Carnival - the flower show in Macy's

On Sunday, March 26th, three Macy’s downtown flagship stores   in New York City,   Chicago, and  San Francisco launched “,” the 2017 version of the Macy’s Flower Show.

Macy's San Francisco was the first one to hold a flower presentation in 1946. The purpose of it was to promote a fragrance, and the exhibit consisted of orchids and potted plants. The New York show began in 1953. Each year the theme of the show is different. The year before last the theme was   "Art in Bloom,"   last year  the theme was  "America the Beautiful."  The theme of 2017 is "Carnival" .

The Macy's Parade & Entertainment Group, which also produces the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade   and the   4th of the July Fireworks, is responsible for the Flower Show.
The show continues from Sunday, March 26 through Sunday, April 9.
 











Orchids from Thailand in New York Botanical Garden

On February  2  for 131st time   Punxsutawney Phil has  shared his meteorological ideas with a large crowd of people.   Phil saw his shadow on Thursday, officials said, prompting a declaration of six more weeks of winter. Six weeks passed and so what?  The spring is coming late this year... If you are hungry for the green leaves and flowers  I advise you   to stop by the New York Botanic Gardens "Orchid Show", which is on through April 9th, 2017.


 Each year, The Orchid Show transforms The New York Botanical Garden, with thousands of orchids on display.  This year  the   theme  of the  15th annual Orchid Show    is Thailand.
 The Orchid Show: Thailand pays homage to the rich cultural traditions and 1,200 varieties of native orchid species in this Southeast Asian nation. There are  thousands of species of beautiful blossoming orchids on the view in the    Seasonal Exhibition Gallery at NYBG’s Enid A Haupt Conservatory.



New York Botanical Garden created a  Thailand-themed show this year, with good reason. “The orchid is symbolic of Thailand”.

Thailand is  justly  famous for its many beautiful orchids, or Gluay Mhai in Thai. There are more than 1,000 species of orchids in Thailand, and these come in a bewildering and dazzling range of colors - all the hues of the rainbow.
Many of the  orchid varieties are easy to grow, and abundant at any time of the year, thanks to the skills of the numerous Thai horticulturists, who have developed their art into a major export industry. Thailand has an international reputation as a center for orchid horticulture.  



The walkways of the  conservatory in  New York Botanical Garden are lined  not only with the beautiful flowers but with objects traditionally found in Thai gardens, such as replica “spirit houses” that can often be found by homes, businesses, and public buildings.




During the exhibit, NYBG’s full-service restaurant the Hudson Garden Grill will be offering a selection of dining options and a variety of Thai-inspired offerings.

















Edward Mooney House, the oldest surviving raw house in New York City.

The oldest surviving  raw house in New York City, Edward Mooney House, is located at the corner of Bowery and Pell in Chinatown.  It was  built sometime between  1785 ( two years after the British evacuation of the City) and 1789, the year George Washington was inaugurated as first President of the United States and New York City became the first Capital of the nation.

 The land   where the house was built belonged   to  James Delancey, colonial politician  and loyalist.    James Delancey was born  in a house built by his grandfather, Stephen De Lancey. This house later became famous and known as Fraunces Tavern.  James De Lancey  assembled the largest and most select stud and stable of running horses in the colony if not the whole country. He was said to have been the “Father of the New York Turf" . James De Lancey built himself a mansion north of Broadway and Thames Street.  East and West De Lancey Farms ran from the Bowery, facing the Bayard Estates, to the East River (...)


When the British lost the war, Delancey’s assets were seized.  And Mr. Mooney bought the land from the forfeiture of James Delancey. 
 Edward Mooney  was a prominent wholesale meat purveyor.    He was an important figure in the wholesale meat business in New York and representative at   the City's  butchers in the Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen.
Mooney lived in the house until his death  in 1800. In the early 1900s this was  Barney Flynn's saloon.  It was headquarters of Chuck Connors, a local character and self-described “Mayor of Chinatown,” who led staged-to-shock slumming tours through Bowery dives and opium dens. Connors also helped future songwriter Irving Berlin get a singing waiter job on Pell Street.


A couple, Chin Po and Diana Liu bought   the building in 1991 and  sold the property in   January 2013   for almost $5.4 million, according to city records.




