01-JUN-13: One World Trade Center aka “Freedom Tower”

One World Trade Center aka “Freedom Tower”
The 104-story skyscraper (standing a symbolic 1776 feet) in Manhattan, New York City, New York, officially opens today!

One World Trade Center (a rendering) - New York City, New York

1 World Trade Center (rendering) – New York City, New York

The Flag of the United States of America

The Flag of the United States of America – “Don’t mess with the U.S.!”

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Farewell Tito Puente “The King of Latin Music”

Tito Puente “The King of Latin Music”

Tito Puente - "El Rey de los Timbales"

Tito Puente – “El Rey de los Timbales”

“Tito Puente’s gonna be dead and you’re gonna say I’ve been listening to him for years and I think he’s fabulous!”  ~ John Winger (Bill Murray) in Stripes

Ernesto Antonio “Tito” Puente RIP (April 20, 1923 – June 1, 2000)

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Pic of the Day 13-MAY-13: Central Park, New York City, NY

ALICE IN WONDERLAND – Central Park, New York City, NY

“This sculpture is for children and meant to be climbed on!”

Alice in Wonderland - Central Park, New York City, NY (copyright 2010 JoshWillTravel)

Alice in Wonderland – Central Park, New York City, NY (copyright 2010 JoshWillTravel)

Alice and her cast of storybook friends found their way to Central Park in 1959, when philanthropist George Delacorte commissioned this bronze statue as a gift to the children of New York City. Inspired by the zany characters of the Lewis Carroll classic Alice in Wonderland, the sculpture was also meant as a tribute to his late wife, Margarita, who read Alice to their children. Engraved around the statue are lines from his nonsensical poem, The Jabberwocky.

The sculpture is a favorite among children, who love to climb atop it and explore its varied textures and hiding spaces. Through the years, thousands of tiny hands have literally polished parts of its patina surface smooth.

Created by the Spanish-born American sculptor José de Creeft, the piece depicts Alice holding court from her perch on the mushroom. The host of the story’s tea party is the Mad Hatter, a caricature of George Delacorte. The White Rabbit is depicted holding his pocket watch, and a timid dormouse nibbles a treat at Alice’s feet.

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Pic of the Day 27-MAR-13: Warhol’s Campbell’s Soup

POP ART!  Fifty years later, what do you think?

Andy Warhol's Campbell's Soup - Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC (copyright 2010 JoshWillTravel)

Andy Warhol’s Campbell’s Soup Cans – Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC, New York City (copyright 2010 JoshWillTravel)

Metropolitan Museum of Art – New York City, New York  http://www.metmuseum.org/

Warhol’s Campbell’s Soup Cans, sometimes referred to as 32 Campbell’s Soup Cans, is a work of art produced in 1962 by Andy Warhol. It consists of thirty-two canvases, each measuring 20 inches in height × 16 inches in width and each consisting of a painting of a Campbell’s Soup can—one of each of the canned soup varieties the company offered at the time.  The individual paintings were produced by a printmaking method—the semi-mechanized screen printing process helped to usher in pop art as a major art movement in the USA.

Pic of the Day 26-MAR-13: Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island

Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island taken from the top of the WTC – NYC 1994:

Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island - New York, New York (copyright 2010 JoshWillTravel)

Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island – NYC, New York (copyright 2010 JoshWillTravel)

The Statue of Liberty Enlightening the World was a gift of friendship from the people of France to the people of the United States and is a universal symbol of freedom and democracy. The Statue of Liberty was dedicated on October 28, 1886, designated as a National Monument in 1924 and restored for her centennial on July 4, 1986.

STATUE OF LIBERTY IS CLOSED DUE TO HURRICANE SANDY! As of March 2013: Liberty island is currently closed, but will reopen July 4, 2013.

 

From 1892 to 1954, Ellis Island was America’s largest and most active immigration station for 12 million immigrants who passed through “America’s Golden Door”.  The island was made part of the Statue of Liberty National Monument in 1965, and has hosted a museum of immigration since 1990. A 1998 a U.S. Supreme Court decision found most of the island to be part of New Jersey.

ELLIS ISLAND IS CLOSED DUE TO HURRICANE SANDY!  As of March 2013: Ellis Island Immigration Museum will be closed until further notice. A projected reopening date has not yet been established.

Pic of the Day 24-Mar-13: New York City

NYC –  View from the top of the World Trade Center

New York City - View from the top of the World Trade Center (copyright 2010 JoshWillTravel)

NYC – View from the top of the World Trade Center (copyright 2010 JoshWillTravel)

East River, FDR Drive (South Street), Brooklyn Bridge, Manhattan Bridge and Brooklyn.

Prometheus at Rockefeller Plaza!

The Statue of Prometheus at Rockefeller Plaza!

Spring time in the Big Apple!
Rockefeller Center, Manhattan,  New York City, New York, USA

“Start spreading the news, I’m leaving today.
I want to be a part of it, New York, New York!”

Prometheus, Rockefeller Center - New York City (copyright 2010 Joshua Weisel)

The Statue of Prometheus, Rockefeller Center Plaza – New York City, New York (copyright 2010 JoshWillTravel)

Paul Manship’s highly recognizable bronze gilded statue of the Greek legend of the Titan Prometheus recumbent, bringing fire to mankind, features prominently in the sunken plaza at the front of 30 Rockefeller Plaza. The model for Prometheus was Leonardo “Leon” Nole, and the inscription from Aeschylus on the granite wall behind, reads:

Prometheus, teacher in every art, brought the fire
that hath proved to mortals a means to mighty ends.”

 

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