Saturday, December 29, 2012

just look around

Ladder truck #14 serves all of Harlem.

A fireman was in the shotgun seat, when I came it upon it today.

Hm. Tennessee plates? What’s up with that?

So I asked him.

“This ladder truck was a gift from the people of east Tennessee to the people of Harlem right after 9/11.”

See? Goodness is everywhere. 

Happy New Year

evergreenosaurus sighting

The wonderful American Museum of Natural History

Friday, December 28, 2012

holiday hotline

Thursday, December 27, 2012

what Santa saw

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

so how did Santa get in?

Architect Cass Gilbert is famous for the downtown Woolworth Building, but in the early 20th century he designed and built Bronx railroad stations.

His 1906 WestChester Avenue Station is featured here:

The Hunts Point Station was competed in 1909, then both were abandoned in the 1930’s when the New York-New Haven-Hartford line closed.

Hunts Point is built in the French renaissance style, one of 9 stations Gilbert designed in the Bronx.

A steel signal tower is still in place, 
but the two large chimneys are gone.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas

Happy New Year!

beauty queen

QueenAnne style architecture is a particular style from the Victorian Era. 

It was very popular here from about 1875 until WW1, about 1913 or so.

The famous painted ladies in SanFrancisco are Queen Anne rowhouses, some of the most famous in the world.

Our 1886 ClockTower is Victorian too, but Romanesque and earlier, about 1850 through the 1890’s or so.

The Charles A. Dana Discovery Center on the Harlem Meer was built in homage to the Queen Anne style.  

But it’s a handsome fake. It was opened in 1993.

It’s nice though, huh?

Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!

Sunday, December 23, 2012