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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

On the Pershing Square Cafe and Paper Portraits

Pershing Square Photo by myself at 42nd Street and Park Avenue.

Located just across 42nd Street from Grand Central Station, is the Pershing Square Cafe. The signs outside were all twinkly and aglow.

This location is unique, to say the least. Park Avenue whips around Grand Central, then down a ramp. This little cafe is tucked within the space below the ramp. So you can walk by this cafe and look at the underside of the ramp, with all its rivets and such.

For the Pershing Square Cafe site, including their menus, click here.

Well, I've going through yet another creative rut, where every photo I take, just everything, looks...not so good. The above photo is from my stash. I'm sure this period will pass, as they all do. Eventually.

In the meantime, here's something uplifting. While browsing on the NYTimes site, the following feature was on the front page, center, Tuesday night. A different sort of street artist entertains passersby with portraits that he makes using a pair of sharp scissors and some paper. Yep. I haven't seen this guy yet, but he sounds fascinating.

The article focuses on Ming Liang Lu, an artist who was spotted at the Union Square subway station. He will cut your portrait, often for no contribution, and add it to his growing menagerie of paper cut outs.

New Yorkers stopped and missed subway trains, just so they could watch Lu work. Unheard of!

For the Times article, which includes a nice slideshow of the artist's work, click here.

Related posts: All Aglow, on 57th Street, From the Great White Way, and Sparkly Lights in Rockefeller Center.


s.c said...

I know that feeling all to well, but suddenly it is gone again. And NYC is to beautiful and with much photographic objects that begs for a picture that I am sure that your best photo has still to come. Keep clicking.

Rose from Oz is Back! said...

I love this photo Kitty, its lines and underground colours.
For years and years at our local annual show (Fair) there was man who used to do paper cut out portraits and they were GOOD. Your post reminded me of this talented and kindly man. I believe he passed on many years ago now.

Amish Stories said...

Greetings folks from Amish country. Richard

Cesc Sales said...

awesome and nice place, good café!

Riet said...

I just found your blog through Bieb. I love your photo's as I love love New York. Have been there twice for several days and I would love to go back one day.
Riet from Holland.

Terry at Blue Kitchen said...

A.) Beautiful photo, Kitty.

B.) I saw that article--what a cool little slice of New York (no pun intended).

And C.) The creative rut will pass, and you'll be back in true form. Just give it time.