I've always liked this doorway. The mix of old and new, with a dash of urban grit, appeals to me.
This is a side entrance to the Hartford Building, which actually sits on Union Square West. As you can see from the date over the arch, it was built in 1895. It was originally the home of the Hartford Carpet Company, which had offices there from 1895-1914. Now this 17 story, Beaux Arts structure houses a mix of studios and architect offices.
It's nice to know that every time someone enters this shop for a falafel, they're walking through the same door that others did 122 years ago. The past meets the present all around Union Square, and that's one reason it's one of my favorite areas in Manhattan.
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lousat (98389) 2017-04-07 11:59
Hi Brenda,my best congratulations for the quality of the pic first,the sharpness is absolutely fantastic! And then,i like a lot the composition,with this shop of turkish delights on a very historical door in the facade,a very rich composition as usual,now i know why you love so much this area! Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano
holmertz (59812) 2017-04-07 12:00
It's a remarkably high-brow entrance for a falafel joint, but it makes a great focal-point for a photo, especially along with the somewhat vintage looking poster on the side. It's a very nice photo with lots of attractive and unrelated details, a really good street photo of the kind I always like.
abmdsudi (58336) 2017-04-07 21:14
What a find Brenda, you never know what lurks around the corner. This is a classic contrast between the old & the new and so many things going on in this but my eye is attracted to the character on the left - the look on the striking face of Mr Archer The Spy, creating a connection that the passers-by are entirely unaware of.
Without him it wouldn't have had the same impact and it's the balance between his face looking straight at us in a juxtaposition with the bold blue sign that dominates. Seems that everything fits together, about as good as it gets for street pictures! it takes a good eye to see the shot and another to put it all together maybe that's why we have two......
Good work love it, Congrats :))
emka (107925) 2017-04-08 0:04
Hello Brenda, For New York it is very old building. Nice entrance, lovely scene from the street. Interesting poster. Lovely mixture of the old and new.
Have a nice weekend
batalay (40523) 2017-04-08 9:34
You've captured an engaging scene, especially with the man (possibly on his cell phone) but clearly eyeing the photographer! Your notes are always a pleasure to read.
macjake (73063) 2017-04-08 15:54
I was waiting for a new photo from you :)
I got your email, thanks for that. It would be awesome if Vancouver built its own version of the High Line! It would be years from now, but still something to look forward too.
As for me visiting NYC, i'm always thinking about it, we'll see. I have time off in Sept and June.
I'm off to Portugal in 2 weeks :)
Imagine what the original owners would think of their building now! Love the history you provided us, the doorway and arch are so 'unasuming', i'm sure people walk by all the time not knowing this history, not being appreciative of it.
and i'm sure there are so many other similar buildings around in every city.
awesome TE post!
Tue (43948) 2017-04-09 1:51
The contrast of styles is very interesting indeed and couldn't have been bigger between the beautiful old entrance to the building and the falafel restaurant which is now located here. Great daily life capture from New York!
ChrisJ (119085) 2017-04-10 0:38
Effective tight framing with no wasted space and superb sharpness and lighting. I like the old style Archer poster at left. The people add scale and animate the scene. Tfs!
Royaldevon (43985) 2017-04-11 0:55
I needed your notes to alert me to the details of the doorway and the building for my attention was immediately attracted by the two main figures and the poster. They link diagonally across the frame, the two figures innocently going about their daily life, quite unaware of 'Archer' hiding in a recess with a gun. It's the stuff that gangster movies are made on, the heart-pumping anticipation!
Have a great day,
My daughter, who loves N.Y. is on holiday in Chicago at the moment. I think she is on a gangster tour today!
mesutilgim (97752) 2017-04-13 13:51
Very nice capture from NY with all the typical elements of the cobglomerate !
TFS and best regards,
bukitgolfb301 (45419) 2017-04-16 18:19
Hi dear Brenda
So impressive posting from you. Very eyecatching subject in the best framework and compsoition.
A walking and a standing men play animportant role.
All the best and have a good day! Takero
PaulVDV (32799) 2017-04-25 13:11
What a monumental entrance for a food business.
Comprehensible since in the past, it has been the building of a big company.
Beautiful picture where contemporary meets history.
Best regards, Paul
carlo62 (55852) 2017-04-28 15:07
in effetti il contrasto tra l'antica architettura della porta e l'insegna del negozio è molto forte.
Ogni tanto penso anche io che sto attraversando strade o porte che sono state attraversate da migliaia di uomini nel corso dei secoli e questa cosa mi imbarazza un po'....