St John the Divine: A Merging of Two Architectural Styles

Before we begin the climb up the cathedral, I explored the ground floor once again. This time, using the RAW settings. I think I got much better images this way.

The history of the cathedral is very interesting. It can be seen here. Due to the architect dying before finishing, the Western side of the cathedral is done in a gothic style while the eastern end is a more classical style. It is a very sharp contrast when you walk through the nave, both in style and lighting. The building is still unfinished, even more so since the fire in 2001 that destroyed the northern transept. They continue to raise funds in the hopes that the building will eventually be finished.

The Phoenix exhibit kind of dominates the nave.

The Phoenix exhibit kind of dominates the nave.

Natural light down the side of the nave is augmented by hanging lighting.

Natural light down the side of the nave is augmented by hanging lighting.

A closer view of the Phoenix art structure.

A closer view of the Phoenix art structure.

The choral area is a tad messy with discarded chairs from earlier in the day.

The choral area is a tad messy with discarded chairs from earlier in the day.

The altar in the transept with the nave in the background.

The altar in the transept with the nave in the background showing the contrasting line of the architecture.

Looking west along the south aisle of the nave.

Looking west along the south aisle of the nave.

A 9/11 memorial in the nave.

A 9/11 memorial in the nave.

An interesting table.

An interesting table.

Prayer candles and stained glass.

Prayer candles and stained glass.

Each window covers a theme - this one is medicine.

Each window covers a theme – this one is medicine.

This window is either craftsmen or literature.

This window is either craftsmen or literature.

The ambulatory - area behind the altar that wraps around it forming the eastern end of the cathedral.

The ambulatory – area behind the altar that wraps around it forming the eastern end of the cathedral.

Shadows and light: always present in the cathedral.

Shadows and light: always present in the cathedral.

Looking up at the roof of the ambulatory.

Looking up at the roof of the ambulatory.

An archangel statue.

An archangel statue.

More shadow and light.

More shadow and light.

One of several chapels in the ambulatory.

One of several chapels in the ambulatory – in areas called a Chevette.

A chapel and the gate in front of it.

A chapel and the gate in front of it.

The large side chapel on the south side of the ambulatory.

The large side chapel on the south side of the ambulatory.

Apparently this angel angered someone who struck off its nose.

Apparently this angel angered someone who struck off its nose.

Detail of the choral seats.

Detail of the choral seats – wood carving.

The main altar.

The main altar.

Looking down the choir to the nave and rose window.

Looking down the choir to the nave and rose window.

From one end to the other. Note the differences in lighting.

From one end to the other. Note the differences in lighting.

High above the altar.

High above the altar.

More of the transept and brickwork.

More of the transept and brickwork.

Each section of the nave is set up for different aspects of society. Here are the poets/artists.

Each section of the nave is set up for different aspects of society. Here are the poets/artists.

The poet window.

The poet window.

Floor tiles in Poets' Corner.

Floor tiles in Poets’ Corner.

The golden gates of the cathedral - they do open, but it's a rarity.

The golden gates of the cathedral – they do open, but it’s a rarity.

Next week: We climb the Cathedral from the ground floor to the roof.

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A Return to the Cathedral of St John the Divine

I made a return trip to the Cathedral of St. John the Divine one weekend in order to climb the building. The last time I was there was before I was shooting in RAW format. Exteriors can be seen here. Interiors can be seen here. And one other entry (clearly I have a thing for church architecture). So today we’ll take a look at the grounds and exteriors on a very sunny day. Building up suspense before the actual climb entry, as you do.

There is a shanty town on the side of the smaller church on the side of 110th St. In this shot, someone left a suitcase.

There is a shanty town on the side of the smaller church on the side of 110th St. In this shot, someone left a suitcase.

The facade of the smaller church.

The facade of the smaller church.

The Peace Fountain: just as disturbing in harsh sunlight.

The Peace Fountain: just as disturbing in harsh sunlight.

Religion can be imposing at the right angle.

Religion can be imposing at the right angle.

Monkey on a swing - one of many sculptures around the fountain.

Monkey on a swing – one of many sculptures around the fountain.

Angels behead demons/evil angels.

Angels behead demons/evil angels.

Another monkey sitting around.

Another monkey sitting around.

A hunting dog.

A hunting dog.

Tiny dragon.

Tiny dragon.

A guy riding a dragon.

A guy riding a dragon.

Pan and some sheep. Paganism mixes with catholicism.

Pan and some sheep. Paganism mixes with catholicism.

The sun shines on the angel.

The sun shines on the angel.

Tower through the trees.

Tower through the trees.

Nicely decorated gate.

Nicely decorated gate.

It was a popular wedding photo day outside the cathedral.

It was a popular wedding photo day outside the cathedral.

A shot of the facade from down 112th St.

A shot of the facade from down 112th St.

A nicer image of the Peace Fountain with the Cathedral tower behind it.

A nicer image of the Peace Fountain with the Cathedral tower behind it.

Sun and shadows on the Cathedral.

Sun and shadows on the Cathedral.

