and chaos would drive her out. Well, they got their skyscraper built, but the lady stayed. Now her brownstone is encased in the glass and steel, but still turns its face staunchly to the street, a proud reminder of one citizen’s resolve. And it’s said she kept its window boxes fi lled with flowers, in every season, to the end of her days. Smack in the middle of the Upper West side, sandwiched between West End Avenue and Broadway, there’s a cozy, very English street of shuttered cottages and flower gardens called “The Pomander Walk.” It was built in 1921 by a nightclub impresario as part of a larger plan that never materialized. It’s now a gated co-op apartment complex. Our agreement with the maintenance man who was kind enough to let us in included “no pictures.” I encourage you to Googleimage it – it’s right out of a storybook. Small houses of a different sort can be viewed in a “high”-ly unlikely place across the street from the Whitney Museum of Art. Artist Charles Simonds’ piece “Dwellings” exists in three parts, two of which are
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A tiny group of adobe houses in a very unlikely spot actually outside the museum. A zoom lens on your camera will quickly bring into view a tiny village of adobe houses, perched on a second-story window ledge. If you’re having trouble spotting them, look for the protective plexiglass sheet installed as a roof above them. Although we did look for it, we were
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unable to spot the other “Dwellings” installation, which is apparently located on the same building in an air shaft. Maybe we’ll fi nd it next time.
Or maybe, armed with our trusty “secrets” guide, we’ll seek out even more eccentricities in the great city of New York!
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