Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Tuesday, September 29, 2015
Monday, September 28, 2015
Hard to believe it has been 17 years since I was standing on a sidewalk in the Village and was handed a flyer by a clown. That flyer announced the opening of the rubber stamp store. This is the second location of the store. For its tiny size it has the most comprehensive stamp collection of any store I have seen across the country.
Morning temperature: 66 degrees
Sunday, September 27, 2015
This street fair was run by a different organization than the majority of street fairs. They have some different vendors.
There were some food trucks like this one which is Cinnamon Snail which sells vegan food.
There was a whole block of BBQ treats!
And some musicians who weren't the usual selection. I made a donation to this one...just for carrying that harp around...although she played beautifully as well!
This woman drew a crowd shortly after I took this photo by playing the theme song from the TV show, Cheers!
Friday, September 25, 2015
Morning temperature: 64 degrees
Thursday, September 24, 2015
It is dark in the morning when I get up and it is dark when I get off the train on my way home from work. Last night I followed the sound of what I thought was a marching band and found these 3 guys. It was too dark to get a decent picture. (It was even darker than it looks.) And I couldn't use my flash so here is what I got from 3 guys who didn't stand still! One drum, one saxophone, one trumpet and it sounds like a marching band!
Morning temperature: 61 degrees
Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Tuesday, September 22, 2015
Monday, September 21, 2015
Friday, September 18, 2015
Thursday, September 17, 2015
Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Tuesday, September 15, 2015
Monday, September 14, 2015
Sunday, September 13, 2015
Saturday, September 12, 2015
Friday, September 11, 2015
Thursday, September 10, 2015
Wednesday, September 9, 2015
Tuesday, September 8, 2015
Monday, September 7, 2015
We took a Sunday excursion to the High Bridge. It wasn't possible to get a better shot of the actual bridge from our location...since there are still so many nice trees along the river.
The bridge was built starting in 1837 as an aqueduct to bring water from upstate to New York City. By 1864 they already had to increase the size of the pipes to bring even more water into the city.
The bridge connects the Bronx to Manhattan but was never used for train or car traffic. The "High" bridge was in danger of being knocked down in the late 1920's because it was no longer needed to bring water to the city and it wasn't deemed so high any more as boats were getting bigger. The arches didn't allow some of the bigger boats to sail through. They found a compromise solution and reconstructed some of the arches into a higher steel arch that allowed the boat traffic to pass through which saved the bridge for us.
The bridge was closed sometime in the 1970's for safety reasons but has just reopened to foot traffic after a major restoration. They went for safety rather than clear views for photographers!
By the 1870's and until the 1920's the bridge was a popular destination for day trips. People came by steamboat and streetcar to walk and socialize.
This shot shows the ghostly mid-town Manhattan in the background about 6 miles south of the bridge.
We threw together a quick picnic when we decided to make the impromptu trip to the bridge.
Sunday, September 6, 2015
Saturday, September 5, 2015
Friday, September 4, 2015
Thursday, September 3, 2015
I went to the Highlands Hammock State Park mainly to see the advertised 1000 year old trees. I was very surprised to discover they were dead trees! As they died from disease decades ago, it was decided to fill them up with cement to try to preserve them for later generations. While it was interesting to see the size of the trees there's something not quite right about a dead tree!
Morning temperature: 75 degrees