Thursday, December 31, 2009


But only for another 24 hours. By this
time tomorrow, this ball will have just
dropped, the numbers for the new year
will be all lit up—and probably the
crazy crowd down below in Times
Square will be too (but in a different
way)! They can do whatever they want—
I'm nowhere near the insanity.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

abc wednesday - X is for "Xhosa"

So I went looking for something that
begins with X. Good luck, right?
Well, this is how you write "I love you"
in Xhosa, a Bantu language spoken
by about 7.5 million people in South Africa. 
Wish I could do that!

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

holiday cheer on 6th Ave.

Oops—forgot to show you one of my favorite
holiday displays—bigger than life and right
across the street from Radio City Music Hall, where 
the Rockettes do their high-kicking thing.

[This is part of That's My World Tuesday. See more here.]

Monday, December 28, 2009

Mellow Yellow Monday

I went looking for this photo because I've been
craving a bunch of these grapes—some of the
sweetest I ever tasted.  Why is it that, more and 
more, many of my fondest memories of
the places I visit are all about food??  (I hope it's 
just because the places I like to visit the
most are in France and Italy.)

[You can see more Mellow Yellow here.]

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Shadow Shot Sunday

This was actually taken a week ago
at around 3 a.m. (by my daughter Lila). 
 We'd been at a great party, and the
 snow had finally stopped.
This is Lila's beautiful Brooklyn
brownstone stoop, which 
I've shown you before.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

photo Hunter — "12"

I know this is obvious on the day after
Christmas—but I just had to go with
12 drummers drumming—in this case, an 
even dozen of my brother Chris.
Happy Boxing Day!

[See more Photo Hunter shots here.]

Friday, December 25, 2009

Skywatch Friday

Here's a shiny tree topper for you! 
 Hope you're having a wonderful holiday this
year, whatever you celebrate—

[Check out more Skywatch (hi, Santa!) here.]

Thursday, December 24, 2009

not a creature was stirring . . .

. . . not even my good old (15 years old!) mouser,
Buddy (we only ever had one, but Buddy dealt
with it brilliantly). And even if everything 
that needed to get done didn't quite—at 
least the tree is up!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

abc wednesday - W is for "window"

This is my favorite one of Bloomingdale's
windows this year—fun if you don't 
mind being part of the display—which I 
sort of do, but whatever . . .

[And you can find more abc wednesday here.]

Tuesday, December 22, 2009


Or maybe he's just obsessed.
We got a big snowfall here Saturday night,
and I was impressed to see this runner
heading into Prospect Park well after dark, at
 the height of the storm. Guess he figured he 
was safe enough—you don't usually find a lot 
of muggers lurking about in a blizzard.

[You can see more of That's My World Tuesday right here.]

Monday, December 21, 2009

Mellow Yellow Monday

Happy Holidays from the good men and
women of the NYFD. This nicely decorated
fire truck was parked right in front of
Bloomingdale's. (Yes, I know the truck is
red, but the hoses are yellow!)

[Catch more Mellow Yellow here.]

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Shadow Shot Sunday

I almost wish I had a reason to wear
something like this (seen here in
one of Lord and Taylor's holiday
windows). On the other hand,
there's a lot to be said for pure comfort
 What's your preference?

[Check out more shadow shots here.]

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Photo Hunter — "fast"

The express train came tearing through
Vernazza in the Cinque Terre—going so fast 
it seemed as though we could see
through it! (Though, apparently, we
actually could see through it—how is that
possible?) Anyway, this is exactly 
how I feel about the approaching holidays, 
and I'm so NOT ready.

[Check out more "fast" photos at PhotoHunt, /here.]

Friday, December 18, 2009

Skywatch Friday

Let's call it a Christmas sunset. (And I was with
the ex when I took this shot—Happy B-day, Steve!)
That's the Bronx over there (the one NYC borough
that remains pretty much a total mystery to me).

[See more skywatch here.]

Thursday, December 17, 2009

red and green

When it comes to wrapping presents, I
firmly believe that it's all about the ribbon!
If this store hadn't been closed and
shuttered when I went by the other night,
I definitely would have bought the red
ribbon with the polka-dots—and probably
wouldn't have stopped there!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

abc wednesday - V is for "vino"

This bottle was shared, along with some local
pesto pizza, by my brother and me and 
our friends before a hike in the Cinque Terre.
If you ever have the opportunity of enjoying
any or all of those experiences—don't pass it up!

[Check out more abc Wednesday here.]

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

a downtown Christmas

. . . from a comic-book store on Thompson St.,
in the Village.  As the man says . . . abide!
(And may I add relax . . . and enjoy!)

[And you can find more of That's My
World Tuesday here.]

