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.