One of the lesser known commandments found on the gate to the People's Garden.

One of the lesser known commandments found on the gate to the People’s Garden.

The centerpiece of the garden.

The centerpiece of the garden.

The sunlight was just fantastic when I got to the garden.

The sunlight was just fantastic when I got to the garden.

The garden and the Cathedral.

The garden and the Cathedral.

Light and shadow on the monastery.

Light and shadow on the monastery.

Next week: we build more towards the climb with the interior of the ground floor of the Cathedral.

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An Interrupted Walk through the UWS

I started an afternoon walk in the Upper West Side when it was interrupted by an impromptu audition that sent me racing across Central Park to the Guggenheim. I got a few pictures I wanted to take in the area, including the First Baptist Church (but only the exterior as they are not open 24/7 – something I never understand with NYC churches). I was going to go take some shots of the summer sunlight hitting Lincoln Center, but had no time, so I stopped off in Verdi Square and then headed for Central Park. Here are some of the architectural views I saw along the way down Broadway and to the park.

The First Baptist Church stands out through the tree divider.

The First Baptist Church stands out through the tree divider.

The view from the opposite corner.

The view from the opposite corner.

A close up of one of the lanterns.

A close up of one of the lanterns.

An interesting quote above the doorway.

An interesting quote above the doorway.

The side tower of the church.

The side tower of the church.

The side door, which was locked.

The side door, which was locked.

Walking down Broadway in the sunlight.

Walking down Broadway in the sunlight.

A sculpture and some interesting windows.

A sculpture and some interesting windows.

The sunlight was pretty brutal this afternoon.

The sunlight was pretty brutal this afternoon.

The 72nd St subway station in Verdi Park.

The 72nd St subway station in Verdi Park.

Lions on the walls.

Lions on the walls.

A statue of Verdi in the park.

A statue of Verdi in the park.

Someone needs to repaint their staircase.

Someone needs to repaint their staircase.

Sun and shade.

Sun and shade.

Tall towers through the trees.

Tall towers through the trees.

Brickwork and vines on a porch.

Brickwork and vines on a porch.

Fourth Universalist Society Church along Central Park West.

Fourth Universalist Society Church along Central Park West.

Next week: we return to the Cathedral of St. John the Divine to climb the cathedral – first part – the grounds and outside.

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A Commercial Leads to the LES

I did a commercial in an area of the city I don’t usually go in to: the Lower East Side. It’s been pretty much overrun by Chinatown, but there are still bars and clubs. The area I shot in is Mechanics Alley. I’d never been there before and it was really interesting looking, so I went back the next week with my camera. The morning started out with an audition by Delancey St, and then I headed south from there. Afterwards I just wandered around for a bit enjoying the day. Since it was the middle of the day in the middle of the week, most of these streets were really empty resulting in pictures of places without crowds of people (my own personal preference).

Started my walk up by Delancey St and the Williamsburg Bridge.

Started my walk up by Delancey St and the Williamsburg Bridge.

Empty park.

Empty park.

Interesting church in the projects.

Interesting church in the projects.

There might be a few bridges around this area.

There might be a few bridges around this area.

Interesting architecture on the facades of the buildings still around here.

Interesting architecture on the facades of the buildings still around here.

The Seward Park branch of the NYPL.

The Seward Park branch of the NYPL.

Fun with arches in the architecture.

Fun with arches in the architecture.

The Church of St. Teresa is really tall.

The Church of St. Teresa is really tall.

Made it to the Manhattan Bridge, which overshadows the alley.

Made it to the Manhattan Bridge, which overshadows the alley.

Mechanics Alley in the shadow of the Manhattan Bridge on ramp.

Mechanics Alley in the shadow of the Manhattan Bridge on ramp.

Really interesting graffiti in the alley.

Really interesting graffiti in the alley.

The south end of the alley.

The south end of the alley.

Directly under the bridge.

Directly under the bridge.

Walking through the LES where Chinatown has invaded/spilled over.

Walking through the LES where Chinatown has invaded/spilled over.

Southern Manhattan skyline.

Southern Manhattan skyline.

I had taken this exact image as the sun was setting the week before with my phone. Wanted one on this walk as well.

I had taken this exact image as the sun was setting the week before with my phone. Wanted one on this walk as well.

The courthouse and bikes.

The courthouse and bikes.

The whole complex from across Foley Square.

The whole complex from across Foley Square.

Next week: An interrupted walk on the Upper West Side.

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A walk through the West Village between things

Had a wardrobe fitting one morning and an audition in the afternoon. With so much time to kill, I had my camera with me and wandered the West Village taking shots of the architecture and neighborhoods.

Creepy brick staircase into the nether realm of the Village.

Creepy brick staircase into the nether realm of the Village.

Bikes before buildings.

Bikes before buildings.

A bike in shade.

A bike in shade.

Interesting staircase for a brownstone.

Interesting staircase for a brownstone.

Cherry Lane Theatre's new location.

Cherry Lane Theater‘s new location.

This looks wholesome.

