Monday, December 31, 2012

goodbye 2012 and sayonara fiscal cliff...


almost immediately after I took this picture, the sky went grey. to say it was freezing as we walked across this field is an understatement, though not for long - as we got closer to the trees they acted as a shield from the wind and we actually enjoyed a nice hike through caumsett park. it was a nice way to end 2012.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Christmas Day's End


Daisy looked like how we all felt by late last night. three dogs and eighteen people were at my sister in-law's house yesterday. it was perfect.
a belated merry christmas everyone!

Saturday, December 22, 2012

and the stockings were hung by the...


talk about a GIANT christmas stocking! oh how I would love to fill this up like a secret santa (with something like $100 bills or golf balls or whatever else the people in this house like) in the wee hours of christmas morning.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

a very large fake christmas tree


I don't mind fake trees so much, I just can't stand the idea of having to put one together. my husband told me I should just get a fake one and never take it down - move it up to the attic and leave a plastic bag over it all year like my grandmother used too. I wish I took a picture of that.

Monday, December 17, 2012

christmas at the americana manhasset


these lights really caught my eye as I was driving past the americana manhasset upscale strip mall earlier today - so much so I pulled into the parking lot in order to get a closer look. not nearly as endearing up close, the first thing I thought of was, ughhh! christmas lights...and, some of the lights typically are already without power. last night I strung the lights on our tree with my usual mixed emotion. one side of me loves the challenge of getting every single light to work on each string, feeling great satisfaction when I plug it in at the end and see our tree beautifully lit up. the other side just wants to run to the store and start off with a whole new set, but my green consciousness of course, never lets me. what about you? do you ever string up christmas lights?


Sunday, December 16, 2012

Santa Sightings in Midtown Manhattan


had I not previously read about santa con over at new york portraits, I would have had absolutely no idea what was going on saturday afternoon in midtown manhattan - santas were everywhere! apparently this is an annual tradition wherein santa replicates himself all over manhattan and from the looks of google, this happens in other countries as well. please check out kitty's blog here for more info  about the event. 

Saturday, December 15, 2012

god bless us everyone


we are each of us angels with only one wing, and we can only fly by embracing one another.  ~luciano de crescenzo

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

happy hanukkah


during tonight's 12-12-12 sandy relief concert at madison square garden, jon stewart said - and I'm totally paraphrasing here - something like, this concert is making this my best hanukkah ever! in case you missed it, you can donate here. and if you need gift ideas, they also have some cool t-shirts as well as the concert's soundtrack for sale too. 100% of the proceeds go to the robin hood relief fund.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

old fashioned christmas lights


I have a soft spot for these old fashioned lights. meanwhile I have done next to nothing as far as getting ready for christmas and it's only 14 days away! but I did get to see the beautifully original remake of Anna Karenina. so if you'd like to escape reality for a couple of hours I would only recommend it if you don't mind some high brow soap opera mixed in with absolutely stunning visual effects that were literally choreographed into some amazing scenery - utter eye candy!
be sure to look out for the dance between anna and the count, it will take your breath away.

Monday, December 10, 2012

the giant snowflake star on 57th and fifth


who doesn't love this giant snowflake/star that hangs suspended over the intersection of 57th street and 5th avenue in manhattan? I always thought of it as strictly a snowflake but if you take blurry night photos like me, it does appear to have a star like quality to it.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Babes in Toyland aka March of The Wooden Soldiers


it's no wonder I have a love for musicals. one of my most favorite memories as a child is watching "babes in toyland" on thanksgiving day and the music is PERFECT. when those soldiers began marching I couldn't stop myself from jumping up to march alongside my brothers just like stannie dum and ollie dee. in my mind we were right there with the soldiers. if you've never seen this before you might not want to click on the link since it is the ending of the movie. it amazes me how watching it again this morning brought me right back to how I felt watching it as a child. I remember how mad I got when my brothers claimed the soldiers weren't "real" soldiers and the discussion that ensued as they patiently explained how, first they were giant toy soldiers who magically "turned" into real soldiers as they marched toward their mission. listen to bo-peep's classic screams as silas barnaby tries to kidnap her at 1:09 - perfect old time hollywood. when ian was little, my mother in-law wanted to buy him a special christmas ornament. when she showed me what she had found I felt one of those moments in life where you feel like everything is connected in a funny sort of way. according to wikipedia the full version of "March of the Wooden Soldiers" is till shown on WPIX in new york city every thanksgiving and christmas day - and I can not wait to watch it again, with ian.

