Sunday, October 31, 2010

Shadow Shot Sunday

Practically every stoop in my neighborhood 
looks like this right now.  Hope 
you all have a happy a safe halloween!

[See more Shadow Shots here.]

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Photo hunt — "dark"

"It was a dark and stormy night."
Actually, it really was.  We've been having some strange weather 
around here lately.  As if two tornadoes weren't enough, 
a couple of weeks ago I came out of the subway to find leaves 
and branches strewn everywhere—the aftermath of a torrential hailstorm,
with hailstones the size of eyeballs.  My building's super 
told me that every single car alarm on the block went off.  
Can't quite decide whether I'm grateful or disappointed that, 
once again, I was underground and missed the show.

[To see more "dark" or add your own, go here to tnchick's meme.]

Friday, October 29, 2010

Skywatch Friday

I featured this same moon (and bridge) on my other blog 
last Sunday, but I thought it deserved a closeup.

[See more Skywatch—or contribute your own— here.]

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Thursday Challenge — "messy"

Saw this truck parked in Union Square.  
Some would say it's a hot mess, 
others might call it art.  
Where do you stand?

[See more "messy" posts here.]

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

abc wednesday - O is for "out of focus"

But here's my excuse:  It's not easy when picture-taking is strictly
verboten and you're doing it anyway (at least until the jerk sitting
next to you says something—hey, it's not like I was using flash, Dude!).
This is a scene from "Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, which 
moved recently from Off-Broadway to the real deal.  
It's gotten mostly rave reviews—and I loved it!

[See more abc wednesday here.]

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

New York at Night (8)

This is one of the world's classic views—lower Manhattan seen
from the Brooklyn Promenade.  There are people who live on the
Promenade and enjoy this sight day and night—can you imagine?

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

Monday, October 25, 2010

Mellow Yellow Monday

It's that time of year again—and I found 
these strange but fascinating gourds 
at our wonderful Saturday greenmarket.

[See more Mellow yellow here.]

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Shadow Shot Sunday

Early morning, crossing the Brooklyn Bridge, 
and the street lamp loomed large.  As you 
can see from the drawing below (an illustration 
of  the opening day of the bridge), they've 
kept the original design for almost 130 years.

[See more Shadow Shots here.]

Saturday, October 23, 2010

photo hunt — "orange"

The day after a couple of tornadoes blew through here last
month, the big orange forestry trucks (yes, NYC has a Dept. 
of Forestry—who knew?) were out in force.  Before the day was 
half over the only evidence of what had happened was a lot of
"Caution" tape and a mountain of mulch! (And of course some 
empty spaces where beautiful old trees used to be—sigh.) 

The same spot 18 hours earlier.

[To see more orange, go here to tnchick's meme.]

Friday, October 22, 2010

Skywatch Friday

Last week I told you that if you hung around Rockefeller Park in lower
Manhattan, you'd catch a spectacular sunset.  Well, I did—and here it is.

[See more Skywatch here.]

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Thursday Challenge — "golden"

This is the beautiful scala d'oro (golden staircase) in the 
Palazzo Ducale, in Venice.  It was begun in the middle of the 
16th century, and used only by magistrates and very
 important people.  I happened to meet the Venetian who was
 given the job of re-gilding this staircase (and all the rest 
of the doge's palace).  It's an "inside job" though, because two 
of his ancestors were those same magistrates who were
allowed to use this very special staircase.

[To see more gold, go here.]

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

abc wednesday - N is for "Nadal"

And also "newborn."  Our friends Ruah and Neil had 
a baby last week.  He is, predictably, beautiful—just like 
his parents, whom I've featured before.  This is a 
21st-century baby—he had a Facebook page the day
 he was born, and before he was 24 hours old 
he already had almost 200 friends! 
Nadal's name is Sanskrit for "the fortuitous, lucky, 
and blessed one."  Here's hoping, precious boy!

[See more "N" words here.]

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

sneak peek

Last week I got to take a tour of the last section of the Hi-Line.  I was happy for
the opportunity to take this "before" shot.  They've completed the section
from Gansevoort Street in the West Village's meatpacking district to
20th Street in Chelsea. They're working on the stretch from 20th to 30th
(due to open next spring).  It will be a few years before this looks like this:

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

Monday, October 18, 2010

Mellow Yellow Monday

One of my favorite things about fall:  They're big, they're beautiful—
and they're yellow!  Don't really understand how they stay upright though.
[See more Mellow Yellow here.]

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Shadow Shot Sunday

This place is called 59 Steps (I counted; there are).  Too cool to swim here on the
North Shore of Long Island, but still nice to gaze out across the blue water of the
Long Island Sound to Connecticut, visible on the other side.
[You can see more Shadow Shots here.]

