I've been saving up these photos for a while now and I really don't know why. They were all taken in the area of downtown Manhattan, a bit of SoHo and primarily to the west which is a commercial area and known as Hudson Square.
Today I'm taking you on a tour and sharing a monumental surprise at Hudson Square in New York.
SoHo is an area in west downtown Manhattan. The name comes from its location which is South of Houston Street.
Much of SoHo is quaint and village like.
..with cast iron buildings and boutiques.
In fact the area is famous for these types of buildings which were originally factories and when later abandoned, were inhabited by artists for their expansive loft spaces.
You might even be fooled into thinking that you are on a Greek island every once in a while. This shot was taken in front of a restaurant. Love that blue!!
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But if you gaze up there is no denying that you are in fact surrounded by lots of skyscrapers, the most prominent being The Freedom Tower at One Word Trade Center.
There is that juxtaposition of solid looking brick buildings.
Some with ornate facades.
And the monoliths.
There is that spiral of The Freedom Tower looking down at us.
Lots of greenery too.
And unexpected facade cladding. This building, which is residential, is covered in a metal that is brimming with patina.
Back to the more traditional.
I lived in one of these when we first moved to the States a few lifetimes ago and I remember having a fire escape outside my 5th floor bedroom window. It was so thrilling for a girl who had never seen any building taller than two stories.
As we come closer to the Hudson Square area which is just off the Hudson River, we find an interesting mix of buildings.
The Urban Glass House was designed by work famous architect Philip Johnson, he of the original Glass House fame built back in 1949.
Walking up Hudson Street we come to this. You'd think its a residential building but in fact it is a commercial office building.
Hudson Street is a delight for the eyes!
Full of so many unexpected details, if you only look up!
Even this is cool to look at.
Right off of the Hudson River we encounter this striking building.
Can you guess what's inside?
Those fins by the way, move to track the suns movement throughout the day and contribute to its environmentally friendly status.
It is the New York City Department of Sanitation Garage. I never knew garbage could look so stylish!
And let's not forget our perfect view right across the street from the Garage or "Tower of Garbage" as it is affectionately known!
I've saved the last one for last. This strange construction which looks like it came out of the desert is across the street from the "Tower of Garbage". What do you think might be inside?
It is full of salt!
That's right, the Department of Sanitation uses it as a storage shed for the salt that is used in the winter. It's official title is Spring Street Salt Shed. It's even won a couple of Architectural awards!
Just look at that undulating building. My first impression when I encountered it was one of disbelief. I circled it and circled it trying to figure out what it was. It looks like a giant piece of sculpture.
To the west of the shed is West Street (very creative) and beyond that is the Hudson River. Underneath this road is the Holland Tunnel which connects Manhattan to New Jersey on the other side of the river.
And that is my exhaustive tour of the Hudson Square area of Manhattan. With a monumental surprise at the end! Only in New York folks!!
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I'm Mary and I recently moved to New York from beautiful Greece. I like to re-purpose and up-cycle anything that is old or looks like junk. Join me as we use our creativity to spark some life into old things. And do it frugally! You will also see lots of photography of my Greece and New York.
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