Monday, May 31, 2010

Mellow Yellow Monday

These chairs would be lots of fun for a
small child to sit in—if they didn't have
ants crawling all over them! :~}
The little kids probably won't mind 
all that much, though.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Shadow Shot Sunday

I loved these shadows, but wasn't
able to find out what kind of flower
this is—anyone know?

[See more Shadow Shots here.]

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Photo Hunter — "memorial"

This one to Lin Ze Xu (1785–1850)
stands in Kimlau (aka Chatham) Square, 
in Chinatown. As for the
details, I'll let Wikipedia tell you.
Have a great weekend (a nice long
one here in the U.S.)!

[See more "memorials" here.]

Friday, May 28, 2010

Skywatch Friday

I took this shot as we were crossing the bridge
that takes you to wonderful Emerald Isle, North
Carolina—which features one of the most
beautiful beaches on the East Coast.

{See more Skywatch—or play along yourself— here.]

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Thursday Challenge: Rest

Why is one of these resting kitties not like the others?
Is it because I know the names of three of them  (Frank,
Buddy, and Stubby) but not the fourth?   No.
Is it because three are sleeping and one is yawning?  No.
Is it because when they get up from their nap, three of
them just want a bowl of cat chow and the fourth wants
to eat . . . you?  Ummm, maybe.
Nice kitty.

[See more of this week's Thursday challenge here.]

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

abc wednesday - S is for "spices"

Mmmmm—fragrant and enticing in any
language. And I love the artful way these are 
displayed in this little shop near the
Rialto Market, in Venice.

[Find more abc wednesday shots (or play
along yourself) here.]

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

The Top of the World

This is my friend Don, and I just have to brag
on him a bit. This photo was taken a week ago 
(clearly not by me) on his 65th birthday.
And yesterday, he summited Everest! That's
exciting enough, but he also made the record
books—as the first person with a total hip
replacement to make it to the top. Right now,
Don's my hero—and I wish him Godspeed back
to base camp, and safely home to NYC.
He created a fabulous website with a link to
a blog, where he's managed, with help from his
son here in NYC, to post from up there.
Check it out for a great vicarious experience
(the only kind of Everest experience I'll ever have!).

[I'm making this part of My World Tuesday—for
my fellow native New Yorker!]

Monday, May 24, 2010

Mellow Yellow Monday

This is La Mela (the apple), on Mulberry
Street in the heart of Little Italy. Looks like a
total tourist trap, I know, but my family loves
this place. In fact, we took our daughter Lila
and her friends to dinner here after her
graduation from NYU. It's definitely cheesy—
but also lots of fun!

[See more Mellow Yellow here.]

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Shadow Shot Sunday

Caught these folks lining up to buy their 
train tickets at Grand Central
Terminal. I've stood on so-called
lines in lots of countries and I must
say (call me chauvinistic) that we may have 
our faults but Americans at 
least know how to queue up politely!

[See more Shadow Shots here.]

Saturday, May 22, 2010

photo Hunter — "monthly"

Welcome to my world: I work on at least
two (and sometimes three) monthly
magazines—though not these. However,
I am glad I live in a city where I can get
(for example) French Elle D├ęcor, Vogue,
or Marie Claire Maison whenever I want.
So, what magazines do you read?

[See more "monthly" posts here at TNChick's place.]

Friday, May 21, 2010

Skywatch Friday

Looking down 8th Avenue at sunset—
probably most of the cars you see are taxis,
 and at this hour probably most
of them are already taken (why real
New Yorkers use the subway 
or their own two feet).

[See more Skywatch here.]

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Thursday Challenge: Play

Took this at the great little park in DUMBO,
between the Manhattan and Brooklyn bridges.
This little guy was having the best time
kicking a soccer ball around with his dad—the boys 
of Manchester United should only
have such enthusiasm!

[See more "play" here.]

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

abc wednesday - R is for "real estate"

Even if I won the lottery big-time, I'd still stay in
Brooklyn (with an apt. in Paris as well, of course)—
probably in my own nabe of Park Slope (#1 in

neighborhoods). Although . . . if I had the

bucks and this charming converted carriage
house in Brooklyn Heights came on the market,
I might be seriously tempted!

[See more from abc wednesday here.]

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

out on a ledge

I was in the same building where I caught this shot
 I don't know what this guy was doing 
walking around Grand Central Terminal—just 
making sure everything's okay, I guess. 
I'm not afraid of heights, but if you put me out 
on that not-nearly-wide-enough ledge, 
I think I'd be hugging the building pretty darn tight! 
 Wait—a close look shows me that there's a wire running
around the perimeter just above the ledge.
I'll bet he's attached to it—whew! I
 feel so much better now!

[This post is part of That's My World Tuesday.
You can see more here.]

Monday, May 17, 2010

Mellow Yellow Monday

Oh boy—stinky tofu!
Came across a street fair under the
Manhattan Bridge, where they seemed
to be featuring Taiwanese street food.
I'd never tried stinky tofu (and still
haven't!). What's the strangest thing
you ever ate?

[See more Mellow Yellow here.]

