Beautiful New York

A Celebration of the City

New York Is… Arches

11-02 ArchesIn a linear city, straightened by the grid plan of its streets and the vertical shafts on its skyscrapers, curves form a welcome break in the monotony. And, architecturally, there is no curve more graceful and elegant than the arch. Great bows are found atop hundreds of structures, and underneath a few as well, throughout the city. Celebratory marble arches like the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Arch and the Washington Square Arch punctuate the parks. Bridges from Bayonne, to Brooklyn, to Hell Gate, have stunning arched supports. And wonderful rows of arches support the Metropolitan Opera, High Bridge, the Bethesda Terrace Arcade, and many other glorious structures throughout the city.


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