Ft Greene….

Ft. Greene Runs from Atlantic Avenue on the South to Nassau Street on the north; from Flatbush Avenue on the West to Washington Avenue on the East.

The area, built up mostly around the Civil War, is architecture heaven. There are beautiful churches like that of St. Michael and St. Edward (a twin-towered beauty that looks like a medieval French castle); rows of lovely brownstones near the park; and, great for renters, reasonably priced apartments with lots of sunlight! Best of all, home’s amazingly convenient; you’re walking distance from Brooklyn’s active and antic downtown.

A dynamic and well-rounded Brooklyn neighborhood. Once predominantly black, it now touches just about every corner of the race-income matrix, including a large black middle and upper-middle class. Much of the neighborhood is in a historic district, and its homes, especially in Clinton Hill, are often majestic. The Pratt Institute gives it some gravity as an artistic center. Its crime and public-school rankings remain below average, however, which is why it’s still cheaper to live here than next door in Boerum Hill or Park Slope.

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Brooklyn Brownstones…

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Brooklyn Museum Revisited…Egyptian Collection

You can never get tired of visiting the Brooklyn Museum. There are multiple exhibits to check out. Fun for the entire family.

These are pictures I captured from the Egyptian Collection. There are also a few shots from the main lobby of the museum.

In April, 2003, the Brooklyn Museum completed the reinstallation of its world-famous Egyptian collection, a process that took ten years. Three new galleries joined the four existing ones that had been completed in 1993 to tell the story of Egyptian art from its earliest known origins (circa 3500 B.C.E.) until the period when the Romans incorporated Egypt into their empire (30 B.C.E.–395 C.E.). Additional exhibits illustrate important themes about Egyptian culture, including women’s roles, permanence and change in Egyptian art, temples and tombs, technology and materials, art and communication, and Egypt and its relationship to the rest of Africa. More than 1,200 objects—comprising sculpture, relief, paintings, pottery, and papyri—are now on view, including such treasures as an exquisite chlorite head of a Middle Kingdom princess, an early stone deity from 2650 B.C.E., a relief from the tomb of a man named Akhty-hotep, and a highly abstract female terracotta statuette created over five thousand years ago.

The 2003 phase of Egypt Reborn was made possible by the National Endowment for the Humanities, with additional major support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Marilyn M. Simpson Charitable Trusts and the Museum’s Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund. The 1993 phase was made possible through major grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Endowment for the Arts; the Booth Ferris Foundation; and the J. M. Kaplan Fund. Generous support was provided by Jack A. Josephson; Christos G. Bastis; and Samuel and Edwin Merrin. Additional funding was provided by the New York State Council on the Arts; Antiquarium Fine Arts Gallery, Ltd.; the Ernest Erickson Foundation, Inc.; Louis D. Fontana; Sotheby’s; a donor in memory of Frederick and Helen Nunes, and the Museum’s Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund. Research and planning for the 1993 phase were made possible in part, by a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Egyptian Tombs

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The New Williamsburg…

Williamsburg…Williamsburg I remember you from way back when. Now one would hardly recognize you with all your new flare. Tall buildings, parks, bike lanes two lanes wide and tons of new restaurants and shops. Back in the day you could rent an apartment here for under 700 bucks a month; now if you are lucky that will be your share on a 4 way split.

  Everywhere you look there are new condos or many more being erected. Prices range from 350K- 2 million.

Once a place with no amenities now…

People relax in the new parks,added to increase the quality of life

People sunning on the lawns that says “keep of the grass”

There is now a pier you can hang out and fish.

The East River Park offers excellent views of the city from Williamsburg side.

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Brooklyn Flea & The 8th Annual Renegade Craft Fair in Brooklyn

This weekend I went over to the East River State Park, aka the Williamsburg Waterfront to check out Brooklyn Flea and Renegade Craft Fair.

Brooklyn Flea is a flea market with used and antique goods.

 

You can even catch some live entertainment

Nothing like a nice cold icy to cool you off

The Renegade Craft Fair (RCF) is a large scale marketplace event, showcasing the work of contemporary indie-craft artists. Featuring hundreds of artists at a time, vendors travel from all over to sell their handmade goods and original artwork. RCF is held in urban epicenters of creative indie-entrepreneurship throughout the US and abroad – including Brooklyn, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Austin, and London (UK).

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New York Public Library Main Branch…

New York Public Library Main Branch is a building filled with much history. The grand jour of it is simply marvelous. Bold columns and roaring lions draw many from around to world to sit on it’s steps and take a tour.

The Stephen A. Schwarzman Building of the New York Public Library, more widely known as the Main Branch or simply as “the New York Public Library,” is the flagship building in the New York Public Library system and a prominent historic landmark in Midtown Manhattan. The branch, opened in 1911, is one of four research libraries in the library system. It is located on Fifth Avenue at its intersection with 42nd Street.

