The One with My Commute

One of the great things about using public transportation on my daily commute is the walk from home to the subway station. Along my half-mile route, I really get the opportunity to be part of the neighborhood, to be aware of my surroundings in a way that isn’t possible zipping by in a car at 50 miles per hour.Β  I love looking atΒ  the details in the building facades and thinking about all the people who’ve walked these sidewalks before me. Maybe it’s the writerly side of me coming out!

My neighborhood, a historic brownstone district, was developed mainly between 1860-1880. Even though I walk this route every day, I’m amazed by how often I find something interesting to catch my eye.Β  Come along with me on my daily walk to the subway.

I love this glass canopy.

I love this glass canopy.

The Montauk Club was built as a replica of the Ca d'Oro in Venice.

The Montauk Club was built as an homage to the Ca d’Oro in Venice, Italy. (See images below.)

The Montauk Club

Another shot of the Montauk Club.
The HBO series “Boardwalk Empire” films here regularly.


Ca’ d’Oro on the Grand Canal in Venice, Italy.

Cool pattern in this door window inlay

Isn’t this a cool pattern inlaid on this window? Reminds me of a speakeasy.

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The different patterns and line on the front of this building always get my attention.

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Did you notice the little envelope slots at the bottom of the door?

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This street lamp has a cool Moroccan feel.


I always feel like…somebody’s watching me… I think this is known as a grotesque.
Anyone know?

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Traditional Brooklyn brownstones typical of my neighborhood

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Reggie loves this magnet, which is attached to the street lamp on our corner.

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My favorite parts of this building are the rounded window atop the turret and the steel “arm” holding the chimney to the roof.

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What is your commute like? Do you pass any interesting sights along the way?

Have a great weekend, everyone!



  1. Beautiful walk!!! I think it is Historic, and I agree with your comment: there are so many things surrounding us we never pay attention to!
    My walks are more mundane, through forests and fields…I would love to be in your place, thought it would be difficult to me with two Border Collies!
    Carpe Diem!


    1. I would love to walk through forests and fields on my way to work. It would be much more serene. I bet the border collies love it. πŸ™‚

      Reggie is a city dog through and through. His favorite activity is finding napkins or tissues on the sidewalk for a tasty snack.


  2. Gorgeous walk! I’m currently (but not permanently or I might lose my mind!) living in the most suburby of all suburbs. Mostly boring – but even here if I pay attention I find little details that enchant me into taking photographs.


  3. Great pictures! I’m like you. I love classic architecture and the more ornate, the better. It’s infinitely more interesting than a soot smeared white gone gray soul-less bland box, the dull architecture of the 50s and 60s. There isn’t as much modern architecture that rocks my world but I am a fan of the New York Times building, the Guggenheim (guess Frank Lloyd Wright knew what he was doing) and the Lipstick building is pretty cool, too. Yet, I prefer glass brick, ornate wrought iron gates and carved faces in elaborate stone facades flashing the stink eye.


    1. I love all the ornamentation of the older architecture. There’s a building on the corner of 7th Ave and 58th Street with super carvings and etchings, it looks like a cake topper and I think it’s just mesmerizing.


  4. I love your neighborhood and the beautiful architecture!
    Was going to say “gargoyle,” but I like “grotesque” better too. πŸ™‚
    I think the Venetian hotel in Vegas is patterned after Ca’ d’Oro too.


    1. I didn’t know that about the Venetian hotel, but I could understand why architects use the original building in Venice as inspiration. It has such beautiful patterns and lines. When I was in Venice years ago I don’t remember seeing it, and now I wish I’d paid more attention. πŸ™‚


  5. LOVE this, Jackie! I’d want to walk that route, as well. And you’re right, the window with cool circles is so fun–looks so Art Deco. Hope you and Reggie have a great walk today, as well, and stay warm in the process!

    Hugs from Ecuador,


    1. Yes, that art deco style is so much fun. There are a few buildings that had been renovated during the 20s and 30s, including my building. You’d get a kick out of some of the leftover details from that era — old dumbwaiters and cold boxes.

      Hope you’re having a great weekend!


  6. Stunning neighbourhood. I really want to visit New York.
    I like that door with the envelope slots and The Montauk Club.
    I’m just reading Wharton’s The House of Mirth and that already put me in the mood to visit.


    1. I smiled when you mentioned The House of Mirth. I haven’t read that book ages and I’m afraid I’ve forgotten so many details. I’ve been thinking I would like to reread it. Thanks for the reminder!


  7. I love the magnet as well and Miles totally agrees. What a lovely walk. I work from home so my work isn’t as exciting. Unless you count dirty dishes by the sink and laundry piles.


    1. Reggie and I find many cool things on our walks around the neighborhood that Miles would enjoy like used tennis balls and napkins. Sometimes we even find chicken wings and pizza slices. Reggie thinks those are the best.


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