Feb 25 2011

Woolworth

Woolworth had gone out of business in USA in July 1997 and focus on the Foot Locker division, which is doing fine till now. I still remembered the stores one in Flushing on Main Street by Roosevelt Avenue and the other was on 42nd Street by 3rd Avenue (or Lexington?). The location/building was vacant in Flushing since it closing down. Few law suits followed: the second landlord was tangling with the owner .. and the renter had actually done some renovation in the building .. Perhaps its the reason the prime location has been vacant. Today I was in Flushing, saw one food court was opening up.
As of now, retail chains using the F. W. Woolworth name survive in Germany, Austria, Mexico, and South Africa, and, until the start of 2009, in the United Kingdom.

at Heidelberg


Feb 24 2011

The buddha

In different seasons, from the winter wonderland .. to summer greens. The longest snow covered period in recent memory, from Jan to Feb

Feb 9, 2013

Feb 9, 2013

May 7, 2011

Feb 24, 2011, 7:30am

Dec 29, 2010

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Dec 27, 2010


Feb 21 2011

中国古建筑文化之旅 – 山东 (万竹园)

张润武
Wanzhu Yuan

中国古建筑文化之旅—山东; 张润武, 张潍. 图文版


Feb 21 2011

图说济南老建筑

张润武 Zhang Runwu

万竹园 Wanzhu Yuan (张怀芝府邸)

  • 地点:泺源大街路北趵突泉公园内
  • 建造年代:万竹园(元朝) 今存府邸(1921~1927年)
  • 山东省省级文物保护单位, 山东省历史优秀建筑

万竹园坐落在济南泺源大街(原围屏街、西青龙街)路北,今为趵突泉公 园的一部分。这里元朝时面积很大,泉水喷涌,竹林成丛,环境优美,称为 “万竹园”。明朝时改叫“通乐园”。清康熙年间因这里的望水泉为济南七十二名泉的第二十四泉,所以又有“二十四泉草堂”的雅号。历来这里就是 一处泉脉丰盛,鸟语花香,景色幽雅的园林。

清光绪年问袁世凯为扩充自己的势力,命东阿人张怀芝前来山东组建新军。同时授意张怀芝为其树碑立传,修建生祠,为他曾任山东巡抚的所谓德政、恩惠歌功颂德。祠是古人祭祀死者的处所,而生祠则是为活人歌功颂德的建筑。张怀芝心领神会,到济南几经选址,最终选定了趵突泉西、剪子巷南端以西万竹园旧址的一片菜地,购地作为袁世凯的祠堂地基。后来因历史上人事关系变化,张怀芝调离了山东,此事搁置下来,场地空置未用。1912年张怀芝另作主张,开始在已购得的古万竹园上营建私宅,作久居之计。由此可见张怀芝原来购地并不是为了建私宅,其初衷是为了讨好他的上司袁世凯,为其建生祠。1916年张怀芝被任命为山东督军(后兼省长),依仗权势,更得以在这片土地上大兴土木,征集大江南北的能工巧匠为其设计施工,还动用士兵和机械为其挖坑填土。用了五年时间,宅院已初具规模,直到1927年,经十年断断续续的施工,万竹园张氏宅始告竣工,建成了这座既有北方王府气魄,又有着江南园林风韵、规模较大的传统民居群落。

“二十四泉清流遍绕亭台楼榭,万千个竹绿意长存春夏秋冬。”(徐北文)府邸原占地近20亩,包括东、西、南(前)院和西花园共13个院落(今存8个庭院、2个泉池院),186间房屋,建筑面积近4000平方米(20世纪90年代前院拆除后有所减少)。整个府邸房屋鳞次栉比,楼堂层层,曲廊环绕,庭院与泉池交错布置,又有宅、园、三泉、四亭、五桥相衬托,空间丰富多变。

原府邸大门楼面南,南临原围屏街。进门为一南北走向,长度数十米的石板弄道,一直铺到二门前的石桥。桥前左右各有一石狮(以上部分皆已不存)。进二门迎面一座假山矗立正中,山旁广植翠竹,堆石的技艺不高。这座假山将南、东、西三组品字形排列的建筑群有机地联系起来,起着纽带的作用。同时这座假山也应验了“出门见南山”、“抬头见喜”的吉利话,并起着遮挡外界的视线、保障庭院幽静和私密的作用。假山的东南侧是七十二泉之一的“东高泉”。

假山以南与石板弄道平行的是前院,这是一处典型的三进北方四合院,中轴对称布置,布局井然有序。东、西两院竣工后,这里作为外账房和卫兵的住房。前院原临泺源大街的南门,是一座典型的北京垂花门样式,精雕细琢,是济南传统民居的垂花门中最为华贵的一个,可惜20世纪90年代南院连同这个垂花门一并被拆除了。