Saturday, October 16, 2010

photo hunt — "miniature"

Don't know if it's still there, but for many years there was a little shop in
Paris's Palais Royal that sold nothing but toy soldiers.  These were just
a few of the thousands they had in their collection.

[See more miniatures here, at tnchick's PhotoHunt meme.]

Friday, October 15, 2010

Skywatch Friday

As promised on Tuesday—as I stood in Rockefeller Park and
looked west this was the view across the Hudson River.
(If you hang around, you get a really spectacular sunset.)

[You can see more Skywatch here.]

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Thursday Challenge — "peaceful"

A dugout canoe glides across a lake in the Peruvian rain forest: This supremely
peaceful scene was shot by my daughter Lila.  Don't know about you, but I'm
totally blissed out!
[You can see more "peaceful" scenes here, at the Thursday Photo Challenge.]

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

abc wednesday - M is for "Marcus Aurelius"

Marcus Aurelius ruled the Roman Empire from
161 to 180 AD; he was revered as a philosopher
king during his reign. This 11-foot bronze statue
(a copy—the original, erected in 176 AD, is indoors)
is in the Campidoglio on Rome's Capitoline Hill.

[See more "M" posts at abc wednesday,  here.]

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

That's My World Tuesday

This is Rockefeller Park, just some of the green space
to be found at the southwestern tip of Manhattan.  It's
part of Battery Park City, built on 1.2 million cubic yards
of landfill, mostly rock and dirt excavated during the
construction of the Trade Towers.  The parks down here are
all public, but I have some lucky friends who live in that red
building back there and get to do yoga on the roof deck every 
day.  On Friday I'll show you what I saw when I turned around.

[See more of the world here.]

Monday, October 11, 2010

Mellow Yellow Monday

A bright yellow boat in Burano—wonder if its 
owner lives in a bright yellow house too.  
What color is your house?

[See more Mellow Yellow here.]

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Shadow Shot Sunday

Back in August, the city began a massive renovation of the Brooklyn Bridge. 
The project will cost $508 million, including $30 mil in stimulus money. Though 
the reno will focus mainly on the ramps and roadways, the pedestrian/bike 
path has lost some of its amazing views. [Here's a similar view, but taken before they 
got these walls up.]  On the positive side, there are definitely fewer people up there, 
and I haven't been held up by a photo shoot in weeks.

[You can see more Shadow Shots here.]

Saturday, October 9, 2010

They Say It's Your Birthday

My all-time fave Beatles song is "In My Life," and since John was 
killed it always makes me think of him.  Imagine . . . that 
John Lennon is still here and we can all wish him a happy 70th birthday!

[This is part of James' Weekend Reflections meme.  See more here.]

Friday, October 8, 2010

Skywatch Friday

I think it's a sight to behold in any kind of weather!

[See more Skywatch here.]

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Thursday Challenge — "music"

One of the things to love about New York: Here at Lincoln Center,
they film the operas that people pay big bucks to see at the Met, then
show them in the summer in hi-def on this screen—so all of us po'
folks may enjoy as well.  They also showed the first-night performance
of this year's season on this screen (and on another one in Times Square).
Thank you, Met Opera!   [And you can see more "music" here.]

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

abc wednesday - L is for "Lady Liberty"

This time I'd like to thank the good people at ABC Wednesday for 
providing me with the opportunity to post yet another 
shot of this gift from France that 
I love almost as much as I do the Eiffel Tower!

[See more of abc wednesday here.]

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

That's My World Tuesday

Yes, I've shown you the Municipal Building before—but 
this time I was on the other side of the island, 
by the Hudson River.  The building's five cupolas represent the 
five boroughs, as does the five-sectioned crown in the 
statue's left hand. (BTW, at 25 feet 
tall she's the second-tallest statue in NYC, and 
I'll bet you can guess who's Number 1.)

[You can see more of the world here.]

Monday, October 4, 2010

Mellow Yellow Monday

I've shown you the Brooklyn Flea once before.  It's held every
weekend in an old bank building, the kind they just don't make
anymore. This one has soaring ceilings, murals and marble, 
and fabulous brass chandeliers.

[See more Mellow Yellow here.]

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Shadow Shot Sunday

Went for another walk on the beach in Greenport,
on the north fork of Long Island—had to focus in
to find this subtle little shadow.

[See more shadow shots here.]

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Photo Hunter — "letters"

We have a great "giveaway" table here at my office—
which is where I found all of these A's (and a Z).  And 

this is how a useless but fun collection gets its start.

[See more "letters" here at tnchick's meme.]

Friday, October 1, 2010

Skywatch Friday

Another nice view from the Brooklyn Bridge:
The white dome belongs to City Hall, which
I've shown you before.

[See more Skywatch here.]