Wednesday, November 28, 2012

day 26, thankful

It has been 26 days since we have last been in our home.  Thanks Sandy....insert all sorts of expletives here.   Regardless it is Thanksgiving and we have much to be thankful for.  Our neighbors in surrounding areas didn't get as lucky as we did with Sandy.

Our annual Thanksgiving traditions still stood even with our interruption of living situation.  The morning was clear and beautiful for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade  The 17th floor on 6th Avenue once again offered prime viewing.  The crowds were massive and happy.

My favorite new balloon was Hello Kitty.  The little feline had the number one spot in leading the paraders down the lovely streets of little old Manhattan.

Favorite float is once again Santa.  He and the Mrs were looking fine and rested to start off their incredibly busy season. We should  have the work ethic & spirit of that family!

An amazing lunch was held again on Stone Street.  Spots of Stone didn't fare well with Sandy's vengeance.  Fortunately our favorite place to eat turkey made it through the surge.   Colombia, Germany, the UK, Australia and of course we Americans joined together with plentiful food and the best of friendships.  The children enjoyed their annual game of tag on the cobblestone of Stone.  After a few hard weeks it felt perfect be in the comfort of friends who represent our NYC family.

Happy Thanksgiving to all.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

dear sandy....

you might have tried but NY and NJ will win.

The most incredible photo.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

the good people of new york

Thank you to the anonymous man who gave us a lift from 39th Street all the way to the one neighborhood with lights so Halloween could happen.  Cabs are at a premium and mass transit is still at standstill.  This kind soul made it happen so an almost 10-year-old could celebrate with displaced friends.  Sandy took away a lot but she cannot take away the spirit of people.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

the most beautiful vision...

Witnessing a lovely woman was in her very late 80s wait for the high tide. Once the tide came to the shore she was helped into the North Sea by her daughter, son-in-law and grandson.  Upon arrival in the water she swam and swam and swam, like Esther Williams.  This beautiful lady could have been 17 years of age by the way she moved once in the water.  It was an amazing vision of the beauty of life.  I almost felt as I was watching a very private family moment yet in a public place.  
Frinton-on-Sea, UK.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

across the pond.

Luck was once again on our side and we got the opportunity to spend a few weeks in the UK.  It was in its post-Olympiad glow and looking mighty fine.

Well said at the Albert and Victoria Museum of Childhood.

The Queen herself looking fine made of Legos in Hamleys.
An inside look of the fantabulous Roald Dahl's writing hut.  Great Missenden, UK.

The Olympic rings looking amazing. Tower Bridge.

Church of St. Peter and St. Paul.  Lavenham, UK.

Winston Churchill. 

So many sights, so many stories.  It was a wonderful journey.  It provided the perfect way to cap off a busy summer full of travel.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Wednesday, September 5, 2012


Summer is officially over.
It was in one word...amazing.
More to come.

Saturday, July 28, 2012


Sometimes art is found in the most random places.

Trader Joe's bathroom.
Chelsea, NYC

Saturday, June 16, 2012

may-june 12

The months of May and June have been filled with much adventure.  Of course many of these adventures spontaneously happened on various Manhattan strolls.

A Saturday afternoon in Union Square led us to this sight.  Andy Warhol looking out over the people while a protesting devil danced the Can-Can.

The same Saturday we spotted Pilgrims at Madison Square Park.

A planned outing to us to the fabulous SpiegelWorld tent with the presentation of Empire.  Raw, talent, bawdry, breathtaking.  

After SpiegelWorld we took a Friday night walk through Times Square.  Sometimes as residents we avoid it like the plague.  Other times as residents we stand there. Take it all in and realize this is home.

Fleet Week came sailing/flying into this little city the end of May.  The ships are always a pleasure to see floating up the Hudson. The military flyovers showing off America's finest aircraft rattle my bones in the best way possible.  Below was an early morning run by some of our military. 

The end of April the Space Shuttle Enterprise was flown in NYC piggyback on a 747.  It was quite the journey to watch as she took some loops around the island and paid respects to some of our greatest landmarks.  After being prepped the Enterprise came back up the Hudson. This time on a barge.  She will now enjoy her new home on the Intrepid.