绕假山左行为西院大门。西院共五进,三进院落和两座泉池院。西院大门坐西面东,进门是宽敞的第一进院落,今称“杏花院”。南北长,东西窄。南房为南客厅,外有游廊与东西厢相通,客厅南北有门,这里是接待一般宾客的场所。院北立一座四角攒尖的方亭,是明代“蒙斋亭”的旧址。亭北是一泉池,为济南七十二泉中的第二十四泉,北池壁上石刻“望水泉”三字。亭子与北庭院有石板桥相连,石桥两侧建有厢房。过石板桥,迎面为一垂花门,门楼上悬“中流砥柱”木匾。进垂花门后的第二进院落,是一所古色古香的四合院(海棠院)。正房是客厅,今称“万竹堂”,是接待贵客的地方。客厅南北开门,接通前后院。再向北又是一处面积更大的泉池院。池壁四周墙上布满精美的砖雕,图案有鸳鸯戏水、鹿衔灵芝、二龙捧寿、白云飞凤等,无不精巧玲珑。由该泉池院西可通往西花园。泉池的东、西厢均为棂格廊房。泉池上一桥飞架南北,桥的正中仿江南苏州园林的桥亭建“六面亭”。桥亭为单檐攒尖顶,六角形平面,内外两层各有6根红柱。内层原有玻璃门窗,夏日炎炎时可在其中纳凉消暑,冬日里大雪纷飞亭子里仍温暖如春,外层设美人靠坐栏,是张怀芝与家人饮酒、赏月、观鱼的好地方。桥头石刻精美,有耕、读、渔、樵等人物故事,也有虎、象等动物形象。亭上梁枋均绘有江南园林中惯用的苏式彩画,枋柱间的云龙雀替透雕精致,均显得精美华丽。木、石、砖雕样样精彩。过桥又是一个垂花门,门枕石雕有两个小麒麟,是第三进院落的人口。这个院落与前院相似,惟正厅宽大,环廊四周,
颇有气势。院东开门通主人楼,西开门往西花园。北房正厅是张家祭祀祖先的祠堂。

绕假山右行,正北是东院,共四进,由两进方形四合院、两进横向狭长的院落和一个夹过道组成。南门门楼高起,正脊飞翘,做法与济南常见的门楼相似,但高大气派。门枕石雕浮云麒麟、苍松翠柏。门墩石左右各立一石狮,西为母狮幼狮嬉戏,东是昂首开口的雄狮戏绣球。大门与二门间有清溪穿流,水从西面穿屋而入,向东透墙而出。水来自西花园和西院的泉脉,东与趵突泉水系相连。溪边修竹青翠,景色秀雅。临溪有平桥横卧,石桥柱,石栏板,南桥头刻八仙人物,北桥头雕姒蝮,姿态憨厚可爱,像一方宝印压在桥头上。这一狭长的空间由于巧妙地引进了泉流,波光云影,潺潺水声,生动活泼,起到了小中见大、简中有繁的作用,并不显得空间过于闭塞。东院的二门是一个过厅的门洞,门下的门枕石雕刻精美,文房四宝、家具陈设跃然石上,洋溢着一股书香气。门墩石石刻竹节镶边,顶面上刻包袱下垂,旋子花卉。穿过二门,进入一个方形的四合院,空间顿感开阔,与狭窄的第一进院落形成强烈的对比,是前宅院,为石榴院。坐北面南的正房是中厅,五开间加一设有前廊的西耳房,门窗宽敞,南北开门,连通前后,是张氏平时主要的活动场所。东、西厢和南倒座皆有游廊相连,成为一个完整的四合院。中厅与后宅之间有一狭长的夹过道,绕行东过道或直接由中厅北门均可以抵达。后宅人口是一精雕细刻的垂花门,门内是南北略长的纵深大院——玉兰院。院内空间更为开阔明亮。东、西厢是五开间的平房,临院一侧游廊连通,门窗敞亮。北屋正房是五开间雕琢精细的二层主人楼,东端的尽间是木楼梯间,房正中悬“恒明”木匾,为后来赵朴初先生的手迹。院内百子石榴,枝杈苍劲,花繁叶茂,果实累累。这里是张怀芝及其眷属起居的后宅主人院。西绕向北一夹道,左有门可通西院祠堂,右为一横向狭长的院落。院北一座二层楼房,与主人楼前后并列,其间有一空中廊桥相通,尤其别致新颖。后楼底层为佣人用房,上层是张家小姐的绣楼。墙体下砖上木,上层木地板、木梁,并设有南廊。梁下置青石梁垫,既防潮气对木梁的浸透,又传力至下层的砖墙,受力合理,用料得当。后楼无楼梯可攀登,欲进出后楼,必须经过空中廊桥和前楼东头的楼梯。为方便日常生活,在后楼上西间地面上留有方孔,零碎物品可由孔上下提取。小姐们进出绣楼都要从主人眼皮底 下通过,大门不出、二门不迈的禁锢生活可想而知。院内高墙耸立,防范严密。

