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Park-Avenue Bummeln bei Nacht

Park-Avenue Bummeln bei Nacht

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Park-Avenue Bummeln bei Nacht

The warmly glowing traditional form of the Helmsley Building presents an attractive counterpoint to
the soaring modern form of the MetLife Building on this crisp, clear wintry night in midtown Manhattan.

If the Helmsley Building looks familiar in a historical context, it is because, long ago, it belonged to
the New York Central Railroad, and its majestic form rose just beyond and above the classic Beaux
Arts architecture of Grand Central Terminal. That would have been the view from the opposite
direction, looking uptown from Park Avenue at or below 42nd Street. That is, until the soaring
Pan Am Building was built over Grand Central’s subterranean tracks, blocking the traditional view. That
iconic building would later bear the MetLife identification, proudly glowing in the Manhattan night sky.

I fondly remember a similar clear wintry night when Pan Am was a proud U.S. flag international carrier
(and the building bore the airline’s name), lifting off from the heliport atop that building in a large Boeing Vertol helicopter for the (too short!) trip over the glittering diamonds on black velvet of Midtown at night, across the
East River to Queens, to rendezvous with my waiting white, blue and silver Pan Am 707 Jet Clipper at JFK.


The photo was taken after an enjoyable afternoon of shooting in this area with
F-C friend (and fellow 7 Train devotee) Hans-Gerd Hacker visiting from Germany.

©2017 Steve Ember

Comments 5

  • sparkling light 17/01/2018 10:45

    Schöne Stimmung und Farben. Gut eingefangen, Steve.
  • fotolyrikerin 03/01/2018 15:16

    I do not always know the right words, why I like a picture. But there are interesting lights and Skyscrapers. The traffic light man draws his eyes to himself and on the red building falls the second view. Your interessting description and the darkness in big apple are doing the rest. Gefällt mir. Best regards, Kirstin
    • Steve Ember 03/01/2018 21:43

      Your words did just fine, Kirstin. I'm happy the scene inspired you to stop and comment!
      Kind regards,
  • Hans-Gerd Hacker 26/12/2017 18:57

    Hi Steve,
    i nice shot from our shooting at Sunday afternoon in December 2017.
    A great streetfoto with a fine glowing Helmsley Building. The cut is also great...the flowerpots guides me to the Helmsley Building.
    I love Your description...for me absolutely important !
    Kind Regards
    • Steve Ember 03/01/2018 21:45

      Thank you Hans-Gerd. The Helmsley Building has always attracted me! Looking forward to shooting again with you in NYC.
      All best,