The Fearless Girl And Charging Bull

In the early morning hours of Friday, December 15, 1989, Italian artist Arturo Di Modica with his  friends dropped a half ton bronze sculpture of the Charging Bull   on Broad Street right in front of the New York Stock Exchange. The sculpture was removed at the end of the day and found a permanent home  close by at Bowling Green. The bull is a symbol of a strong stock market in which participants are optimistic and confident.

28 years later between 4 a.m. and 6 a.m. on Tuesday, March  8 2017 a bull got a   neighbor - a 50-inch defiant little girl, cast in bronze.   The statue was installed by  State Street Global Advisors, investment management division of State Street Corporation.
"We got a permit with the city," says Anne McNally, vice president of public relations for State Street, who said the idea for the statue was cooked up jointly by the firm's investment and marketing teams. The permit is for a week, but given the girl's popularity,   permit was  extended to 30 days





“What this girl represents is the present, but also the future,”  said Mr. Tisdalle,      chief marketing officer at  State Street,  said in an interview,-   “She’s not angry at the bull — she’s confident, she knows what she’s capable of, and she’s wanting the bull to take note".
  The statue , titled “The Fearless Girl", was  sculpted by  Kristen Visbal,  American sculptor living and working in Lewes, Delaware.
The stunt, timed to International Women’s Day on Wednesday, is meant to symbolize the power of women in leadership. More specifically, it’s part of a campaign by State Street Global Advisors to emphasize that companies with women in top positions perform better financially.

The King Wladyslaw Jagiello’s Monument in Central Park

The King Wladyslaw Jagiello’s Monument in Central Park ,  larger-than-life bronze equestrian statue attracts the attention of many passers-by.  A monument of the Polish King has been featured in the heart of New York City since 1945.
This imposing statue was originally featured at the entrance to the Polish pavilion at the 1939 World’s Fair of Flushing Meadows, Queens.
Covering 1,216 acres  New York World's Fair   was erected on what was an ash-dump. The theme, "Building the World of Tomorrow" echoed in virtually every corner of the Fair.  The 1939 New York World's Fair opened on May 30, 1939 which was the 150th anniversary of the inauguration of George Washington in New York City, the nation's first capitol. 

Many countries around the world participated in it, and over 44 million people attended its exhibits in two seasons.
Polish exhibit
 Second Polish Republic prepared some 200 tons of various works of art for the fair. In mid-February 1939, all items  left port of Gdynia  on February 28.  Among most important items were: a royal carpet of King Kazimierz Jagiellonczyk, seven paintings presenting important events of Polish history,  ancient Polish weaponry ,   folk costumes, house furniture from different regions of Poland and examples of Polish inventions. 
At the entrance to the Polish exhibit stood a replica of a monument of the King of Poland and Grand Duke of Lithuania,  Wladislaw II Jagiello .

Battle of Grunwald
The original was prepared by  the Polish sculptor  Stanisław K. Ostrowski  and stood in Poland’s capital, Warsaw.  The monument appears to represent an event that took place before the Battle of Grunwald in 1410. The Battle of Grunwald was one of the largest battles fought in Medieval Europe.  Between 26,000 and 56,000 soldiers took part in the battle.
The 26th Grand Master of Teutonic Knights, whose army was about to clash with a coalition of Polish, Lithuanian, and Ruthenian forces, sent two messengers to King Jagiełło. They delivered two swords. King Jagiełło accepted the gift and the challenge.

The swords   were later placed in Poland’s Royal Treasury at Wawel Castle in Cracow and were subsequently carried in front of Polish kings during their coronations as symbols of their power. Unfortunately, in 1853, the swords were confiscated by Russian troops and never found again.


On September 1, 1939, Germany invaded Poland. The Polish army was defeated within weeks of the invasion. After heavy shelling and bombing, Warsaw surrendered to the Germans on September 27, 1939.


When the  New York World's Fair   closed  most of the items from the Polish Pavilion  were sold by the Polish Government in exile in London to the Polish Museum of America and shipped to Chicago. The only one  was made for a monument of the Polish-Lithuanian King Jagiełło to which Mayor Fiorello La Guardia took such a liking that he helped spearhead a campaign to have it installed in Central Park.  The statue was installed in 1945.    The author of the  monument  Stanisław K. Ostrowski   emigrated to New York and  died in 1947.