Park Avenue in midtown Manhattan has an interesting history. It went from being one of the most polluted and undesirable streets, to being one of the most desirable and expensive ones.
In the early to mid 1800's, Park Avenue was called Fourth Avenue, and it was the main route for railroads going to Grand Central Terminal. The tracks were above-ground, and noise, steam, and smoke filled the air.
From the 1850's to the 1870's, the tracks were put underground and covered. This provided a large median that was covered with grass and flowers. The street name was changed to Park Avenue accordingly.
These days Park Avenue is synonymous with big business. It is a street of glass-box skyscrapers, where corporations have their headquarters or large branch offices. It is one of the streets in NYC with the highest rental costs and property values.
At lunch time businessmen stream outside to have some lunch, smoke a cigarette, and check their messages. I spotted this one sitting beside one of the fountain pools in front of the Seagram Building.
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macjake (45588) 2012-04-03 10:40
just logged on and noticed you posted a new photo :)
I'm trying to remember if i was here or not...you mentioned the tall sky scrapers, so i'm sure i was haha..
love the water, the pond and how its used in the frame. At first glance, i thought is was a marble floor of some sort.
an excellent post for te :)
still raining here in the suburbs of Vancouver :(
but its suppose to be sunny the next 4 days!
rbassin (13385) 2012-04-03 10:47
Une superbe composition, j'aime beaucoup le cadage qui laisse place au plan d'eau avec les deux bande bleu en haut de l'image.
C'est bien vu.
holmertz (31380) 2012-04-03 10:59
I like this elegant composition very much. You have placed the businessman very well and used the elements of the architecture perfectly. The dominating grey/green tone is mainly broken by the man's dark suit and the blue windows at the top.
PecoBud (3824) 2012-04-03 11:34
What a beautiful photo of daily life. Love your POV with great detail to clarity and colors with excellent light management. Love you note Brenda, and still wondering if you were photo hunting or businessmen hunting........just kidding!! Have a great night Brenda!
weetrees (15) 2012-04-03 11:35
Thanks for posting this Brenda :-)
I wasn't sure it was granite or water till i read the note.
As already said an excellent composition.
Breaking some of the rules yet adhering to others.
Superb colours and clarity throughout the composition from front to back.
Thanks for sharing.
I have removed all my stuff from te now but it won't stop me enjoying the banter :-)
Turkoglu (0) 2012-04-03 12:44
Çok güzel bakış açısı ve güzel bir günlük yaşam fotoğrafı. notunuzda gayet güzel.Başarılar
bona (11180) 2012-04-03 16:42
very curious photo. The floor seems made by a child drawing with a chalk on it. Nice point of view.
I like your note about the history of the area.
emka (64214) 2012-04-03 23:29
I was wondering what was this water. Nice quiet scene, pleasant composition. Even in the city that is so busy and never sleeps, you can find such nice places for relaxing.
batalay (33439) 2012-04-04 6:28
Complemented by an informative note, this is an excellent shot. I like the manner in which the man is tucked away in the corner, preoccupied with his cell phone. Exaggerating pool of water is unusual and effective. Your note sheds some light on a perennial question, why there is no fourth avenue, but I also had another question. Why does Fifth Avenue run along Central Park, and not Park Avenue?
maxifred (2695) 2012-04-04 7:13
Ok the trader and its nonchalance are pleasing to watch of course,but I like even more the reflects at the water surface,which are somehow like "hand-written"...
Just for the fun,"Citibank" (half-visible)captured by Worldcitizen...
Best regards from Chocolates Country,
mesutilgim (73080) 2012-04-04 14:20
Very nice capture with perfect pov and perfect timing.
Mastery layout and nice framing.
TFS and best regards
bukitgolfb301 (32680) 2012-04-09 0:10
Hello my dear Breanda
A great impressive shot!
Different thema as your usual ones, but still great!
Very well considered and perfect sequare framework.
So clear and sharp presentation is as usual.
Nice panfocus appraoch!
Thanks for your sharing with your good work and have a good new start of week,
Takero in Tokyo
chrisvek (6995) 2012-04-09 18:42
Very nice shoot of daily life.Splendid colors and tones.Very good POV.Great job
AliMoein (780) 2012-04-11 12:51
Very nice and interesting shot
It has a very good composition and clarity
Tigerlily (2413) 2012-04-13 2:15
I like the foreground. The colour, light and lines make a beautiful pattern, the people tell a story about our daily life.
BTW, Thank you for your comment on Pai Fang. I just had a look of your PF, you have a fantasitc collection. Great work.
kato (9572) 2012-04-13 4:58
You're capturing well this daily life shot by a good composition and excellent tone/clarity, so it's interesting and impressive to see how to spend time a businessman at lunch time and the calm fountain pool. The whole is balanced and arranged well by some elements of pool, building and bussineeman. And, a note finishes with a good story.
lakshmip1949 (19110) 2012-04-15 13:19
A nice capture of this man in business suit engrossed in his own world. I thought it was some kind of flooring in the foreground until I read your note. It is the water from the fountain. Very cleverly captured. I like the sharpness and soft colors. I am in NJ and come to NYC for an hour or two. I was just waiting for the weather to get better. Will e mail you for our meeting.
Graal (92190) 2012-05-07 22:34
fine composition here, good idea. Amazing effect. Nice photo and well informations in note.
Have a nice day.
ACL1978 (6501) 2012-08-08 8:37
Great shot, Brenda - a rare subject for downtown Manhattan, too. Having lived there myself for a couple years, it's amazing how fast you stop paying attention to the hustle of the city and instead try to find quiet spots like this one to catch your breath. I love how the marble benches mimic the pattern on the water, creating a nice complementary subject. The man is perfectly placed in the frame, a piece of the whole.