Monday, September 30, 2013
56 degrees & 86% humidity
An NYPD patrol car parade. They have some name for it...I don't know if it's a show of strength or what but at sometimes at shift change they have a string of cars drive by with lights flashing. This one was only 9 cars but it was impressive when they turned the wrong way onto a one way street.
Then another 10 patrol cars parked at Union Square
A trainer describing the details of today's workout to his client. Not sure why you start out telling someone how difficult the session is going to be...
The Monday GreenMarket is always smaller than other days but this morning it is even smaller!
Everybody selling pumpkin something...pumpkin donuts, pumpkin scones, pumpkin chili, pumpkin ice cream...
Last day of September
Sunday, September 29, 2013
Saturday, September 28, 2013
Friday, September 27, 2013
59 degrees, 66% humidity along with some morning cloud cover
Looking inside a gutted brownstone...only brick walls remain
Next door another brownstone is having a heated sidewalk installed
Rap is blasting up the block...coming from an Honest Ade delivery truck
Dropping off the compost
Catching a glimpse of Jonathan apples at the GreenMarket! I haven't noticed a Jonathan in years...usually the closest is a Jonagold and that Jonathan/Golden Delicious hybrid is not the same.
When I was a pre-teen my dad worked with a guy who also had an orchard. Every Fall the orchard owner would sell apples to his co-workers and my dad would come home with a bushel of Jonathans. We kept them in the garage and they lasted a long time since we mostly only ate them in our school lunches.
I had a much sweeter tooth so an apple was not my snack of choice. And then I discovered "Little Women" and read the scene in which my favorite character, Jo, would wrap up warmly in the attic eating apples and reading. We didn't have an attic but from then on once the Jonathans arrived...I'd wrap up in a blanket in my cold room over the unheated garage or sometimes I'd wrap up in a blanket in our unheated travel trailer. Books and apples were always involved.
Turns out that Jonathans originated in Woodstock, NY in 1826 (although there is an alternate theory.) Who knew when I was growing up in the Midwest that New York would be a theme that runs through my life. But then it could just be because New York is the center of the universe.
And, yes, I bought the apples.
Thursday, September 26, 2013
|Still some color on the High Line|
59 degrees & 77% humidity
2013 has seen the most visits I've made to the High Line. I live close and always enjoy the visits yet sometimes I don't think to go there. It's often crowded in the summer with locals and tourists. It is not an exaggeration to say that on some walks I have not heard a word of English spoken.
My last few visits have been perfect...cooler weather and less people The vegetation has grown in and it doesn't look newly planted any more even though the landscaping crew is always working, trimming, planting.
I wonder if people who are not big city dwellers really appreciate the miracle that is the High Line.
I once visited a building that looked out over the elevated railway...before it was the High Line. Even then the natural weeds and grasses growing there made it look inviting. I asked about access but was told it was not possible.
The area next to the High Line is now desirable real estate and there is much new building some of which takes away some of the charm and also blocks some of the views of the river on one side and the city on the other.
In the morning there are runners and people walking to work and school. One guy walked the length while reading a newspaper. Others brought coffee and took a break to drink it. And there are always photographers...the amateurs and the professional.
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
|Rocks in the trees in Madison Square Park|
53 degrees and 73% humidity. Felt warmer today.
A man sitting by the bus stop waving his arms at passersby as if he is directing traffic
A man in a business suit giving a cigarette to a homeless man. You can get lung cancer even if you don't have money to buy the cigarettes!
Best idea - After school special: 2 cookies & milk for $3 at Billy's Bakery
Let's talk about Selfies. I don't even like the word although I acknowledge the common practice of cutesy words, abbreviations et cetera now running through the English language. I admit to using some of these shortcuts - at first with sarcasm - and then waking up one day to realize they are part of my everyday usage.
So back to these self portraits. On the one had it's hazardous on an NYC sidewalk. I'll be walking along and suddenly have to dodge a couple people in front of me who suddenly came to a dead stop to take a self portrait with a camera phone. I have to forgive them because I'm sure that moment had to be preserved immediately and there was no time to step to the side instead of stopping pedestrian traffic.
