Fashion Walk of Fame

These circular brass plates are set into Seventh Avenue—”Fashion Avenue”—around 47th Street.

The title plate reads:

“Fashion Walk of Fame celebrates excellence in American Design by honoring the New York Designers who have had a significant and lasting impact on the way the world dresses.

“New York has been the undisputed center of American fashion since the mid-19th Century when the development of mass-production led to the growth of the apparel trades. The birth of the Fashion District, also known as the Garment Center, occurred in the 1920s, when a large group of garment manufacturers relocated to Seventh Avenue. new loft space was developed especially to accommodate “modern” manufacturing and to satisfy labor’s demands for safer working conditions. By 1931, this District had the largest concentration of apparel manufacturers in the world and since then has been home to the greatest names in American design.”

This is a little misleading, as New York has largely let the fashion industry die. The showrooms remain, but the bulk of the manufacturing is long gone.

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Rockefeller Center

Rockefeller Center is a delight of Beaux Arts design, a very 1930’s masterpiece.

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Echoing the colorful bas reliefs on the buildings themselves, the sidewalk is dotted with plaques and ornate street numbers.

 
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Restaurant Plaque

I have not been able to find an explanation for this ornate little plaque, set into the ground in front of a restaurant.  The restaurant has changed hands and identities multiple times, but the plaque has survived those and numerous sidewalk repavings.  It looks a lot like a printer’s block.

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Union Square

Union Square has some lovely and very detailed brass plates set into the sidewalks, celebrating the area and commemorating historical events.

Most of the plaques are too large to capture with a single shot on an iPhone.

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