Saturday, April 18, 2015

Bright



Marsh marigolds picked by small children who haven't quite grasped the


idea that you need to have stems to put in water...


Trailer Park on 23rd Street looking specially trashy in the bright sunlight.



Important maintenance going on by the car wash under The High Line on 24th Street.


Bright coat in a gallery


Bright building towering over TheHigh Line


and bright everything where the Lukoil Station on the corner of 10th Avenue - was where I'm sure something large and swanky will be erected.


Medium bright dog wondering why he has to look at large photographs in art galleries.  I rather liked these portraits - sort of Velasquez meets Murillo...

Wonderfully sunny today. Hooray!

Monday: Pouring with rain and chilly again...

 UNICEFMARKET Giveaway update:
Frances of the splendid blog Cityviews/Countrydreams was the winner picked at random this morning. I'm sure she will be able to find something really lovely there. I got a silk scarf for myself. See it here.



Sunday, April 12, 2015

Urban and a UNICEFmarket Giveaway


Now that the weather is somewhat improved it's possible to get out and about more.


Lots of construction and destruction going on everywhere. Here up by Fifth Avenue where the turquoise wall looks rather like an abstract painting.


Blue skies above 11th Avenue.


More sunshine yesterday on 13th Street.


On 15th Street pretty yellow, red and blue netting near Chelsea Market.


On 9th Avenue a quintessentially New York melange - the Seminary Building, a cyclist a fire truck and a man in a turban. 


In Soho the sort of interior space one lusts after but is unlikely to be able to afford.


Back home two of the rather battered pansies from the tree pits outside


and a charming abstract accidental painting - a byproduct of Robert's real painting of Robert Moses Beach.

And now to the giveaway. For some years I've been supporting the artisans at Novica. Novica in conjunction with the new UNICEFmarket has lots of lovely things made in far-flung corners of the globe - I particularly like their silk scarves and Thai paper products.



 This paper has charming little plant parts in it.
The UNICEFmarket is a super resource for finding unusual gifts. I have a $50 gift code to send to a lucky reader who comments on my blog - so write soon and I'll pick someone at random and let you know by next weekend. I'll pick some in the US because UK readers might end up having to pay import duty whereas US ones don't!



Friday, April 3, 2015

Ah! Flower Pits...



Since it is now April, spring is, eventually, arriving.
Time for the urban gardening season to begin,


Margaret and I head up to Union Square to reconnoiter and find splendid tulips


wonderful pussywillow spring crafts


and very strange decorative willow.


For some reason the bus looked springlike.

We bought lots of plants...


The next day, Margaret, Emily and I went up to The Flower District on 28th Street


and looked at more flowers


and lusted after hellebores.


Right round the corner on 6th Avenue all is urban indeed.


Some extra special primulas - that had been sold to someone else and we weren't allowed to have...

Anyway...


This is flower pit #1 - our final effort....
Will keep you posted.


HAPPY SPRING



Tuesday, March 24, 2015

One World Trade Center



Years ago I used to bike by the old World Trade Center quite often. I went up one of the old Twin towers in 1993 - the week before the very first small bombing.
Anyway, when my friend Daryl asked me to lunch at the new One World Trade Center, I was very excited having only seen the tower from a distance.


So subway to WTC
up the steps...



Lovely tower ahead.


Madly imposing desk and stringent security (both good.)



I look up in the lobby


am greeted by Daryl looking stunningly slim and chic - as ever.


We lunch in the elegant Conde Nast cafeteria



from which there are astounding views - see the reflecting pool below and The Statue of Liberty upper right.



So much building going on downtown. Cranes everywhere - all very exciting.


Ah, to be young and pale and red-headed - and for horrid brown walls to actually work.



In the lobby downstairs a vast abstract painting I love. Gosh, it's good to get out of the house once in a while and look about me.

Daryl has daily splendid photos of downtown and uptown world on Instagram. You can see them here  DARYL10024




Saturday, March 14, 2015

Hooray!


It's the middle of March....


Frances and I went to Union Square  and, lo and behold!
Pansies...


and primulas


the first of the season.


Anemones wrapped in green paper


and narcissus


and poppies that must have been grown indoors -  but never mind.



Oddly, there were very aged squash that must have overwintered somewhere



and antique carrots beginning to sprout. After all this excitement we needed a snack


because even though it was bright, it was cold.






Thursday, March 12, 2015

The Sun Finally Came Out...and We Venture to the East Side




Sunday dawned chilly but sunny


by the grace of the Saint Teresa of East Broadway and her bounteous artificial flowers


just near a very old fashioned news vendor. 
We headed to an art show


 at Pier 36


then a late lunch at Pete's.


Monday was more and more sunny and the snow started to melt and make huge puddles.


This morning you could see the bus in the distance
and beyond that - perhaps -



the Easter Bunny pondering deep thoughts...