Here's the oh so proper St. Patrick's cathedral on Fifth Avenue looking a little -- gaudy. Exotic. More Eastern European than East Coast, or maybe even farther east than that. Turkish. Middle Eastern.
But look a little more closely (click to enlarge the photos) and you'll see it's just bands of light reflected from the office building across the street. The sun is still so far south even in the middle of the day that it hits the southern exposure of buildings like this full on, turning them into giant projectors and creating beautiful patterns of reflection everywhere.