Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter


Easter morning and the trees are in bloom by the SVA Theater


22nd Street looks nice and bright.


Outside the deli all spring is on sale - the lilies


and lilac


and hyacinth.


On 22nd Street the brownstones look red


even the scruffy tree pit looks springlike.


On 8th Avenue the florist will open soon.



At home tulips from Trader Joe's.

Happy Easter!
Happy Spring!



Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The Miserable Persistence of Winter



Yesterday afternoon was cloudy


then a horrible rainstorm ripped the petals off the tulips and beat down the daffodils.


Overnight it snowed.


The purple ectoplasm is a red coleus indoors.


When I ventured out with the dog this morning, it was 32'F. The pansies were surrounded by ice granules.


Breakfast was baked oatmeal with almonds.


The tulips look cheery at least.


At 11am it is 40'f - but bright....


Gosh, just looked at my Blogger dashboard to discover this is post #900....






Thursday, April 10, 2014

Much Improved



I am happy to report that spring might  - finally - be making some tentative advances towards New York.


A rather promising dawn...


a bright noon


buds breaking into bloom.


Anemones remind me of February somehow but I bought some at Union Square.


There were pansies galore


and tulips to lust after.


These were my favorites.





Wednesday, April 2, 2014

April Fool's A Day Early


On Mondays we often go out to Long Island by train. There was no snow in the city


but by the time we got to New Hyde Park the platforms were covered.


By Westbury it was worse.


Near Cold Spring Harbor it was really very pretty.



This color photo of my son's backyard has no fancy filters though it looks very monochrome.


Yesterday, April 1st was sunny at last.  I think everyone is getting bored of The-Winter-which-never-
Ends....




Sunday, March 30, 2014

Artsy Queens on a Friday Evening


The end of the week


time to escape from Manhattan 


on the 7 train.


Queens has lots of graffiti


and lots of industrial buildings being 're-purposed'. 


PS1 a mecca for the hip and anyone interested in modern art (a great deal more modern than the actual MoMA.)


At Deniz's apartment I take photos of Lucy who is white


the artsy Hipstamatic filter turns her yellow.



We eat a yummy supper at La Flor under the elevated bit of the subway with a Hopperesque view across the street.

Weather update: After the unrelenting cold, we have torrential rain!



Sunday, March 23, 2014

Jury Duty and The Grand Budapest Hotel



Hmm.... jury duty. In my teaching days I used to long to be chosen for a trial. I wanted to be peachy keen and answer all sorts of questions.


So I headed downtown


one rather chilly morning


and entered the CRIMINAL COURTS BUILDING. However, as per usual, no one was the least interested in me. Wasn't selected for anything. Sent home after two days with certificate saying I was good for six years. No mug. No sticker. No nothing.

Then we went to see Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel. Such a super movie for all sorts of reasons. Shot in Saxony near the Polish border. Reminded me of The Monopol Hotel in Breslau/Wroclaw (see below)


 where I stayed when researching Ruth & Gisela - (and where Hitler had stayed in 1937). And I was in Vienna this summer where they had all sorts of cakes as in the movie.


So - we wondered where this splendor was replicated in New York and decided to try The Plaza where I had never been before....and, lo and behold


there were all sorts of minions rushing back and forth


and rather heady cocktails.


I think I will move in to this Gothic extravaganza overlooking it all.





Friday, March 7, 2014

A Cold Walk to The Penumbra Foundation

Brisk weather but clear light.


We set off towards the floor district past the sort of building that has exterior metal fire escapes - as fewer and fewer buildings do.


Too cold for there to be many flowers around


but cold enough for the water leaking from the fire hydrant to form a shiny puddle.


We pass the rectory of The Little Church Round the Corner - rather Dickensian pretty high up on my list of 'places I definitely would like to live in'.

We arrive at The Penumbra Foundation which is utterly fascinating to anyone with the least interest in photography and history. Do hit the link to learn more about it. Geoffrey Berliner showed us everything: the tintype studio, dark rooms, the north light studio


the astounding collection of lenses (here looking a bit like a Dutch still life)


the amazing large old cameras, the dark rooms, the library of books pertaining to the history of photography (including Conan Doyle's "Spirit Photography"  and so on and so on.  It made me realize how utterly ignorant I am about the history of photography and optics. How lazy it is to rely on the wizardry of the iPhone!


A view south from their roof.


The inescapable Empire State Building from a different angle than usual.

Yes, and it's still cold.