西院西邻为西花园,内有七十二名泉之一的白云泉,旧时园内空间开朗,泉溪相连,竹木繁茂,怪石嶙峋。园内原有南花厅、北花厅、西花厅和方亭、游廊等建筑散布其间,景色宜人,是一座仿江南园林风格的宅旁私家园林。后几次遭破坏殆尽。今日虽已修复,但已非原貌。

万竹园张氏府邸的东院中轴对称,布局严谨。若将宅院中轴线上的房门全部打开,可以形成一贯到底的透视线;关门闭户,各院自成一体,有庭院深深深几许的感觉。既有完整的统一氛围,层层院落又各具特色。厅堂层层,墙高院深,颇有北方王府的气魄。而西院则布局灵活,运用亭、泉、桥、池加以点缀,南北轴线时隐时现,空间有开有合,景观环境多有变换,富有江南园林那种步移景异的风韵。

万竹园张氏府邸可以说是集中国传统民居装修之大成。整个建筑群石刻、木雕、砖雕皆有,尤以石刻技艺最为高超。刀法流畅,造型生动,题材广泛,有武有文,丰富多彩。武者,刀枪剑戟,象狮虎豹;文者,琴棋书画,文房四宝。还有王羲之爱鹅、朱元璋喜石、陶渊明隐居等历史故事,也有反映劳动人民耕读渔樵生活的内容。木雕、镂刻更是遍布各个建筑,垂花门上有丹凤朝阳,喜鹊登梅;六面亭上有云龙吐水,八仙过海。侧墙和山墙的墀头是砖雕的主要场所,个个都十分精细,精巧玲珑,细腻逼真。

万竹园除建筑有其独特的特色外,对水系的运营也独具匠心,灵活多变。院内东高泉、望水泉、白云泉三泉为源,使泉水穿厅入院,环绕于建筑之中,时隐时现,流水潺潺,泉池静静,有动有静,多姿多态。张家宅院内的三泉均属济南七十二名泉之列,以人工疏导,组织不同的水景,最后三泉汇流,东流汇入趵突泉水系,是万竹园建筑的一大特色,也是济南传统民居与泉水紧密关联的一个典型实例。

万竹园张氏府邸整个宅院空间层次主次分明,井然有序。建筑多为平房,只有主人楼和小姐的绣楼是二层楼房,高耸于宅院之中。在主人楼上可环顾整个宅院的景色,尤显尊严。每个小四合院的主体北房均布置在中轴线上,为四级台阶,条石基础,前厦木柱石墩,高度与做法均高于厢房和配屋。

院与院之间多用垂花门相通,后门有木屏门封闭,日常人们只能左右通行,只有贵宾上客来临,才屏门大开,迎客亲临。室内空间多采用“扇、花格墙、屏风分间,隔而不断,互相渗透。院内四周皆游廊相连,风雨无阻,使用方便。

张怀芝府邸是一座具有北方特色并独具一格的传统宅第。它充分利用水源丰富的优势,在北方典型住宅四合院的基础上,继承我国园林艺术的传统,又吸取了江南造园的技巧和构思,把全园划分为具有不同主题和特色的若干个小景区。在空间构图上,突出对比效果,组合成有大有小,有开有合,有高有低,有暗有明,丰富多彩的空间图像。景与景之间互相穿插、渗透,运用借景和对景的造园手法,丰富空间,增加景色的层次。对水的运用更是灵活多变,将三名泉巧妙地嵌在建筑群之中,将房屋、花木、泉水融为一体,使院院相通,泉泉相连,从而使万竹园成为既有着居住性能又有着艺术魅力的宅第,达到身居闹市仍可得到山林之乐的目的。万竹园张氏府邸无论从规模上,还是从建筑技艺、造园理水技巧上,都是济南传统民居的精华所在,是研究中国南北方之间过渡地区民居的一个很好的实物资料。现辟为我国著名国画家李苦禅先生的纪念馆并陈列李老的遗作供人们观摩瞻仰。已并入济南三大名胜之一趵突泉公园内,是公园文化底蕴最深的景区之一。


Feb 20 2011

14 Street and the Union Sq

Led Zeppole on 14th Street (between 1st and 2nd Avenue) in the East Village has the best cream puff .. a little bakery .. Led Zeppelin would come for a treat?

The Blind Pig for brunch

The Irving Plaza – Since the late 1970s the club, at Irving Place and 15th Street, has been one of Manhattan’s rock landmarks, the place where stars like the Police and the B-52s had early gigs, and countless fans had their first toss in a mosh pit.

