This is just a door in Brooklyn that caught my eye. I don't know anything about the artist or why it was there. It is just one of those unusual sights that you catch sometimes in New York! I'm about to leave for a trip, so I won't be posting next week. In the meantime, I wish you all a great weekend and I'll see you on January 7!
Thursday, December 27, 2007
I'm back to showing New York photos, at least for a few days! This is a photo of Bargemusic, a barge floating in the East River where classical music concerts are held year-round. It offers a beautiful view of lower Manhattan and is a great place to see a chamber music concert (unless it's a windy day and the barge is bouncing up and down!).
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
Tuesday, December 25, 2007
Monday, December 24, 2007
In the wintertime, they convert Bryant Park into a beautiful skating rink. It is a lovely sight, especially at night. The skating is free too, if you have your own skates. There is a Christmas market around the park too during December. Bryant Park is beautiful at all times of the year. I wish you a happy Christmas Eve!
Thursday, December 20, 2007
This is a photo of the Brooklyn Bridge I took when I was in a neighborhood in Brooklyn called Dumbo, an acronym which stands for Down Under Manhattan Bridge Overpass. Since it is so close to lower Manhattan, Dumbo has become a very expensive place to live. It is a nice neighborhood, with the best pizza place in New York. I'll have to show a picture there sometime!
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
This is a photo today of the world-famous Rockettes from the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. It's not such a great shot but I took it from the very last row of the very top balcony. They really put on a great show!! I don't know how they manage to kick their legs all at the same height like that!
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
I'm showing a photo today of the inside of Radio City Music Hall taken during a performing of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. I saw it last weekend and it was quite a show. Radio City is an art deco building, built in the 1930s and it is gorgeous inside. Maybe tomorrow I will show a picture of the Rockettes! By the way, you were allowed to take photos during the show, as long as you didn't use your flash.
Monday, December 17, 2007
Friday, December 14, 2007
Here is another photo from my recent walk across the Brooklyn bridge. This is a shot of the Manhattan Bridge, which crosses the East River and in the background you can see the Empire State Building. I liked the warm light of the late afternoon. I hope you all have a great weekend and see you Monday!
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
This is a photograph I took in Chinatown looking south and the statue is of a man named Lin Za Xu. I don't know much about him other than he was an officer from the Fujian Province in China. The building in the background is 1 Centre Street, which houses a lot of government offices. It is quite beautiful at night when the top portion is illuminated.
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Saks Fifth Avenue has a very pretty snowflake display on their building this time of year and every so often there is a show with music and moving snowflakes. I just saw the show for the first time and it was quite beautiful! Sorry for the blurry snowflakes in the photo.
Monday, December 10, 2007
Friday, December 7, 2007
This is a photograph of the Christmas tree at Lincoln Center, the performing arts complex in New York which is home to the Metropolitan Opera and the New York Philharmonic. They always do a big and festive looking tree. I thought the one this year was particularly pretty. Have a nice weekend and see you Monday!
Thursday, December 6, 2007
In the New York City subway system there are many beautiful mosaics. I've always admired them, but today was the first time I've ever seen an artist creating one. This guy was in the subway station at 42nd Street Times Square and was working on a new mosaic. It was interesting to watch him work. He must have more patience than me!
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
I figured I would take a break from the Christmas photos for today. This is a photo of the Verrezano Narrows Bridge which connects Staten Island to Brooklyn. This is a photo taken at dawn on marathon day last month.
Monday, December 3, 2007
Yesterday we had our first real snowfall of the season. I was very excited because I love snow! It didn't add up to much, only about an inch I think, but it was very pretty when it was falling. My photo today doesn't do it justice. It was a lovely wintry scene. I hope the week ahead is a good one!
Thursday, November 29, 2007
Here is another photo from my trip to Macy's this week. On the first floor they are displaying the actual ball that drops in Times Square on New Year's Eve. Apparently it is made by Waterford Crystal. It changes all different colors and was quite sparkly in person. I've never been in Times Square on New Year's Eve. I think I'd rather watch it on tv. I hope you all have a great weekend!
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
During my lunch hour yesterday, I had to go to Macy's to buy a toy for a gift. I was walking through the store and I saw there was no one in line to talk to Santa, so I thought what the heck. He was very nice and one of the elves snapped this picture. Santa noticed that I was carrying a book, so he said for Christmas he would bring me a book by Dostoyevsky!
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Monday, November 26, 2007
Now that the Christmas season is here, New York seems to be awash in lights and decorations. I'm going to show some over the next few weeks (as I manage to get photos of them). But don't worry, I'll show other things too! This is the front of the Lord & Taylor department store. I hope you all have a nice week ahead.
Thursday, November 22, 2007
They are celebrating 75 years of the Christmas show at Radio City Music Hall this year and here's a photo of the front of the hall. It's a very popular show here this time of year and features the rockettes dancers along with musicians, ice skaters and a manger scene with live animals. It's sort of over-the-top but I still like it!
Hello everyone and happy thanksgiving to my American readers who are celebrating it today! At Christmas time many of the big stores in New York have holiday-themed window displays. This is one of the windows from Lord & Taylor at Fifth Avenue and thirty-eighth street. I think it's actually a Christmas scene, but it looks like a family having thanksgiving dinner, so today it's my thanksgiving post. Enjoy your holiday and happy thanksgiving!
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Since most people here are preparing for their thanksgiving feasts tomorrow, I thought I would show a photo from one of New York's great food institutions, Zabar's. It's always worth a stroll through Zabars which has amazing cheese, breads, meats, olives, smoked fish, coffee, etc., etc. This is a picture of their prepared foods counter which has an awesome selection too. I always love to walk through this store!
