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Monday, September 30, 2013

Too Cool, on 42nd Street

42nd Street, nyc
Photo by myself on 42nd Street and Fifth Avenue.

Yes, another one of those 'people crossing the street ' photos. I just can't help myself.

Some folks are fashionably dressed. Others are tuned out. All are in a rush.

Apologies for the big break from posting. I went out to LA to see my family and enjoyed a few days in the sun.

Going to the West Coast is always a bit of culture shock. Not just the driving but the absence of walking. And the absence of being in a crowd all the time, with another crowd walking toward you.

Now back in town, It seems I'm the only person in this city still wearing flip flops. It is decidedly Fall and everyone is wearing proper shoes. It's been about 70F every day (21 degrees Celsius)....perfect Fall days.

Related posts: On the Crowds in Herald Square and Walking in the City, On Crossing the Street and the Ban on Sugary Drinks, and People, People, Everywhere in the Village.


Friday, September 13, 2013

The Neon Lights, Outside Radio City Music Hall

Radio City, nyc
Photo by myself, around 50th Street and Sixth Avenue, in Midtown.

The large wrap-around sign at Radio City Music Hall stubbornly resists the urge to scroll or flash.

The neon signage is as distinctive as ever. The upcoming shows are displayed in smaller font, below. This view was taken on the side street Thursday night.

The nice thing about this landmark is that its location is very 'current', with tall buildings all around. You might go see the Rockettes one night, a taste of history, but on the way over you'll pass crowds of businessmen and women streaming out of the office.

Happy Friday everyone!

Related posts: Outside Radio City Music hall, on Sixth Avenue, On Radio City, and the Whitney Museum, and The Bright Lights at BAM.


Thursday, September 12, 2013

Morning Commute, from Roosevelt Island

60th and 2nd Ave, nyc
Photo by myself around 60th Street and 2nd Avenue, on the Upper East Side.

On Wednesday morning, I was on the Upper East Side near the Queensborough Bridge. The tram was coming over from Roosevelt Island, filled to the hilt with passengers.

Roosevelt Island is a sliver of land in the East River. There are hospitals, apartment buildings, stores and schools there. One way to commute to and fro is the tram, the other is the subway. Cars are allowed access as well.

As you can see, the sun was out and it was very hot and humid. I had a routine doctor's appointment, then did a little grocery shopping. All the time, the 9/11 remembrance ceremony was being conducted in the background.

Everyone was tuned into the ceremony. Even if you weren't actively watching, you were probably thinking about it.

Related posts: The View from Roosevelt Island, The View from Downstream, and The Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridges, at Sunset.


Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Subway Conductor, on the Job

Subway conductor, nyc
Photo by myself at the 81st Street subway station on the Upper West Side.

A subway conductor stuck her head out to check whether all was clear before the train moved. This is routine business on every train - they look in one direction, then the other, then back to the first direction.

Just after I took this photo, the conductor looked right at me and gave me a big smile, which was nice.

Related posts: Stealing a Nap, Below Ground, Napping in Midtown, and A Much Needed Nap.


Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Sleeping, Below Times Square

42nd Street, nyc
Photo by myself on the Times Square subway platform.

The subway platform was sparsely attended and relaxed, Monday evening. This was taken during rush hour, during a brief lull in the crowds.

We've been having heavenly weather this week, with cool autumnal breezes. Hats and long sleeves have come out of the closet.

Fall is a notoriously short season in New York. Blink....and it is over.

Related posts: Stealing a Nap, Below Ground, Napping in Midtown, and A Much Needed Nap.


Thursday, September 5, 2013

At the Bar, at Brooklyn Crab

Brooklyn crab, nyc
Photo by myself in Red Hook, Brooklyn.

Brooklyn Crab is located just across the way from Fairway at the edge of Red Hook. It opened about a year ago and has since become a destination. Mark and I were there at the bar, enjoying drinks and raw oysters.

When the new building was going up, it created quite a stir. There are three very open floors and outdoor seating. The vibe is decidedly beachy, and with the waterfront view and sea breezes, you feel as if you're on a big boat. We went there once recently for dinner and the place was packed to the gills.

You can get whole blue crabs here, along with those little mallets and skinny forks to dismantle them with. Or skip all that hard work and enjoy a clam roll or crab cakes with a bowl of chowder. And of course, all the beer to go along with it. On special days, raw oysters are $1 a piece!

For the Brooklyn Crab website, including their menu, click here.

Related posts: Pistachio Cupcakes, in the East Village, In a State of Fusion, at Sushi Samba, and Brunch at Barbuto, in the West Village.


Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Graffiti, in the East Village

Graffiti, nyc
Photo by myself, somewhere in the East Village.

A painting of a robed woman lingers enticingly in a doorway.

We just sailed through a rainy and extremely humid Labor Day Weekend, here. As per tradition, the US Open is going on in nearby Queens.

Unlike tradition, though, many of the games weren't televised over the weekend because of disputes between the tv channel airing the matches (CBS) and Time Warner, the cable company. It was very, very strange (and annoying) not to hear the games in the background. Mark and I watched them online.

All was resolved by Monday though, just in time for the Federer game, a painful game to watch.

Related posts: Random Graffiti, on Second Avenue, Graffiti, Soho, and Graff Attack, in the Meatpacking District.