The Hidden Garden in the Sky

October 8, 2006

Yesterday I participated in the 4th Annual OpenHouseNewYork Weekend by taking a tour of the Wallabout section of Brooklyn. Today I took advantage of the weekend-long event to visit a legendary space that has been closed to the public for more than 60 years: the Rockefeller Center Rooftop Garden.

Located atop the British Empire Building, this garden offers exceptional views of St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Saks Fifth Avenue, its neighbors across the street. The compact, formal space, smaller than a city block, includes meticulously clipped hedges, a shallow pool with a small fountain, a few perfectly matched cypress trees, a border of pink geraniums and a raised platform of fastidiously manicured sod.

Peeking around the corners provides rare glimpses of the rest of the Rockefeller Center complex including Radio City Music Hall and the skating rink which just reopened for the season.

This is a hidden spot of greenery high above the city, a retreat usually reserved for private moments of the rich and powerful, but for four hours today, it was a beautiful space open to all who came.

Saks Fifth Avenue across the street Posted by Picasa

The frog fountain Posted by Picasa

The garden pool and lawn Posted by Picasa

The spires of St. Patrick’s Cathedral Posted by Picasa

A glimpse of Radio City Music Hall Posted by Picasa

A glimpse of the skating rink Posted by Picasa

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    Dancing up Fifth Avenue for 41 Years

    October 8, 2006

    By definition, the word Hispanic refers to people from the Spanish-speaking areas of the Americas and the Caribbean.

    For 41 years, New York’s United Hispanic-American Parade has brought together people whose origins are in Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Uruguay and Venezuela.

    Dressed in their national and regional costumes, thousands of men, women and children mambo, salsa, merengue, cha-cha and tango up Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue. The dancers’ energy and joy is contagious, the drummers hands are frenetic, and the massed spectators smile, sway and wave flags in time to the relentless beat.

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    Dancers waiting for their cue Posted by Picasa

    A dancer and her beau Posted by Picasa

    Men with bells on their boots Posted by Picasa

    Girl in ostrich feathers Posted by Picasa

    Girl in pink and green Posted by Picasa

    Boys and girls in pink and green Posted by Picasa

    Men with skulls on their chests Posted by Picasa

    People in Peruvian costumes Posted by Picasa

    Drummers marching up the avenue Posted by Picasa

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