Friday, December 7, 2012

The Manipulator is Ready for Christmas


A few times a year I take Priscilla to the groomer for a haircut. There was a period of time when I would cut her hair myself until out of the blue she started flipping out the minute she saw me take the scissor out of the drawer. It was so weird. One day she's lying there, literally sleeping through my cutting her beard and all around her eyes and ears and the next day she sees the scissors in my hands and her whole body starts to shake as if she's about to have a seizure - which is a real possibility since she actually does have epilepsy. So you see my predicament. Thankfully our groomer is very kind and is not intimidated by her behavior. she even cuts the hair around her face super short allowing us fewer haircuts - which is much appreciated. 
Above is Priscilla refusing to look at me once I packed her into the car. I think she was really upset with me this time. I tried not to feel guilty but I swear she knew this because once we got home she played my guilt for all it was worth. I finally caught onto that after doling out the 6th or 7th treat in between numerous trips outside. Wait a minute...

the manipulator hard at work

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Christmas and Prometheus at Rockefeller Center


beware of doing google searches about the prometheus statue at rockefeller center. we all know how much weird stuff can be found on the internet but luciferian temples?... puh-leeez! can you imagine how pissed off the devil is then, to find out everyone is celebrating christmas ALL AROUND HIS STATUE?



Tuesday, December 4, 2012

skating under "the tree" at Rockefeller Center


undoubtedly she is looking into someone else's lens, but if you visit the concourse at rockefeller center this time of year, every other person is either posing for a picture or taking someone elses picture. these captured moments help keep memories alive. when I saw these dark silhouettes skating against the backdrop of white ice I of course instantly whipped out my camera in order to capture mine. isn't this a lovely scene?

Monday, December 3, 2012

Grimaldi's Pizza and the Brooklyn Bridge

At the end of last summer Ian and I drove to Brooklyn so we could walk over the Brooklyn Bridge together. Part of our plan was to eat lunch at the famous Grimaldi's Pizzeria. By the time we arrived in Brooklyn we were starving and the line out the pizzeria's door was already down the length of it's block. Since the people waiting did appear to be moving, we figured we'd tough it out. Big mistake. See this old fashioned coca-cola truck? when we first noticed it we were enamoured with its classic appeal. After staring at it for at least an hour as we waited, in at least 100 degree heat, we were like totally dying for a coke - then we got really really cranky. Looking at the coke truck, watching the guys carry cases of the old fashioned type coke bottles to the back door, having to step back so they could get past us with the ice cold coke bottles - which of course made the whole scenario much worse. Wishing the coke truck would just drive away already since it was so gigantic it basically blocked our view of the entire street and maybe if the truck magically disappeared, suffering from heat prostration would be all the more bearable because at least we'd have something else to look at other than the thousands of evil ice cold coca-cola bottles packed away inside the coca-cola truck.
But - this is the funny thing about our experience, as much as we were annoyed by pretty much everything at that point, we decided (while standing online) that we would definitely be ordering a coke with our pizza. Good branding must work on the subconscious mind this way because as fired up as we were about trying grimaldi's legendary pizza, the first thing we ordered once seated at our table were two cokes. Crazy huh? I should tell you though, the pizza was excellent, totally worth the wait.


We had ice cream at the deliciously amazing Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory after walking across the bridge and back. Insider's tip: you don't have to wait on a long line inside the factory, there is an ice cream cart right next to the outdoor cafe that serves cones with the same daily flavors that they serve inside. No one seems to notice this, so there is no line at all. They also have tented seating with cute little tables you can eat your ice cream at while enjoying an awesome view of the bridge.