The Library’s famous Rose Main Reading Room (Room 315) is a majestic 78 feet (23.8 m) wide and 297 feet (90.5 m) long, with 52-foot (15.8 m) high ceilings. The room is lined with thousands of reference works on open shelves along the floor level and along the balcony, lit by massive windows and grand chandeliers, and furnished with sturdy wood tables, comfortable chairs, and brass lamps. It is also equipped with computers providing access to library collections and the Internet as well as docking facilities for laptops. Readers study books brought to them from the library’s closed stacks. There are special rooms for notable authors and scholars, many of whom have done important research and writing at the Library. But the Library has always been about more than scholars; during the Great Depression, many ordinary people, out of work, used the Library to improve their lot in life, as they still do.

The building was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1965.

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The Dazzling Chrysler Building…

The Chrysler Building will never disappoint for a great shot. The building is an architectural wonder.

Here is a little Wiki info on The World Famous Chrysler Building

The Chrysler Building is an Art Deco style skyscraper in New York City, located on the east side of Manhattan in the Turtle Bay area at the intersection of 42nd Street and Lexington Avenue. At 1,046 feet (319 m),[1][6][7] the structure was the world’s tallest building for 11 months before it was surpassed by the Empire State Building in 1931[8]. It is still the tallest brick building in the world, albeit with an internal steel skeleton. After the destruction of the World Trade Center, it was again the second-tallest building in New York City until December 2007, when the spire was raised on the 1,200-foot (365.8 m) Bank of America Tower, pushing the Chrysler Building into third position. In addition, The New York Times Building, which opened in 2007, is exactly level with the Chrysler Building in height.[9] Both buildings were then pushed into 4th position, when the under construction One World Trade Center surpassed their height.

 

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Grand Central

Grand Central Station is one of the busiest commuter hubs in the world.

A little Wiki info on Grand Central…

Grand Central Terminal (GCT)—colloquially called Grand Central Station, or shortened to simply Grand Central—is a commuter rail terminal station at 42nd Street and Park Avenue in Midtown Manhattan in New York City, United States. Built by and named for the New York Central Railroad in the heyday of American long-distance passenger rail travel, it is the largest train station in the world by number of platforms: 44, with 67 tracks along them. They are on two levels, both below ground, with 41 tracks on the upper level and 26 on the lower, though the total number of tracks along platforms and in rail yards exceeds 100. When the Long Island Rail Road’s new station opens in 2016 Grand Central will offer a total of 75 tracks and 48 platforms. The terminal covers an area of 48 acres.

Some consider Grand Central a place beauty filled with much history and allure.

The Ceiling 

In autumn 1998, a 12-year restoration of Grand Central revealed the original luster of the Main Concourse’s elaborately decorated astronomical ceiling.

The original ceiling, conceived in 1912 by Warren with his friend, French portrait artist Paul César Helleu, was eventually replaced in the late 1930s to correct falling plaster.

This new ceiling was obscured by decades of what was thought to be coal and diesel smoke. Spectroscopic examination revealed that it was mostly tar and nicotine from tobacco smoke. A single dark patch remains above the Michael Jordan Steakhouse, left untouched by renovators to remind visitors of the grime that once covered the ceiling.

There are two peculiarities to this ceiling: the sky is backwards, and the stars are slightly displaced. One explanation is that the constellations are backwards because the ceiling is based on a medieval manuscript that visualized the sky as it would look to God from outside the celestial sphere. According to this explanation, since the celestial sphere is an abstraction (stars are not all at equal distances from Earth), this view does not correspond to the actual view from anywhere in the universe. The stars are displaced because the manuscript showed a (reflected) view of the sky in the Middle Ages, and since then the stars shifted due to precession of the equinoxes. Most people, however, simply think that the image was reversed by accident. The ceiling was deliberately[citation needed] painted in reverse by the artist Giovanni Smeraldi.

When the Vanderbilt family learned the ceiling was painted backwards, they maintained that the ceiling reflected God’s view of the sky.[citation needed]

There is a small dark circle in the midst of the stars right above the image of Pisces. In a 1957 attempt to counteract feelings of insecurity spawned by the Soviet launch of Sputnik, Grand Central’s Main Concourse played host to an American Redstone missile. With no other way to erect the missile, the hole was cut so the rocket could be lifted into place. Historical Preservation dictated that this hole remain (as opposed to being repaired) as a testament to the many uses of the Terminal over the years.

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Spending The Day @ Lincoln Center

This weekend I went to a Craft Show with my mom at Lincoln Center here in The Big Apple.

I remember as a child my mom would bring me here to see The Nutcracker.

For the last two weekends Lincoln Center has been home to The American Crafts Festival

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