Harry Potter Store

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Wizarding World Flagship

Largest selection of Harry Potter goods and services in the world located at 935 Broadway, New York, NY 1001.

On June 3rd 2021 a new immersive retail emporium opened its doors. Located in the Flatiron District on 23rd Street and 5th Avenue the only store of its kind in the entire world! Harry Potter New York features three floors covering everything from apparel to sweets; two virtual reality experiences with separate admissions too. There is no entrance fee to the store itself. There are many items available that fall into the range of children’s pocket money. Keychains, Pins/Badges, Magnets, Lanyards, Re-usable bags, Pens/Pencils and much more offer a dizzying array of Potter adorned goods for all would be wizards and witches.

These pen and bookmark sets from The Noble Collection are $12 each.

Give yourself at least 1 hour to look around the entire store. I spent 90 minutes on my first visit! There are amazing details at every turn. You will discover some imaginative photo ops as well including measuring yourself against Game Keeper and Holder of Keys, the Giant Hagrid!

Look up above the displays of Potter knickknacks to discover actual props used in the films as well as relics for each Hogwarts House: Gryffindor, Slytherin, Hufflepuff, and Ravenclaw each have banners, tri wizard trophies, and other items of interest plus video displays of famous members from Harry Potter to Draco Malfoy to Luna Lovegood!

Artifacts from the Harry Potter Films on display throughout the store!

3 Floors:
The Gallery—“Chaos At Hogwarts” Virtual Reality Experience.

The Street—Atrium, Butter Beer Bar, Confectionery, Hogwarts Houses, Soft Toys and Games, Wands.

The Cellar—“Wizards Take Flight” Virtual Reality Experience, Books, Dark Arts, House Of Minilima, Jewelry, Personalization, Robes & Knitware.

Advance timed tickets are available now for the VR experiences on the Harry Potter New York website for $34 each, and tickets to the virtual reality experience include access to the store.

As of this writing the store still has a virtual queue that requires you get to the shop early to scan a QR Code posted outside to obtain a timed entrance ticket on your phone. There is no fee.

Sorting The Hogwarts’ Houses

Allowing fans of all ages to immerse themselves into this magical space begins with a gorgeously detailed main floor which is circular. First you enter the entrance atrium, with Dumbledor’s pet phoenix Fawkes suspended from the ceiling on invisible wires welcomes would be wizards and muggles (non-magical creatures) alike.

A plethora of New York exclusive merchandise including Phoenix T— Shirts, hoodies, Owl Mugs, and Christmas themed exclusives are on display for purchase.

As you enter the circular Hogwarts Castle replica pathway you will find one section after another offering everything that will light up all visitors regardless of age. An even larger version of Fawkes carved from wood sits sentry on a rotating pedestal. As you stroll around you can enjoy this magical creature from every photo worthy angle.

There are separate cubby hole style departments. Honey Dukes candy store offers chocolate frogs including a large animated one displayed above as a welcome to this wonderful area. Bright and colorful with black and white checkered floors this is sweet tooth heaven. Every confection from the books and films are available here.

Each Hogwarts House has its own section with knitted scarfs, hats, gloves, banners, keyrings, water bottles adorned with each house crest.

Exploding bon- bons, and Bertie Bott’s every flavor beans can be purchased. A wall chart lists every flavor from Banana, Black Pepper, Candyfloss, Rotten Egg, Earthworm and Earwax to Cinnamon, Green Apple, and Vomit! I will have to pick some up come Easter time!

You can purchase New York exclusive label Butterbeer in glass bottles and mugs or steins. A bottle of the sweet cream and butterscotch fizzy drink is just $6. A separate Butter Beer bar offers a $10 souvenir cup which was sold out on my visit.

There is a lamp post that animates the Wizarding World logo to beckon fans to the character wand section. Every single wand is here. Many of these wands can be personalized downstairs on the cellar level with a favorite spell or your name. The Golden Snitch Wand is an exclusive item! The wands are $38 each.

Minalima

The London based art studio now has its first US shop inside the Harry Potter Flagship in the Cellar. This company designed the graphics for all of the Harry Potter Films. Adjacent to the Books section you will find $5 cards with lenticular art reproductions of their art for the Wizard’s newspaper The Daily Prophet. Journals, stationery, and all matter of printed art including prints of artifacts from the films. Wallpaper and gift wrap adorned with The Marauder’s Map and Sirius Black’s family tree are available too!

