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Monday
Dec012008

51st Street Between 2nd Ave and 3rd Ave

Around this area of town it becomes increasingly easier to stumble upon various national embassies for the United Nations.  Sometimes the embassy's size, architectural detailing and distance from the U.N. can prove to be a somewhat interesting commentary on that nation's importance.  In this particular case, I can find no such parallel from which to draw, but the entrance to the Kingdom of Tonga's embassy certainly is interesting enough to note.

The rest of the street is ripe with interesting elements.  While the north side of the street seems to maintain a rather conservative front- holding a bookstore, several residences (at least one of which is under renovation), a synagogue, a public space and a few other commercial entities.  The south side, on the other hand, is anchored on the east side by the Cornerstone bar and has several cafes, a psychic and the always-facinating Pod Hotel following down the line.  I'd be interested to see what sort of crowd frequents this block on Saturday nights...it's character could be completely different.

 


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Reader Comments (1)

I am really enjoying the signage pictures. Especially the CAFE/BAR one for some reason.

December 1, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterShalimar

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