Tag Archives: Frederick Law Olmsted

Ode To Summer- Central Park In July

Just as the summer is ending and our glorious sunshine filled days are dwindling for now, I’d like to share with you the results of two enchanted walks in my favorite Central Park. www.centralparknyc.org.

The pictures start with scenes of lovely houses landscaped with flowers on the Upper East Side on my walk towards the Park.

Once in the park, we proceed on the Park Drive East, viewing 5th Avenue (also called Museum Mile in this neighborhood) and along the Bridle Path, next to the Reservoir. The non-residential buildings in the pictures are of course the Frank Lloyd Wright designed Guggenheim  Museum , www.guggenheim.org, The Cooper-Hewwit National Design Museum www.cooperhewitt.org, and the Jewish Museum www.thejewishmuseum.org.

In this series of pictures the emphasis is also on the fabulous bridges that are especially found on the bridle path that encircles the reservoir. You can tell which one is my very favorite as I have several shots of it, including one where the tree near it mimics the shape of the art nouveau bridge itself.

After the Bridges and around the Bridle path, the views continue from West Side buildings, back to the path down the East Side to the Storytelling corners and the toy boat lake.

Then we’re on to pictures of the East Side buildings.

Lastly there are shots from other days of the lake from the perspective of being on the West Side, looking towards the East.

I hope that you enjoy the slide show as much as I did sharing my views.

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Nourishing My Heart With Early Spring Views of NYC

I enjoy living on the East Coast because I love the changes that each season brings.

In the past I’ve shown you views of gorgeous autumn and winter holiday dress up windows (not exactly weather related.. next year I’ll show you Central Park after this year’s blizzard). On my website and the main photo here are of NY deeply into Spring.

My most favorite time in Spring is just when the tiny leaves are glistening in the sunlight like peridots and when there are still blossoms on some of the trees just before they have their leaves.

Just saying the word “forsythia” transports my heart to a place of pure delight because the appearance of that cheerful shrub is the signal that soon I will view cherry blossoms, pink magnolia laden trees contrasted against new, spring green.

To celebrate this moment of early Spring, (and to celebrate Frederick Law Olmsted, the co-designer, landscape architect of Central park whose 199th birthday was on Tuesday this week) here are photos of Central Park (www.centralpark.org) starting from views of The Plaza Hotel (http://www.theplaza.com/) located just off 5th Avenue and  West 58-59th Streets.

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Here are other early Spring views of: the Park Avenue rose sculptures; street views on the Upper East Side; and of a neighborhood restaurant, Grace’s Trattoria (http://www.gracestrattoria.net/home.html) where great pasta, thin-crusted pizza, and overall good food and nice ambiance are found.

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I hope that you enjoyed the show!