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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Cobblestones Underfoot, in the Financial District

Ulysses' Bar, NYC
Photo by myself at Stone and Pearl Streets, in the Financial District.

You'd be surprised by parts of the Wall Street area. Some of the oldest streets in Manhattan are here, lined with buildings with an Old World flavor.

The Manhattan street grid is non-existant in this neighborhood, and narrow streets twist and turn. Mark reminded me that ships once docked here and merchants traded goods in the streets. You can almost hear the clamor of history.

Above, Ulysses' House offers a full menu of hearty food, beer and spirits. I'm sure it's packed with financial types during lunch and after hours.

I am certain this street has been featured in movies. It is absolutely charming, only a few blocks away from the New York Stock Exchange. I don't know this area well, so each turn of the corner was like making a discovery.

Ulysses' Bar, NYC

Related posts: Reflections Apres Happy Hour, Cheers and Chin Chin.


elsie said...

the lighting on these photographs is stunning, really!

Olivier said...

sur la premiere photo, on pourrait se croire dans une petite rue de Dublin...j'aime beaucoup

lewi14@gmail.com said...

I'm surprised about cobblestones in NY, indeed. Great shots.

irinapictures said...

Something special in this photo. I feel the urge to walk these street again. Thank you for this feeling:-)

Unknown said...

Great photo. This street looks like somwhere in England or Ireland and with the lights very magic.

Frank de Jol said...

I agree with you, it was absolutely charming place.
Superb photos.

monsteri said...

Amazing how you can imagine being someone else entirely, somewhere far away from the hustle and bustle of NYC.
Great photo!

Luis Gomez said...

Great pictures. Beautiful light.

Kitty said...

Thanks everyone!
I was lucky, it had drizzled all day, making the streets reflective and photogenic.

Lewi14, it's incredible that there are cobblestone streets here and there throughout Manhattan.

You can find them in the Village, Soho and Wall Street Area. Not the most comfortable to walk on, but just incredible to think all the streets were cobblestone at one point.

Monsteri, I agree. It's incredible to think that here we are in the 21st century. New York isn't half as old as Europe, so preserving what bits of history we can is important.

Unknown said...

On se croirait dans une scène de film.
It looks like a movie scene.
It's a pleasure to follow you in the streets of NY.

Fredrik said...

In the right place at the right time! Congratulations!

Terry at Blue Kitchen said...

Beautiful, beautiful shots, Kitty. I wouldn't be surprised if the street has been in movies--it's so wonderfully atmospheric that it looks more like a movie set than real life.

Robert said...

It looks kind of old English to me... Great pic!

RedPat said...

Nice of those guys to be posed so well. Great shot!

Sandy at Ooh La Frou Frou said...

Wow -- it really does feel like a movie set!

Michael Valčić said...

Great shots! I really like the lighting.

Sorry for the double post.

Brenda's Arizona said...

I at first thought you were on a TV or movie set! Then I looked up the street view on Google maps.
Thank you for showing us this view!

(Do you ever get hostile comments from people who don't want their photo, even if just in the background?)

Kitty said...

Thanks everyone!

Hi Brenda
So far I haven't had any bad encounters with people. I usually act on intuition whether people would be dangerous or hostile.

Some street artists selling their work have politely asked that I not photograph, thinking others would steal their ideas. That's about it.