The Red-Headed Witch

The Red-Headed Witch

Seen at the Bergdorf-Goodman department store near the Plaza Hotel, Oct. 21, 2017.

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Escape From a Giant Work of Art

Escape From a Giant Work of Art

One of the sculptures by Ai Weiwei in the series “Good Fences Make Good Neighbors” displayed throughout the city. For the entrance to Central Park at 60th Street, Ai has created this giant Gilded Cage that “simultaneously evokes the luxury of Fifth Avenue and the privations of confinement. Visitors are able to enter its central Space, which is surrounded by bars and turnstiles. Functioning as a structure of both control and display, the work reveals the complex power dynamics of repressive architecture”. (quote by Nicholas Baume, Director and Chief Curator, Public Art Fund)

When Chris Had His Own Living Room

When Chris Had His Own Living Room

In October 2012 Christopher Columbus was enjoying the warmth of his own living room high above Columbus Circle, courtesy artist Tatzu Nishi during the installation ”Discovering Columbus”. Happy Columbus Day!

Out For A Walk

Out For A Walk

Detail of #onthewall by the NYC Mural Arts Project seen on 34th street between 10th and 9th Ave.

On The Wall

On The Wall

#onthewall by the NYC Mural Arts Project seen on 34th street between 10th and 9th Ave. The Lead artist of the work is Andrew Frank Baer, who worked with a group of other artists to conceptualize, design and paint the mural. It was created in collaboration with NYC Dept. of Health & Mental Hygiene and others.

Tattered

Tattered

A Living Thing: Flag Exhange, an exhibition by artist Mel Ziegler at Federal Hall in lower Manhattan. Ziegler traveled through all 50 states and replaced distressed American Flags flying at civic and private locations with new flags. These old flags now form a powerful art installation, symbolic maybe of the state of this nation.

A Dedicated Guardian of the Land

A Dedicated Guardian of the Land

Farmer John Gorzynski, in the outdoor Photo-mural exhibit by photographer Francesco Mastalia “Organic Farmers of the Hudson Valley”, displayed at South Street Seaport on Front and Beekman Street. I’ve know John since the late 1980’s and have been enjoying his vegetables, sold at the Union Square Farmer’s Market, ever since. This is his story: “In 1982 I farmed along with quite a number of other farmers from New York state, NOFA [Northeast Organic Farming Association] New York, which was a grassroots organisation. I was elected as chairman for the first couple of years, and towards the end of my reign we decided as a board that we should form our own certification agency that would certify organic farmers and we proceeded to set up standards that were among the strictest, if not the strictest in the organic industry in this country. The first 20 years of my farming life I was certified, from 1979 up until the UDSA took over. As soon as the USDA became involved the definition was diminished to the point where I could no longer be certified. It didn’t come near to my standards of what I felt organic should be, and there was no way I was going to validate or lend my credibility, that of my farm and my life of 20 years worth of work, of making the word organic mean something. I totally withdrew my name from the word. I can look back and know I did no harm, and I’m leaving thing better then I found them.

Gratis Light Show over Manhattan

Gratis Lightshow over Manhattan

Seen from The Great Lawn in central Park, Sept. 26, 2017.

A Luminescent Ascent No. 2

A Luminescent Ascent No. 2

Seen at the New York Historical Society

Recycle-A-Bicycle

Recycle-A-Bicycle

Seen on the wall of the Long Island City workshop of Recycle-a-Bicycle at 46th Ave and 5th street. Recycle-A-Bicycle is a part of Bike New York! Through innovative programs such as Earn-A-Bike, Green Jobs Training Programs, High School Internships, Recycled Arts Workshops, Summer Youth Employment Program, and Kids Ride Club, Recycle-A-Bicycle has been dedicated to the health, development, stewardship, and empowerment of NYC youth for more than 20 years. In the past year alone, more than 1,000 RAB youth collectively refurbished 500 bicycles, pedaled 24,000 miles, and burned 1,750,000 calories. On average, RAB salvaged 1,800 bicycles each year from the waste stream, diverting a total of 45,000 pounds of waste from NYC’s landfills. Every purchase from Bike New York’s Recycle-A-Bicycle Shop directly supports their education programs.

A Luminescent Ascent

A Luminescent Ascent

Seen at the New York Historical Society today Sept. 7, 2017.

A Man of Steel

A Man of Steel

Sculpture “The Guardians: Superhero, 2013” by Antonio Pio Saracino, commissioned by Three Bryant Park; Verizon Plaza, 1095 Avenue of the Americas, New York City.

A Chihuly Bad Hair Day

A Chihuly Bad Hair Day

“Sol del Citrón” a larger than life glass sculpture by Dale Chihuly at the New York Botanical Garden. This image is composed out of 6 separate frames, merged in lightroom.

Nighttime Magic at the Garden

Night time Magic at the Garden

“Persian Pond and Fiori” by Dale Chihuly at the New York Botanical Garden. The brightly colored forms of Persians resemble whimsical water lily leaves floating on the surface of the water. Individual pieces ranging from 19 to 36 inches in diameter are massed together to make a striking installation evocative of Chihuly’s vision of a fantasy garden. Persians were developed using a technique Chihuly had learned at the centuries-old Venini workshop in Venice, in which a special mold, or “wrap,” is used to create an undulating pattern on the surface of the glass. Over time, these forms have been displayed individually and in groups in gallery and garden settings, and even massed together in arrangements on walls and high overhead, continually subverting the expectations of the viewer.

Chihuly Nights

Chihuly Nights

Enjoying the magic of “Neon 206” by Dale Chihuly after dark at the New York Botanical Garden.

Innocent Delight

Innocent Delight

Statuette in the Fragrance Garden of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.

Pamper Your Pet

Pampered Pets

Recently seen on the upper east side of Manhattan.

