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“The Lane” 35 Central Park South

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“The Lane” is a gated, yet at rare times, open passageway leading one from Central Park South onto 58th Street. It semi-resembles a Parisian Shopping Arcade, yet unlike for example the Vero-Dodat in Paris’ 1st arrondissement, “The Lane” does not have any shops, just a few windows with a jewelry display, minus the jewels at that. It is perhaps a poor example of an arcade, but the best New York example, probably the only one the city has.

“The Lane” is part of the Hemsley Park Lane Hotel. It has a courtyard in the middle, with an open sky, and views of magnificently lit buildings on 58th Street.  On a recent stroll after a visit to the Museum of Arts and Design on Columbus Circle, I made my way across Central Park South and noticed the gate to “The Lane” was left open. Being a very curious and one might even say, nosy New Yorker, I went on in and snapped a few photos just as the day was coming to a close.



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Written by agnesbstanton

March 22, 2013 at 2:41 pm

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2 Fulton St. “The Imagination Playground”

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The Financial District, or as some say FiDi, is having a bit of a baby boom. Children’s ventures such as playgrounds are being developed more readily, especially ones with a more creative focus. Opened on July 27th, 2010, The Imagination Playground is encased in a hull reminiscent of a ship and serves as a reminder of the area’s past history. Located near the South Street Seaport in an area called Burling Slip, this space was once used as an actual boat slip. It was in turn a parking lot for many years before the Rockwell Group intervened and donated a significant amount of money in order to build this project. Unlike most playgrounds, there are no swings or typical playground equipment. The playground’s focus is to inspire and unleash children’s imaginations. Anything can be built with all the blue blocks that are provided. Children become miniature developers in the making as they learn to manipulate their environment. Who needs monkey bars anymore? 




Written by agnesbstanton

October 12, 2011 at 10:51 am

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