You can discover the history of this company displayed proudly on its covered walls. At the back of the shop is the fireplace from Four Privet Drive stuffed with Hogwarts letters!

BOOKS

The arched entrance has giant sized replicas of spell books and histories of magic. Look closely and you will see a certain Gilderoy Lockhart’s bestseller! The beloved series about life during 7 years at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry have NYC Harry Potter gold foil stickers on their covers for those completist collectors. Different languages, Country of Publication with variant covers are on the gorgeous shelves. Hardcovers, Paperbacks, and Box Set Editions are available. Look up to see every title in the series flying above!

That Which Must Be Named

The Dark Wizard is referred to as he who must not be named. Cleverly the section of Personalization is called the opposite. House Robes, Tri-Wizard Tournament Jerseys, Trunks, and Wands can be personalized.

Tri–Wizard Tournament Jerseys, Hogwarts Trunks, specified Wands, and Robes can get Personalized with your initials or last name.

Wizard World Associates

The staff of the Harry Potter store did not pay me to endorse their business. I write this section and all other sections of this article because I felt strongly they deserve this attention. Daniel assisted me in their Personalization area.

Every associate was wonderful answering anything I needed and were super courteous, happy to help and thrilled to be a part of this Potter adventure.

The exterior has a Wizarding World banner hanging from a Wand!
A magical clock with resting Dragon adorns the shop as well on the outside.

See you at The Harry Potter Store, New York!

Holiday Gift Guide 2021

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Yes, that time of the year is soon upon us dear readers! The holidays. Gifts. Anxiety? If you want to show anyone in your life some appreciation at year’s end look no further than this concise and affordable guide…

Subscription Boxes are available for every type of item from music to food to books to almost anything you can name. I love records. There is a terrific seasonal subscription from rockerzine that delivers a box of music related ephemera for $24.95.

Your first box will be delivered to you immediately upon ordering.  Subsequent boxes will ship on March 1st 2021, June 1st 2021, and September 1st 2021. We will send out email reminders in the month leading up to our next ship date and you are welcome to cancel your subscription at any time. Check out http://www.rockerzine.com for more information.

http://www.Toynk.com has a variety of items stretching across home & garden, clothing, and collectibles; pop franchises like Star Wars, Friends, Harry Potter, and Doctor Who can be found on their site. Prices vary but many subscription boxes fall within $24—$40 for 4 boxes in a year containing mugs, keychains, t-shirts, stickers, pins, and trading cards for pop culture themes.

http://www.Cratejoy.com has a DC comics box featuring boxes themed after Batman, Wonder Woman, and Superman.

Puzzle Boxes

A wide array of wooden puzzle boxes that contain secret compartments that are only revealed when you figure out the right combination of moves are a great item to gift. Challenging and charming as well as affordable. Beginner’s boxes are $14. Much more advanced boxes can cost as much as $50. Many are designed to hold money, jewelry or small keepsakes. When not in use they make wonderful display objects. http://www.Brilliantpuzzles.com is a great site to find them.

The Metal Head Box

One of the most popular music subscription services is based in Canada—pins, tees, stickers, cds or vinyl plus an autographed item this monthly box delivers to your favorite metalhead everything they love about this genre of music.

YouTube is loaded with unboxing videos too. Check any of them out to see what it’s all about! The November box is sold out.

Mini Boxes for $19/month; 2 LP + Pin Box every month for $30/month.

https://www.themetalheadbox.com/subscribe.html for subscription options,

Black Metal Werewolf is my favorite heavy metal fan youtuber. He reviews every Metal Head Box! For beginners and old fans alike!

We Know It’s Only Rock N Roll…

We live in amazing times. Every rock group has an online presence. You have 24 hour access to some of the best merch too. One of the absolute best is even a brick and morter boutique located on Carnaby Street, London at No 9. That’s the address of the flagship Rolling Stones store! Every price point. Tommy Hillfiger has added to the growing line of denim in the collection.

Hillfiger sweatshirt with the iconic lips and tongue logo.