On the other hand, all these photos now make their way to the internet. The most awful, unflattering, out of focus shots invade cyberspace. I don't do Facebook or Twitter or Instagram but I still catch glimpses of some of these photos on blogs or in emails. Why do people think we want to see it? And teenagers (and Anthony Weiner)...wait till those photos resurface when you have teenagers of your own!
Taking photos of yourself is not a bad thing. (Actual cameras often have self-timer buttons that make that easy.) Put your good photos in a scrapbook. Share them with your family. But keep them out of the cyber-reach of strangers!
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
48 degrees and 73% humidity
A crisp morning
A man painting mysterious lines and numbers in fluorescent orange for an upcoming construction project
Bigelow Pharmacy celebrating 175 years
An older woman and younger man circling the park numerous times. I've seen her before with different young men. I now imagine that she's an NYU guidance counselor taking early morning appointments only if the students will walk with her.
The 1839 Georgian brownstone formerly occupied by John Phillips Sousa at 80 Washington Place (apparently now completely modern inside)
Coffee shops seemingly on every block and every one doing excellent business
Monday, September 23, 2013
|This little guy is not as clear as I would like due to me setting the camera on the sidewalk and guessing at the focus...but he looked adorable just sitting there not concerned about me at all although he did fly away after 3 shots.|
and 30 minutes later it was down to 51 degrees
A nice Fall morning now that it's officially Fall
And still some people freezing in their short sleeves
Waiting for a crane to back into a construction site
The cop turning right on the red light. NYC is one of the few places you cannot legally turn right on red. Out of towners and cops (apparently) do it all the time.
Teenagers greeting each other like long lost friends after an absence of 2 days
Sunday, September 22, 2013
Saturday, September 21, 2013
Friday, September 20, 2013
|High Line Art. See previous art by this artist|
60 degrees, 77% humidity, sunny
Today and tomorrow are predicted to be the warmest days of the week.
100 morning walks...so soon. Who would have thought that I could keep at it?
I've been noticing that the homeless are less likely to push their treasures around in shopping carts and granny carts. They are apparently picking up discarded rolling suitcases and now looked more like disheveled travelers.
A man in the park rolling up his sleeping quilts and packing them into his suitcase
Graffiti: I am here it doesn't matter why
Film shoot: Jet Blue commercial (no runways or airplanes in sight)
A quick morning walk before I pick up someone after an outpatient procedure.
The walk to and from the hospital brings my steps total to 16,347
Thursday, September 19, 2013
|A steam ship paddle boat (a little worse for wear) chugs up the Hudson|
55 degrees, 58% humidity and clear skies
Pigeons sleeping under benches
A man wearing a royal blue t-shirt and a yellow and orange floral tie
Two film shoots: Law & Order: SVU back in the projects and Broad City
In addition to clothing, furniture and household items, the store sold groceries including meat from a refrigerated meat room and live fish from a huge fish tank. There was a beauty salon, barber shop, post office, dentist office and the bicycle department had a track for prospective buyers to try out the equipment. Even more progressive was the classroom provided for the children employees to have 2 hours of classes every day.
An ornate fountain was the showpiece on street level and the catch phrase of the time was "Meet me at the fountain."
The overextended Mr. Siegel sold the store in 1904 to Mr. Greenhut who was a little late to the Ladies Mile party as other large department stores were moving uptown but he kept it going till 1918. The building had a short life as a military hospital during World War I. Today it is broken up into TJ Maxx, Marshall's, Bed, Bath & Beyond and numerous offices in the upper stories. The façade still has lots of the same features that it had on opening day.
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
53 degrees, 63% humidity and sunny
Feels like Fall and I like it
People walking in trances
Two very young girls holding hands while following their elderly grandfather who was leaning heavily on his cane
Three employees waiting impatiently for security to let them into the New School
Jackson Diner: Indian Cuisine
A squinting woman walking into the sun...sunglasses perched on top of her head
Lots of women in scrubs
Dropping off compost and shopping at the GreenMarket
At a store selling clothes for young men:
"Please take your hats and glasses off and check your bags at the counter.
