Where the grid ends: West 220th Street and Broadway. The last street in Manhattan meets the original off-the-grid Avenue. Technically Manhattan borough has streets up to 228th Street, but the last eight streets are across the river in The Bronx. The last numbered street on the island of Manhattan is 220th.
=Grand Central Terminal’s astronomical ceiling shows the sky backwards. This is one of New York’s finest interior spaces.
Macdougal Street in the West Village. Named for Alexander Macdougal, a Scottish born New Yorker who served as a Major General in the Revolutionary War and after the war was the first president of the Bank of New York.
Hudson River Park in lower Manhattan with the Verrazano Narrows Bridge in the distance. The park is long and skinny, running from the Battery all the way up to 59th Street, with great Hudson River views on one side and great skyline views on the other.
Places where you turn the corner and say “wow!”
Spring tulips at the New York Public Library on Fifth Avenue
The Custom House in Lower Manhattan near Bowling Green. One of the largest Beaux-Arts buildings in the city, it was designed by Cass Gilbert who also designed the nearby Woolworth building.
The Dutch colonial Dyckman Farmhouse still sits above Broadway at 214th Street. It was built in 1784 by Dutch farmer William Dyckman, whose farm was over 250 acres at one time.
Columbia University’s 1929 Boat House on Spuyten Duyvil (dutch for Devil’s Spout because the currents are so bad). An ivy league boat house that would look equally at home on the Charles River, Schuylkill River or Carnegie Lake, is right here in Manhattan off 218th Street.
The Beaux-Arts Surrogate’s Court Building on Chambers Street behind City Hall is one of the most ornamented buildings in Manhattan with 54 sculptures on the exterior. The building has been used to film the TV show Law & Order. The interior of the building is one of the most beautiful in the city, but due to heightened security, I was not able to take a picture of it.
St. Andrew’s Church in the Financial District is a Roman Catholic Church located on Cardinal Hayes Place, near City Hall
12/19 The Manhattan Municipal Building at Chambers and Centre Streets is a behemoth of a building. Above the Corinthian columns of the front facade there are various words etched into the stone including “New Amsterdam”. The seal of New Netherland was a beaver ringed by the words “Sigillum Novi Belgii”.
An armillary sphere sits in the .05-acre Winston Churchill Square Park located on Sixth Avenue between Downing and Carmine Streets behind a gated iron fence
Built in 1907, 7 East 91st Street is another amazing example of how the Upper East Side is defined by the many Beaux-Arts mansions that run up and down the streets off of Fifth Avenue. The building is now occupied by an all-girls school. The architects, Warren and Wetmore, also designed Grand Central.