This looks wholesome.

It's like backstage in Disney's MGM Studios.

It’s like backstage in Disney’s MGM Studios.

Looking downtown.

Looking downtown.

Never knew there was a music academy here.

Never knew there was a music academy here.

The entrance to the Greenwich House Music School.

The entrance to the Greenwich House Music School.

A gated park.

A gated park.

I'm guessing this used to be a firehouse.

I’m guessing this used to be a firehouse.

Creative arched door.

Creative arched door.

Fun with fire escapes.

Fun with fire escapes.

A red door and a star on a wall. Russian reference for all.

A red door and a star on a wall. Russian reference for all.

Now that is a thin bar.

Now that is a thin bar … with outdoor seating.

A temple behind the trees.

A temple behind the trees.

Fun with cobblestones.

Fun with cobblestones.

The fountain in Jackson Square.

The fountain in Jackson Square.

Next week: A walk around the Lower East Side.

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A Sunny Day in the Graveyard at Sleepy Hollow

The final part of family time around NYC was a stop in the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery. We entered through the main gate, where there was a handy bathroom and also a pile of free maps for the cemetery itself (there is an upgraded/more in depth map for sale inside if you want to pay for that). The grounds cover 90 acres, so it’s good to have a car with you as you can drive to the various sites of dead famous historical figures.

It was an intensely sunny day, so these images aren’t too spooky. Some very impressive mausoleums though.

The cemetery has a lot of rules – speed limits, dogs must stay on leashes, no video cameras,  no commercial photography, etc etc etc. So here’s some images I took.

The main entrance gate after we already entered.

The main entrance gate after we already entered.

The office and chapel - where we found the map!

The office and chapel – where we found the map!

William Rockefeller's Mausoleum. He has most of the family outside it, which is interesting.

William Rockefeller‘s Mausoleum. He has most of the family outside it, which is interesting.

This one has a magic lamp on the top of a pillar.

This one has a magic lamp on the top of a pillar.

Opposite the Rockefeller mausoleum was this (IMO) more interesting mausoleum.

Opposite the Rockefeller mausoleum was this (IMO) more interesting mausoleum.

The Bronze Lady Sculpture at the Thomas Mausoleum.

The Bronze Lady Sculpture at the Thomas Mausoleum.

There were a few like this one. Very interesting.

There were a few like this one. Very interesting.

Ok, her sitting there and watching the door is kinda creepy.

Ok, her sitting there and watching the door is kinda creepy.

The layout at the top of the hill.

The layout at the top of the hill.

Hidden under a tree with some hedges.

Hidden under a tree with some hedges.

Well that's a weird looking stone.

Well that’s a weird looking stone.

The back of the weird looking stone reveals it's a journalist.

The back of the weird looking stone reveals it’s a journalist.

This one looks like a tiny church.

This one looks like a tiny church.

Reminiscent of Houdini's in Brooklyn.

Reminiscent of Houdini’s in Brooklyn.

Some people want a stone and a statue. Greedy.

Some people want a stone and a statue. Greedy.

Stones in the mountain rocks.

Stones in the mountain rocks.

Built into the rockside.

Built into the rockside.

Ancient Greece influenced. And stairs. Really? Let's climb up to the dead.

Ancient Greece influenced. And stairs. Really? Let’s climb up to the dead.

This would be Leona and Harry Helmsley's Mausoleum. Feel free to spit at it.

This would be Leona and Harry Helmsley‘s Mausoleum. Feel free to spit at it.

A bench overlooking the replica of the Headless Horseman Bridge.

A bench overlooking the replica of the Headless Horseman Bridge.

A church-like edifice built into the hillside.

A church-like edifice built into the hillside.

Nature is reclaiming this one.

Nature is reclaiming this one.

Washington Irving gets flags for his grave.

Washington Irving gets flags for his grave.

This one is just interesting.

This one is just interesting.

Mile markers to NYC.

Mile markers to NYC.

A mausoleum in the hillside below the church.

A mausoleum in the hillside below the church.

Next week: Some time spent in the West Village among the brownstones.

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A Brief Stop in Tarrytown

During a trip to the Sleepy Hollow area of New York State, we made a brief stop in Tarrytown to do some antiquing and get some sushi. We didn’t go to see the mansions (something I should eventually like to do) and all of the time was spent on Main Street, so I didn’t take a lot of shots. Here are a few images of the town proper.

A better view of the facade.

A better view of the facade.

Looks like an English style of architecture over a corner restaurant.

Looks like an English style of architecture over a corner restaurant.

The post office in the shade of the trees.

A large building (possibly a school) in the shade of the trees.

One of a few churches on Main Street.

One of a few churches on Main Street.

They have benches on the sidewalks for very pleasant seating breaks.

They have benches on the sidewalks for very pleasant seating breaks.

The post office under the trees.

The post office under the trees.

There is an elf on top of the antique selling barn.

There is an elf on top of the antique selling barn.

That is an impressive house.

That is an impressive house.

Next week: Sleepy Hollow Cemetery.

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