Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Unusual American Dreams

Show-Stopping American Dreams

In New York City, people had unusual ideas about how to earn some money to make their American Dreams come true.

You could spray-paint yourself gold, act like a robot, and put a can out for donations.

The man with a python wrapped twice around his neck was earning money within footsteps of the statue of a bull, the quintessential symbol of the New York financial markets, near Bowling Green Park.

Handle a python, anyone?

I guess he lives with them in his apartment at night.  Could you sleep?

Friday, September 14, 2012

Successful American Dreaming

The Form Our American Dreams Will Take

Scenes from Columbus Circle reveal different forms our dreams might take, some ethereal, some literally concrete.

The interior of the Paulist Fathers' Church at 60th and Columbus Avenue. Ideally, all a monk wants is greater connection with God, right? That's his American Dream (and ultimately his reality, I hope).  

Unisphere above the Columbus Circle subway entrance. A sculptor's dream come true in metal.

Old meets new architecture near Columbus Circle. Some architect had his dream come true to see his building come to life. His dream takes a different form than a monk's. What form will your dream take? What does success look like for you?

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

American Dreams from Rome and Serbia

The American Dream of Justice and Freedom of Religion

Some people define the American Dream as justice for all, and freedom of speech and religion.

Keep your eyes open in New York City (and everywhere else, for that matter) and you see weird and wonderful things.  Many of them are related to the American Dream.

A Roman centurion sits guard over the Appellate Courthouse near Madison Square Park.  "Justice for all" in in our Pledge of Allegiance. According to our Judeo-Christian heritage, we need to provide it to Native Americans, African Americans, Hispanics, Muslims, aliens on our shores.

The doorway to St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Cathedral on West 25th Street in the historic Chelsea district.  See interior views at nyc-architecture.com  Learn about its fabulous organ.

When do you plan to visit NYC again? Tell me in the comments section, and I'll try to meet you!