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Spring, Three Days Late

Now that warm weather is here, time for some almost-spring pictures I should have posted a month ago. The picture above is a pile of wood-chip mulch in Battery Park, deposited there (and photographed) in February and, presumably, soon to be spread around. Below, a view of Albany in late February from the bridge to …

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Pop Culture

Most of the public-domain photographs I use in this blog were taken by commercial photographers. (Most of the rest were taken by photographers working for HABS or HAER.) Their work was once very much protected by copyright, but is now public domain by age or because it was donated. I’ve most heavily mined the archives …

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Late To The Game But With Birds

In 1995, I had a small project in downtown Memphis and stayed two nights at the Peabody Hotel, pictured above in a 1920s postcard. It is a nice hotel but that’s not why it’s famous. It is famous because there is a group of ducks that live on the hotel’s roof and spend their days …

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It Looked Familiar, Part 3

A romanesque church next door to an Art Deco apartment house is not really very rare in New York but this is a famous block. The building on the right is 55 Central Park West, which was made famous by the original Ghostbusters. Note that the top of the building in the movie is special …

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Changing Tastes

The main observation deck at the Empire State isn’t the very top, the 102nd floor. That’s a basically a drum with windows. The main observation deck is the 86th floor, where there’s an outdoor terrace and indoor space. The last time I was there – admittedly, some years ago – there was a souvenir stand …

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