Carl Schurz Memorial in Morningside Park

As we saw last week, I passed by a staircase in the middle of Morningside Park and didn’t head up it in the entry. Here is a look at what I found at the top of that staircase, which started with what looked like a castle. It was actually the 116th St entrance to the park. At the entrance is a seating area and a statue of Carl Schurz. It was designed by Karl Bitter and built by Henry Bacon in 1913.

This is a lot of stairs.

This is a lot of stairs.

Others go much faster than I do.

Others go much faster than I do.

A side path that leads away from the "tower."

A side path that leads away from the “tower.”

A very prestigious staircase at the top of the first section.

A very prestigious staircase at the top of the first section.

More to climb still. Also a pink tree.

More to climb still. Also a pink tree.

Up the short staircase.

Up the short staircase.

The statue stands on the edge.

The statue stands on the edge.

The top of the memorial.

The top of the memorial.

Some nice benches to sit on, but no shade.

Some nice benches to sit on, but no shade.

Looking down on that side path we passed on the way up.

Looking down on that side path we passed on the way up.

Looking out over the city.

Looking out over the city.

Some relief carving that was typical of early 1900's NYC art and architecture.

Some relief carving that was typical of early 1900’s NYC art and architecture.

The statue centerpiece.

The statue centerpiece.

Looking up at it.

Looking up at it.

A bit closer.

A bit closer.

The letters used to be copper, but were changed during restoration in the 1930s.

The letters used to be copper, but were changed during restoration in the 1930s.

Looking back down the stairs into the park.

Looking back down the stairs into the park.

Back down we go.

Back down we go.

A parting look back up the stairs.

A parting look back up the stairs.

Leaving the staircase behind.

Leaving the staircase behind.

Next week: A look at a school piece of art in Morningside Park.

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A Hot Sunny Day in Morningside Park

I had to be up in Morningside Park for a client, so I got there early to explore the park (something I’ve never really done). The park has a lot of stairs in it, so I was a little tired by the end. The different levels create an interesting feel in this mid-sized park in the northern section of NYC (just a bit northwest of Central Park).

I started at the north end and worked my way down, with a few side trails to see things that peeked my interest.

The northeast entrance.

The northeast entrance.

Flowers and bees!

Flowers and bees!

Another one! They were very popular.

Another one! They were very popular.

Lots of rock hills and boulders in this park.

Lots of rock hills and boulders in this park.

Some of the many stairs in the park.

Some of the many stairs in the park.

A weird shaped tree.

A weird shaped tree.

There are a lot of signs for rules in this park.

There are a lot of signs for rules in this park.

Apts along the east side of the park.

Apts along the east side of the park.

Trees growing through rocks.

Trees growing through rocks.

I played around with the tint on this one to show off the sunlight.

I played around with the tint on this one to show off the sunlight.

More rules.

More rules.

A very unkempt basketball court.

A very unkempt basketball court.

The court needs weeding.

The court needs weeding.

Apts behind the court.

Apts behind the court.

Where does this staircase lead? (hint: check back next week)

Where does this staircase lead? (hint: check back next week)

Another weird shaped tree.

Another weird shaped tree.

We used to eat these growing up.

We used to eat these growing up.

Interesting color.

Interesting color.

A good tree to sit under.

A good tree to sit under.

This is a drinking fountain.

This is a drinking fountain: the Alfred Lincoln Seligman Fountain.

Close up of the fountain.

Close up of the fountain.

The faun and the bear.

The faun and the bear.

The full fountain.

The full fountain.

The staircase by the fountain.

The staircase by the fountain.

It's quite picturesque.

It’s quite picturesque.

And now the area with no shade by the lake.

And now the area with no shade by the lake.

The water looks very green.

The water looks very green.

Sit on the stairs in the shade.

Sit on the stairs in the shade.

The side walls of the west side of the park.

The side walls of the west side of the park.

Stairs and garden on the east side.

Stairs and garden on the east side.

The stairs out of the southeast corner of the park.

The stairs out of the southeast corner of the park.

Next week: What was at the top of that large staircase in the middle of the park?

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People in the Tourist Spots

After an audition, I decided to wander through Times Square (something I RARELY do) and head down to Washington Square Park to people watch. Here’s a few of the images I took. You’ll notice a trend of people constantly looking at their phones.

First of many shots with people staring at their phone.

First of many shots with people staring at their phone.

Showing off the red of the TKTS booth. Also, look a phone!

Showing off the red of the TKTS booth. Also, look a phone!

I'm already tired of the phone addictions.

I’m already tired of the phone addictions.

Street performer bow.

Street performer bow.

Should probably fill this hole in the middle of Times Square.

Should probably fill this hole in the middle of Times Square.

Notice the kitten.

Notice the kitten.

New Orleans style in Washington Square.

New Orleans style in Washington Square.

Wanna feed some birds?

