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New York’s Finest with Katja Knupfer

New York's Finest // Sep 29, 2015


The creativity and variety of New York’s architecture is what makes this city unique and special. ‘New York’s Finest’ shares some of CORE’s agents’ favorite NYC landmarks, buildings and architectural structures.

Every morning at 6:30 when I walk my dogs through the arch in Washington Square Park, I admire this beautiful landmark at the bottom of Fifth Avenue. From this central point you can see two of the most iconic New York landmarks, the Empire State Building and One World Trade.

The arch was temporarily erected in 1889 to celebrate the centennial of President George Washington’s inauguration. The temporary plaster and wood arch was so popular that in 1892 a permanent Tuckahoe marble arch, modeled after the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, was designed by the New York architect Stanford White, and continues to stand at 77 feet (23 m).

The arch together with Washington Square is the center of Greenwich Village; with its beautiful tree lined streets, gorgeous townhouses, sophisticated co-ops on the Gold Coast of lower Fifth and youth of NYU, it is a place where multiple generations come together to enjoy the life of the city. I always stop and listen to the musicians who play under the arch, which gives their music a great acoustic sound. Around the holidays, I prefer the simpler Christmas tree that stands there over the one at Rockefeller Center.

Finishing my morning walk through the arch, looking up Fifth Avenue, I am happy to be part of this great city!