Friday, January 13, 2012

Downtown



City Hall (seen below)  is quite near the Social Security office at 26 Federal Plaza


where I spent a happy morning yesterday, and remembered waiting there in 1979 when I only had a green card and needed to get a permit to visit my mother in England. That was the memorable occasion upon which, when I asked if there was a bathroom was told, "Yes, but an alien took the key." 


downtown has more fire escapes than round here


which makes for lots of stripes.


Then on to the jollity of Chinatown


where we anticipate the arrival of the very excellent dumplings


at Excellent Dumpling on Lafyette Street. Here fried vegetable dumplings. I also recommend the scallion pancakes. Lunch for two: $12.75.


The painters take a pause in painting the poster for Incredibly Loud and Incredibly Close overlooking Canal Street. Reminds me of the eyes of Doctor T. J Eckleberg in The Great Gatsby.



17 comments:

Teresa O said...

Hello Elizabeth...I spent some time checking out all I've missed on your blog. For some reason Explorer refused to show images so I bit the bullet and turned to Firefox and now I'm able to view all the great shots you share. Loved each one, but the eyes have it.

Have a grand day!

Ola said...

wow, the dumplings do look worth tasting!

Lisa Graham Art said...

I want dumplings. Real bad.

rooth said...

Yummmm - dumplings! You should go to Chinatown around Chinese New Year. I'm sure it'll be a madhouse

Mr. Paparazzo said...

There are too much aliens in N.Y. :))
Nice pictures, I like the fire escapes! Have a good weekend!

somepinkflowers said...

~~~ an alien took the key! ~~~


how exciting
for
everyone
involved!

in florida
we have no aliens;
only Tourist
and
Snowbirds
and
Migrant Workers
and a Few Locals
like me...


must keep my eyes
skyward!


JoeinVegas said...

More nice photos - thank you for sharing

angryparsnip said...

Dumplings ! Scallion pancakes ! Heaven ! Much envy !
Your photos are always so interesting.
The painting on the wall is so wonderful. I am always amazed by how artist can do this.
Super photo !
That's OK Elizabeth, we are all aliens even if we are born here.
I have had three appointments at the Social Security office here and it seems the main language is Spanish....weird !
Wouldn't you think if you are eligible for SS you should at lest read and understand English ?
So, I am the alien in my own country.

I was trying to post a video of The Boys like you have with Buster but can't get my camera and blogger to get along, hopefully I can work it out.
I am so weird.

cheers, parsnip

Tournesol said...

Oh wow, the dumplings do look amazing, great pictures too. I always wonder how they manage to do those big paintings, it's not like they can really step back and see if it looks right.

Frances said...

Elizabeth, it's fun to see your photos of your venturing a bit further downtown.

I agree about how good the Social Security offices are. The one I visited is in the Theatre District, which somehow amuses me.

How much do I love dumplings! This common interest suggests yet another spot we might meet for lunch. (I remember way back when I did live in SoHo, and friends would come by, ring the bell that would summon me to the fire escape on the front of the building and ask..."Would you like to go over to Chinatown for dumplings?" Even if I'd just had supper, I'd always say, "Yes!"

I know I will see you soon. xo

moonstruckcreations said...

Perhaps it was ET who took the key....

Helenxx

Dani said...

Lovely Pictures, I want to go to New York, were going to a few years back but it fell through :( great blog & following :)

Bill said...

The diner's stainless steel accessories reminds me of Ralph Goings work.

Yacoob said...

I love the fire escapes - maybe they are found in other places, but to me, they often convey the images of New York...and TV shows where someone's being chased and shot at ;)

Barbara said...

Don't bare tree branches make charming pictures.

Clipping Path said...

amazing photography! waiting for your next update :)

Paz said...

Looks like you had a good day. LOL at the aliens took the bathroom key line. :-D