thursday in the hood

A few weeks ago Robin (of Around the Island)
directed me to a blog
where this photo was posted
she asked me where in Manhattan it was.

Well, I knew kind of where
because I had walked past it many times
on my way home from a former job
I could not remember what street it was on!

This past Friday, the first of my summer Fridaycations
(I am taking Fridays off all summer .. whooo hooo)
I headed down to Fifth Avenue at 52nd St for a hair cut
after which I was going to head downtown to
The High Line
(I didnt get to The High Line but I am going tomorrow, stayed tuned for pix of that)

On my way I passed this
(51st btwn Madison/Fifth)
Seeing it, reminded me of Robin's request
and so the hunt for that waterfall park was on!

I wandered up and down streets in the 50s between Fifth & Sixth Avenues
while walking up 51st St I saw a security guard outside
CBS's offices in Rockefeller Center
I asked if she knew where the park was
She didn't.
she thought one of the other guards did.
He didnt.

The third time is always the charm
Tom, the concierge at CBS, thought it was 'around the corner'.
I thanked them all
(no one wanted to be photographed for my blog tho they were all incredibly nice)

I decided to play a hunch and walked down to 49th St

The plaza/park between Sixth & Seventh Avenues
was blocked off for construction
I could see water falling!

So I walked 'round to 48th Street and voila!

As you can see
due to the construction
the plaza/park is denuded of its normal potted plants,
tables, & chairs

That didnt stop me from taking a few interesting shots

Looking up through the glass

ooking up at the water

Who doesnt love bubbles?


  1. That looks great. I'll have to stop by on my next trip into the city.

  2. I'm thinking that this park must be a calming place to spend time in the middle of the city. I would think that the sound of so much water would be soothing. Beautiful pictures.

  3. Very cool picture and place! I'll be sure to come along on Fridays. What a great idea!

  4. Your detective work has paid off! Now you know where it is and you can take me there when I come next time. Yay!

  5. Your persistence paid off. Now on to The Holy Grail!

  6. Getting very itchy now to visit my home base. It all looks so calming and I hope NYorkers slow down and enjoy this while running to and from work. Good eye. Glad you have Fridays off.

  7. What a COOL place. It looks European to me. So glad you found it and shared!

  8. I need to get back to NYC pronto! What a fun adventure you had finding the water. Goes to show you there are still nice folks in this world of ours. That last photo is my favorite.
    CGKate and I will be looking forward to our tour!

  9. What a great way to spend your Fridaycation! I love the inside shot, so cool!

  10. this is so cool! I love finding respites like this in busy Manhattan.

  11. Beautiful pictures...sounds like a fun little adventure. I love the last one of the bubbles!

  12. I used to meet friends all the time at that first park

    I love that your mission was accomplished :)

  13. What a fabulously NY adventure, I love it, and thank you for finding it! Next time I'm in the city I'll have to go see it, now that we know where it is.

    How cool too that you went to the High Line - I just saw it on the news recently - and I am loving the idea of your Fridaycations.

  14. Aw, Daryl, you've done it again! Great photos, great story line...what more could a photo blogger want?

    Just excellent work.

  15. What a great park and fabulous photos! Definitely worth the work to find it!

  16. Daryl, this is so cool. I'm sure Robin is as thankful as the rest of us for all your effort! Great photos, and a good Fridaycation.

  17. BEAUTIFUL!!! I want one of those waterfalls at MY house...of course, I'd have to sell my soul to the Devil to pay for it!!!!

    Off on Fridays? Hmmmmm.....

  18. What a fantastic place!

    You know me - I love anything water!

  19. Ok that one is really super cool. I can't belive I've never seen that one in person!

  20. What an excellent post! should be the template for neophyte bloggers.
    No wonder you get 20 comments in 20 minutes!!!!!!
    I loved your blog from the first page view and have learned lots from you, Daryl. PLUS I feel that I have a new and true friend. I suspect that many others feel the same.
    When will our scheduled posts publish do ya suppose? Makes me LATE all the way out here in Hawaiian Standard Time.....
    Aloha gal pal!

    Comfort Spiral

  21. I love waterfalls - those shots are fantastic Daryl. :)

  22. Well done! A great piece of detective work Daryl, and what an amazing place that is.

  23. I can't believe I have never walked past this?? I have seen the first picture you showed where there is all chairs to sit...that was right near daughters apartment but I havenever seen the is very very cool....speaking of is your weather up there has it stopped raining yet??

  24. and one more request since you can find things so well...I was walking around up near the Human Society and that grocery store under the bridge one day where there are all rug shops...if you ever pass by a shop that has a huge American flag rug in the window...expensive rug not a cheapie one.... let me know....Now I know your not suppose to put the flag on the ground but it was one really neat rug...I would love to find it again and buy it....

  25. That was like a treasure hunt or rather a water feature hunt. Great shots and post.

  26. Amazing, thanks for the tour. Getting a little green here, envy issues of street scenes,,, xoxo

  27. Great job as a photo detective! I've been taking fridays off too (the ones I don't already have off). I've started adding thursday afternoon to the off time. I have enough vacation but too much work, otherwise I'd take half the week off :)

  28. Oh what fun! Hoorah for Robin's request!

  29. I LOVED this post. Thanks for taking us along for a wonderful walk. That looks like a very special place.
    I do love bubbles and maybe you'd enjoy this former post about bubbles at my blog.

  30. I love this little trip you took us on, and the final destination was priceless! I love it....and bubbles =)

  31. My favorite little have lunch park
    (51st) when I worked on 50th and Mad. The good old days.... thanks for the memories.
    Tube Water Park is also one of my favorites.

  32. Your hood has some of the coolest stuff. There's a waterfall fountain like that here outside Dorton Arena, but it doesn't have a tunnel going through it. How awesome!

    Love the last shot of the water from inside looking out! Very impressionistic!