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.]
Sunday, October 31, 2010
Saturday, October 30, 2010
"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
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
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!
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
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
Sunday, October 24, 2010
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
The same spot 18 hours earlier.
[To see more orange, go here to tnchick's meme.]
Friday, October 22, 2010
Thursday, October 21, 2010
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
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
|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
Sunday, October 17, 2010
|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
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
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
|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
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)
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
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
Sunday, October 10, 2010
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
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
Thursday, October 7, 2010
|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
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
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
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.]