Tag Archives: Manhattan

NYC, drawn from memory

Stephen Wiltshire’s remarkable ability to draw a city from memory came to my attention several years ago in a segment on 60 Minutes or some such show. A British citizen, he was diagnosed with autism at age 3, but his … Continue reading

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Stuart Little, Gramercy Park

Here is another sketch by Garth Williams from E.B. White’s Stuart Little.  The lovelorn mouse is about to leave the Little residence in search of Margalo, a lady bird who has fled. A pigeon (“the weird pigeon,” my little boy … Continue reading

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Stuart Little’s aerie in NYC

Reading E.B. White’s 1945 masterpiece, Stuart Little, to my little boy, Billy, at bedtime brought the illustration above to my attention last night for the first time in, um, shall we say, several decades. The artist, Garth Williams, drew the … Continue reading

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Tragic London tower lesson

The Grenfell Tower that burned in London, costing several score of lives, offers lessons that we can and will again fail to heed. No building can be perfectly fireproof, and no ladder truck can reach beyond 20 stories anyhow. If … Continue reading

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Manhattan puddle mystery

Here is a story worthy of the literary bent of the author of the book A Burglar’s Guide to the City.” Geoff Manaugh has a blog, wittily framed as BLDGBLOG. The letters seem to read “blog-blog” until you look at … Continue reading

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Froma vs. NYT on towers

The irrepressible Froma Harrop, my former colleague at the Providence Journal who has started a news/culture website, Silk Stocking, for Manhattan’s Upper East Side, has taken on the New York Times. Taking aim at its editorial of March 11, “Saving … Continue reading

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Up, up, up in time and space

Get on the elevator to the observatorium at 1 World Trade Center and you’re in for the ride of your life. Up, up, up – ascending not just through space but through time. An animated display on the walls of … Continue reading

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Mystery of the High Line

My son Billy and I visited the High Line in New York City for the first time a couple of weeks ago, and I’ve been dilatory in getting photos up. We started after sitting at outdoor seats for a while … Continue reading

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Things we’ve left behind us

Hats off to Cliff Vanover for sending this glorious photo, a timely reminder of the things we’ve left behind us. One we know will return next winter. The others … well, some day beautiful buildings will come back into fashion.

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Save the Yale Club!

The title above could as easily have been “Save the Roosevelt Hotel!” or for that matter “Save Grand Central Terminal!” “Save the Chrysler Building!” might also be apt. Or it could be “All is lost!” … “Or maybe not!” could … Continue reading

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