Winter walk around New York
Downtown December scenes in Manhattan
(Photos/words © urban75, Dec 2007)
Sadly, the snow didn't hang along for too long after we left Central Park, but it was still mighty cold as we wandered down to the Lower East Side to grab a coffee and bagel
Suitably refreshed with a faceful of cream bagels, we headed north up to Union Square. Here's some pics.
Incongruously sitting atop a residential block facing on the Lower East Side is a 19-foot statue of Lenin, posing with his right arm raised victoriously towards downtown Manhattan.
According to the New York Times, the statue was a USSR state-commissioned work by Yuri Gerasimov, but after the implosion of the Soviet Union it never went on public display.
It was later found in the backyard of a dacha outside Moscow and eventually made its way to East Houston Street in New York.
Orchard Street in the snow.
The whole area is gentrifying at a rate of knots, with several bars, cafes and traders slowly being pushed out of Manhattan, and old buildings being pulled down.
Orchard by Stanton St.
Snowy car in parking lot.
The oldest delicatessen in New York City (established 1888), Katz's Delicatessen still carves all its pastrami and corned beef by hand and enjoys a first class reputation for its Jewish fare including frankfurters, knockwurst and knishes.
The deli is also famous for appearing in a major scene in the film, 'When Harry met Sally.'
The temperature was still several degrees below zero, so we headed off to our favourite Lower East Side cafe, the Cake Shop on Ludlow, for some excellent coffee and 'everything' bagels with cream cheese.
Snow face and passing cyclist, E. Houston St., New York.
Dusk on E. Houston Street.
Busy scene at Broadway and E Houston Street).
Grace Church on 800 Broadway at 10th Street,
Designed by the architect James Renwick, Jr. in the Gothic Revival style, Grace Church was consecrated in 1846.
The Holiday Market at Union Square at 14th St. at Broadway.
By this time, most of the snow had long vanished to be replaced by a miserable drizzle (boo!), but the market remained busy.
Looking south across Union Square with the DSW flagship department store in the background.
The store boasts over 40,000 pairs of shoes in stock if you've got any Amelda Marcus urges.
Looking north over Union Square.
Statue of George Washington sat on a hoss, cunningly whisked up by a Henry Kirke Brown, back in 1856.
Free magazine boxes with a bit of snow.
You'll find these scattered all over New York - we recommend the L Magazine and the Village Voice as the two worth picking up.
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