lincoln center

Filled with homeless people, trash, and the smell of urine…my first thought was…who would ever want to live around here?  Well twenty years or so later and the Lincoln Center is in my backyard.  Thank goodness the big makeover began around 2006 and finished in all its glory around 2012.  And WOW, what a showpiece!

Lincoln Center, NYC

Lincoln Center, NYC

Lincoln Center, NYC

People of NYC

Lincoln Center, NYC

And you know what’s fun about having the Lincoln Center in my backyard?

The Revson Fountain!

offering choreographed, five minute-long water shows daily…

Lots of opportunities to play!

abstract at Lincoln Center, NYC

Lincoln Center Abstract

Lincoln Center Abstract

But I’m sure someone was really upset to lose their binky!

Lincoln Center Abstract

 Symphonies and films and plays and operas and ballets…something for everyone at Lincoln Center.

And fabulous people watching!

the water tank project

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Part exhibition, part awareness…

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The Water Tank Project launched this summer and gives us artwork wrapped around one of New York City’s most prolific icons…the water tanks!  The organization behind it uses the artwork of established and emerging artists as a way to call attention to the global water crisis.  Like many, I’m a lover of the water tanks and to see them get all prettied up is just brilliant!

Introducing the artists for these two tanks…

Laurie SimmonsSince I moved to New York many years ago I’ve wondered what it would be like to swim in a water tank. The Love Doll gets to enact this fantasy for me.

Odili Donald OditaI want to make an image-sign that address the vital power of water, and its charge like an electric current through infinite space. My image flows like a wave, making reference to its material mutability, and picking up local color in movement along its way. With hope in mind, I want my image to embrace the water tank, as water itself embraces the entirety of the world – round and round, continuous, forever.

Water Tank Art, NYC

According to the organization’s map…there are six tanks decorated so far…with more to come.  So when I come across them, I’ll show you more in the future!  Interestingly, this blog post was going to be all about the opening of the phase three of the High Line.  Arriving just a touch too early for good evening light, I wandered along the previous phases to pass the time.  It would also give me an opportunity to see what’s new, as well as pushing me to find different perspectives to photograph some of my favorites like the one below.

High Line, NYC

as well as this adorable Kate Spade billboard…

High Line, NYC

and a chance to play with reflections…

High Line, NYC

So imagine my disappointment when I headed back to phase three and it had closed for the evening.  Not sure I understand why the early closure…but it’ll just provide another opportunity to return…I never tire of the High Line so stay tuned for another update on phase three in the future…it’s really very, very cool and an absolute must for visitors.

be a light for peace

Shinnyo Lantern Floating for Peace, Lincoln Center, NYC

What a day!  After participating in the largest climate march in history, attending the Shinnyo Lantern Floating for Peace was the icing on the cake!  For the second year, the Shinnyo-en Buddhist community brought together people of all colors, religions, and cultures; providing an opportunity to offer our message for peace in our families, our communities, and our environment. The event, based on the traditional Buddhist fire and water ceremony, uses the floating lantern to connect the past, the present and the future…an offering of thanks to those who have gone before us and a promise to make the world a better place for the future.  A touching, emotional ceremony and the perfect ending to an amazing day…

Among the grove of trees nestled in the Hearst Plaza area of Lincoln Center, tables and supplies were provided for everyone to construct their lantern and write our messages.  There were no screaming kids or folks talking loud or demanding this or that…just hundreds of people of all ages showing compassion and kindness as we all worked on our lanterns.  These scenes warmed my heart as much as the ceremony itself…

 this capture especially…”we are family”

Shinnyo Lantern Floating for Peace, NYC

Shinnyo Lantern Floating for Peace, NYC

does it get any better than this?

the smiles…all ages…all colors…all religions involved…

Shinnyo Lantern Floating for Peace, NYC

The day was also World Alzheimer’s Day

a day on which Alzheimer’s organizations around the world

concentrate their efforts on raising awareness about Alzheimer’s and dementia.

adding my voice…

Shinnyo Lantern Floating for Peace, NYC

We were encouraged to float our lanterns in the nearby reflecting pool earlier in the afternoon

instead of at the special closing of the ceremony later that night.

Belief is that you want your lantern in the water

during the time the head priest of Shinnyo-en performs her ceremonial ritual.

Shinnyo Lantern Floating for Peace, NYC

Shinnyo Lantern Floating for Peace, NYC

this man’s personal message brought tears to my eyes…

…wishing I was home…a peaceful home…

Shinnyo Lantern Floating for Peace, NYC

As if knowing…

someone from the ceremony offered me an additional lantern.

Like last year, I once again floated my second lantern in memory of my daddy…

Shinnyo Lantern Floating for Peace, NYC

And for those of us who remained at the very close of the ceremony…

the young trumpet virtuoso…Alphonso Horne…continued to play…

backed by some incredible performers from the Julliard School

Alphonso Horne at Shinnyo Lantern Floating for Peace, NYC

Walking home on a perfect fall night…thinking back over the day…

the climate march…the lantern ceremony…the performances…

how fortunate we are to live in a democratic society that believes in the human rights of its people.

