, especially finding subjects and points of view where no one else would… ūüôā