Architecture, New York City
Favorite thing: One of the striking things about New York City is the way buildings that would have been considered very tall, imposing, swanky and important looking when they were built in the first couple of decades of the 20th century get dwarfed by newer skyscrapers.
Uptown's Riverside Church is an architectural and social landmark of the Upper West Side. It is a progressive Protestant parish that attracts an admirably diverse congregation of New Yorkers. Generations of socially-conscious Manhattanites have worshipped here, finding inspiration from the service-oriented message from the pulpit, and the rich tradition of musical and artistic programming that the church sponsors.
Riverside Church is a grander version of the famous Chapel on the campus of the University of Chicago - appropriately, because they were both constructed with extremely generous contributions from John D. Rockefeller in the late 1920s and early 1930s. While the exterior of the church is clad in Indiana limestone, it rests upon a steel frame.
The acoustics in the church are excellent, and its organ is world-famous. Come for a recital or a sacred music concert. My friend Riff sings in the choir here.
Riverside Drive at 120th Street
Favorite thing: Located on West 62nd through West 66th streets between Columbus and Amsterdam avenues, the Lincoln Center has been the center of New York's performance art scene since the 1950s. Its various venues and free outdoor concerts attract nearly five million people every year. From orchestras, to ballet, to movie screenings, the Lincoln Center features it all.
Favorite thing: The Trinity Church cemetery is one of the oldest in Manhattan and certainly one of the most beautiful. It is also notable for the famous people buried here, among them Robert Fulton (of steamboat fame) and Alexander Hamilton, first Treasurer of the United States, and the only signer of the Constitution to be buried in Manhattan. Hamilton was killed in that notorious duel with Aaron Burr - he actually died in New Jersey and his body was brought back here to be buried. The funeral monument - with its suggestions both of Masonry and of the symbolism to be found still today on the reverse of the dollar bill - seems very appropriate.
Favorite thing: This used to be the PanAm building. But now it's the MetLife building. Everytime I see this building I still think of it as PanAm. The distinct shape of the building and its dominant location blocking the whole Park Ave has imprinted in my head. The photo was taken in front of Waldorf Astoria Hotel on Park Ave.
Favorite thing: New York is so famous with skyscrapers that now much we see of the churches around, but I notice few and added 2 photos here. However, I did not visit any church inside.
Favorite thing: New buildings are going up all over Manhattan. Enjoy 21st Century architecture like this building, the Westin Hotel Times Square, near Port Authority.
Fondest memory: They created a small atrium inside the building and it affords a quiet corner to recover from the hustle and bustle of the street.