Monday, August 31, 2009
Sunday, August 30, 2009
Saturday, August 29, 2009
Friday, August 28, 2009
Does it count if you can't actually see the
sky in a Skywatch Friday shot? I hope so.
This one is reflected in this car parked on
St. Mark's Place in the heart of the East
Village, on a sunny summer afternoon.
[See more Skywatch shots here.]
Thursday, August 27, 2009
I haven't yet found out who's responsible for
these would-be Monroes: Madonna, Angelina,
even Mr. Spock. These are in the far West Village,
once a cool neighborhood but now becoming
über-hip. Haven't seen them anywhere else,
but I do like them.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
This one's the Marché aux Puces,
in Paris. Back in the sixties I found
some incredible bargains here.
My best buy? After some serious
haggling, I snagged a 19th-century
purple velvet cape for 50 francs ($10).
Think those days are long gone, but
it's still fun to look.
[Go here for more abc wednesday shots.]
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Well, the very tippy-top, anyway—as seen
from the Brooklyn side. Just realized
that this bridge will be 100 years old this
year. Not as "sexy" as its closest counterpart,
the Brooklyn Bridge, but even more useful,
since it carries cars, pedestrians,
AND subway trains.
Monday, August 24, 2009
Despite the No Swimming sign, there were
lifeguards on duty and they were letting us
have SOME fun. The minute anyone waded in
above their waist, though, you'd hear the whistle.
Sunday, August 23, 2009
One more from Out East:
Sand dunes are well protected in Montauk
(at the very tippy-tip of Long Island).
And that's definitely a good thing—I can't
imagine the beaches without them.
Check out more shadow shots here.
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Took this shot WAY downtown, when I was
on my way to catch the Staten Island Ferry.
(BTW, daughter Katie works in this building.)
Have often thought it would be interesting to
take one of these buses, just to see what new
things I might learn about my hometown. Have
you ever taken a sightseeing tour where you live?
Friday, August 21, 2009
It's great to come down to the beach at
dusk, dig a pit and build a fire, and toast
a marshmallow or two while you listen
to the sound of the surf. Bonus: Then it
gets dark and the stars appear. So, are
you a beach person too?
[See more Skywatch shots here.]
Thursday, August 20, 2009
I love EVERYTHING about the beach:
shells underfoot, sand in your suit,
pesky seagulls that want your lunch, and
this stuff —which we turned into
"mermaid hair" when we were little.
(Okay, not that fond of green flies
and jellyfish, but who is?)
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
I'm out here visiting good friends
for a few days—beach, hot tub, chillin'
on the deck, a 973-page book, no
deadlines (yay!!), and maybe even lobster!
(The first timeI came to Gosman's Dock—which
also has some good restaurants—the
first people I saw were Gloria
Vanderbilt and Truman Capote!)
Monday, August 17, 2009
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Saturday, August 15, 2009
Friday, August 14, 2009
This is (or was) the parachute jump at Coney Island.
It was originally built for the 1939 World's Fair,
moved to Brooklyn in 1941, and thrilled riders until
1968—when it was closed down, but not torn down.
And it won't be because it's now on the National Register
of Historic Places. It's been called the "Eiffel Tower of
Brooklyn." Sure, it's nice, but . . . really?
[See more Skywatch pix here.]
Thursday, August 13, 2009
I took the first shot from about 12 feet
away (because this other photographer was
hogging the action) with an "okay"
camera. I'd love to see what spectacular
picture he must have captured—and that
dragonfly cooperated by staying there for at
least 10 minutes while he hovered over
it with his fancy DSLR (envious—moi?).
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Here's something I miss with a digital camera.
My last SLR had a setting that specifically allowed
you to do this. I guess you can create the
effect in Photoshop now? Still, not quite the same.
[Visit ABC Wednesday here.]
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Shot this one from the Brooklyn side of
the Bklyn Bridge. In addition to a
fabulous terrace, these folks have a super
view of the Manhattan skyline!
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please go here.]
Monday, August 10, 2009
This is the wonderful space behind the main branch
of the public library, and I'm so lucky that it's
near my office. Went over there one day
last week at lunchtime—and it was all goin' on.
Lots of folks were just hanging out
(eating food from several concession stands,
reading magazines from the racks set under the
trees, or logging on to the Internet on
their laptops with the free wi-fi), and many of them
were taking advantage of the pétanque courts,
ping-pong tables, and chess sets.
Sunday, August 9, 2009
I saw this hardworking cleric at the
church of Santa Maria Sopra Minerva, in
Rome (built circa 1250), so-called
because it was constructed over the ruins
of a temple to Minerva, goddess
of wisdom (and that temple was built
by Pompey in 50 BCE).
[Find more shadow shots here.]
Saturday, August 8, 2009
Well, now I kinda regret that I didn't!
I wonder what kind of conversationalist
he is. He does look like one of those people
you might very well run into
somewhere else around town—so if
I ever see him again, I'll definitely comply.
Friday, August 7, 2009
One evening back in June we had a very
intense storm blow through the
city from north to south—thunder,
lightning, the works. When it finally
stopped, this is what we saw. My
blog pal Bibi was here from Belgrade and
got the best shot of these clouds.
Thursday, August 6, 2009
One of my all-time favorite roller coasters!
Am a bit ashamed to admit that I talked
daughter Lila into riding it with me when
she was only 5. Believe she has since
forgiven me however. (Please click on
the photo to see how much fun these
folks were having.)
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
—hundreds and hundreds of them, with a
bonus thrown in. If you've been to the
Beaubourg (Centre Pompidou), you'll
recognize that this photo (one of my faves)
was taken from there, with a pretty long lens.
[Go here for more ABC Wednesday fun.]
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Took this from the ferry landing on the Staten Island
side (first time for this borough, I think). The tall buildings
on the left are New Jersey, on the right Manhattan—with
the Statue of Liberty in between. Last time I rode the
ferry, it was snowing. It amazes (and pleases)
me that it's still free!
Monday, August 3, 2009
Sunday, August 2, 2009
And here's a shadow shot for Sunday, too.
Restaurant week just ended here, but it was
a good opportunity to eat at a couple of places
I might not have if they weren't offering the
special prix fixe menu ($24 for lunch, $35 for
dinner). This is Periyali, where the marinated
grilled octopus is SO tender. Yum.