Please be advised that you are being recorded at the moment of your entry.
No pets or roller blades"
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
|The leaves haven't even turned yet so what is this all about?|
50 degrees, 53% humidity
So many people in shorts, short sleeves, sleeveless. Do they not check the weather report? ( It may be a crapshoot but it's still a guideline!)
Seeing more and more chain stores that are remodeling. Cash must be flowing!
A food truck painted yellow and decorated with the Brooklyn Nine - Nine logo dispensing free coffee and bagels as a promotion for the new TV show
Fathers walking their 'tween daughters to school while having animated conversations
Halloween decorations appearing in apartment windows
Checking out the new stores and restaurants popping up
Monday, September 16, 2013
|The Empire State Building on a gray morning|
63 degrees, 75% humidity, cloudy
Walking my old route to work...a few changes along the way
Cutting through the flower district. Lots of Fall flowers and colors
|but what is this?|
In the park, there are still lots of stacks of pieces of the Red, Yellow, Blue sculpture
Raindrops start to fall
A man and his dog sitting next to each other on a bench, sharing an umbrella and a breakfast sandwich
Though it was clearly threatening rain (and was predicted) many people seem umbrella-less
Stopping for a few grocery items. Had planned to cut over to make a compost drop but holding grocery bags and the umbrella seems like too much trouble
Sunday, September 15, 2013
Friday, September 13, 2013
|A pop of color when you least expect it|
67 degrees, 90% humidity, sunny skies
A blond bulldog puppy with a purple skull & crossbones dyed into the fur on his hindquarters
A Sharp Tongue Coffee truck...does that sound like something you'd like to try?
Walking through Chelsea Piers
A few people running along the river
Benches still wet from last night's rain
Two guys in dress shirts & pants, walking their Citibikes and
Watching the Ride 2 Recovery group cross the West Side Highway with a little help from NYPD. A worthy organization that assists veterans...
Work on The High Line extension is making progress
Lots of people this morning. At least, a couple walking meetings
Film shoot du jour: Law & Order: SVU
Thursday, September 12, 2013
|...but park all you want on Friday|
|On a delivery truck|
|I don't think I want to know|
77 degrees, 76% humidity, a little sunshine and clouds
Coming down the elevator...the Oscar Mayer jingle pops in my head. Oh oh.
A yellow bus: Happy Child Transportation Co. (What bus picks up the unhappy children?)
Man in kilt keeps scratching his legs under his knee socks. He reaches his car and finds a ticket on it.
My bologna has a first name...
Four transvestites standing in front of a porn store
A short break on a bench at the Fashion Institute of Technology
Four blue uniformed maintenance guys leaning over a window sill...legs hanging in the air
Homeless-looking guy sleeping on the sidewalk next to his wheelchair
My bologna has a second name...it's M-A-Y-E-R
Woman throws bread to 3 squirrels in the park and 40 pigeons swoop in (Yes, I counted them)
Film shoot du jour: Person of Interest
Oh, I love to eat it everyday and if you ask me why say...
'Cause Oscar Mayer has a way with b-o-l-o-g-n-a!
Now try to get that out of your head!
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
77 degrees & 78% humidity, hazy sun
The air is thick and hard to breathe
Fall clothes in the store windows make me sweat
More film shoots...'tis the season...TV shows, movies, commercials
The GreenMarket setting up shop...the worst part is dragging out the tables and produce but everything looks so good!
Trimming trees around the park
Hosing down sidewalks doubles the humidity
A store called Olde Good Things sounds like the place for me
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
|Laura Lobdell's tiny jewelry store|
69 degrees & 83% humidity. Foggy & gray.
