West 85th Street (Thursday Doors)

The large building loudly walks the street.
Geometry, context, and beauty.
Why does the window repeat?
Why does the arch answer?
Why?  connection!
The dark door quickly gets the guy.

The Red House, designed by Harde and Short, was completed in 1904. At the time it was considered a luxury building, although now it’s a market-rate studio and one-bedroom apartment rental building. It’s striking architecture was landmarked in 1982. It is said that Dorothy Parker once lived there

Another distinctive building on West 85th Street belongs to Dorot, a non-profit that provides social services for older adults. Founded by graduates of the social work program at Columbia University, it has expanded beyond its original idea of alleviating the social isolation of the elderly to include programs and activities both inside and outside the home. Volunteers provide a vibrant inter-generational connection.

My poem is courtesy of the poem generator, which I recently rediscovered when going through old posts. I generated a few different ones, then picked lines from several to put my poem together.

This is the one I used, feeding it my own word list: https://thinkzone.wlonk.com/PoemGen/PoemGen.htm

And here’s another one: https://www.languageisavirus.com/interactive-poetry-generator.php

You can read more about The Red House here and find out more about Dorot here.

And, as always, visit Dan Antion the host of Thursday Doors, here to see more doors and share your own.

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26 responses to “West 85th Street (Thursday Doors)”

  1. D. Avery @shiftnshake says :

    The Red House is a loud building! I think I like the quieter tone of the Dorot. Thanks again for the Thursday tour.

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  2. Dan Antion says :

    I really like the idea behind the Dorot. It makes me feel good to know about the inter generational living (at least activities). Wonderful doors. thanks for sharing them.

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  3. boundlessblessingsblog says :

    Awesome architecture of all the doors, Marta. Lovely poem too.

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  4. Manja Maksimovič says :

    Lovely buildings, such style. And your poem is well generated. (I tried the second link but wasn’t immediately impressed.)

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  5. D. Wallace Peach says :

    Great poem, Kerfe. I love the humor. Those are lovely buildings, Kerfe. I get such a kick out of city architecture. And the Dorot building has a wonderful mission.

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  6. merrildsmith says :

    I like the details around the windows and doors. That’s such a wonderful idea bout the intergenerational living.

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  7. Jacob says :

    Great picks there, marvellous architecture.

    Liked by 1 person

  8. sustainabilitea says :

    Some impressive doors and surroundings, that’s for sure.


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  9. Emille says :

    Love the building, and your post about it. I am for intergenerational living, simply because I don’t have anything in common with the ones my own age:):)

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  10. robbiesinspiration says :

    HI Kerfe, what great doors. I am loving exploring New York with you. I enjoyed your poem too.

    Liked by 1 person

  11. msjadeli says :

    Both buildings look well-maintained, and knowing their purposes, it is reassuring. I copied that link for the poem generator. It generated a lively and sensible poem. Pretty neat.

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