It’s Just an Empire State of Mind…

When you hear the word “empire”,  what’s the first thing that comes to mind?

  • Monarchs in powdered wigs, wrapped in ermine and carrying a scepter?
  • Toga-wearing Romans being fed grapes in an inclined position?
  • Sultans sipping a cup of Turkish coffee in Constantinople?
    or perhaps,
  • George Lucas and his ‘Star Wars’ movies…and a big bowl of popcorn?

When I hear the word “empire”, I think of my home state of New York.

New York’s official nickname is “The Empire State”.

Now, this may seem like a moniker with a mild case of egomania…

But it was, in fact, George Washington who coined New York’s nickname in 1785…(thanks, Wikipedia)

In a letter to the mayor of New York City, Washington called New York, “The Seat of the Empire”.     (He must have liked the place a lot.)

And after all these years, the name “The Empire State” has remained.

In honor of this daring diminutive, I am delighted to display some black & white photos I took of the famous:

Empire State Building (Built in 1931 — Way to go again, Wikipedia)…


empire 1A


empire 2


empire 1


empire 3

empire 4
I’ve written this post especially in honor of my fellow blogger, priorhouse blog, who chose me for the 5-day Black & White photo challenge.  Here are the rules:

1. On 5 consecutive days, create a post using either a past or recent photo in B&W.

2. Each day, invite another blogging friend to join in the fun!

I’ve broken these rules a bit, since I’ve created 1 post with 5 photos, (instead of 5 posts with 1 photo each!)  Blame it on all this intrepid empire talk!

I’ve chosen another blogging friend to carry on with the 5-day B&W photo challenge…My amazing, fellow New Yorker and fabulous blogger/photographer, Souzapalooza!

All these black & white photos give this post an “old-world empire” feel to it.
Too bad my toga is in the wash…Will someone pass me the grapes?


    • Thank you Terri: ) yes I’ve got to admit that I think of the movie next, after NY!
      Yes it’s definitely fun to snap pics around town. Just I have to watch when I walk and shoot pics since the sidewalks and traffic are difficult to navigate at times! But it’s all worth it in the end! Thanks again for the lovely comments…

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  1. If I remember my history right from that great book “1776” by David McCullough, New York was occupied by the British during the Revolutionary War and I think the first Congress met in New York as well. I did not know the bit about George Washington calling New York the seat of the empire. The black and white photos go well with the 1930s feel.

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    • Yes that’s true about the Revolutionary War… There are many monuments here as to where Washington and his troops were… I didn’t know about the Congress: )
      I wondered why NY is the Empire State and so I guess it makes sense that Washington was a NY enthusiast!
      Thanks, I love B&W and the 30’s architecture too!
      Have a great Thursday!

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  2. Well my friend, you’ll forgive me but as a Roman I can’t help but think about my city πŸ˜‰ But as a New Yorker in my soul, right after I think about the Empire State πŸ™‚ You know how much I love your city! Great shots by the way!

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  3. πŸ‡πŸ‡πŸ‡πŸ‡πŸ‡πŸ‡πŸ‡
    there are the grapes – and who knew about george with the nickname – I love bits of history!
    have a great day Lia – and I love the way you did the challenge – so now I am going to visit Souzapalooza….

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  4. well this post totally made me think of this hit song…. and I did not realize they also did it with some B & Ws (please feel free to delete this if you do not want this in your comment section…. but Keys is truly at her best with this song)

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  5. Great pics and a great question. Empire makes me think of the olden days – the Roman Empire, the Byzantine Empire and the British Empire – and old films like Empire of the Sun! Oh and empire line dresses!! Thanks for making us think!! Keep the questions coming…..! ;o)

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  6. Very interesting (and great picts btw). I would have thought of .. Napoleon of course, the French Emperor (had he lived in a most recent time, he would for sure have built a tower comparable to yours.. those little tiny egos… :P)
    Have a beautiful week end my dear!

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    • Oh thank you!! Greetings to you, my fellow New Yorker! Yes the ESB has always been a beacon in NYC but I too never knew the origin of the name …
      Thanks for your comment and for stopping by!


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