Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween!

These guys are in the window of a store that sells party paper products. Most of the time they specialize in wedding and shower supplies and the window is full of appropriate pastel displays.

On my walk home last night I passed Abracadabra, a year round store that is everything Halloween. There was a line half a block long to get in. Halloween gets bigger every year!

Morning temperature: 45 degrees

Steps: 9322

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Halloween Specialities

What is on your Halloween grocery list?

Morning temperature: 48 degrees

Steps: 9263

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Seasonal Empire State Building

The Empire State Building is prepared for Halloween.
Morning temperature: 63 degrees
Steps: 10,104

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Monday, October 27, 2014

Halloween Window Displays

Window display at the eyeglasses store

Overheard during a conversation on finding your mate: "I need to find a blond haired girl." It's funnier when you know those words came out of the mouth of a 7 year old in Spanish Harlem.

Morning temperature: 50 degrees

Steps: 12,245

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Cream of the Crop

These girls never have any fun!

Five in person and one cropping along by phone in the Virgin Islands.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Friday, October 24, 2014

Dunce or Witch?

I think this fire hydrant is trying out its' Halloween costume!

Morning temperature: 50 degrees

Steps: 7337

Thursday, October 23, 2014

More Soggy Sculpture

Another rainy morning. 

Morning temperature: 51 degrees

Steps: 5459

Wednesday, October 22, 2014


Another rainy morning.

Morning temperature: 55 degrees

Steps: 9352

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Autumn Color

There is not a lot of color in the least, on the leaves...but I saw this nice branch of colorful leaves on an otherwise green tree.

All the buildings, cars and people keep the temperature up and the leaves green while the area outside the city turns color.

Morning temperature: 56 degrees

Steps: 9210

Monday, October 20, 2014

Subway Advertising

So this is new. Now we have advertising actually on the doors inside and out of the subway train cars. There are already billboards on the walls of the cars. Not sure the advertising blitz will work.  Everyone is reading their phones anyway!

It was pretty dark this morning on the way to the station but there was a tiny glow of orange reflected in some clouds and a tiny sliver of the moon was still visible.

Morning temperature: 42 degrees

Steps: 11,656

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Avon Walk for Breast Cancer - NYC

I headed out for my usual compost dump at Abingdon Square this morning. Sometimes I go to Union Square but it was an Abingdon kind of day. A little cloudy but DRY this week!

I wanted to check out the apples but discovered a long line of mostly pink accented people winding through the market. Today and tomorrow is the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer in the city.

I still found a path to the apples...then, though I had no pink, I joined in the group and walked a bit through the Village. Best wishes to all!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Passion for Purple

Last night's purple Empire State Building treat!

Morning temperature: 60 degrees

Steps: 14,488

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Floating Orbs

Floating orbs in a reflective window.

What a morning! Rain, a train with a braking problem, then no trains due to a switch problem at a major terminal, waiting for a train that won't come with people packed wall to wall, a mile long walk looking for a bus (since everyone else was doing the same), resting at a bus stop while 3 buses passed on by without stopping, finally a bus for the last 40 blocks. Discovering that riding the bus is excruciating! Stop and start. Stop and start. But I made it!

Morning temperature: 69 degrees

Steps:  8536

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Lego Liberty

Sorry about another poor quality photo but this Lego Statue of Liberty begged for a photo op...even in the dark of night! A new Legoland store opened over the Columbus Day weekend...just across from Madison Square Park where you'll find this sculpture.

Morning temperature: 69 degrees

Steps: 10,059

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

A Darling Shop

This little shop is called Darling. Interesting choice of name. It was closed when I took this photo but apparently they leave a couple fans on all night to blow air into the skirts of the dresses in the window.

Morning temperature: 65 degrees

Steps: 9236

Monday, October 13, 2014


When I first saw Insomnia Cookies I thought this was an "only in New York" type of operation. Then I found out the first store was opened at a university in Pennsylvania and now there are 50 locations around the country.

The reviews mostly say the cookies are great but the delivery time is very in you could go to the store, buy the ingredients, make a batch of cookies at home and have several dozen baked long before your Insomnia delivery arrived.

I have no personal experience with the place but I still think it's an interesting idea.

Morning temperature: 53 degrees

Steps: 9104

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Never Forget

It's not unusual to see fire trucks on the streets of NYC. Sometimes they are rushing off with lights flashing and sirens blasting. Sometimes the truck is pulled up to a grocery store while fire fighters in full uniform shop for food. Luckily I rarely see a fire involved. Today this truck was just returning from a call.

Firefighters are very loyal to their deceased colleagues. From plaques and photos posted at the firehouse to names engraved on their trucks. It's a good reminder to all of us of the possible danger around the corner and the souls that are always with us.

Saturday, October 11, 2014


I still can't manage to get a good moon shot but I like the hint of clouds and trees in the photo.

Friday, October 10, 2014

More to the Point.

And if you don't care for yesterday's Best Back Rub or if you just want more we have the Best Foot Rub!
Morning temperature: 52 degrees
Steps: 10,016

Thursday, October 9, 2014

To the Point

I like a sign that is simple and to the point. I should check it out to see if it's true!

Morning temperature: 58 degrees

Steps: 9398

Wednesday, October 8, 2014


This is a small part of a mural on what seems to be a random wall on a random street in Harlem.

Morning temperature: 66 degrees

Steps: 10,538

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Ivy Arch

This tiny park at Jackson Square never looked better! The arch over the entry really completes the look.

Morning temperature: 66 degrees

Steps: 8509

Monday, October 6, 2014

Pink Elephant

Poor Tyler, the pink elephant, has been cast aside. I saw him along side a pile of black plastic bags filled with trash.

Morning temperature: 51 degrees

Steps: 12,334

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Camera Inexperience

This is what happens when you get ready to take a photo...and discover that the self-timer is still set up...and you don't want to send an extra flash into the eyes of your subjects for nothing...and you can't get the camera to stop the process before a photo is snapped!

After all these years...I still don't know how to work a camera!

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Rainy Day at the Market

It was a rainy walk to the Abingdon Square farmer's market this morning. I'm glad the compost people were there so I didn't have to bring my compost back home though I was already wondering if I could sneak a spot in the park to dump it! Seems like the park could benefit from a little composting!

The poor farmers have to work in damp gloomy conditions and they don't have as many customers either. I had my long raincoat on but was still a little wet underneath by the time I made it home.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Thursday, October 2, 2014