Vanderbilt Hotel 1912
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Miracle on 34th Street – 4 Park Avenue – The Vanderbilt Hotel

At the southwest corner of 34th Street and Park Avenue sits a beautiful building under going renovation. The building opened in 1912 as the Vanderbilt Hotel. While the architecture firm of Warren and Wetmore were finishing up Grand Central Terminal for the Vanderbilt family, they were asked to start another project, a grand hotel. The facade was to use traditional English design, but the firm snuck in quite a few flourishes, including terracotta lions and depictions of Bacchus. The inside remained true to the style of Wedgwood and Chippendale traditions. The hotel was said to be fireproof. The 4th day… Read More

Right Light
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Miracle on 34th Street – Right Light Sculpture

A very life like sculpture of a painter stands on 34th Street between 3rd Avenue and Lexington outside a small public plaza. The sculpture is called ‘Right Light’ by Seward Johnson. The painter in the sculpture is rendering the scene in front of him. I can only imagine how many people have said “excuse me” after they bumped into him. The artist, John Seward Johnson, started as a painter, but switched to sculpture. He has more than 450 life sized bronze sculptures in collections and in cities throughout the world. His most famous sculpture is “Embracing Peace”, a casting of… Read More

NYU Cancer Center
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Miracle on 34th Street – NYU Cancer Center

NYU Langone Hospital has smaller clinics and centers throughout this area. At 160 E. 34th Street, you will find the Perlmutter Cancer Center. Not only does this center treat cancer, but it is a research and teaching facility. Their mission is to discover the origins of cancer and to change the societal strains that cancer can have on a patient and family. Their five primary research areas include cancer genome dynamics, cancer cell biology, melanoma, tumor immunology, and epidemiology and cancer control. They have 12 different disease management groups that work together to find the best solution for a specific… Read More

Fruit Vendor
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Miracle on 34th Street – Fruit Vendor

In NYC you will often find Independent vendors selling fruit and vegetables from carts every day of the year. They set up their carts on a corner, usually the same one year after year and try to have the freshest produce you can find. Many of them are immigrants supporting families and have gone through a licensing process or are working for other cart owners so the carts can run more hours. This cart owner has been at the corner of 34th Street and 2nd avenue for over 5 years. He is there 6 days a week, no matter the… Read More