Happy July 4th to all of you who celebrate Liberty

Liberty

Liberty Street Art By Tristan Eaton at Mulberry Street In Little Italy ,New York City

It’s a Dog’s Life…….

It's a Dog's Life

Bethesda Terrace in Central Park, 1992.

George is Watching

George Is Watching

I wonder what George Washington is thinking about the current state of his country – Federal Hall, Wallstreet, New York

Waiting for a Story

Waiting for a Story

Hans Christian Andersen sculpture near the Sailboat Pond in Central Park.

A Conversation Between Two Mannequins

A Conversation Between Two Mannequins

Seen on West 57th street in New York City.

Paris in New York

Paris in New York

The Paris Cafe, established in 1873, and one of New York City’s oldest pubs, located in the historic South Street Seaport District in lower Manhattan.

“1612 Dots” a project by Jonathan Horowitz

"1612 Dots" a project by Jonathan Horowitz

With the instruction to paint a perfect, solid black dot, using only paint and brushes, 1612 people passing through the Oculus at the World Trade Center painted the 1612 dots which make up this installation. Of all 7.49 billion people in the world everyone paints with a different hand and everyone speaks with a different voice, yet “everyone is created equal” “It is not our differences that divide us. It is our ability to recongnize, accept, and celebrate those differences” (quote by Audre Lorde)

The Cops and the Mannequins

The Cops and the Mannequins

Two mannequins, hoping to avoid detection, stay completely still while the unsuspecting cops walk by on Liberty Street in downtown Manhattan today May 16, 2017.

Urban Color

Urban Color

Seen on west 108th street in New York City.

The Elephant in the Garden

The Elephant in the Garden

A giant African elephant lurks in the shrubbery of the United Nations sculpture garden. The 11-foot tall, 7,000-pound bronze sculpture was a gift from Kenya, Namibia and Nepal to the UN and was created by a Bulgarian sculptor known as Mihail by casting a tranquilized wild elephant on a Kenyan ranch.

Flashback to the Saffron Gates

Flashback to Safron Gates

It is exactly twelve years ago we had ”The Gates,” by conceptual artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s, consisting of an installation of 7,500 saffron-colored fabric panels hanging from 16-ft.-tall portals along 23 miles of walkway in Central Park.

Cone Fixing Cylinder

Cone Fixing Cylinder

“Cone Fixing Cylinder” by Tom Otterness, one of my favorite sculptors, at Marlborough, West 57th street.

Snow-Capped

Snow Capped

View from my window this morning Sunday Jan 8, 2017.

Caught in a Fist Bump

Caught in a Fist Bump

Seen on the corner of Bleecker street and the Bowery, New York City.

Life Imitates Art

Life Imitates Art

The Libyan Sibyl (1860) by William Wetmore Story (1819-1895) and a lady writing in her diary at the Metropolitan Museum of Art; from my archive, 2009.

Crosswalk Dogs

Crosswalk Dogs

Central Park, New York City.

Vertigo

Vertigo

Stairwell at the Museum of the City of New York

Texting on the Way Down

Texting on the Way Down

Battery Park City, New York.

I Love NY

I Love NY

Spiderman boy racing by Nick walker’s mural on East 81 St and Third Ave in New York City.

A Mannequin’s Weekend Escape

A Mannequin's Weekend Away

This mannequin escaped from a window on Madison Avenue for a weekend at the Rockaway Beach

A Silhouetted Shopper

A Silhouetted Shopper

Seen at the Michael Kors store in the Time Warner Center, New York City.

A Little Dog with a Pink Backpack

A Little Dog with Pink Backpack

Seen at Turnstyle, an underground shopping arcade at Columbus Circle subway station, New York City.

Dog Days of Summer

Dog Days of Summer

Another scorcher today and too hot to think about taking pictures, so here is one from my archive from 2013 in Central Park, illustrating “the dog days of summer” “a period marked by lethargy, inactivity, or indolence”, although this curious little dog seems ready to go after something.

Who Blinks First

Who Blinks First

Mannequins in a staring competition as an uninterested passerby is fixated on her phone; Third Avenue at 84th st., New York City.

The Cows Came Home

The Cows Came Home

Seen along Third Avenue, New York City.

The Wacky World of Opera

The Wacky World of Opera

Costumes from Mozart’s “The Magic Flute” from the 1997 Salzburg Festival production, designed by Achim Freyer, on exhibit at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts in Lincoln Center, New York City.

Never judge a Mannequin until you’ve stood in his window

The Mannequin's POV

Mannequins quietly observing life on Fifth Avenue, New York City.

The Musical Dog Whisperer

The Musical Dog Whisperer

Seen on The Mall in Central Park. This Scotty must really love music. It is the third time I’ve encountered him, mesmerized by a performance with various instruments.

Everyone Breaks

Faces

“Everyone Breaks” by Tanda Francis at Hudson River Park, New York City.

A Flock of Blue Birds

A Flock of Blue Birds

“Air Pressure”, a kinetic sculptural installation created by the Toronto-based artist collective Studio F Minus. It consists of over 175 animated fabric forms in the shape of birds. In order to create the naturalistic effect of flying, the wings of each bird move independently in a flapping motion, responding to internal air pressure fluctuations, inflating and deflating by electronic timers switching fans on and off inside each bird; Winter Garden at Brookfield Place in Battery Park City.

Staring down a Light-Fall

Staring down a Light-Fall

Felix Gonzalez-Torres’s “Untitled” (America) (1994–95), in a stairwell of Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City.

High Above the Westside Highway

High Above the Westside Highway

“Mermaid” by Liz Craft at the Whitney Museum of American Art.

The Mannequins-In-Waiting

The Mannequins-In-Waiting

Time-Warner Center at Columbus Circle, New York City.