A view of Park Avenue. Image via Wikipedia
Park Avenue in Manhattan is one of the most well-known avenues in New York City, as it is home to iconic structures such as the Waldorf-Astoria, the Pan Am building, and Grand Central Station. However, many New Yorkers may not know that they can also find a hidden train track, the Seventh Regiment Armory which became a cultural institution, and a Founding Father’s pistol along Park Avenue as well. Here are ten secrets about Park Avenue to keep in mind the next time you find yourself in the area.
PsychoBarn, the house from the movie Psycho is recreated on the rooftop of the Met Museum
May is the month to get back out into New York City’s parks (if you haven’t done so already), with a plethora of exciting art installations from Brooklyn Bridge Park to the High Line to Harlem. There will be pieces to see in plazas and public spaces from The Battery to 59th Street; from the roof garden at The Metropolitan Museum of Art to the Channel Gardens at Rockefeller Center. Also don’t miss some of this past year’s best outdoor installations which will be coming down in May and June.
Here are 16 art installations not to miss this upcoming month!
Image via The Indian Panorama
Walking down the streets of Manhattan, you many notice many buildings marked with flags of foreign countries. Often characterized with unique architectural features, these buildings could be consulates, permanent UN missions, administrative offices or residences for foreign ambassadors who work and reside in New York City. Some of them may be designed by foreign architects, but most of them have interesting stories of families who were prominent figures of New York. Next time you are strolling down Fifth Avenue, make sure to look out for the waving flags and take a moment to admire these architectural gems. (more…)
The dueling pistols used by Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr, located in JP Morgan Chase headquarters 277 Park Avenue, New York City. Photo via Aaron Burr Association
Alexander Hamilton has become so trendy, he’s made it to the Grammy’s, as demonstrated in last night’s performance of the Broadway musical’s opening song “Alexander Hamilton.” The climactic moment of this song, when Aaron Burr sings “And me? I’m the damn fool that shot him,” as Hamilton’s story is irrevocably connected to his death in a duel with Burr.
Most people know that Hamilton is buried in the Trinity Church graveyard, that the duel took place on the coast of Weehawken, New Jersey, and that he was taken to the home of William Bayard who lived on present day 82 Jane Street in Greenwich Village. He died in front of a fireplace that is now in the Gracie Mansion ballroom. But did you know that the dueling pistols are located in the headquarters of J.P. Morgan Chase, on 277 Park Avenue?
Over the years, especially recently, New Yorkers might have noticed some odd structures and art installations popping up along the streets of New York City. These objects have ranged from giant rats and buttons to feathers, bagels, different kinds of animals and tiny replicas. Though some no longer exist, we thought it would be fun to highlight some of the abnormally large or small objects that have sprung up. Thus, here’s a list of some objects that have appeared throughout New York City with the wrong dimensions, some of which might surprise you if you’ve never run into them.
The United Nations was created to replace war and bloodshed with dialogue and compromise. But the five avenues west of the UN’s East River location have been home to over 350 years of war history. From decapitations to anti-war rioting, these five avenues are a reminder of the violence that the UN was established to prevent.
A pyramid of 85,000 German army helmets from WWI. Photo via Smithsonian Institution.
Five avenues west of the United Nations is Park Avenue, today the home of Grand Central Terminal and a slew of corporate headquarters. In 1919, it was the home of two enormous pyramids made of German army helmets. 85,000 German army helmets, to be exact. After the Allies won the First World War, American soldiers captured the helmets in a supply depot in Europe and brought them back to the States. Then the American government displayed them outside Grand Central Terminal to convince New Yorkers flush with pride to buy war bonds. German helmets were also awarded as prizes to government workers who successfully sold the bonds.