Category Archives: Architecture & Design

34th St. and Madison Ave

Another in a series of everyday life in New York. Click on the photograph for an instant view of a larger and more detailed image.

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Mineral de Pozos

An hour’s journey out of San Miguel is the historic mining town of Pozos. It was here that indigenous people originally discovered both Silver and Gold in a rift in the desert, afterward exploited by both the Spanish, and later, … Continue reading

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Madison Square Tower

Madison Square Tower on 22nd Street by Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF) Architects, is a cut above most of the other recent additions to the City skyline. Here it peeks out from behind the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company Tower, a fine … Continue reading

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Don’t Tell Trump

Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door! Or so it says on … Continue reading

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A Tall Story

The cluster of buildings around the new World Trade Center building (just to the right of center), while dramatic in their way, are an uninspired heap architecturally. The Trade Center tower itself, claiming to be the tallest building in the … Continue reading

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Frank Gehry, How About That

This trashcan has suffered some tragic mishap but continues to soldier on like all true New Yorkers. I was tempted to adopt it and add it to my found art collection. Click on the photograph for an instant view of … Continue reading

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Number What?

This house on Relox, in San Miguel, is typically Mexican in every way. Narrow as it is, it has two front doors. Better still, it has three addresses, the doors numbered 18 and 18A, and the house number, between the … Continue reading

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The Sidewalks of San Miguel

San Miguel de Allende is famous for its narrow sidewalks, the standard width being about two feet. But even that doesn’t help very much as sidewalks here are basically just a zone for accommodating steps, utility poles, and garbage. You … Continue reading

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Sweating it Out

Another image in the Subway nearly fifty years ago. In those days, no air conditioning, just a series of large ceiling fans which blew hot fetid tunnel air onto your head. In 1968 the service was horribly unreliable, with faulty … Continue reading

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Another of Bloomberg’s Best

Christian de Portzamparc’s One57 Tower on West 57th Street actually makes this cluster, viewed from near the Central Park Skating Rink, look even better. Best of all, Essex House, with its wonderful and wildly illegal sign by current standards, still … Continue reading

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