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Shadow Shot Sunday

Brunch at Cheryl's Global Soul, the
hippest restaurant in my neighborhood.
(I just checked out that link to discover
Cheryl was featured on the Food Network
with Sara Moulton who—what a coincidence—
bought the loft my ex-husband and I built
from scratch in Chelsea.)  Is that one degree
of separation or two?

[See more shadow shots /here.]

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Photo Hunter — "half"

I like to link my posts back to a meme
(like this one)—it's fun to see what others
have done and it's usually a challenge.
But this one was such a challenge that I almost 
gave up and didn't post anything for "half." 
 Then Wednesday night I was in the Village  and 
saw this. May not be the most fascinating (or most beautiful)
picture, but that's definitely half a couch (or two 
halves of one)! I have to wonder why (and how) they did that.
Just realized that I've been inspired by
tossed-out furniture before.

[You can head over here to see how others
interpreted this one.]

Friday, May 14, 2010

Skywatch Friday

A beautiful bright blue sky over Payette Lake, 
in McCall, Idaho—a great place for
hiking, sailing, and just chillin' (and so,
SO far from the cement canyons of NYC)!

[See more Skywatch here.]

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Thursday Challenge: Work

This is what I look at while I'm working:
a 2009 calendar retrofitted for 2010,
our prez back when, Shell Sherree's
fab art, my gorgeous girls, Paris, and Venice 
(including Pierre from Venice
Daily Photo's wonderful shot of the
Rialto Market after hours). What's on
your office wall?

[See more of this Thursday Challenge here.]

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

abc wednesday - Q is for "quiet"

Yes, there are some bucolic places
in the big city where you can find peace and quiet. 
This one is the little garden hidden behind the
church of St. Luke in the Fields, in the West Village 
(which began as the "country" parish connected
to Trinity church way downtown at Wall and Broadway). 
I know about it because my kids went 
to school here for 10 years.

[See more Q's at ABC Wednesday, here.]

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

That's My World Tuesday

You say you want bluebells? Well, I've
got your bluebells right here—by the
thousands! This is the bluebell wood
that blooms in the botanic garden
every year—fleeting but gorgeous.

[See more "That's My World" entries here.]

Monday, May 10, 2010

Mellow Yellow Monday

Spring haiku:
Yellow dust dances
Upon lively playful breeze
Pollen yields new life
— Lori L. Moore

[See more Mellow Yellow here.]

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Shadow Shot Sunday

When you get to the "other side" 
of the Brooklyn Bridge, you find this greeting
embedded in the cement. For some reason,
 there is not a similar sign on the 
Manhattan side. Hey, NYC, where's the pride?

[See more Shadow Shots here.]

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Photo Hunter — "Mother"

I featured my own mother recently for her
90th birthday—but the other day I found this 
clever array of mommies both dearest
and . . . not so much.  I'm still grateful for the 
one I got—and Happy Mother's Day to
all the moms who happen by here.

[See more Photo Hunter shots here.]

Friday, May 7, 2010

Skywatch Friday

And this is the tippy-top of the
New York's very first skyscraper
(aka PTDD).  And I swear I
didn't touch this shot—the sky
really was that blue.

[See more Skywatch here.]

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Thursday Challenge: Water

These little girls are playing at the edge of
the East River, at a wonderful new(ish) park
situated between the Brooklyn and Manhattan
Bridges, in DUMBO.  It really wasn't that long
ago that this neighborhood was a wasteland.
Now the joint is jumpin'—with galleries and
stores and parks and restaurants and,
 of course, expensive real estate 
( this place is in DUMBO, btw).

[See more Thursday Challenge shots here.]

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

abc wednesday - P is for "picnic"

Here's how we do it when we're in Venice:
First, it helps if you're staying in a hotel with a 
beautiful garden (in this case, the
Accademia). Then, you go to the Rialto
Market in the morning and get the things that 
appeal—we chose tomatoes, pears,
apricots, grapes, bread, cheese, prosciutto,
and wine—all super fresh.  This is living!

[See how others interpreted the letter "P"
—or play yourself— here.]

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Conservatory Garden

This lovely garden is part of Central Park.
At this time of year, you're almost guaranteed
to find a bride here on Saturday or Sunday—and many 
of them choose to pose by the
Untermyer Fountain (aka "Three Dancing
Maidens," by Walter Schott, a cast of the Berlin 
original). I've posted about this garden once before.

[This post is part of That's My World
Tuesday. To see more of the world, go here.]

Monday, May 3, 2010

Mellow Yellow Monday

Want some good Mexican food in a spot 
where it's all happening?  You can even eat 
alfresco here at Caliente Cab Co., at the 
corner of Bleecker and 7th Ave., 
in Greenwich Village.

[See more Mellow Yellow here.]

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Shadow Shot Sunday

Sometimes you just don't have the
time to venture too far afield.  Today, I didn't 
make it any farther than this corner 
of my own living room!  The Maxfield Parrish 
belonged to my grandfather (who worked 
all his life for the railroad); it was framed with 
wood molding salvaged from an old railway car.

[See more Shadow Shots here.]

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Photo Hunter — "black"

Once again I'm posting tulips, but how 
could I resist these amazing black ones? 
 (They were taken with my swell new
camera—thanks for the hefty
tax refund, Uncle Sam!)

[See more takes on "black" here.]