Wel-come to the Hotel Penn-syl-vania (doo doo doo doo doo doo DEW DEW)

June 30, 2010

Hotel Pennsylvania

The Hotel Pennsylvania! What a fine hotel. It was designed by McKim, Mead & White, the same firm who designed Pennsylvania Station, right across the street! You can definitely see the resemblance, with the columns, the stately appearance, and the sorta-Grand Central-y feel to it. The former Pennsylvania Station was destroyed in 1963. You might recognize it today as Madison Square Garden!

York Restoration Corporation hasn’t yet had a chance to stay a night at this fine hotel, but – the reviews seem to agree that it’s a fine example of a luxurious, classy, well-respected up-scale hotel.

That reminds York – what’s the difference between a HOtel and a MOtel? It seems to York that motels are usually smaller, strip-mall-appearing things off the sides of semi-abandoned rural highways, whereas hotels usually carry a sense of class and expense.

But then again, what do we know? Just one of those odd questions that no one seems to know a definitive answer for.

Until someone tells us, we’ll keep substituting one for the other.


Well, look who’s decided to come loom over York Restoration’s walk

June 29, 2010

Empire State looming

Why, it’s the Empire State Building! In all its loomy glory.

York Restoration Corporation hasn’t scaled this fine building in years. Not since 1999 has York set foot in its lovely lobby. Or stood in its express elevator to the observation deck, where one of the only unobstructed views of Manhattan can be found.

It’s certainly worth a revisiting, that’s for sure, but what is it about time that makes big, important things seem hard or difficult? York could watch a movie tonight, or do the dishes, flip through cable, go to the gym, or work late. Feh! Shouldn’t York continue doing, at least occasionally, the things that make New York so wonderful? Even if they’re “touristy.”

Every now and again, it’s nice to experience first-hand some of the things that make NYC so unique.

York Restoration Corporation Walks On a Skybridge

June 25, 2010

Cool skybridge

Look, York Restoration Corporation will be straight with you – we love skybridges. You see them, you immediately think – “Darn. I want to walk wherever that bridge comes and goes.”

York’s thinking about adding a skybridge to everything we own, from our apartments to our workplace, from our doghouses to our morning cups of coffee. Everything needs a decent skybridge. Everyone deserves a skybridge in their lives.

If you don’t have one, go out and find one. I’ll tell you where one is! It’s downtown Manhattan, it’s in the most famous basketball arena in the world… That’s right! Madison Square Garden is building a huge skybridge for its fans to look down on the game from. Very cool, indeed.

Look out world, York Restoration Corporation’s excited about skybridges.

York Looks For Time In All The Right Places

June 23, 2010

What's The Time Now?

Not too long ago, before the ubiquity of cell phones, PDAs, computers, wrist watches, pocket watches, and clocks of all sorts, the church was an important part of telling the time. This beautiful church clock tower that York Restoration Corporation walked by more than a few days ago probably was once relied upon to tell lots of people the time. Lovely!

Though it’s important to be on time, York wouldn’t mind avoiding the tether of cell phones, wrist watches, and other time-tellers. It’s nice to lose yourself and lose track of time while on a walk, as York did on its last stroll through Manhattan, only to be greatfully reminded of the hour by the happenstance of a church.

Ah well. Perhaps York Restoration Corporation was built for a different era. But then again, older eras didn’t have power grouters and Sawsalls!

Repetition is beauty

June 22, 2010

Perfect Arches

We rounded a corner near Greenwich Avenue and stumbled on this beauty. The repetition of a theme is a necessity in building buildings – it’s aesthetically pleasing to see the same perfect arch repeated around a building, broken up every other level with another set of repetitions, like a well-used patio or even the zig-zag of a fire escape.

Next-level awesomeness achieved when the building’s denizens, whether a deliberate maneuver or accident of fate, match up to provide additional continuity, a riff off the common theme.

The green and red the planters provide are a perfect example of next-level-ness, in York Restoration Corporation’s eyes. We were struck with the duality of simplicity: beautiful <em>and</em> easy aren’t always a cinch to pull off in apartment living.