At 57 Carnaby Street until January 22, 2022 is Queen The Greatest, a pop-up store celebrating 50 years of the iconic British Rock Group! Play the Game with a Queen Rubik’s Cube for $28 or browse the new line from Champion! You will go GaGa over the selection. There is even a Queen pinball machine!

David Bowie Pop-Up Store In London & Manhattan

For a very limited window previewing October 25, 2021, 75 days before the anniversary, through late January 2022, the Bowie 75 locations will be up and running at 14 Heddon Street — the London location where the cover of The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars was shot and 150 Wooster Street — steps away from Bowie’s long-time downtown New York City neighbourhood.

The pop-ups will offer visitors a unique and immersive career-spanning deep dive into the sound and vision of David Bowie, with features including:

• Immersive audio and HD video screening rooms in partnership with 360 Reality Audio, an immersive music experience using Sony’s spatial sound technologies. With music in 360 Reality Audio, fans will be able to hear and see Bowie content available for the first time in immersive audio, exclusively in the Bowie 75 locations.

Hours of video content including previously unseen behind-the-scenes material, rare footage from the Heathen and Reality eras, and more.

• Opportunities to purchase limited edition releases of exclusive Bowie apparel and collectibles, as well as limited run LPs and CDs from both the Warner/Parlophone Records and Sony catalogues.

• Exclusive fine art photography including gallery installations documenting Bowie’s many iconic eras, personae, and Ch-changes.

• Intimate special guest events to be announced.

• Fans can place themselves in iconic costumes and set pieces to create fun and shareable social media moments.

• And more— For store hours, events calendars and other announcements and information, sign up and stay tuned to www.bowie75.com

Celebrating David Bowie’s 75th Birthday the store is an interactive experience as well as a chance to find exclusive Bowie items.

Toys R US At Macy’s

The Robo Rage is going to be $30 from $70 on Black Friday! Tye-dye sets, and Play-Doh sets are also on sale for the big annual sales day. Go to the Macy’s website for details.

This is just a sampling of the infinite. Today’s world of E-commerce has created a space that like our universe just keeps expanding. I hope this Gift Guide will help you narrow the focus….Happy Holidays!

Evan’s Gate Adds Website!

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As you have seen over the summer in this blog, one of my greatest interests and passions has been taking photographs of my beloved New York City. Therefore, it is with enormous pleasure that I introduce my new website evanwarrenphoto.com

The website is made up of approximately 50 of my most favorite photos of NYC, focusing on its architecture, landscape and nature – and also includes a link to this blog that will be updated with each entry. It is a true reflection of my artistic personality.

If any of you want a wall-sized (or other-sized) print of any of these photographs, please contact me directly via my email, and I will be happy to give you an estimate of its cost. But, most of all, this website has been created so you can enjoy these particular shots whenever you’d like to look at them.

Thank you all very much!

The Puck building in New York/Photo by Evan Warren.

ELW Photography #10

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This week features a day trip to Long Island. The itinerary was an indoor flea market, an outlet mall, and the town of Port Jefferson.

Day tripping

The outlets had great bargains including a windbreaker for Fall and a bundle of books at a discount.

Port Jefferson offered Red Shirt Comics and seafood at PJ’s Lobster House where we dined indoors for only the second time since March!

As of this writing indoor dining will return to Manhattan on September 30th.

Women’s Rights

2020 is the Centennial of the Vote for Women in America. New York dedicated its first statue of real women’s rights pioneers on Literary Walk.

Also marking the 200th Anniversary of Susan B. Anthony’s birth, this new monument is long overdue.

Central Park Wonders

I took a nature walk through the ramble recently. This is an area of the park with interconnected paths that twist through scenic woods. Bird watching here is fantastic.

A young Jazz Saxophonist played. A group of guys enjoyed a game of beach volleyball. And the police keep guard over a statue of Christopher Columbus.

The Conservancy takes great care of Central Park. Maintaining the lawns, trees, benches, and the rest every day.

This Summer has been hot and sunny most of the time. My husband and I are staying put in New York for now. These days I love my city. Have you looked at the weather across the country lately?

Park Summer

The Conservatory Garden

Located at E. 105th Street & 5th Avenue across from The Museum of the City of New York, this garden is a treasure with flowers, romantic paths and fountains placed well. A quiet zone perfect for escape from the chaos outside.

