|from the MOMA (with apologies to Mondrian)|
Friday, March 29, 2013
Thursday, March 28, 2013
|Metropolitan Museum of Art|
And this Egyptian tile at the Met reminded me of ...
the skyscrapers reflected in the windows of other skyscrapers.
Wowzer! I know the last week has been New York City overload on this little blog, but I just couldn't help myself. It was such a fun trip for all of us and I enjoyed re-living it. I appreciate your indulgence. In case you missed any of the posts you can check them out here, here, and here.
And one last New York tidbit:
When William and I were on the Staten Island Ferry we were debating whether there are any marine mammals living in the New York harbour. So I Googled it when we got home and was pleased to discover that there are. In fact we just missed seeing a dolphin as you can read about here on the blog called Nature on the Edge of New York. I wanted to tell you about this blog because it is such an interesting read. I spent one evening reading back through his posts about all the birds and marine creatures he has found in and around New York City. Who knew? If you live anywhere near New York you might find this a really interesting blog to read.
Linked to Weekend Bloggy Reading at Serenity Now
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
I've been asked by several people where we stayed in New York and I'm always happy to tell them about the great hotel we found. We have stayed at the Salisbury Hotel three times now and have never been disappointed. By the way, this is not a sponsored post - just a helpful tip in case you are looking for a good place to stay in New York City.
The Salisbury Hotel is on 57th Street in midtown Manhattan just across the street and down a bit from Carnegie Hall. It was built in the 1930s as a church-hotel complex with the adjoining Calvary Baptist Church. The rooms are adequately sized, but even more importantly are modestly priced. If you love fancy shmancy hotel rooms then you may not love the bathrooms as they seemed a bit dated, but apart from that the rooms were spotlessly clean and well cared for. In addition, most rooms have a small kitchenette so you can get your own meals and snacks as desired. There are many small grocery stores in the area (the nearest one being just a few doors down the street) to get some fruit, yogurt, bread, soups etc or even a take-out meal.
|Small kitchenette in our room with a sink, microwave, and a bar fridge below|
- black pants
- black cardigan
- navy cardigan
- navy and cream striped long-sleeved t-shirt
- rust coloured long-sleeved t-shirt
- black long-sleeved t-shirt
- cream camisole
- black camisole
- green scarf
- navy and cream scarf
- black flats
- socks, unmentionables, pajamas
- winter coat, gloves, hat, scarf (natch)
Linked to Open House at No Minimalist Here
Sunday, March 24, 2013
Linked to Nifty Thrifty Tuesday at Coastal Charm,
Time to Sparkle at Inside BruCrew Life,
Open House at No Minimalist Here
Saturday, March 23, 2013
|La Traviata (Source)|
As you can see they are working on upgrading the infrastructure on Peck Slip so the middle of the street is a construction site. Peck Slip is wedge-shaped because the centre used to be open water where the ships were moored. About 1810 the centre got filled in and was used as a market space and eventually became a parking lot and walkway. There was some talk of making it a nautical-themed park, but I'm not sure if that is still in the works.
The photo below shows the oldest building on Peck Slip (from 1807) with one of the towers of the Brooklyn Bridge just peaking over the elevated roadway on the right side of the photo. Although this is not from the same time period that our relatives lived there, which was back in the 1660s, it is the building that has the most historic ambiance so I was drawn to it.
William had printed off a very interesting walking tour of Greenwich Village that we followed (which he found here). It featured lots of the place Bob Dylan and Allen Ginsberg and other lovelies hung out/lived/wrote poetry/played music/threw up/got into trouble etc. Great fun!
In the photo below you can see a close up of a poster on the door of Cafe Wha? that was part of our tour. I'm not really much into music, but even I've heard of almost every one of the musicians that got their start at Cafe Wha?. It still is a live music venue although it has a very run-down appearance, but really this place should be a museum.
|Carnegie Hall Weill Recital Hall|
The long tubes across the centre hall of the Guggenheim were one of the art installations. It wasn't until we got up close that we realized those coloured parts were liquid. It must have been difficult to install across the great open space. They looked really beautiful with the light shining through the coloured sections.
And then it was time to go. Sniff. Sniff.
Isn't that a great photo we got out of the airplane window. Amazing to think we had been walking through Central Park and right past that big reservoir just hours before.
It was a fabulous five days. We saw lots. We did lots. We walked lots! My mother wore a pedometer and according to it she walked over 40 kms and William and I walked further. There is so much to see and do in New York that you never feel like you have enough time. Mind you that was all the energy I had as we got home on Sunday evening and it was right back to work the next morning, which meant I dragged myself around all week.