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New Yorker to the core: a love note to New York City: #1: outdoor art on the lower Hudson Riverwalk

I’m one of those I’ll always love New York, New Yorkers, not blind to its flamboyant flaws but too deeply in love with the Big Beautiful Apple to care. Yes, I’ve been privileged to travel some, but when the pandemic ravaged my city, the treasures still standing here took tighter hold of my heart.

Broadway, baseball (with spectators), concerts and restaurants, we see your struggle and we miss you. Please stay strong and come back better than ever. We need you. Essential workers, there’s no one better than you. My love note begins with sights anyone, on any random day in NYC can enjoy, free. 

Walking northbound on the Hudson Riverwalk from my West Soho home, the wind slaps my cheeks and every breath carries the welcome, sharp tang of the river. I stop at this 9 foot tall, three ton, bronze sculpture, called Apple. Created by sculptor Stephan Weiss (1938-2001) this public art installation is a fitting start to my 2021 love note to New York City. Weiss, the late husband of fashion designer Donna Karan, gifted this iconic New York City symbol to the people of the West Village and New York City in 2001. It sits atop a circular bench within the Hudson River Park’s Apple waterside garden at Charles Street in the Village. Originally designed and funded by the New York Chapter of Garden Club of America – Apple sits pretty with a spectacular view of the Hudson River.


See the rainbow of lights winking in the center of the picture above? This treasure is a new outdoor, site specific work of art installed in two sections within the river park at Chambers Street at the edge of the Tribeca Upland near Pier 26.

The best time to appreciate this beauty is when the sun is rising or waning which is why it was given the name: Sunrise, Sunset (Revolution). Created by artists Autum Ewalt and Dharmesh Patel and assembled with public participation, the work consists of nine aluminum panels set into triptychs of graduated heights correspond to the Sun’s path from east to west horizons. Three thousand (!)prisms are held within the panels creating countless rainbows with natural light.

The prisms’ curved shapes follow the Golden Ratio, again linking natural science and art. An explanation of the Golden Ratio is way above my pay grade but is another indication this stunning art was thoughtfully designed.

Till next time.


My home & my inspiration—
every crazy, electric, dirty, busted bit of you.
And to the eight-million dreamers here
searching for their own happily ever afters.
We got this.

by Charlotte O’Shay

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All she needs is a job and a place to live. What she doesn’t need is a taciturn, sexy, ballbuster but she’s woman enough to know the difference between need and want. Isn’t she?

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