Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Monday, September 29, 2014

Store Decor

I saw this decoration hanging from the high ceiling in a clothing store. It doesn't seem to have anything to do with the products they sell...just art!

Morning temperature: 66 degrees

Steps: 11,312

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Street Fair

I don't drink coffee but this jeep is adorable! Perfect for a street fair.

Ran across a street fair right around the corner from home. We ended up with a gift purchase of a t-shirt designed by the man selling it. And we succumbed to sliders for lunch along with a huge Salted Chocolate donut sold at the Dough booth.

We noticed the look of the vendors was different from the usual street fair. We asked a vendor about it and he pointed us towards one of the organizers so we talked a bit with him. Its focus is more arty with plenty of space for food vendors including local restaurants. This event was called Eating Eighth (probably since it was on 8th Avenue!)

We plan to keep an eye out for more Clearview Festivals.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Window Shopping

It's Friday again! I spent most of the day Tuesday thinking it was Wednesday but still this week flew by.

My train to work skipped my stop this morning so I had to go a little further. Not a bad walk and not a lot of people once you get a block away from the train stop...but no scenic views either.

Morning temperature: 58 degrees

Steps: 9001

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Bumper Stickers

I think the average Delorean owner wouldn't have been plastering stickers all over the car!

Today I dropped off a kitty doggie bag to a homeless cat. There is a stretch of sidewalk covered with scaffolding on my way to work where 5 to 7 homeless people have started spending the nights. 

I mostly just marvel at how they can sleep (at least they appear to really be sleeping) while people walk by within a couple feet and construction noise starts up. Yesterday I noticed one of the blanket wrapped bundles (who might be a woman) had a cat on a leash. There was also a cat carrier which the cat was sitting on.

So last night I packed a couple cans of cat food and a small bag of food along with plastic utensils, disposable bowls, a few paper towels and also a few apples and food items for the cat owner.  Maybe having food for the cat will take a little stress off the homeless person.

I still feel a little guilty that I apparently was more interested in helping the homeless cat than the homeless person.

Morning temperature: 61 degrees

Steps: 9087

Wednesday, September 24, 2014


I'm not sure what items are ordered from the neighborhood bakery that takes a special little delivery vehicle necessary. The bakery is closed in the morning when I walk past it. I see the 2 delivery bikes chained up across the street. Can you order a delivery when you have a cupcake emergency?

Morning temperature: 59 degrees

Steps: 10,350

Tuesday, September 23, 2014


I liked the discreet wording of the invoice from a delivery of lobsters and fish. They could have said "make sure they're not dead" or make sure they're alive but no....they go for checking mortality! You wouldn't want to hurt the feelings of any lobsters...at least, the live ones.

I was nearly the victim of falling packages of insulation this morning. The strapping came loose as a pallet loaded with bags of insulation was being unloaded from a flatbed truck by forklift. The bags fell off the truck onto the sidewalk on the other side from the forklift. The bags bounced a little so I think there was little chance of serious injury but I was glad to not start the day under big bags of insulation.

Morning temperature: 51 degrees

Steps: 8711

Monday, September 22, 2014

Pink Shoes

Awhile ago I posted a picture of this guy's big brother who is on the other side of the park. That guy is taller and bigger. This guy is more the size of a real person...guess that would be the point of "Perspective". On this morning, I enjoyed the offering of pink shoes.

Morning temperature: 64 degrees

Steps: 10,434

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Farmer's Market

At one of the smaller farmer's markets. They still have everything that's in season but sometimes you just want to be overwhelmed with choices.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Tribute Flowers

These are some of the flowers for 911. This firehouse lost 5 fire fighters that day.

Morning temperature: 56 degrees

Steps: 8873

Thursday, September 18, 2014

More Police Vehicles

More police vehicles that I never see actually in use!

Morning temperature: 57 degrees

Steps: 9856

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

No Parking

No parking...I think...

Morning temperature: 56 degrees

Steps: 7749

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Sock Monkey

This drawing of an anatomically correct sock monkey (if you think sock monkey's have that part!) has been enlarged and posted around town. I'm told this might just be the tail! What is wrong with me!!!

Morning temperature: 61 degrees & rainy

Steps: 10,848

Monday, September 15, 2014

Adopt a Pet

This was the pet adoption van. It had cages inside for transportation of the pets...and the cats were in there too. There seemed to be a lot of interest in the animals. I hope some got a new home!

