Saturday, January 25, 2014

Iconic Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides in Central Park

Horse-drawn carriage rides have become a big part of the Central Park experience for many tourists. Although the industry is monitored by the ASPCA, Health Department, Mounted Police division of the NYPD, Department of Consumer Affairs and the Parks Department, newly elected New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio thinks the horse-drawn carriages should be banned and replaced with antique-style electric cars. 

Thursday, January 23, 2014

The Mertz Library at the New York Botanical Garden

This is the New York Botanical Garden's Mertz Library, one of the world's largest and most important botanical and horticultural research libraries. It boasts accessioned items (books, journals, original art and illustration, seed and nursery catalogs, architectural plans of glass houses, scientific reprints, and photographs). The Library serves as both a research and a public library and as both a scholarly resource and a general plant information service. It offers a wide array of reference resources, print and electronic, and the help of an informed staff to anyone visiting the Library through the Internet or in person. (from the New York Botanical Garden website)

Monday, January 20, 2014

Grand Central Terminal and Chrysler Building Crown

This is the view from 43rd Street just west of Grand Central terminal. The windows panes of the terminal were lit up into individual “pixels” of colorful lights. Above the terminal is one of the most recognizable structures in Manhattan, the art deco terraced crown of the Chrysler Building.