Sorry for all the hipstamatic iphone photos, I got a little carried away.
I can't make up my mind if I love them or hate them.


Saturday, December 1, 2012

a cozy christmas home


one day I will learn to take pictures at night. in the meantime I had to share this home I passed while out taking my evening stroll. I love the old fashioned fence you see at the front of the walkway.

Friday, November 30, 2012

the tree at rockefeller center


I can't believe it, but somehow I missed this years tree lighting! as of last wednesday the tree at rockefeller plaza is lit up in all it's glory and will remain so until 11pm on january 7th, 2013. I usually plan to watch the ceremony on tv and I was sure the tree lighters usually light the tree in early december. 
I shot this last year after christmas while in town for a MOMA visit. I also came upon this musical surprise directly across the street from the rock. in case you can't see it in person, (because it really is amazing to see live from the street) here is the link for this years show. 

Thursday, November 29, 2012

I've never been to england, but I have been to new england

whenever I find myself in one of the new england states in america, I inevitably find myself dreaming about britain's england. last spring while traveling throughout new england inspecting its various colleges for our son ian, I was once again taken by the scenes I imagine to be inspired by the likes of london, england. here you see a typical home situated on a quaint urban street in the city of providence, rhode island. luckily for me there is always the virtual trip via sites such as london daily photo. yet I feel I must actually visit england one of these days and it must be in springtime when the weather has warmed enough to ensure a lush green stopover to one of their formal gardens or perhaps the famous maze of the hampton court palace - and that would only be the beginning. with all the things to do in london I'm thinking I'd need at least a month long stay. there's the westminster abbey, london bridge, shakespeare's globe theatre - and of course I'd have to see a show there. then there's saint paul's cathedral...ok back to reality. wait! I just remembered, I did buy a powerball ticket for last nights chance at winning $550 million, has anyone heard anything about a winner?

residents enjoy some exercise over by the brown house while I photograph some new england ivy, below


Wednesday, November 28, 2012

for the visually impaired at what cheer

I love little chests of drawers like this. and the fact that whoever set this display up pasted a black and white vintage photo of a bespectacled man from... I'm guessing the 1950's? - only makes it more endearing. I wish I had taken a better photo of the scene below (what with the vintage playboy hanging above the dignified portraits) but I couldn't resist including it to show you the variety of what's inside this store. pretty funny right?


Tuesday, November 27, 2012

more from uplands farm

fresh air, quiet, exquisite light, all food for the soul.


Monday, November 26, 2012

Uplands Farm in Cold Spring Harbor on Long Island


I haven't been hiking at the Uplands Farm Nature Sanctuary in ages so I was anxious to finally get over there last weekend to see how it fared after hurricane Sandy. What used to be a clearing surrounded by a canopy of sky high trees became impassable. Luckily we were able to hike around its perimeter enabling us to continue along the remainder of the trail. It was a beautiful day for a hike last Friday. 


Friday, November 23, 2012

the day after turkey aka black friday


so, if you are from the states, how was the turkey? did you eat too much, too little, or maybe you don't eat turkey at all? or perhaps you participated in a turkey trot - a tradition practiced in many parts of america where some people hope to offset the side effect of consuming mass quantities of food, join in with their community to go for a morning run the day of thanksgiving. speaking of turkey, recently I came upon the story of a man who as of september 1, 2012 started trekking across the country known as turkey, a 1305-mile walk, from the aegean coast to iran. his name is matt krause and he is writing about his journey on his blog called the heathen pilgrim. my impression is that matt's aim is to introduce those who are not turkish born, to the turkish way of life by traveling through turkey and sharing his experiences along the way. in the process he hopes to illuminate his readers as to how a seemingly different people who, despite their cultural differences, are still very much the same as you and I. what makes it more unusual is that he is willing to go to such lengths in order to do so. & in case you're interested, matt's thanksgiving day post about an experience he had with oprah is especially amusing - at least it was to me.  

