Sunday, July 29, 2012

Fifth Avenue Building of the Coca-Cola Company, the Longest Continuous Corporate Partner of the Olympic Games

The Coca-Cola Building is a 320,000-square-foot office building on Fifth Avenue at 55th Street. The building boasts superb proportions, exquisite, though limited detailing and palazzo-styling. The windows of the space that used to be occupied by the flagship World of Disney store on the bottom floor of the Coca-Cola Building currently display Olympic-themed artwork.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

New York Presbyterian Hospital Weill Cornell Medical Center

The NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center is one of the most acclaimed healthcare institutions in the country. It is located at 525 East 68th Street on the Upper East Side next to the Weill Cornell Medical College and the Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences. The NewYork–Presbyterian Hospital is a university hospital affiliated with two Ivy League medical schools: Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons and Cornell University's Weill Medical College. It is composed of two distinct medical centers, Columbia University Medical Center and Weill Cornell Medical Center. The photos above show the Weill Cornell campus - the hospital (top) at 68th Street and the medical college (below) on York Avenue. A major international and regional referral center, the hospital is considered among the best in the world and is currently ranked first in New York City, and 7th in the nation by U.S. News and World Report.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge

In December 2010, the city announced that Queensboro Bridge would be renamed in honor of former Mayor Ed Koch. The Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge, also known as the 59th Street Bridge – because its Manhattan end is located between 59th and 60th Streets – or simply the Queensboro Bridge, is a cantilever bridge over the East River. It was completed in 1909. It connects the neighborhood of Long Island City, Queens with Manhattan, passing over Roosevelt Island where I made the images above. 

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Mott Street (Chinatown)

Mott Street is a busy and narrow street in Chinatown that runs in a north-south direction in Manhattan. It is also considered Chinatown's unofficial "Main Street". It is one of the original three streets that formed the core of Chinatown in the mid to late 1800s. Mott Street runs from Chatham Square in the south to Bleecker Street in the north. It is a one-way street, southbound. Like many streets in Lower Manhattan that predated the street grid system, Mott Street meandered around natural features of the landscape rather than running through or over them.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Roosevelt Avenue in Woodside, Queens

This is a section of Roosevelt Avenue in Woodside, Queens. Above Roosevelt Avenue is the overhead subway and train (the Long Island Railroad stops in Woodside). Woodside, a neighborhood in the western part of Queens. This particular neighborhood along Roosevelt Avenue is filled with many cultural restaurants including popular Thai, Filipino, Colombian and Ecuadorian eateries. A "Little Manila" stretches from 63rd to 71st Streets at the strip of Roosevelt Avenue. 

Monday, July 23, 2012

Louis Vuitton Collaborates With Artist Yayoi Kusama - Manhattan Flagship Store Facade and Window Displays On Fifth Avenue Go Polka Dots

Louis Vuitton Fifth Avenue flagship store with David Byrne-designed shoe bike rack in the foreground

Louis Vuitton has created splashy facade and window displays for the flagship Manhattan store on Fifth Avenue in honor of the brand's collaboration with celebrated Japanese artist and "Princess of Polka Dots", Yayoi Kusama. The building facade at the northeast corner of Fifth Avenue and 57th Street is wrapped in a pattern of black dots in different sizes on a white background. The window displays have three Kusama motifs: “Beginning of the Universe,” ‘’Eternal Blooming Flowers in My Mind” and “Self-Obliteration.”  Recently, Louis Vuitton formally unveiled a new collection created in collaboration between Yayoi Kusama and Louis Vuitton creative director, Marc Jacobs. The theme is bold, graphic polka dots — a signature of the artist — offered in a frenzied series of sizes and colors. The polka dots appear in many items including shoes, handbags, shirts, skirts, sunglasses and accessories. The product launch and building installation coincides with the Whitney Museum of American Art’s new retrospective exhibition of Kusama’s work (see previous post).

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Niki de Saint Phalle Sculptures on Park Avenue

Les Trois Graces, 1999
Miles Davis, 1999
Les Baigners, c. 1983
#23 Basketball Player, 1999 (Michael Jordan)
#19 Baseball Player, 1999
Grand Step Totem, 2001
The Nohra Haime Gallery presents a new site-specific installation of the signature sculptures by Niki de Saint Phalle on Park Avenue from 52nd to 60th Streets. Ten sculptures made of polyester resin, with mosaics of ceramic, mirror, and stained glass tower above the crowds and traffic at as high as 16 feet tall and 13 feet wide. The internationally acclaimed artist’s sculptural nanas, totems, athletes, and jazz musicians are playful and dynamic, bringing new life to Park Avenue. This exhibition coincides with the ten year commemoration of Niki de Saint Phalle’s passing, celebrating the life and achievements of a monumental artist. Niki de Saint Phalle, born Catherine-Marie-Agnès Fal de Saint Phalle (29 October 1930 – 21 May 2002) was a French sculptor, painter, and film maker. The sculpture exhibition continues through November 15, 2012.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Flag Flown At Half Staff For Victims Of Colorado Shooting

An American Flag at Rockefeller Center flies at half staff in tribute to victims of the deadly mass shooting in Aurora, Colorado. Early Friday morning, 24-year-old James Eagan Holmes allegedly opened fire on theater-goers attending a midnight premiere of the summer blockbuster "The Dark Knight Rises," killing at least 12 and wounding 59, according to police.

Times Square After The Rain

Reflections of lights and colors on the wet ground and red TKTS stairs after the rain in Times Square.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Tomás Saraceno On the Roof: "Cloud City" Viewed From Central Park

Cloud City by Tomás Saraceno (born in Tucumán, Argentina in 1973) is the new art installation at the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden. It is a "constellation of large, interconnected modules constructed with transparent and reflective materials". Most of the published images of the artwork including this photoblog's earlier post  are taken from the rooftop of the Met. The photos above were taken from Central Park grounds. 

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Street Scene

After a street fair performance, a group of artists in white ride a taxi on Second Avenue.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

The Art of Harlem's "Franco the Great"

These are two of Franco the Great's paintings on metal gates for storefronts in Harlem. Dubbed the "Picasso of Harlem," Franco the Great is known for his paintings on steel gates for storefronts at 125th street in Harlem. His works can be seen in Africa, Japan, France, Central America, Canada, Spain and Brasil.