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
We had our first snow flurries of the season in New York today and that made me want to stay inside and have a nice hot chocolate with lots of marshmallows. Having a cup of hot chocolate made me remember this photo of cups in a store window. It brought visions of sugary drinks to my mind! Our snow didn't stick around long and now it's getting warmer again, but the winter will be here soon!
Monday, November 19, 2007
A very recognizable sight today, the Empire State Building. I've never been to the top myself but I'd love to do that some day. The Empire State Building is usually lit in different colors, in celebration of various holidays or special occasions. It was blue and white the night I took this shot. I'm not sure why. I wish everyone a good week ahead.
Thursday, November 15, 2007
They are skating again at the rink at Rockefeller Center. I've never skated there, but it looks like it would be fun. This is right in front of the Christmas tree I showed yesterday. It is a very pretty spot when the tree is all lit up. Have a nice weekend everyone!
The Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center is in its place and they are getting it ready for its unveiling. I heard that they always choose trees that are nearing the end of their lives, so we don't feel that bad about chopping them down. Hopefully that's true! There will also be some sort of energy efficient lighting this year. I'll have to go back and get another shot after it is officially unveiled!
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
This is a flower from the Kiku show at the New York Botanical Garden that I mentioned yesterday. (Kiku means chrysanthemum in Japanese.) This is an example of the Ogiku or single blossom chrysanthemum, which grows atop a large stem. According to the brochure from the show these flowers require "expert knowledge and constant attention over a period of six to twelve months." I wish I had a green thumb!
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Today I'm showing a photo I took at the Kiku show at The New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx. Kiku are Japanese chrysanthemums, but as part of the exhibition, there was also a giant bamboo sculpture and a bamboo installation designed by Tetsunori Kawana. These pieces of bamboo were part of that installation. They made an interesting noise when they flapped in the wind. It was a beautiful exhibit and tomorrow I'll show you one of the flowers.
Monday, November 12, 2007
I was in mid-town yesterday and happened by the parade to celebrate Veteran's Day so I thought I'd show a picture of some of the participants. (I wish I had a picture of the marchers, but I was looking right into the sun and the photos were all too dark.) I thought this shot was colorful. It was a nice parade in honor of the veterans. I hope you all have a great week ahead.
Friday, November 9, 2007
This is one of the most well-known spots in Central Park, which I'm sure many of you have seen before, Bethesda Fountain. I read that this was the only sculpture commissioned as part of the original design of the Park and it was unveiled in 1873. This photo was taken a few weeks ago when things were a little more green. Have a nice weekend!
Thursday, November 8, 2007
I wish I had a better shot of this (I took this picture from a cab riding by) because it is one of my favorite buildings in New York. It is the the Dakota apartment building and whenever I see it I think of old New York. I love to see old pictures of New York when the Dakota used to stand by itself next to Central Park. I would just love to see inside. Unfortunately I don't know anyone who lives there!
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
This is a shot I took a few weeks ago while walking on Park Avenue. I believe the building on the right is the famous Lever House, which looks normal to our eyes today (and rather small by today's standards), but it was quite innovative when it was built in 1952. I always enjoy looking up at the skyscrapers.
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
This is a statue that I always pass when I run in Central Park. It is Fred Lebow, one of the founders of the New York City Marathon and the person responsible for having the race run through all five boroughs of the city. He ran in the marathon in 1992, after having been diagnosed with brain cancer and he died in 1994. The statue is usually on the east side of the park, but each year for the marathon they move it next to the finish line. I think it is a touching tribute to this man who meant so much to runners in New York.
Monday, November 5, 2007
On Sunday I ran in the New York City Marathon and it was great fun! I'm showing photos today from the start going over the Verezano Narrows Bridge and the finish in Central Park. The marathon in New York is a super race and it's lots of fun, even for slow runners like me. I recommend that everyone try it, at least once!
Friday, November 2, 2007
I was passing through Union Square yesterday and I saw this cab filled with flowers. It turns out it was an event in conjunction with the Garden in Transit project. Garden in Transit is a community service project started in honor of the 100th anniversary of the first metered taxi in New York. School-children from throughout the city painted colorful flowers onto decals that were applied to many taxicabs this fall. Some of these children were handing out flowers yesterday to bring New York to full bloom!
P.S. Ming the Merciless featured some photos of these cabs on his blog a few weeks ago.
Here they are distributing the flowers. Have a nice weekend!
Thursday, November 1, 2007
I took this picture a few weeks ago along the side of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. I'm not sure why I like it, but I find it a peaceful scene. I think it has something to do with the angle of the building and the leaning tree. Pretty soon with the cold weather coming we won't be able to photograph green trees for a while!
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
A picture of a freshly-carved pumpkin today to celebrate Halloween. When I was a kid I used to love dressing up and going trick-or-treating and getting lots of candy. It was such fun. So it's always nice to see the children today enjoying the holiday. Have a happy Halloween!
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Monday, October 29, 2007
I took a photo of the stoop of this brownstone that I passed over the weekend. It looks like they are getting into the Halloween spirit. I enjoy seeing the festive fall decorations. I don't have a stoop to decorate but maybe I will carve a pumpkin this year!
Friday, October 26, 2007
The photo for today is something that I pass quite often in Riverside Park. It is the remains of the former “Pier D,” which at one time was used to offload cargo onto railroad cars from the New York Central Railroad. It was destroyed by a fire in 1971, but as a reminder of the rail yard’s history, a portion of the structure has been kept here. (I think the twisted steel looks almost artistic.) It’s amazing to think how recently this park was a working rail yard. How quickly things change!
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
This is a photo I took from the Metro North train last weekend of 125th Street, the main thoroughfare in Harlem. There are lots of interesting things on 125th Street, like the Apollo Theater and the Studio Museum in Harlem. I've never been to that Museum, but when I do, I'll show you a photo!