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 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.

Monday, July 6, 2015

4th July

A celebratory weekend!
The local diner has all sorts of suitable stuff on the windows.
See below

Eagle rather fierce and fireworks. Lady Liberty looking rather grim.

A nice flower arrangements and reflection on 9th Avenue.

The fireworks were on the East River this year so only a rather distant elegant view from the roof.

Fun anyway.

In real life this art installation in Madison Square Park is elegant and enchanting. In photos rather too complicated to digest. Basically it is cut out mirror shapes. Sort of makes your head spin.

This is looking up - reflecting the beige path below.

Finally beach roses at Union Square -they smell so very heady.
Happy summer.