Ehhhhhrrrrr … Two grandmasters at war at Union Square? There are grandmasters hustling chess on the street in New York. More pix on FB

Grace Church (Episcopal) at 802 Broadway @10th Street, New York. More pix on FB. Across the street, used to be an Italian restaurant where we took my cousin Donald 小达 for dinner when he first came to USA. Few years later, the same located was taken up by Lady Di’s sister Ming, continued as an Italian restaurant with Chinese chefs. Not sure what’s the reason but it didn’t survive for long.

Where the McD stands used to be a club called Continental that Walter Lure played gigs at. More St. Marks Pl pix on FB

McSorley’s Old Ale House, generally known as McSorley’s, is the oldest “Irish” tavern in New York City.

Peter Cooper and his Union .. The Carl Fisher is a well known music store, plenty of sheet musics by Cooper Triangle. But unfortunately it’s closed now .. The Village Voice is near by, still open .. more pix on FB


Feb 20 2011

The South Street Seaport 南街海港

The South Street Seaport or Pier 17 has been my favored part of city, a great place to hang out and I had my wedding banquet there too. Despite the fact two more Golfer’s cousins had their wedding banquets there but the restaurant eventually gone, perhaps due to the fact they couldn’t get a liquid license? They had a nice bar but couldn’t serve drink .. corruption? There were many nice little shops, restaurants, bars … Then came the 9/11. Once the heart of the party became deserted.

Now, The Sharper Image is gone. The Banana Republic is gone. The Victoria Secret is still there thou. Long ago, it had a butterfly gallery too. A simply framed samples was selling for US$400, in 1986. Now the place feels like a flea market. A lovely shop selling sea shell earrings was gone too.

More pix on FB

This merchant ship Peking has been there since. It’s built by the German firm Bloom + Voss

Rig: Four-masted barque
Material: Wood decks, rest steel
Length: 377 ft.
Breadth: 47 ft.
Gross Tonnage: 3100
Net Tonnage: 2883
Depth: 26 ft. 3 in.
Main Mast Height: 170 ft.
Sail Area: 44,132 sq. ft.
Max Speed: 16.5 knots (19 mph)

The four-masted barque Peking represents the final chapter in the evolution of merchant vessels powered only by wind. Launched in Hamburg, Germany in 1911, she was used to carry manufactured goods to South America and to return via Cape Horn with nitrate. In 1932, she was retired and moored in England’s Medway River where she served for over 40 years as a boys’ school under the name Arethusa. In 1975, Peking was acquired by the museum and towed to her current home at Pier 16. With a steel hull as long as a football field, and masts as tall as an 18-story building, Peking is one of the largest sailing vessels ever built and the largest preserved by a museum. Starting in the summer of 1996, visitors could see Peking’s wire rope rigging fully restored to its original condition–the product of a twelve-year long restoration, the most ambitious project of its kind ever undertaken by a museum. In addition, visitors can go below decks to tour restored living quarters, to view an exhibition of vintage photos of the ship during her active career. The Peking is available for private rental.

The Bodies Exhibition charges $28 for admission when I think $5 is reasonable.


Feb 16 2011

2011

June 2011

April 30, playing at the Metro Championship on Court 5 under Arthur Ashe Stadium

April 20, 2011, the Washington Monument

Jan 27, 2011; 9:10am

Jan 19, 2011, Hasting on the Hudson, NY

Aug 2, Hangzhou

Aug 2, Hangzhou

Aug 2, Hangzhou 杭州

Aug 2, Hangzhou 杭州, 京杭运河

Aug 2, Hangzhou 杭州; Grand Canal

Aug 2,Hangzhou 杭州 – Jinghang Yunhe

 

Aug 2, West Lake 西湖

Aug 2, West Lake 西湖

 

Aug 2, park by the West Lake

Aug 2, park by the West Lake

Aug 2: Dragon Well tea village 梅家坞

Aug 2: Dragon Well tea village 梅家坞

Aug 11, Hong Kong

Aug 11, Hong Kong

Aug 11, Hong Kong

Aug 11, Hong Kong

2011.07.03 Beijing

2011.07.03 Beijing


Feb 2 2011

The stone age

张园, the Zhang’s Garden (or WanZhu Yuan 万竹园)

The Garden has huge collection of stone sculptures. I wasn’t particularly keen on taking pictures of them but as I’m cleaning up the album now, I’ve found few, so here it is. More pix on FB.

The Zhang’s Garden has 三绝 three unique features: 石雕,砖雕 木雕 absolutely vivid absolutely vivid carving of stone, wood and brick.

by a pavilion and a spring


by the door


by the spring where Dad learned to swim