Wanna feed some birds?

Fear the rulers of the birds.

Fear the rulers of the birds.

Let's play in the fountain!

Let’s play in the fountain!

Even rollerbladers must rest.

Even rollerbladers must rest.

Interesting instrument choices here.

Interesting instrument choices here.

The hat placement made this shot.

The hat placement made this shot.

Would you like to buy a monkey?

Would you like to buy a monkey?

A sign of summer.

A sign of summer.

Next week: A trip into Morningside Park.

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Taming of the Shrew at Summit Rock with MSP

I have been brought in to take some production photos for Manhattan Shakespeare Project‘s latest production of The Taming of the Shrew. They tend to perform over the course of several weeks in various parks. I caught them in Central Park at Summit Rock. I still have a session to do this coming week at Morningside Park, but I wanted to share some of the images in hopes that readers will take the time to come see some free Shakespeare/theatre in the parks that isn’t at the Delacorte. Their remaining performance schedule can be found here. And while these images don’t contain spoilers (it’s Shakespeare, we’re way past the statute on limitations with spoilers here), they do show off the cast and some fun moments.

We're doing a show!

We’re doing a show!

Waiting for a cue.

Waiting for a cue.

I left the blue in because it made this look very 80's.

I left the blue in because it made this look very 80’s.

Giant gestures always get my attention.

Giant gestures always get my attention.

I have a jaunty hat.

I have a jaunty hat.

Them's be fightin' words!

Them’s be fightin’ words!

Yup, kicking ensues.

Yup, kicking ensues.

Everyone loves a crane pose.

Everyone loves a crane pose.

We're going this way!

We’re going this way!

Softening an image to engage the blurry effect of the fight move.

Softening an image to engage the blurry effect of the fight move.

I mean, you're all listening to me, right?

I mean, you’re all listening to me, right?

Seems like it might be a musical number. ...but it's not.

Seems like it might be a musical number. …but it’s not.

Dynamic test: take one.

Dynamic test: take one.

Dynamic test: take two. Much better when the whole body is into it.

Dynamic test: take two. Much better when the whole body is into it.

Pinup shot on the gravel.

Pinup shot on the gravel.

You really just said that?

You really just said that?

Backs together, speak in a circle.

Backs together, speak in a circle.

There may be some frolicking going on.

There may be some frolicking going on.

If you have a low sign, you must use it at some point.

If you have a low sign, you must use it at some point.

There might be some drama in this production.

There might be some drama in this production.

I'm not wearing this anymore!

I’m not wearing this anymore!

Some romance.

Some romance.

Ok, a lot of romance.

Ok, a lot of romance.

This smells kinda funny.

This smells kinda funny.

Make a goofy face, I will catch you with the camera.

Make a goofy face, I will catch you with the camera.

That's it! I'm going home!

That’s it! I’m going home!

The show's over. I'm sad now.

The show’s over. I’m sad now.

The director of the production during a talk back.

The director of the production during a talk back.

Next week: some more people shots from walking around the city on a hot day.

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Carl Schurz Park as the Sun Comes out of the Clouds

Up in the high 80s of the Upper East Side, there is a small park connected with Gracie Mansion called Carl Schurz Park. It covers the FDR Highway and gives nice views of the East River and Roosevelt Island. As Gracie Mansion is being restored, I was unable to visit much of its grounds, but I was able to wander the rest of the park and get some nice images.

Approaching the park from the north entrance, along the FDR.

Approaching the park from the north entrance, along the FDR.

A sign on the fence to help us know where we are.

A sign on the fence to help us know where we are.

Nice looking staircase up to the mansion.

Nice looking staircase up to the mansion.

A nice view of the river.

A nice view of the river.

The gate to the mansion.

The gate to the mansion.

The mansion is completely fenced off and patrolled by NYPD as it is the Mayors house.

The mansion is completely fenced off and patrolled by NYPD as it is the Mayors house.

View through the trees.

View through the trees.

Stairs down to a nice garden.

Stairs down to a nice garden.

The Peter Pan statue.

The Peter Pan statue.

A weird metal cane in the rock.

A weird metal cane in the rock.

Overlooking the Peter Pan statue.

Overlooking the Peter Pan garden.

The sun comes out as we approach Hoop Garden.

The sun comes out as we approach Hoop Garden.

The sun hit at just the right time.

The sun hit at just the right time.

Garden detail.

Garden detail.

Garden detail with the wall behind it.

Garden detail with the wall behind it.

Looking towards the west in Hoop Garden.

Looking towards the west in Hoop Garden.

Interesting stair design.

Interesting stair design.

That is a weird looking tree.

That is a weird looking tree.

The north end of Roosevelt island and the lighthouse.

The north end of Roosevelt island and the lighthouse.

Fun with clouds over the East River.

Fun with clouds over the East River.

