Landing at South Street Seaport

Things you were likely to see:

A very old, very angry-looking printing press at the Bowne & Co., Printing Office, which was established by Robert Bowne in 1775 and is New York’s oldest operating business under the same name. Incredibly, the press is still operational, printing wedding invitations and the like.

Great burritos with great views, just across from the Wavertree.

Curious stuff in an upscale shop, now permanently closed.

Crossing town to catch the subway, a city within a city WTC mural, by Hydeon.

A $4 billion giant fish skeleton aka Santiago Calatrava’s Oculus. If they charged a cent for every photo or social media post, they would break even before long.

Walking from South Street Seaport to Oculus

June 15th, 2019

A/D/O || ENVIRONS

A/D/O is a space set up in Greenpoint, Brooklyn for the local creative community. It takes its name from the Amalgamated Drawing Office, a team led by Sir Alec Issigonis that built the very first MINI in 1959.

Spirit of the City was a modular system of revolving mirrored columns set on a grid configuration.

The installation ”explored the physical and emotional response that individuals experience when navigating urban environments” i.e. offered infinite instagrammable moments to a young hip crowd.

By United Visual Artists.

A/D/O and environs – a walk in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

August 21st, 2018

Freeman Alley

Off the Bowery at the level of Rivington Street in Lower Manhattan, there is an alley covered in graffiti. It leads to a restaurant, very popular among the young (and young at heart) New York crowd, despite (or because of) its location. I wonder how the alley will look like today, more than a year later. 

January 14th, 2018

Before leaving Baltimore

We attempted to visit the B&O Railroad Museum but found it closed in preparation of the ”Day Out with Thomas” which, by the way, is coming back this year on April 27-29 and May 4-6.

Instead, we walked back to Penn Station, taking in some city views along the way. But one of the most striking features was Jonathan Borofsky’s much debated Male/Female, a 51-foot (15,5m) of a sculpture overlooking – or, as some would say, clashing with – the classic Beaux-Arts building of the train station. It all depends on the point of view, I guess. Personally, I rather like this dialogue between two giants and was glad to have discovered another artwork by Borofsky (the first one was ”Humanity in Motion” inside the Comcast Center lobby, in Philadelphia).

That’s a wrap of our two-day trip in Baltimore. But stay tuned for more travels, because next, we go to Boston!

April 27th, 2017

I got my eyes on you D.C.

Three days in the capital were just enough to whet our appetite for more. I don’t know when that will be, because there so many places in America we want to see before leaving the country, and the more time we spend here the longer the wish list gets; but I do hope we make to D.C. again, if only to explore Georgetown which we missed this time due to, well, rather unfriendly weather conditions (read rain, tons of it!).

But time to hop on a train again; not yet back to Manhattan, that will have to wait a little longer.

Our next stop: Baltimore.

April 25th, 2017