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“The Knickerbocker” – New York

“The Knickerbocker Stonework” - Times Square, New York

“One belongs to New York instantly, one belongs to it as much in five minutes as in five years.”
― Tom Wolfe

Just as you enter Times Square from the south, along Broadway. There’s a stunning building amid the business and noise of the modern Times Square with it’s neon lights and larger than life billboards that turn night to day. That building, is the Knickerbocker.

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This beautiful Beaux-Art building hearkens back to a time of pomp and elegance. At one time, it was the home to famed Italian tenor Enrico Caruso and renowned American playwright George M. Cohan. I can only imagine what it was like in it’s glory days.

Built in 1906, it was one of New York’s premier locations and essentially, anything that happened in New York City in the early 1900’s likely had some link to this building. It was  “the” place to be for glitterati and dignitaries, while its legendary ballroom became known as “The 42nd Street Country Club.”

Post prohibition, it became an office building, until being designated a New York City landmark in 1988. It was converted to a luxury hotel shortly thereafter. If you want to try this place out, you can get a room starting at about $350 an night and you can get to Times Square and Broadway in a few short steps.

Unfortunately, I only had my long lense with me this day, but I was able to get a nice image of the wonderful facade above the front entrance, showing the detail of the stonework.A truly beautiful building, so representative early 20th century New York City.

Nikon D300
Tamron 70-200 mm f/2.8 @ 70 mm
1/60 sec, f/4.0, ISO 400

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“Coffee Shop Lights” – New York

“Coffee Shop Lights” - New York

“I can’t stand a naked light bulb, any more than I can a rude remark or a vulgar action.”
– Tennessee Williams

I noticed these awesome light bulbs while waiting for our play, Chicago, outside the Ambassador theatre on West 49th Street in New York. The coffee shop is Caffe Benne, part of the Crowne Plaza Hotel.

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What really attracted me to them was the variations in bulb type and colour temperature. It felt a bit awkward, looking in the window with my camera and making this image, but it turned out exactly as I had envisioned it.

Nikon D300
Tamron 70-200 mm f/2.8 @ 116 mm
1/160 sec, f/4.0, ISO 400

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