Tuesday, September 29, 2015

What's Been Going On...

Quite a lot -  since I have been neglecting this blog... anyway

Pope Francis came to New York and made a lot of people very happy.

They lined up for the mass at Madison Square Garden and the line went on for miles and miles. Though I am not a Roman Catholic, I admire Francis' message of love for to the poor and needy and dispossessed. 

More lovely effects of light.

This morning on 24th Street....extra urban.

A truck on 23rd Street...

Hooray -  at last the sunflower I planted outside the building decided to flower in almost-October.

I bought a little white pumpkin at Union Square

and admired dahlias  at the little Saturday market on 23rd Street.

Last Saturday was the flea market behind London Terrace.  Of course I wandered through it even though I don't really like old stuff.

I don't need the singers  - (see the notice over the shoulder of the chap on the left)

or Ms Supercilious either.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Tour Guide Mode

I never really explore the city except when we have guests -

So this week I headed north on The High Line for the first time this year and was astounded at the amount of construction going on in the upper 20's and 30's. So much activity - so much glass. This was about 8 in the morning on a very hot day.

I felt like Walt Whitman admiring the energy of the city and thought how many people must have good jobs doing the construction.

Roger is rather a keen walker and strode ahead in his Panama hat.

We stopped on the southern part for coffee in Chelsea Market before all the tourists arrived.

Rather a lot of yellow lately...

Having visitors means going out for swanky drinks at The Campbell Apartment at Grand Central Station...

Then a very good burger at the Shake Shack which I've known about for years but never actually got to. And yes - it was delicious.

Returning to my normal lovely dull life, I discover it's dahlia season at Union Square.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Metropolitan Museum and Knickerbocker Hotel

What a painter, what energy, what verve - how very theatrical!

How the contemporary onlookers look so deadly dull.

A splendid Henry James afternoon in Venice. How the figures are disposed in light and dark.

Most of the visitors were between sixty and death

and fun to observe.


Nice to see lots of the paintings that are so famous gathered together in one place. I enjoyed this show more even than the over the top wonderful Chinese fashion one.

We had been waiting for The Knickerbocker Hotel to reopen on 42nd Street. Times Square is not really the part of New York I most enjoy  - tacky and touristy. However the hotel is wonderfully situated

to look down from the roof bar on the crowds below.

Then the bright lights come on

and the sun sets over New Jersey.

Indoors the bar is very chic and luxe.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Annual Robert Moses Beach Post

What celestial blues!

What a perfect day for the beach.

The water was ripply and delicious.

The life guards were suitably watchful.

The surfers were out

but the children had shallower bits to paddle in too.

Even the changing room was rather picturesque.

Again with more splendid blues, our friends Caitlin and Samuel Dowe-Sandes house in Morocco with their own tiles - and one of Robert's paintings in the dining room. In September's Elle Decor. See below.

Friday, July 31, 2015

A Trip to Staten Island

Wednesday was an astoundingly hot day so we decided to discover the beach on Staten Island.

A marvelously inexpensive outing  - $1.75 old person's subway fare with bus transfer. Free Staten Island ferry with wonderful views of Lower Manhattan and splendid cooling breeze. Huge sturdy boat with lots of room on it. Thoughts of Edna St Vincent Millay's Recuerdo - a lovely poem.

Dreadfully dull photo of the Statue of Liberty - it's right there.

Docking at Staten Island.

Bus to the beach which was large and pleasant but without waves and good for swimming.

Not the glorious sand of Robert Moses which is more complicated to get to. Most of the families there were local, I think, and had had the foresight to bring their own lunch and umbrellas.

The concession stand was manned only by a young boy and a grumpy grandpa - both overwhelmed by the heat. No, no burgers....um... what do you have? chicken tenders? I had a hot dog. Lunch $14.50 plus a tip.

Then a bus ride back to the ferry through the land time forgot. A hardware store straight from the 50's and maybe worth exploring. An abandoned hospital romantic and depressing in it's decay. Interesting to read about these splendid buildings which have very sad histories.

The Paramount has fallen on hard times.

Anyway, back on the ferry with the very green seats

the weary

and lots and lots of families.

We dock in Manhattan

Then take the subway home from South Ferry. Grand total for  the outing for two people $20 - and very good value it was too.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Summer in the City

The Malibu Diner on 23rd Street is very popular with the lunch crowd.

It's reliably packed and fulfills your every diner dream. Quick service, huge menu, coffee refills

doggy bags, TV, vast portions

desserts wrapped in cellophane - lots of neon lighting.

Our nephew James, visiting from England, declared the Philly cheese steak "Excellent".

From the West Side to the East Side - and the physical to the historical and spiritual. Here are windows from the wonderfully restored Eldridge Street Synagogue where my friend Roberta is a docent. I spent a fascinating afternoon there.

It's really amazing that this landmark was so very nearly lost. 

The stained glass is especially lovely as is the contemporary rose window filled with stars by Kiki Smith. 

It pelted with rain last Wednesday when I was up at the corner of 23rd St and 5th Avenue. Flash flood warnings etc. I got drenched. It was rather fun.
On a more cheery note

there are lots of flowers and herbs on the roof terrace which make splendid tiny arrangements.