9–11–2020

19 years after the attacks on U.S. soil of 3 American planes used as missiles destroying the Twin Towers, damaging The Pentagon, and crashing in Pennsylvania killing over 3,000 people, Corona Virus has killed over 200,000 Americans.

We will all pause to remember 9/11. But never forget that then & now we had a President not duly elected by the people.

Dear Readers, until next week…

ELW Photography #9

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Dear Readers, September arrives with plenty to share. New images of my neighborhood shows the hard work being done to keep life as normal as possible. Labor Day weekend begins….

This park sits atop the FDR Drive on the far Eastside of Manhattan. As seen above the Esplanade over looks the East River. Views of Roosevelt Island, Triborough Bridge re-named the RFK, and Hells gate freight bridge can be enjoyed here.

In the collages we see all kinds of activity. A girl flies a kite. A young Dad walks home with his friend and kid. A woman confined to a automated chair enjoys jazz music. A yoga class takes place. Two men workout on the Great Lawn. A Doorman washes down the walk. A man finishes up his run checking his phone.

I have many more images to share of Central Park. The gallery below features them.

The Ramble

A natural ecosystem that is great for walks. One of the nation’s top bird watching spots.

The many paths feature charming views of forest. A great way to escape for a while.

As our city continues to re-open I am hoping the awful numbers of March do not return. If Summer 2020 proved one thing to me it’s that we are all together. No matter what happens New Yorkers will continue to support each other.

My Dear Readers, thanks for stopping by Evan’s Gate! Until next week…

ELW Photography #7

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I have a keen awareness of what surrounds me. Walking around I take notice of details that feel as though they were left for people like myself to discover. The camera is an indespensible aid in recording these findings.

August is moving fast. Political conventions will be virtual for the first time. Perhaps substance will make a comeback to the proceedings.

Summer has become tedium. I feel differently about seasons now. As I grow older I enjoy Autumn more and more.

Still I have many more images of Summer 2020 to share….

During this crisis much has recently been discussed about the future of transportation in New York City. Revel Mopeds appeared one weekend.

My first reaction was surprise. How safe could this mode of transport be in a big city.

Then a few weeks later many young people were on them. Many without the helmets that come with the mopeds in their small trunks.

The portable scooters only do 30 M.P.H. and cannot be taken on highways, bridges or tunnels.

I could safely predict that sooner or later they would go away over safety problems. Indeed a couple of recent deaths led to Revel removing them from New York City altogether.

The CitiBike share program has been the preferred mode of new transport. Many of its riders do wear helmets. People use them a lot for recreational purpose in the park.

Summer Heat

The Obelisk Cleopatra’s Needle in New York City is one of three similarly named Egyptian obelisks. It was erected in Central Park, west of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in Manhattan, on January 22, 1881.

Rising from Bethesda Terrace is Bethesda Fountain, with the famous Angel of the Waters statue atop. The statue references the Gospel of John, which describes an angel blessing the Pool of Bethesda and giving it healing powers. The fountain commemorates the Croton water system, which first brought fresh water to New York City in 1842. 

Vistas and Views

The immaculate lawn of the Conservatory Garden above right corner; The Eastside of Manhattan seen across the reservoir on the upper left corner; A postcard image of the El Dorado towers in the upper middle section; Below on the left and right are The Delacorte Theater seen from above on the patio of the Belvedere Castle.

The Castle

Sitting above the Delacorte Theater this landmark provides the daily official temperature in New York City. Offices stationed here for the Weather bureau following a restoration in 2019. The site is open again.

In The City

I spend more time outside the park since August began due to hot/humid conditions plus heavy thunderstorms. The local streets are still pretty quiet. No tourists. We have more difficulties to face since services will get cut and the MTA (Subways/Buses) is talking about a fare increase.

In the gallery below are a cross section of images I took over the past 4 months. Food vendors attempt to make money; Some restaurants closed for good before Covid; Movie theaters are shuttered; 5th Avenue has lost its former grandeur; The Plaza Hotel sits sentry.

City buses are getting crowded. I have not returned to public transit. My last subway ride was in early March.

Above at the far right corner is a local school. The faces of graduates adorn many schools now. Not so long ago this type of remembrance was for victims of school shootings. Covid changed the culture.