Think of the number of countries and the millions of people who don’t.

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it begins in the streets

Not only the largest climate change protest in global history, but comparable in size to the largest anti-Vietnam War protests ever!   All ages, all religions, every ethnicity imaginable attended the People’s Climate March in New York City to bring awareness to world leaders attending the United Nations’ summit meeting on climate change.  Just to be part of the crowd was overwhelming…even more so during the moment of silence to honor people affected by climate change…to be among 400,000 silent people on the streets of New York?  WOW…that dead silence brought chills!

Quoted from an article in the New York Times..I’m here because I really feel that every major social movement in this country has come when people get together.  It begins in the streets.  I couldn’t agree more and to be part of this march was mind-blowing!

People's Climate March, NYC

People's Climate March, NYC

People's Climate March, NYC

People's Climate March, NYC

People's Climate March, NYC

People's Climate March, NYC

People's Climate March, NYC

People's Climate March, NYC

People's Climate March, NYC

People's Climate March, NYC

People's Climate March, NYC

People's Climate March, NYC

bushwick

bushwick, brooklyn, nyc

Bushwick, Brooklyn, NYC

I’ve had the Bushwick area of Brooklyn on my list to explore for a while now, mainly because I’ve read it’s changing from a serious high crime hood to hipster paradise.  So…field trip!  Seems cheap rent is drawing in the hipsters and with that comes lots of cafes, thrift shops and health food stores.  Now having said that it’s also filled with trash, crumbling buildings and abandoned factories making it the perfect setting for filming a street scene…think Kabul in Afghanistan.  There’s no way you’d find me walking around this neighborhood at night…but, your street art?  Fabulous!

bushwick, brooklyn, nyc

mural by ben angotti

Bushwick, Brooklyn, NYC

Bushwick, Brooklyn, NYC

Bushwick, Brooklyn, NYC

Bushwick…there is potential and I’ll certainly return one day…

…but perhaps a year or so from now to see how things are coming along.

the bench

the bench at the pool in Central Park

the bench at the pool in central park

the bench at the pool in central park

the bench at the pool in central park

One of my favorite and most picturesque spots in Central Park…by the pool

What a surprise to find the newly inscribed personalized plaque on this special bench…as if just for me.

“But if the while I think on thee, dear friend, all losses are restored and sorrows end.”

I think about my father a lot here…I know he’d love this spot…

I so miss him…

<sigh>

Looking forward to the leaves turning…my favorite season just around the corner…

What’s new in your neck of the woods?

If autumn (love that word!) is around the corner for you…do you have any color yet?

arthur avenue in the bronx

After a nice, relaxing week on the farm visiting my mom and sister it’s so good to be back in my city!  And I’ll be here in NYC for almost two whole months!  Yippee!

So this weekend it was time to do some exploring…in the NYC borough of the Bronx, the Belmont section to be exact.  To be even more exact, in the real little Italy.  Oh my…sorry little Italy in Manhattan, but the real little Italy on Arthur Avenue in the Bronx has kicked your butt!

Authentic…filled with a rich ethnic mix of Italians, Mexicans, Albanians, Montanegrans…so many beautiful accents fill the air on the sidewalks and in the stores transporting you directly to countries far away…not to mention the aroma of warm baked bread, coffee beans, and pastries.  Fresh mozzarella, raviolis, egg noodles, cheese, olive oils to name just a few…and oh yes…cigars.  Freshly rolled cigars…one of over a dozen merchants (many generation family-owned) in the Arthur Avenue Retail Market providing the ambiance of “old-world.”

fresh rolled cigars in Arthur Avenue Market in the Bronx NYC

The Market on Arthur Avenue in the Bronx, NYC

the lost art of cigar rolling - Arthur Ave. in the Bronx, NYC

On the streets of Arthur Avenue…oysters on the half-shell…

served right on the sidewalks to be eaten right then and there!

arthur avenue in the bronx, nyc

something for everyone…

on the streets of Arthur Ave. in the Bronx, NYC

There will be more to share on this little gem of a neighborhood…because I must return for more…but in the interim this must be shared…the most delectable, melt in your mouth lasagna was had at Antonio’s Trattoria…you know the kind…with multiple layers of thin, buttery pasta with hot, stringy mozzarella cheese…accompanied with a fabulous super Tuscan wine…

Chi mangia bene, vive bene!

(He who eats well, lives well!)

Hope you’re having a great weekend!

goruck challenge…on the streets

for all you tough mudders out there…here’s a challenge for ya!

 goruck…

location:  riverside park…upper west side…nyc

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“GORUCK  strives to teach people what a team feels like, how it operates together, and why camaraderie in Special Forces is so high. In our estimation, people are good, and capable of much more when they work together, for each other.”

goruck

 

goruck

Hmm…thinking our world could use a goruck challenge…