My workplace is finally back in the city, and in my favorite part of it, too: right above Madison Sq Park .
I look at a huge window overlooking Madison Ave; my desk is 7 feet long, the place smells of fresh paint and lavender soap, I have keys for the entry door and the office. [Oh, remind me to take a pic of the sign one of the tenants on lower floors put at the entrance – it’s a scream.] At the level we are in I can enjoy all the wonderful stone carved details on the pseudo-classical building across: capitols, pediment, friezes and a narrow terrace with beveled glass French doors giving into empty flower boxes. In a typical NY mishmash the building is flanked with two of mismatching styles – the left is a glass storefront from the 80s, the right is a brick late Deco hi-rise .
Newer crop of showrooms are right around the corner – Marazzi, Grohe, Arch. Systems, Hafele. So many big-name architectural firms are close by – I can now call former co-workers who now work there and go for coffee to a quaint Keko cafe. Morgan Library is few blocks away. Wonderful-smelling shops of oriental carpets – in one direction, garment district – in the opposite, and there are so many fun places to eat lunch.
Couple more days – and it will be springtime, with daffodils, magnolias’ blossoms and sunshine in the park. Life is good!