Next week: something with people. Either from my wanderings or Shakespeare. It will be a surprise.

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New Looks at Familiar Places

It’s always interesting to go back to places you’ve been to. Most times you can explore and find new vantage points or ways to interpret what you are seeing. Here are a few examples from my latest trip to Central Park.

Using a tree as a frame for the NW entrance to the park.

Using a tree as a frame for the NW entrance to the park.

A close up of the bridge from the entrance.

A close up of the bridge from the entrance.

Compared with a zoomed out look and using the trees as a frame.

Compared with a zoomed out look and using the trees as a frame.

A tree between rocks.

A tree between rocks.

Move to the side of the rocks and the image changes dramatically.

Move to the side of the rocks and the image changes dramatically.

Under the bridge looking toward the waterfall in the loch.

Under the bridge looking toward the waterfall in the loch.

Using the path as foreground but at a difficult angle on the path.

Using the path as foreground but at a difficult angle on the path.

The full image.

The full image.

With the rock in the foreground it looks like the Health Care Center is on a mountain.

With the rock in the foreground it looks like the Health Care Center is on a mountain.

Ye olde baseball diamond.

Ye olde baseball diamond.

Looking down on a favorite spot from the Glen Span Arch.

Looking down on a favorite spot from the Glen Span Arch.

How turning the camera can change the feel of a shot.

How turning the camera can change the feel of a shot.

And one more without the portion of the arch in the foreground.

And one more without the portion of the arch in the foreground.

Next week: A walk through Carl Schurz Park.

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The Central Park Conservatory Garden

Set just south of the east side of Harlem Meer is the Conservatory Garden. It covers six acres and is divided up into three sections: the north is a French Garden, the center is an Italian Garden, and the south is an English Garden. The area is very scenic and a good place to go sit and read as it is also a designated quiet zone in the park. While I was there, the sun was burning down from almost straight above and the gardeners were out in full force watering the various plants.

Coming in from the north to the French Garden.

Coming in from the north to the French Garden.

The center pool with the Three Dancing Maidens fountain by German sculptor, Walter Schott

The center pool with the Three Dancing Maidens fountain by German sculptor, Walter Schott

Close up of the fountain.

Close up of the fountain.

A view from the east side.

A view from the east side – outside the gardens can be seen in the upper right.

An archway and the fountain.

An archway and the fountain.

Some of the floral design.

Some of the floral design.

A very bold coloring.

A very bold coloring.

Walking in the shade towards the Italian Garden.

Walking in the shade towards the Italian Garden.

One of the many areas with benches for sitting and reading, or eating your lunch.

One of the many areas with benches for sitting and reading, or eating your lunch.

A student sitting on the fountain edge.

A student sitting on the fountain edge.

The Vanderbilt Gate on the east side of both the gardens and park.

The Vanderbilt Gate on the east side of both the gardens and park.

The lawn, which you cannot walk on, in the Italian Garden.

The lawn, which you cannot walk on, in the Italian Garden.

Up in the Wisteria Pergola (arbor or shaded walkway) that goes around the fountain - it's a good retreat from the sun.

Up in the Wisteria Pergola (arbor or shaded walkway) that goes around the fountain – it’s a good retreat from the sun.

Looking out from the pergola at the fountain.

Looking out from the pergola at the fountain.

A view of the Italian Garden from the pergola.

A view of the Italian Garden from the pergola.

An unobstructed view.

An unobstructed view.

The fountain.

The fountain.

Fountain mist and the next path.

Fountain mist and the next path.

The fountain with the Terence Cardinal Cooke Health Care Center in the background.

The fountain with the Terence Cardinal Cooke Health Care Center in the background.

A pond in the English Garden.

A pond in the English Garden.

The Frances Hodgeson Burnett Memorial Fountain by sculptor Bessie Potter Vonnoh. It depicts Mary and Dickon from The Secret Garden.

The Frances Hodgeson Burnett Memorial Fountain by sculptor Bessie Potter Vonnoh. It depicts Mary and Dickon from The Secret Garden.

The trees offer wonderful coverage.

The trees offer wonderful coverage.

She holds a birdbath.

She holds a birdbath.

Looking at the fountain from out in the garden.

Looking at the fountain from out in the garden.

Freshly watered flowers.

Freshly watered flowers.

Soon to bloom.

Soon to bloom.

There are a lot of them.

There are a lot of them.

Flower bells.

Flower bells.

This is popular in NYC parks.

This is popular in NYC parks.

Lots of colors and smells.

Lots of colors and smells.

Plants growing up the lamppost.

Plants growing up the lamppost.

Some nice purple.

Some nice purple.

Last of the blues.

Last of the blues.

Stone paths among the hedges.

Stone paths among the hedges.

A last look from the south entrance.

A last look from the south entrance.

Next week: Some new looks at areas in the park I have been to before, but at different viewpoints.

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