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.

Thursday Doors – 09.22.2016

These are some of the doors of St. Patrick’s Cathedral, in New York.st-patricksweb-dsc_0037

The door below is St. Patrick’s “Door of Mercy.” The Pope has urged catholics to take the opportunity to obtain a plenary indulgence during the Year of Mercy by passing through a designated Holy Door. stpatricksweb-dsc_0027 stpatricksweb-dsc_0056  st-patrickesweb-dsc_0048stpatricksweb-dsc_0071

Weekly Photo Challenge: From Lines to Patterns

This week’s Photo Challenge is “From Lines to Patterns.” I have quite a few shots that fit the category, so it’s been hard choosing. But here are some. I may post others later.

This entry is part of the Weekly Photo Challenge: http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/09/20/lines-patterns/

Remembering 9/11

I was in New York last Fall and visited the 9/11 Memorial, still under construction at the time. Needless to say, it was an emotional visit. Like most people in the world, I was terribly shocked and saddened by those senseless attacks. We were living in Washington, D.C. at the time, but on vacation in Brazil that day. Watching the images of the Twin Towers and the chaos in New York, as well as the Pentagon, I felt a terrible sense of loss, anguish, and, for some strange reason, guilt for not being there for my friends and colleagues in D.C.

The Brooklyn Bridge

I love the Brooklyn bridge. It’s so iconic. Always so crowded with tourists, locals, vendors, people walking, people in bikes, people talking loud, music playing, it gets a little crazy. It was difficult to take good photos with all that commotion. But once I looked up I was able to appreciate and capture its beauty and character. It was as if we were alone, me, the Brooklyn bridge, and the New York sky.

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