Photographer's Note

Here is a view of the famous Cartier jewelry store, taken from the newly-opened Nike store across the street, and here’s some history to go along with the photo…

In the early 1900s, private mansions lined Fifth Avenue in midtown Manhattan, and the area was called Millionaire's Row. At the same time, a gentleman named Pierre Cartier was having success with his jewelry and timepiece store in NYC. He had a nice salon for his business, but he wanted a more impressive location. Then he visited the home of a rich financier’s wife.

The wife of this wealthy New Yorker, Maisie Plant, fell in love with a pearl necklace that Cartier had, and he fell in love with her mansion. Located on the corner of Fifth Avenue and East 52nd Street, it was built in 1905 in the Italian Renaissance style, and was considered one of the finest mansions in the area.

Young Mr. Cartier made a bold move. He offered to trade the double-strand necklace of rare pearls for the Plants' New York City home. The necklace was valued at $1 million, while the building was reportedly valued at $925,000. Mrs. Plant accepted his offer. That mansion can be seen in this photo.

The signature red awnings are above the windows, and, at Christmas time, the entire townhouse is wrapped in giant red ribbons. It’s the only mansion left on Millionaire’s Row, and a complete renovation of this landmarked property recently took place.

As you can clearly see, this photo was not taken through a regular window. Walking along Fifth Avenue, I was happy to find that the gigantic, new Nike store had opened. I didn’t want to do any shopping; I just wanted to take photos! When I stepped inside, and saw Cartier across the street, I immediately wanted to create some more surreal views of this iconic store.

The windows of the five story Nike store are beveled, and the patterns in the glass create original views. In the WS is a view of the Nike store itself.

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