Monday, December 14, 2009

Mellow Yellow Monday

You could fill a whole Christmas tree with
all the "taxis" for sale around town.  In fact,
my fave ornament (aside from my special
Christopher Radko Eiffel tower) on my tree is a
 little carved wood cab with a Christmas
tree sticking out of the trunk. 
 What's your favorite ornament?

[Find more Mellow Yellow Monday here.]

Sunday, December 13, 2009

shadow Shot Sunday

One of Lord and Taylor's wonderful holiday
windows—everything moves—features
scenes from "The Nutcracker."  Makes me
realize that I haven't been to a performance
of this classic since my kids were little and I took 
them to see their friends who were in
the American Ballet Theater version at City Center.

[See more Shadow Shots here.]

Saturday, December 12, 2009

photo hunter – "unacceptable"

This is a very high-end neighborhood
and that's the United Nations over there.
In fact, they did let us cross—but they should
have let the garbage collectors in too.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Skywatch Friday

Happy Hanukkah—
This is Central Synagogue, at Lexington
and 55th. It was built in 1872 in the
Moorish Revival style (as a copy of this one
in Budapest) and has been in continuous
use by a congregation longer than any
other synagogue in NYC.

[Click here to find more Skywatch shots.]

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Welcome to Macy's

. . . ALL decked out for the season. They
must spend so much on the Thanksgiving
Parade, then on all this inside and out.
And yet, definitely not the most expensive
store in town. Still, I've certainly plunked
down a few bucks here over the years.
So what's your fave place to shop?

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

abc wednesday - U is for "uncomfortable"

These are featured in one of Lord and Taylor's
holiday windows. I realize they're Badgley Mischka, 
no doubt cost a not-so-small fortune, and 
therefore should by rights be super-comfy. 
 But I'll bet you the price of these 
shoes that they're not only killer to look at 
but also to wear. Hey, the height of the 
heels alone would have me hobbling immediately!

[You can see more abc wednesday here.]

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

About that tree . . .

Okay, here it is. Figured I had to go get a picture 
of the Rockefeller Center tree.  Of course, 
when I went by there on Sunday night, there were 
probably several thousand people who had the same 
bright idea. So I turned the other way and 
snapped this shot of Saks Fifth Avenue's "snowy" fa├žade instead.

[This post is part of "That's My World." See more here.]

Monday, December 7, 2009

Mellow Yellow Monday

I made a really cool mosaic of holiday images
from all over town. Unfortunately, I can't seem to 
upload it to the blog. This was one of them:
downtown Brooklyn—where they've opted to string 
the lights every two feet across Court Street. 
 Hey, it's Brooklyn, so we can 
do whatever we want—fuggedaboutit!

Check out more Mellow yellow here.]

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Shadow Shot Sunday

Decided to stay in the same neighborhood
from yesterday's post. This is one of the
fabulous villas that line the Viale Evangelista
Torricelli (which leads to Viale Galileo, which
takes you to San Miniato, which brings us
back to yesterday).  It's a 30- to 40-minute
walk to the center of Florence from here,
and I'd definitely take it for the privilege of 
living in a place like this.

[Check out more Shadow Shots here.]

Saturday, December 5, 2009

photo hunter - "curved"

This is Viale Galileo, a beautiful, curving
road just outside the Porta Romana 
(the southern gate of Florence).  Take this
route for a picturesque walk up to
views of the city.

[You can see more curves here at PhotoHunter.]

Friday, December 4, 2009

Skywatch Friday

This is the Bronx-Whitestone Bridge, which
connects the Bronx (duh) and Queens. The
two towers were built in a mere 18 days.
When the bridge opened 70 years ago, the
toll was 25 cents. It's now $5.50. And so
it goes . . .
[See more Skywatch here.]

Thursday, December 3, 2009

New York at Night (4)

It figures that the subway station at Times
Square would have its fair share of glitz and
color, and probably more than its fair share
of wattage use. I'm thinking our carbon
footprint, in this neighborhood especially,
is not anything to brag about.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

abc wednesday - T is for "traffic"

Now this is my kind of traffic jam! And notice
how the delivery boat, private launch, and
vaporetto all give the right of way to the
traghetto (my fave way to get across the
Grand Canal). Very civilized.
[See more abc wednesday here.]

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Thank you, Shell!

I happily sent my friend Shell some photos of
Venice so she could work her particular magic
with them. And just look what the doorman
handed me last week—imagine my surprise
and delight when I opened the package from
Australia to find this beautifully wrapped
original Shell Sherree! I've since learned that
this watercolor is one of Shell's first of Venice
and holds much sentimental value for her—
which, of course, makes me even more touched
that she's trusted it to me.
And if you'd like to have your very own original
Shell Sherree, it's easily arranged—just visit her
Etsy store.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Mellow Yellow Monday

This is the lovely and talented Adam, who
provides music (and vocals-to-follow of a
vast repertoire of Broadway show tunes)
at Marie's Crisis, in the Village. I was
there a couple of weeks ago for a private
party for my young friend Brian, who was
turning 30 (I've known him since he and my
daughter Lila started kindergarten together!).
Gotta say: best b-day party ever! Who doesn't
love joining voices with another 100 (or more)
folks in a rousing rendition of "One," from
A Chorus Line?
[Catch more Mellow Yellow here.]

