Notice of the reopening of the Breuer Building as an arm of
the Metropolitan have replaced the "We've Moved!" sign
at the former Whitney Museum building
Even though in the same general area of Manhattan as my old home (i.e., the Upper East Side) my new one is in what is sometimes referred to as "west of Third Avenue" (i.e., the more expensive half of the UES, between Third and Fifth Avenues). And some of my new neighbors are indeed exalted. There are cultural institutions like the Frick or the former Whitney (soon to be the Met Breuer) museums. Eleanor Roosevelt died around the corner. The French embassy is two blocks away. Prince William and Princess Kate could have waved to me from the windows of the Carlyle Hotel. And next week Pope Francis will be sleeping around the corner.
|Blocks piled at 71st and Fifth|
|Blocks at 72nd and Fifth|
|Blocks piled mid-block between Fifth and Madison Avenues|
Already preparations are underway. In the last few days the police department has begun delivering huge concrete blocks to the corners of 72nd Street (where the residence of the papal mission to the UN is located). See some of the piles of blocks in the accompanying photos.
|Blocks at 72nd and Madison Avenue|
Sometimes living near the scene of the action can be one big headache.