Empty chairs at empty tables will probably be the verdict for schools in the Fall. Many local restaurants have outdoor dining now. Indoors is not allowed in the city.

Mask wearing is inconsistent in the city that was once the epicenter for the crisis. I know I cannot control the actions of others but it seems crazy not to protect yourself in the face of this virus.

Even crazier are people who are still in denial over its existence. If we ignore safety protocols this crisis will deepen.

Every New Yorker surely remembers not too long ago when horse drawn carriages were the center of a debate. Our Mayor wanted to end this practice. Now with Covid the carriages are gone.

Museums are re-opening on August 24th, my husband’s Birthday!

Thank you Dear Readers! Stay healthy and see you next week!

ELW Photography#6

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August 7, 2020

  • Avoid Crowds
  • Mask
  • Walk Daily
  • Listen to music
  • Research

Just a few of the things that keep me busy. Our city has seemingly become more normal than it has been in months. Traffic patterns are gradually building back up on 5th Avenue and Lexington Avenue.

Summer has become one long weekend for me. I break the season down as follows: June is Friday; July is Saurday; August is Sunday; September is Monday.

I know Americans think Labor Day is the unofficial end of the season. September is still quite warm. Cool weather really arrives the week of Halloween.

On a recent walk around I noticed the local teenagers have begun to return. Most of them disappeared for July. Many are not wearing masks or have taken to wear them around their necks. In better times the young often act badly; during this hard time they are opening themselves up to potential disaster.

My photos have captured people in their moments of distraction. Too many still babble away on their phones breaking the otherwise wonderful quiet of the park.

Activity is always abundant in the city that is coming back to life.

Just Being

Fair weather opened August with gentle breezes. The Summer is beginning its annual winding down. Soon we will be reminded of the number of weeks, then days until Labor Day!

You feel a commonality with the people you see around in the park or on the street. No matter the activity, we are all trying to maintain a sense of hope, a spirit of neighborliness.

Dear Readers: As Summer begins to wane I hope you can stay healthy and enjoy as much as possible…’til next week…

Tourists? Group of four in masks who are very close.

ELW Photography #5

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July 31, 2020

I was just thinking how we were told back in January to write out the full 2-0-2-0 when dating important docs. Who knew that it would be almost exclusively applied to receiving unemployment benefits.

My Dear Readers: Updates from New York City. July ends. USA continues to deny the impact of Covid—19 despite the largest recorded drop in its economy in history!

If you reside outside of North America you may have heard about how poor our safety net is here. This is showing up now during this unprecedented crisis.

I only glance at the headlines each morning. It takes until late in the day to realize how much more our country has slid in the eyes of the world.

New York City has sport once again with its expensive corporate stadiums empty. Overpaid athletes are playing with piped in crowd noise.

Several athletes in baseball are now sick. Games are getting postponed. I think baseball should cancel the season.

No Broadway/ Off—Broadway theater. No museums. No movie theaters. Broadway and Hollywood had both reached their commercial summit. I do not believe this will happen again.

If we have cinemas the interior of those spaces will have to be reinvented along with Broadway and Off—Broadway theaters.

Personally, my fear is that America will be vunerable like never before to a new authoritarian reality. Already the President floated the proto-fascist notion of delaying the Fall Election. This never happened in America before this con man took office.

People are waking to see how much damage has been inflicted upon regular people over decades of blindly adding police to streets. This has resulted in the brutality seen in recent days.

The people were empowered to fend off the awful notions of power hungry office holders. Our struggle for greater Democracy will continue.

With such heavy issues hovering over us I refuse to conform to the reactionary nature of certain friends and family. I just read “Twilight Of Democracy” by the historian Anne Applegate, seen below in the picture, argues strongly for Democratic ideals. She is hopeful Americans will reject the anti—democratic platform of Donald Trump.

Highly Recommended to everyone who cares about Democracy.

My photography is an outlet to express what I see daily to counter the ugly forces at play in today’s world.

Despite it all I am having a lovely Summer. What else can I do? November will be chilly. And by then our biggest Election will be upon us.