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Shadow Shot Sunday

We're back up Fifth Avenue at the Met.
This amazing work is Roxy Paine's
"Maelstrom," installed on the roof
garden. It was supposed to be there
only until the end of October, but was
extended until today. Hope it has a
permanent home somewhere.
[You can find lots more shadow shots here.]

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Photo Hunter — "technology"

Here at NYC's main Apple store on 5th
Avenue they've set up a table for the pre-K
customers—who look right at home with the
newest Mac, don't they? Just hope they didn't
ask Santa for an iPhone. Hey, kids, FAO Schwartz
is right next door!
[See more Photo Hunter shots here.]

Friday, November 27, 2009

Skywatch Friday

I don't care what shape the market is in,
this is always high-end real estate—
the 23 blocks along Fifth Avenue from
82nd Street south to 59th (seen here
from the roof of the Metropolitan
Museum of Art).
[Check out more Skywatch here.]

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving

And Happy B-day to my brother David!
Off to bro Chris's house for a delicious
dinner. God bless my sister-in-law for
taking us all on—she even makes this
turkey-day fave. Looks downright
bizarre here, but, aaah, when it comes
out of the oven all ooey and gooey . . .
So what's your favorite Thanksgiving
(or any) food?

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

abc wednesday - S is for "snow leopard"

Finally got a look at one of the new
snow leopards in her million-dollar
habitat at the Central Park Zoo. Isn't
she beautiful? I know that here she
looks like a real pussycat (so to speak)—
but although these cats are not that
big, they are very fierce! Check it out.

[See more ABC Wednesday here.]

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

New York at Night (3)

This is Herald Square, named for the the NY
Herald newspaper (on the negative side, the
paper was anti-Semitic and racist; on the other
hand, it did introduce the gossip column).
The clock and statuary in the background came
from the old Herald Building, which was just north
of here. It was sculpted in 1895 by Jean-Antoine Carles.
That's Minerva and her trusty owls. The bellringers
are nicknamed Stuff and Gruff (but I don't know why).
This is the spot (directly in front of Macy's) where
the parade will end up on Thursday.
[See more of That's My World here.]

Monday, November 23, 2009

Mellow Yellow Monday

They're fading—and falling—fast, but I found
this beauty hanging on valiantly in my Brooklyn
neighborhood. Maybe that's because this is the
"Tree of Heaven," the ailanthus, the tree that
grows in Brooklyn. How is (or was) the leaf-
peeping where you are?
[See more Mellow Yellow here.]

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Shadow Shot Sunday

I'm sure you can guess where I took this one.
Can't believe how many times I visited Venice
without ever going out to Burano! If you go
to Venice, don't make that mistake yourself.
And be sure to go early, so you can enjoy the
quiet beauty of this place and won't have to be
just one of the invading tourist hordes.
[See more shadow shots here.]

Saturday, November 21, 2009

photo hunter - "birds"

Saw this woman walking around the Union
Square greenmarket this summer with her
two feathered friends. I'm hoping she has
specific "bird clothes" and then some that
remain unpecked. P.S.—those birds
were LOUD.
[See more PhotoHunter shots here.]

Friday, November 20, 2009

Skywatch Friday

Some people think that these water towers
are no longer in use—not so! Found some info,
and—go figure—the one they picture is the same
one I shot! BTW, the silver-and-blue building
on the left is used as NYU housing (daughter
Lila lived there for part of her sophomore year).
Imagine a dorm room (more like a studio
apartment) that's this close to the
Brooklyn Bridge!
[Find more Skywatch here.]

Thursday, November 19, 2009

smart bird

Personally, I wouldn't dream of feeding
one of these lousy (as in pigeon lice)
birds, but this one knows that the sign
won't keep any self-respecting New
Yorker from tossing him a piece of their
bagel if they really want to. P.S., NYC is
full of pretty little pocket parks like this
one—Jackson Square, in the West Village.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

abc wednesday - R is for "Roman rooftops"

Here's a little tip: If you're in Rome,
go up to the rooftop bar of the Hotel
Raphael. You'll pay a premium for
your drink, but you'll also get some
lovely pre-dinner snacks on the casa
(just don't let the overly aggressive
Roman pigeons get them) and a view
that can't be beat—and it's great in
every direction.
[Find more abc Wednesday here.]