A streetcleaner honks at pedestrians
A little girl chasing pigeons in the park
A man does a quick change on his little girl's stroller so she can face forward
Tourists taking photos of each other in the park
Leafblowers breaking the morning semi-silence
A friendly park worker greeting old friends and new
A mother and son jumping rope...apparently on their way to school
Today is primary day in NYC. On my way home the campaigners were out in force! Tomorrow some people are going to be able to sleep in...hopes dashed...for now.
Monday, September 9, 2013
|Some of the 1830's seminary architecture. This part is now the Highline Hotel.|
58 degrees & 59% humidity
A hot Sunday followed by great weather today but the 90's are coming back
Lots of sleeveless tops and arms surprised to be sporting goosebumps
A man spraying water on the sidewalk but paying more attention to his phone
Citibikes staff loading up bikes from racks that are full to transport to other locations
A film shoot in the park
A dog pulling his owner left and right as he chases squirrels
The deconstruction of Red Yellow Blue in Madison Square Park. I'll miss the splashes of color in the park.
School is back in session on my street
Sunday, September 8, 2013
Friday, September 6, 2013
|More abandoned shoes|
58 degrees, 49% humidity and sunny
It feels like Fall and I'm not complaining
A woman in pajamas walks her dog
People in a mix of seasonal clothes...still not sure if they should dress for summer or fall
A film crew shooting an outdoor dining scene for a Showtime production
The park definitely looks like Fall and the usual characters hanging out are fewer and different
A man sleeps wrapped head to toe in a shroud-like sheet. Not sure how it remains white
Men in business suits on their way to work stop to pick up vegetables at the GreenMarket...briefcases in one hand and bags of produce in the other
A little girl in a fluffy hot pink skirt walks behind her father who is pushing a stroller. That skirt is wider than the girl is tall
Thursday, September 5, 2013
|Shoes abandoned by Gramercy Park. At least they have each other.|
67 degrees, 67% humidity and sunny
Only 1 degree warmer than yesterday but it feels warmer
Mimosas this Saturday at the Brooklyn Industries store
Sidewalk chalk drawings guide shoppers into the American Apparel
Decorating store windows at 7am
A man dressed in black carrying a single red rose
Another man passing out religious tracts
Quote at the spa: "Hope is a waking dream." -Aristotle Onassis
(I would like to know at what time in his life he said that)
Lacy off white dresses seem popular. Note to wearers: Seeing your butt crack through the dress does not really complete the look in a good way
Wednesday, September 4, 2013
66 degrees (Yay!), 67% humidity and sun
Excellent morning weather
Lights were still on in the first park I encountered
Two other small parks are still locked up tight
A woman starts a conversation. She is 65 and starting an accelerated LPN program at NYU. You go, girl!
Message on a bag: If you want to be cute, eat veggies and fruit
Goorin Bros, Bold Hatmakers since 1895
The mysterious ceramic mural at 88 Perry Street. It says Ano 1865 on a building that went up in 1900 but may not have been installed till 1972
Tuesday, September 3, 2013
72 degrees & 93% humidity
What a difference a day makes! Well, it's still intensely humid but there were a lot of people on the street. I saw quite a few people before I even got from my building door to the sidewalk.
Fog shrouds the skyline...again
Sanitation trucks are everywhere
A crane bringing in a very long white rectangular object the length of nearly half the block drew quite a crowd of early morning spectators
The river looking dirty with trash probably brought in with last night's rain
Fewer runners on the riverwalk
A detour through the High Line found quite a few people dressed for work making detours of their own
A blue shirted Apple employee sitting in the window of the Apple store
Most people walking with a cup of coffee in one hand
Monday, September 2, 2013
76 degrees (Accuweather says it feels like 86) & 87% humidity
Rain is predicted
Sweating in the apartment, yet when I walk out of the building sweat immediately beads up on my face
A quiet Labor Day morning
Labor Day Sale signs in store windows
The top of the Empire State Building is lost in fog
A plastic toy airplane in the gutter
A deceased bird on the sidewalk
A homeless man holds up his hands like he is taking a photo with a camera phone...only he is aiming through a pull tab
Message on a mug: You are not perky. You are obnoxious.