Tuesday, August 31, 2010

London Calling

I'm pleased to record for posterity that, after a year of marriage, six months of living in London, three plus weeks vacationing in the U.S., a few days in New York, and an hour and a half dining with my husband and me, the charming and smart social worker/good government duo otherwise known as Robin and Aubrey are still smiling.

Sign Language

Get more NYC, as long as you don't mind being watched 
(and please don't stand here).
If you can still see the sign that says "If You See Something, Say Something," say something.
Why does this sign cost $39.99?
(Note: "$7,000" is written on this, alas, empty envelope.)

Monday, August 30, 2010

Garment District, Manhattan

When you're in the right frame of mind, the side of a dumpster looks pretty.
What does it say about the economics and environmental impact of factory farming that a hot dog on the streets of Manhattan still costs only $1.50?

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Eye on the Ball (Central Park)

Movie Making (99th St., Manhattan)

A member of the crew for "Premium Rush" during a second Sunday of chase-scene filming.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Shuttle Bus, Manhattan

Improvements/repairs to the No. 2 train mean travelers need to switch to a shuttle bus at 96th Street. But I'm not posting the picture as a public service announcement; rather it's the colors, reflections and depth of the image that interest me.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Riverside Park, Manhattan

I was with my son in Riverside Park today and started snapping photos of people passing. It's interesting to see some people are alone, some are obviously traveling together and still others end up in the frame together--the photo forever links them--but they are strangers and perhaps didn't even notice each other's presence. I also used a function on the camera to swap out the color of the sky for the color of the grass and the color of my pink Mexican shopping bag.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

30th Street Station, Philadelphia, PA

A final image of Philadelphia at the conclusion of my family's two-day visit. 

Philadelphia, PA

I like the colors.

She Had a Bad Hair Day (200 Years Ago)

In the historic house of Philip Syng Physick (dubbed the "Father of American Surgery"), my family encountered not only period furniture, portraits of American founder types (like George Washington and John Marshall), and innovative surgical instruments, but also this reminder that vanity is not a modern invention.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Sad Restaurants, Philadelphia

Different restaurants, same story. The lobster (above) reflects a happier past at the Old Original Bookbinders Restaurant while the upside down Auction Sale sign inside reflects current hardships. At another restaurant a few blocks away, the hopeful "Now Open for Lunch" written on the window (left) has given way to the posted notice in the window (bottom).

Philadelphia, PA

"Believe and look with triumph on the grave."

Philadelphia Cheese (Whiz) Steak

"Cheese Steak Made [w.] Cheese Whiz U[n]less Otherw[i]se [R]e[q]uested [$]7"

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Things Your Parents Never Told You to Do with Flowers

I heard someone on the radio (NPR, of course) talking about cooking zucchini flowers. A couple weeks later, I saw zucchini flowers for sale at the Union Square Greenmarket. I bought them, cleaned them, stuffed them with cheese, baked them, snapshotted them and, with help from my family, ate them. Conclusion: They taste about as good as they look--that is, kind of pretty, kind of interesting, kind of weird.

Riverside Park

Someone(s) created art out of driftwood along the Hudson River. Rising every 30 yards or so, the signpost-like constructions remind me of something the "Others" on Lost might have made to terrorize and/or confuse the hapless victims of Oceanic Flight 815. This is just one sample of his/her/their creations.

Gramercy (?) or Chelsea Morning

Walking down 15th St. toward 6th Avenue, I was struck by the New England quality of the light (which my old Canon PowerShot doesn't quite do justice).

Monday, August 23, 2010

Bugs Eye View of NYC

This little one greeted me in the hallway of my building this morning. Who says New York isn't for nature lovers?
Speaking of insects, later in the morning I caught a glimpse through a stage door of the webby set for "Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark" (previews start in the fall).

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Upper West Side, Manhattan

Broadway between 97th and 104th was closed to regular traffic on and off today to film a chase scene (involving a motorcycle chasing a bike messenger) for a movie called "Premium Rush." I was too impatient to wait around to watch them film but I walked briefly among the many extras, faux cabs, crew members and cops (ready to stop traffic) who were waiting for the director to shout "Action."
The (stunt?) messenger.
The bike and camera (swaddled against the rain and mounted to the trunk of a car).
Faux traffic waiting for the cameras to roll.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Bay Ridge, Brooklyn

Three pleasing features (among many) of our friends Leslie & Michael's home:
their Betsy Ross flag, Suji the pug, and their antique lamp commemorating the Brooklyn Bridge.

I'm curious to know if anyone calls.

Chelsea, Manhattan

Growing old vs. growing old gracefully.

Park Avenue, Manhattan

Score one for Bloomberg. Park Avenue was closed to traffic for the third and final time this summer. Bikes and joggers ruled the road!!

Friday, August 20, 2010

Hells Kitchen, Manhattan

Did a carbon-spewing vehicle mangle this environmentally friendly form of
transportation? I find myself disturbed and a bit awed at how easily the
bike appears to have crumpled.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Upper West Side, Manhattan

I find the presence of 24-hour grocery stores reassuring
even if I never, or only rarely, go in them.

Morningside Heights, Manhattan

The tennis courts at 120th Street are wonderfully isolated.
You can almost kid yourself that you're far from civilization.
And then you look up and see Riverside Church.
And that hum you hear?
The West Side Highway roaring just beyond the trees.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

96th Street & Broadway

Houston Street Station, No. 1 Train

King Street, SoHo