It’s a cute reminder that a little effort can so often go a long way.

A fountain for York

June 21, 2010

York's fountain of love

What is it about fountains’ promise of incidental mist that draws York Restoration Corporation like ants to dryrotted wood? Relief? Cool, clean water? Maybe the ambient relaxation that comes from watching kids splash and New Yorkers’ faces transform from rictuses of low-level irritation or frustration into relative relaxation or even the occasional smile?

We forget so often how this city seems to add up on you, build up inside you like the radiation from a long-ago meltdown; our city’s Chernobyl never happened, but somehow happens every day.

York spent a good hour sitting, alternating reading an old book with unabashed looking. Watching. Staring out at the fountain and everyone who played in and around it. We occasionally stumble across these areas that stress forgot, where the over-exposed film of everyday life pulls back its harsh whites and grays and grants us a few moments of shade, a cooling mist, and the seemingly distant laughter of kids being kids. Far away, the city continued on without us.

York Restoration Corp. Visits The Church Of Saint Joseph

June 18, 2010

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Just in case you weren’t tired of churches, yet!

This is the Church of St. Joseph, a very clean and neat church in Greenwich Village. The church was opened in 1924, and has since (of course)  gone under a number of renovations.

Not the least of which was adding a beautiful, wonderful, amazing organ! If you’ve a chance to sit in on a service… DO! That organ could bring tears to a dead man.

We usually think of churches as these dim areas with faded, worn stone edifices; quiet things filled with whispers and old books. This iteration of St. Joe’s is bright and cheerful with happy lines and colorful windows! We like the change-up, here! York was surprised to find, after a little reflection, that this church appealed to our aesthetic senses.

Does it yours? Leave us a comment!

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York Restoration Corporation Visits The Community Garden

June 17, 2010

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There’s no better place for York Restoration Corporation to relax than in a garden. Even better? A garden situated in the middle of the best city in the world after a long walk in its streets.

York Restoration finished its latest stroll through Manhattan in this fine community garden. The natural pinks, yellows, and greens calmed us, sent us into fits of whimsy and contentment. We, and I’m speaking of people in general here, I think we need more than concrete to be truly happy people. Is this partially why, perhaps, New Yorkers are notoriously quick to snap at tourists?

Are we secretly jealous of their wilderness?

Of course, this smacks of rampant pastoralism. And York Restoration Corporation wouldn’t trade New York City for a hundred thousand million community gardens (or tourists). Definitely not tourists, bless their wide-eyed hearts and upturned eyes. But who here doesn’t long for a stream to fish in? A forest to get lost in?

Unfortunately, we’re not one of the New Yorkers who can afford to buy our way into weekly or even monthly sojourns to wild places. We, like so many others, rely on brief respites within our parks, both community and city (and state!).

Maybe this post has morphed into a call for more green places within the city, or maybe it’s turned into a bent-knee beg for a raise from our employer. Not sure!

I do know, however, that that 15 minutes of near-solitary thought in a cool, quiet place made for one of York’s better moments in the city. We’ll be back.

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The Big Brick Building And York

June 16, 2010

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Somehow, this big, brick sore thumb stuck out and, yet, felt right at home.

It’s the age. It’s gotta be the age. It looks as if it’s been there for years and years, and somehow been grandfathered in to looking “right” in the neighborhood.

York Restoration Corporation would like to think that, like how people start to look like their pets (or vice versa), that the building’s residents have the same sort of odd draw that the building does. Or maybe, the building took on its residents’ esoteric ways? Who knows!

It’s our imagination!

A Nice Church Spotted By York Restoration Corporation Near NYU

June 15, 2010

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So many beautiful churches in Manhattan. This one’s down by NYU, where York was walking around last week.

York Restoration Corporation hasn’t had a chance to restore many churches yet, and it’s a shame. We’d love to show off our one-of-a-kind restoration skills on such an important, permanent stage.

Some day. It’ll happen, we know it. Until then, we’ll keep enjoying these churches, cathedrals, and monasteries from afar, secretly rebuilding and restoring them in our minds.

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