Morning temperature: 56 degrees

Steps: 10,844

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Birch Cake Stand

This is the DIY cake stand for a cake at a woodland themed wedding reception. I'm not sure if I was crooked or if the rattan trunk was tilted!

My job was to piece together some woodgrained paper to put on top. The plan had been to have the cut log on view but it didn't look so good. Some sanding may have done the trick but wasn't an option at the time. A round piece of glass went on top for the cake to sit on.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Macho Vehicles

These things parked in the subway station look a little silly especially when I imagine the NYPD officers on them.

Morning temperature: 63 degrees

Steps: 10,519

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Never Forget

I take pictures of the memorial lights every year but this photo is still the one I prefer. Thirteen years later and the memories are still clear. Many September 11's since have been rainy -  stark contrast to the sunny blue sky in 2001.

A lot has changed and a lot has stayed the same. Thirteen years ago the internet was not quite the source for news that it is now.

Something reminds me of 9/11 often. Yesterday a co-worker pulled his pocketknife out of his pocket and told the story of losing his favorite one at the airport when he took a flight not long after the new regulations. Last week I read about a summer camp started for the children who lost a parent that day. The founders memorialize the son they lost in one of the towers by hosting the kids each year.

The floral tributes are piling up at the local firehouse...some sent from long distances. I  hope we never forget.

Morning temperature: 69 degrees

Steps: 9140

Wednesday, September 10, 2014


The Flatiron Building is one of my favorite photo topics. I usually take the narrow front view...well, come to think of it, I don't know what side is the front! I think of the narrow side in this shot as the back. For some reason, the whole building is leaning!

Morning temperature: 64 degrees

Steps: 9623

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Subway as Art

This is a free standing column at the 14th street Union Square subway station. It looks like it was part of an older version of the station but it could be a newer piece of art. It looks like art to me...whatever it is.

Morning temperature: 65 degrees

Steps: 8881

Monday, September 8, 2014


There is this little triangle in a tangle of streets in the Village. There's not much to do with it but filling it with plants can't be a bad thing. And more oxygen never hurts.

Morning temperature: 66 degrees

Steps: 12,131

Sunday, September 7, 2014


So here's a guy holding a pinwheel and standing IN THE MIDDLE OF THE STREET on some kind of rotating platform. Does he not get enough attention at home? He was going round and round and round. I watched for awhile but I didn't want to see him either fall into the street in a dizzy spell or lose his lunch.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Yikes! It Really Is Fall!

It was 85 degrees and nasty, nasty humid this morning at the farmer's market but seeing these little pumpkin gourds indicates that someone thinks it's Fall!

Friday, September 5, 2014

Barber Pole

I don't think they quite had the right idea about a barber pole...but it was a good try!

Morning temperature: 73 degrees

Steps: 8935

Thursday, September 4, 2014


On my way home from work...

Morning temperature: 70 degrees

Steps: 8570

Wednesday, September 3, 2014


Yesterday it was 93-ish...the last blast of summer? You know it's hot out when I get home to my normally hot apartment and think...it's not that bad in here. Then I look at the thermometer and it's 86.

High-eighties for the rest of the week then maybe some nice 70 degree temperatures. I look forward to that.

Morning temperature: 73 degrees

Steps: 9555

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

George Washington Slept Here

The last stop on the trip was this stone house built by a relative, Cornelius Evert Wynkoop.   He was a minuteman and also served on the Committee to detect and defeat Conspiracies along with Aaron Burr.  Cornelius' great grandfather who emigrated to this country in the 1680's is my 10th great grandfather.

The big ol' locust trees obstructed my view a bit but I won't hold it against them since I like trees and they've been there since the 1770's! The house is not open to the public but was worth the stop.

By the way, George Washington slept here in 1782!

Morning temperature: 78 degrees and steamy

Steps: 10,553

Monday, September 1, 2014

The Capitol

One of the things about going to historical sites is that they often are only open from 11am to 4pm.  After getting up for the free breakfast at the motel we were on the road too early so we decided to check out Empire State Plaza in Albany.

The 1899 State Capitol building...one of the few that don't have a dome.

This looks like the mothership but is The Egg

The Egg is a performing arts facility.

With more time to spare we ducked into the State Museum which opened at 9:30am...mainly to look for postcards in the gift shop (not a good selection however). This display next to the gift shop with a fire truck damaged during 911 caught my eye. Thirteen years later and it's still hard to look at...which is probably a good thing. Never forget.

But where are the people of Albany??? It wasn't that early! This main highway through the city was deserted for the whole time we were walking around the area. Freaky!