Museums

5th Avenue from E. 86th Street to E. 103rd is called Museum Mile. There are several along this route on the East Side. The Museum of the City of New York, The MET, The Guggenheim and The Jewish Museum are my favourites. I took pictures of their facades over the past three months. Devoid of crowds. A silence. Mourning? Will they come back as strong as before the shutdown?

The Museum of the City of New York, The Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum, and The Jewsih Museum are seen below:

Candids

Another component of taking images on walks are the people you see in moments. So distracted are these strangers that I could not resist capturing them in time. What follows are the first results of my observations.

August Arrives Tomorrow

Major League Baseball attempted to start a shortened season but finds itself in a bind now that the Miami Marlins team is ill with Covid—19. Then the Phillies were struck then the St. Louis Cardinals.

All of the hot spot states are only beginning to require masks and think about shutting down again.

The Republican party is making this crisis a partisan issue; their leader floats proto—fascist ideas daily.

Here in New York City while we have settled into our Phase 4 lives a new month starts tomorrow!

What will it bring? Will we learn?

Until next week Dear Readers!

Stay in good health.

Wear a mask.

ELW Photography #4

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Introduction

July 24, 2020

New York City entered Phase 4 this week of recovery from the Coronavirus pandemic. Outdoor dining and retail are back. I have gone out to dinner with my husband a few times already. We have seen some friends and family too!

Continuing to show my photographs of the Upper Eastside and Central Park I thought about my connection to these images.

This week I feature statues and buildings that have stimulated my lifelong sense of whimsy. A lover of fantasy since childhood I re-discovered places in the park I needed to explore.

I hope they bring back your sense of whimsy as well….

Statues

The base of the Mother Goose figure has characters like Humpty Dumpty and Little Boy Blue carved around it. A homeless man sleeps on a bench nearby. As enchanting as this statue can be there are many experiencing hard times.

This statue shows the famous author sitting on a bench reading his classic, “The Ugly Duckling”, with his top hat placed to the side. You can see the details of this work in each image including the sculptor of the work, Georg J. Jober. The architect who designed the work was Otto F. Lancmann. The statue was dedicated in 1956. The Park Conservancy works hard to preserve all of its treasures.

Hans Christian Andersen (/ˈændərsən/Danish: [ˈhænˀs ˈkʰʁestjæn ˈɑnɐsn̩] (listen); 2 April 1805 – 4 August 1875), in Denmark usually called H.C. Andersen, was a Danish author. Although a prolific writer of plays, travelogues, novels, and poems, he is best remembered for his fairy tales.

Andersen’s fairy tales, consisting of 156 stories across nine volumes and translated into more than 125 languages, have become culturally embedded in the West’s collective consciousness, readily accessible to children, but presenting lessons of virtue and resilience in the face of adversity for mature readers as well. His most famous fairy tales include “The Emperor’s New Clothes,” “The Little Mermaid,” “The Nightingale,” “The Steadfast Tin Soldier“, “The Red Shoes“, “The Princess and the Pea,” “The Snow Queen,” and”The Ugly Duckling,” our subject pictured above.

Alice In Wonderland

The centerpiece of this section is the statue of Alice. I took many images of this statue. On any given day the natural light cast many unique looks at this charming monument.

Above you see the entire statue large enough for children to climb on. You see close–ups of her Wonderland cohort: The Mad Hatter, The Rabbit who is always late, and the Cheshire Cat. If you look closely at the rear view you can find the Jabberwocky!

Charles Lutwidge Dodgson , better known by his pen name Lewis Carroll, was an English writer of children’s fiction, notably Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and its sequel Through the Looking-Glass. He was noted for his facility at word play, logic, and fantasy.

At the base of the steps are engraved plates displaying verse from the classic book seen below…

The Eldorado

One of a series of stately apartment buildings towering above Central Park West, The Eldorado is famous for its Art Deco-inspired twin towers that mirror its predecessor’s, The San Remo. Constructed a year after The San Remo, The Eldorado is a product of renowned architect Emery Roth, whose buildings are visible all along this stretch of Eighth Avenue. Its location, at 300 Central Park West is located near the reservoir.

Art Deco Twin Towers Rise Above Central Park West In Pre-War Grandeur. This is my favourite building.

My Neighborhood

The commercial corridor has declined over the past year. Several stores closed. A movie theater shut down. The Barnes & Noble bookstore is moving to a different location on Third Avenue, a much smaller space.

