An Alley that Dates Back to 1817

Cortland Alley dates back to 1817 and has had several lives. Today it is a walk through time.

It is one of the last true gritty alleys, particularly in an otherwise beautified Tribeca.

It feels like the NYC of the 70's or 80's. Loading docks falling apart, rusted metal shutters, a feeling of abandonment and graffiti best describe this three block stretch.

Tribeca is revered for its former warehouses turned residential and lofty living spaces.

Most of these buildings still feel like warehouses or manufacturing business that won't give in.

But, that is certainly starting to change as evidenced by luxury developments like Six Cortland Alley, which does preserve the exterior of a building dating back to 1857.

I found the modern business person in an otherwise dank alley to be a sure sign of things to come.

Take a look at the map, to locate the Alley:

 




Text and picture by our friend Jason Homa

New York Public Library is gorgeous

Definitely one of the most amazing and beautiful sights in NYC.

The New York Public Library has over 53 million items.

It is the 3rd largest library in the world and the 2nd largest in the United States.

"Serving more than 17 million patrons a year, and millions more online, the Library holds more than 51 million items, from books, e-books, and DVDs to renowned research collections used by scholars from around the world. Housed in the iconic 42nd Street library and three other research centers, NYPL’s historical collections hold such treasures as Columbus’s 1493 letter announcing his discovery of the New World, George Washington’s original Farewell Address, and John Coltrane’s handwritten score of “Lover Man.”"

Address: 5th Avenue at 42nd Street

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Photo Credit: Paulleclerc, Bronx Banter Blog and Wikipedia

Jane’s Carousel at the Brooklyn Bridge Park

A Nostalgic moment everyone should experience!

I believe that everyone, at least once, has ridden a carousel! Kids, teenagers, adults and even the most experienced ones would probably want to try a 2nd, 3rd and even 4th time!

One of the most amazing carousels you'll ever see is called Jane's Carousel and is located inside the Brooklyn Bridge Park!

It's a huge, beautifully restored piece of art with 48 amazingly carved horses. This classic 3 row beauty was built in 1922 by the Philadelphia Toboggan Company and is opened year-round.

It's definitely something to experience!

Address: Brooklyn Bridge Park, Dock Street

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Photo Credits: Courtesy of Jane's Carousel, Vincent Mounier, zenandtheartoftravel and behappynyc