Thursday, November 22, 2012

happy thanksgiving everyone!

things I'm thankful for; spending time with our son ian back home from college, spending the day with family, enjoying the thanksgiving wishes from friends and family, and blow up turkeys. 
happy thanksgiving friends!

Monday, November 19, 2012

moishe's self storage


I can't help it but I love this "moishe's self storage" building. last summer when ian and I took a day to walk across the brooklyn bridge, this was one of the many amusing things that grabbed our attention as we drove along the brooklyn queens expressway-which in hindsight seems ridiculous considering we had just passed the entirety of manhattan's skyline mere moments before. I don't know, maybe it's the bold red color, the unassuming name? and how smart is it to use the side of their place of business as a billboard propped up in perfect alignment to the eyes of no doubt hundreds of thousands of unsuspecting drivers that can't help but pass by this edifice every single day! plus it begs the question, with the price of real estate in new york being what it is, what type of self storage would one actually get to use for twenty nine dollars a month? not to be cruel, but I can't imagine it being larger than a shoebox. seriously, at an average price (according to a quick google search) of $1236 per square foot for a home in new york, ny - how big could it be? I wish I wasn't too lazy to call up the 800 number to find out.

and thank you ian for shooting this for your momma!

Sunday, November 18, 2012

more from long beach


yesterday anthony helped his brother rip out all of the floors and sub-floors in his house over in long beach. hurricane sandy has produced such an enormous amount of wreckage making it impossible for the town to pick up trash the usual way. a very large dump truck now roams the neighborhood using a mechanical claw picking up huge piles of household debris throughout the day. anthony captured the scene with his iphone.


Saturday, November 17, 2012

st. kilian's evening sky in farmingdale


st. kilian's is probably one of my favorite buildings to photograph here in farmingdale. just last week I posted a nor'easter shot of it here and this shot was from nearly two winters ago when we kept getting blizzard after blizzard. remember this fire filled sky back in october 2010? I remember reading about other bloggers noticing it as well - tried to find one to link to here, to no avail. 

Friday, November 16, 2012

Autumnal Wedding


In early October Anthony and I had the good fortune to witness his brother marry his longtime sweetheart in upstate New York. Their celebration was held in picturesque Cooperstown. 
At some point during the reception nearly every one of the forty wedding guests ventured outside to take in the awesome view of Lake Otsego, a perfect backdrop for a beautiful celebration. Located at the Otsego Golf Club in Springfield Center, New York, it seemed like we had the entire grounds to ourselves. Everything was perfect. We danced and partied late into the night, taking a trolley ride back to our respective hotels,  and singing all the way of course!


Thursday, November 15, 2012

random acts of sandy


the friday after hurricane sandy we drove into long beach to help my brother in-law pump the water out of his home. we passed this house sitting in the bay while driving back to farmingdale. it's as if it were randomly dropped from the sky.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Obama and The Salvation Army


driving towards old country road last week during the very start of our first nor'easter of the season, I looked up when traffic stalled and couldn't help but feel I was being sent a message.
I am afraid our country has forgotten about how much suffering is still going on here in the northeast. in a country as rich as ours, no one should be homeless. and to make matters worse, the holidays are approaching. and although every year at this time, most people will inevitably reach out to those in need - with all that is happening this year, where does one begin? hopefully obama's visit to long island tomorrow will bring our nation's attention back to where it should be.

if you would like to donate to The Salvation Army, please visit

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

only 5 more days of tatzu nishi's columbus!


if you want to see nishi's columbus please reserve a free pass at 
& hurry! there are only five days left. you can schedule your pass to see nishi's work for a specific time which is helpful given you will have to wait outside before climbing the scaffold. but don't worry, it moves fairly quickly.

more visitors enjoying Columbus.

as we were leaving I had a strange feeling I would never get this close to this statue, ever again.
; )