Restaurants have built outdoor dining areas on the street. The ones who had outdoor tables to start are expanded now. All servers wear mask.

The Metropolitan museum of art announced a return date of August 29, 2020.

The Streets

Walking down any avenue you cannot avoid passing people. Wearing a mask is really the only thing you can do to protect yourself. Remaining indoors is only an option during horrid spells of excessive heat. As of this writing we are having our worst heat of the season.

New York City has proceeded with caution. This enabled us to flatten the curve. Now there are over 30 states with out of control numbers of virus cases. This did not have to happen. Wearing a mask is not a partisan issue. The largest problem now is re-opening the schools.

Will New York City survive? Can we invent a new economy? Do we really need to depend so much on tourism?

The retailers in our area include H&M, Best Buy, Staples, Old Navy, and Banana Republic. Independent shops are mainly services like shoe repair and dry cleaners. A major re–think must be done. New York City is not really as interesting a place as it was in the 20th Century. The internet is a powerful tool but this tech has ravaged our urbanity. If every corner is a fast food chain what is so special about living here? It seems in the past 20 years people have raised children without imagination. Just staring down at screens is Huxley’s Brave New World come to dystopian reality!

In the past 2 weeks I have witnessed a solitary officer and his car guarding a statue of Columbus in Central Park and 3 police vehicles in front of the Met museum with lights on. It was not clear to me what had happened accept perhaps a kid was playing in the fountain. We have collectively lost our marbles during this stressful time.

I have theorized our police are dispatched in groups like street gangs. This can never result in positive outcomes. We need to change how our city is protected.

People are in heavy denial. Understandably the shock of this time is powerful. But I have thought from the start that nothing will come back quickly. I do my part by wearing a mask. Such a simple thing.

I have seen horrifying results of people who think they cannot wear a mask and not get sick. The sacrifice is small yet people are unwilling in so many cases.

My photography continues in the coming weeks of Covid Summer 2020. These were just thoughts I have had while being out enjoying the weather.

Stay healthy dear readers. No matter what polls say, Vote this November!

ELW Photography #3

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Over the past 3 months I have been taking walks around my neighborhood. This includes Central Park. Afternoons have been mostly hot and humid. A lot of sunscreen has been applied to protect myself from ultraviolet radiation. I read a wonderful article today in the paper that shows what a car free future could do for city living.

A 30 year old died of Covid today. He went to a Corona party. The statement he gave upon arriving at the hospital was that he thought it was a hoax. Tragic and absurd.

I always wear a mask. I discovered charcoal filtered masks this week. Even if this pandemic ended tomorrow I would still wear a mask. Filtering out air pollution is important. All of the people who live along side me in New York who wore masks long before Covid are true visionaries. They were much more aware of potential crisis.

During the Summer of Covid I have found that these walks do me good for both mind and body. Seeing people doing activities is reassuring. The outside is safer than the indoors.

I am grateful my school years were not affected by something of this magnitude. It was challenging enough during those days without a pandemic. People will adapt to survive.

Continuing my galleries of images taken during my daily walks around the city I hope you can relax a bit from the new challenges facing humanity in the 21st Century.

Heatwave

Beauty Is Everywhere

Everyday is different. You can visit a space each day. The presence or absence of people, the changing conditions of environment always create a new experience.

Nature is never boring…

The trees in Central Park are treasure in plain sight. Admission is free. The newly planted landscaped tree line in front of the Metropolitan museum is a joy to walk through each day. The reservoir has Geese and Ducks.

Look Up!

Pathfinder

The park is filled with paths that stretch out in front of you. It’s tempting to want to try them all in a single day. That would be impossible. Unless you want foot injury.

The neighborhood streets have become like a suburb. On weekdays there is so little noise I feel calm in ways I did not think possible in the city. Sorry suburbanites, city living wins out!

In The Neighborhood

If you are not familiar with New York than you do not know it is probably the closest to European any American city gets in terms of culture, easy walking, and largess of services.

Back To The Park!

Although I have walked streets around our neighborhood I prefer park walks. I have found out during these strange times the greenery is calming. I love finding images throughout my outings.

Keeping our distance; exercising; meeting friends.

Next Week: Favourite Building/ Statues