Perry Street Two Bedroom Duplex. Rent: $4795, No Fee!
Reminder: Manhattanhenge (half-sun) is today; the full sunset on the grid will be tomorrow (Wednesday). For more about Manhattanhenge, read the Hayden Planetarium’s guide:
What will future civilizations think of Manhattan Island when they dig it up and find a carefully laid out network of streets and avenues? Surely the grid would be presumed to have astronomical significance, just as we have found for the pre-historic circle of large vertical rocks known as Stonehenge, in the Salisbury Plain of England. For Stonehenge, the special day is the summer solstice, when the Sun rises in perfect alignment with several of the stones, signaling the change of season.
For Manhattan, a place where evening matters more than morning, that special day comes twice a year. For 2012 they fall on May 29th, and July 12th, when the setting Sun aligns precisely with the Manhattan street grid, creating a radiant glow of light across Manhattan’s brick and steel canyons, simultaneously illuminating both the north and south sides of every cross street of the borough’s grid. A rare and beautiful sight.
This event gets more and more popular…when I took the above photo 3 years ago, there was already a crowd where I was an hour ahead of the event. I think I ended up just hopping in a cab and having him drive north and south for the event.
Karl Marx & Adam Smith graffiti portraits in SoHo (Taken with instagram)
A GORGEOUS piece of art in celebration of NYPL’s Jefferson Market Library, created by one of Jefferson Market’s own patrons. We just thought we would share this beauty with you today… oh, with a reminder that you can help Jefferson Market win $250,000 to replace and update the doors. After all, the doors to the Library are the doors to knowledge and we want everyone to come inside!
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“The subway stations served as recurring motives in my aimless progress. The sight of large masses of people hurrying down into underground chambers was perpetually strange to me, and I felt that all of the human race were rushing, pushed by a counter-instinctive death drive, into movable catacombs. Above-ground I was with thousands of others in their solitude, but in the subway, standing close to strangers, jostling them and being jostled by them for space and breathing room, all of us reenacting unacknowledged traumas, the solitude intensified.” ~ Teju Cole
“One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich”, by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
Manhattan Bridge, 1908
GPOYW: Greenwich Village in a haze of midst and shadows.
Sometimes going up and down pre-war walk-ups in SoHo day after day can wear a broker down. Then there are the days when I get the adventurous client who’d like to see the roof of their potential home. Like an urban sherpa I guide them up the final stairway that leads to a metallic door. The imposing door looks as if it belongs on a primal vault. Often I have to lean my shoulder into the door - it swings open in a screeching arc, announcing it’s climbers to the city. And there it is, in all its majesty, New York City. In this image I snapped with my phone you see the New Museum soaring above it’s pre-war neighbors, and if you look closely there is a lone figure, a lone climber, in a state of awe, I imagine.