snapshots from home (part 1 of 2): work, work, work

I thought I’d do a couple posts with a local and personal slant for a change.   Some of you might think that I make a living doing this roadside thing.  Far from true! I only make a couple hundred bucks per year from donations & magazines/books using my photos.  So until the Travel Channel offers me a reality show, or Diet Coke or Chevrolet become sponsors, I’ll be toughing it out here in NYC, putting in 60-hour weeks to pay for these big roadtrips.

Here are a couple buildings that have been part of  my daily life for many years.  This is one of my favorites that I pass every day on my walk to the subway to work.   Known as the Montauk Club, it was built in 1891 in the Venetian Gothic style.  It was inspired by the Ca’ d’Oro in Venice.  The building is used a lot for movie shoots and weddings. 

terra cotta details with Montauk Indians & European settlers:

cast iron fences:

I’ve worked in this building in Manhattan for about 14 years now.  The building at the left with the “Credit Suisse” nameplate is actually a separate building.  My building is the Art Deco one on the right.  It has a stunted look because it was never finished.  There were plans for 100 stories but then the Depression happened and they just capped the building off at 29 floors. 

Lots of nice exterior details:

including several of these still functioning bronze & glass lamps which must be about five feet tall:

It was originally Metropolitan Life’s North Building and there is still a skywalk connecting the two buildings.  I don’t believe the skywalk is used any more:

I’d love to take some lobby photos but I’m sure the guards would tackle me.  I can only find one interior photo on-line which doesn’t show much but you get the idea:  loads of marble, oil portraits, and high ceilings.

From the 20th floor, here’s a view of the Met Life Building and its clock.  There are clocks on all four sides of the building.  The modern building to the left was completed last year:

And here’s my desk — for the day anyway.  We are moved around where needed like little document processing soldiers.  When asked what I do for a living, the simplest answer is “fancy typing”.  I know nothing about technical computer stuff — but I can do just about anything in Word, Excel or Powerpoint. 

7 thoughts on “snapshots from home (part 1 of 2): work, work, work

  1. You are very fortunate to work in your building!

    I work in suburban Indianapolis, home of endless sprawling parks of yawn-inducing stubby modern office buildings. The one plus to it is that my fourth-floor view of a woods across the street is pretty stunning in autumn.

  2. Argh! Don’t tell me there’s no money in this, it’s the only “career” I really want!

    Seriously though, great photos. Love the Art Deco-ness even if it was not able to be completed.

  3. Thanks for sharing your world with your flickr fans. I have never been to New York. It’s great to see it from your perspective.

    • You’re very welcome. NYC might be a fun place for tourists, but it’s a crazy place to live. Everything is a hassle: parking, lines, crowds, prices, etc. I’m only here to gather the funds to travel. Luckily, I do have a great place for the dogs to run and I live in a really nice neighborhood.

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