Summer starts next week!  Plans are plenty but so are days to just relax and enjoy what surrounds us. Hope you do the same.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

85 years

A warm May Saturday led us to enjoy the shores of Coney Island.   With three things in mind....the NY Aquarium, the Cyclone and lounging on the beach....we accomplished all.

The most amazing wooden roller coaster, the Cyclone, is turning 85 years old!  What an icon.  The coaster is as awesome as ever and still offering thrills and excitement to the new generations.

Thankfully due to a landmark status the Cyclone holds a place in not only NYC history but US history as well. It is a true piece of Americana.

With the overstimulation thanks to technology and more it is a pleasure to see people enjoying good wholesome fun.  And the Cyclone is rather "low-tech" compared to the newer coasters.  In my eyes there is not a better roller coaster anywhere in the world.  There is just something about the Cyclone.

Happy 85th Cyclone!  Here's to many many more memories.

And Happy Mother's Day to all the amazing women out there.  My Mother's Day is already complete with our jaunt to Coney Island, USA.

Friday, May 4, 2012

spring 2012

It has been far too long since the last post. Spring has been sensational in lovely little Manhattan. Our very mild winter provided for an early spring confusing all the flora and fauna.
1WTC growing through the blossoms. The days have been longer and the entire city a little more colorful. Easter break saw us to a little holiday in Montego Bay. The weather was divine, the ocean spectacular and Take It Easy Island became home base for beautiful days in the sun.
Seeing what is underneath it all.
Early morning view in Jamaica.
A sweet bit of paradise in the shade.

 Spring has also seen a string of visitors coming into town. Showing off our favorite places and stories about the city is a beautiful pleasure. This morning started with delicious tea at the always hipster Ace on 29th Street. Hard to make hot tea hip but they manage.
Here is to the rest of Spring being vibrant and leading us to an amazing Summer...

Tuesday, February 7, 2012


a coach, a mayor, a governor, a manning and a few other important people

The 46th champion in Super Bowl history became the NY Football Giants on Sunday. The city that never sleeps managed to honor the newly crowned champions with a ticker tape parade less than 48 hours later. This morning Lower Broadway lived up to its title, the Canyon of Heroes. The last minute win by the Giants gave them the honor of becoming hometown heroes for millions. The crowds were thick and coated in blue. This February morning offered clear and mild skies. A lucky invite to a viewing party on the 4th floor of a building on Broadway gave me a lovely few of all the excitement. And the ticker tape raining down was so fun! Ticker tape parades are a special part of New York history and I can see why.

Great to see the players hopping off the floats and running to the crowds of people. The spectators ate it up.

Congratulations to the New York Giants. Thanks for giving NYC another reason to hold a grand parade.

Saturday, January 28, 2012


The month of January has been incredibly mild with the weather. To take advantage of the kind of, sort of, well for January anyway, warm sunshine we have enjoyed many weekend outings. We kicked the year off by getting a membership to the Wildlife Conservation Society. NYC is lucky enough to have five different wildlife parks. A few weeks ago on a 60 plus degrees Sunday we journey to Coney Island, home of the New York Aquarium. The walrus and the sharks were among our favorites.

Winter:Coney Island

Jaws meets Brooklyn

Today, the last Saturday of January, was a spectacular mid 40s with warm sunshine kind of day. One place was on our mind when we woke up and that was the always popular Central Park Zoo. While small in nature, the zoo is always filled with fun. The polar bears were sunbathing, the red pandas were enjoying some tree climbing and the snow monkeys were picking at each as only monkeys do. Winter days are the perfect time to visit the zoo.

April the sea lion:21 years old and still looking divine.

While our visits to Central Park have been plentiful there is still always something amazing about that oasis smack in the middle of Manhattan.

Is it really almost February?

Friday, January 6, 2012

looking back...

just had a random thought about a truly great New York moment.

This winter has been mild so far. But if I have to do a blizzard, I want to do it this way!