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NYC Grid is a photo blog dedicated to exploring New York block-by-block and corner-by-corner. Each post covers a new street or feature with a focus on the mundane and ephemeral.


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59th St Between York Ave and 1st Ave

Under the shadow of the Queensboro Bridge is a large open field, the Queensboro Oval. In the winter it is covered with a large, inflated dome for tennis, while in the summer it remains open for softball and other sports.  Across the street, expensive apartments and condos offer sweeping views of the bridge, field and river. 

Further down the block, as the bridge gets closer to the ground, some shops and restaurants pop up in its anchorages. All built fairly recently, during the bridge's multi-year renovation, all of them feature some magnificent architecture that borrow heavily from the inherent beauty of the structure. 

However, despite all that this street has to offer, it's fairly quiet. Most of the traffic is from cars looking to find their way to the FDR. Occasionally you'll pass a person, either walking a dog, or making the trek to the east river walkway – which begins just a block away.

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