Friday, November 30, 2012
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
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
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?
in other news, please notice the above fire extinguisher. I've been wanting to post this photo from "what cheer" since my last post about this shop but every time I'd look at it all I could think of was how I have neglected to replace my outdated fire extinguishers! it's weird how chores like that can gnaw away at you until you finally take care of them - not that I have taken care of it. I also need to replace the batteries in my smoke detectors throughout my house. I usually bug my husband to do this whenever daylight saving time begins or ends. last year we had a combination smoke/carbon monoxide detector hardwired into our basement and dining room ceilings that included a back up battery in case the power goes out, but that system will only work if we keep the batteries fresh. and getting back to the fire extinguisher - I have to wonder, does everyone keep one in their home? it's not as if I am anticipating a fire. I think it's more like one of those things where if you have one in your home you will most likely never have to use it. how is that for logic?
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Monday, November 26, 2012
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
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 hoping 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. or, maybe you want to buy property in turkey as opposed to eating it? I've never been to turkey myself but after checking out this turkish travel blog (in an attempt to inform myself of this wondrous place so that I may write knowledgeably about the country of turkey) I am tempted to travel there. the photographs of the villages, their people and their landscape are so different from anything I have seen here in america - differences I always find intriguing. as I read through ttb, I came upon the story of a man who as of september 1, 2012 started trekking across 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.
what about you, have you ever been to turkey?
Thursday, November 22, 2012
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
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
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 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
in early october anthony and I had the good fortune to witness his brother marry his longtime sweetheart in upstate new york. everything was perfect. a party was held in picturesque cooperstown, the night before so both sides of their families could meet. october is an amazing time of year in cooperstown making the destination one of the most beautiful wedding venues I've ever been too.
as we headed into the wedding tent we were told to find our seats by looking for a photo of our younger selves on our dinner plates - a thoughtful and fun touch that instantly relaxed everyone as they checked out each other's photos while looking for their own. below is a shot of our view of lake otsego from the wedding tent. at some point during the party nearly every one of the forty wedding guests ventured outside to stand by the lake and take in the awesome view, a perfect backdrop for a wedding and the reception that followed. located at the otsego golf club in springfield center, new york, it seemed like we had the entire grounds to ourselves. we celebrated until late into the night taking a trolley ride back to our respective hotels, and assorted bed and breakfasts, singing all the way - of course!
Thursday, November 15, 2012
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
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 www.SalArmy-GNY.org
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
if you want to see nishi's columbus please reserve a free pass at www.PublicArtFund.org
& 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.
Monday, November 12, 2012
here in the united states veteran's day is always on november 11th. this year since it fell on a sunday today is the day it will be formally acknowledged in terms of federal, state and local government offices being closed. hopefully the holiday will give some relief to all of those who were devastated by hurricane sandy and our recent nor'easter.
taken from the archives, I originally shot this on veteran's day back in 2010.
ps: more on christopher columbus tomorrow. I got a little side tracked yesterday celebrating the hubster's birthday.
Saturday, November 10, 2012
last evening I climbed a scaffold to the top of the monumental statue of christopher columbus at columbus circle in manhattan. the view was a bit heady.
the artist tatzu nishi came up with the brilliant idea of building a room around the columbus figure so visitors could hang out with him in a casual atmosphere, much like a livingroom. he designed custom wallpaper reflecting american culture especially for the room.
everyone seemed to feel at home taking many photos, filming everyone and everything, flipping through magazines at a side table, posing in front of columbus in the same position as if they themselves were impersonating him. it was wild. when I started to tell my husband I didn't know which was more interesting, the statue or...he completed my sentence saying...the people looking at the statue. it quickly became obvious tatzu nishi knew what he was doing.
below is a photograph of some of what mr. columbus looks at every day, day in and day out.
more on columbus tomorrow.
Friday, November 9, 2012
thursday as I ventured into huntington to pick up my eyeglasses I found myself detoured and somehow wound up driving down mount misery road, a road I have not traveled down in years. you know those horror movies where teenagers wander into the woods looking for ghosts? well, that wasn't me, but I did get into a car my brother was driving along with as many other teenagers as we could fit and we did drive up to mount misery looking for ufo's after midnight one winter's eve many many years ago. we had more fun looking for ET's but were terribly disappointed when we didn't find any. a quick google search revealed this article about the history of this haunted neck of the woods.
Thursday, November 8, 2012
this is what it looked like during this morning's commute in farmingdale. the few inches of slushy snow enveloping the tree limbs fell off in bits of wicked clumps throughout the morning. at first I thought it was the muffled sound of car doors slamming until I was later outside and one clump beaned me on the top of my head. talk about an early morning wake up call. on the bright side, we still have electricity! and it's nice to see this tree is still going strong too.
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
this is what it looked like outside earlier today. by 5:45 pm large wet snowflakes mixed with sleet shut down the long island expressway (a major thoroughfare used by commuters) - perfect timing for rush hour. later penn station was closed and then finally reopening by 8pm tonight. for the last two hours I have been hearing snow plows & fire sirens.
what about all of our displaced neighbors who have no homes, no schools & no workplace? I am afraid they will be more devastated because of this storm. yet if you follow the news there are many people from all over this great country helping those affected by sandy. thank you great country.
I found this red cross link today that lists places including some on long island for those who need food & other services. please pass it on to those in need.
also, if you are so inclined please repeat after me, dear lord, please make this storm go away, and please restore those who do not have power, amen.
as much as the suspense was killing me, I could barely stay awake last night. and when I did doze off, things weren't looking so hot for obama. I awoke just in time to see this.
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
more from "what cheer" the same store in providence where I photographed the vintage christmas ornaments. along one side of the room stood a wall of old wooden drawers, every one containing something different. some filled to the brim with marbles, another packed with worn pocket sized journals, you get the idea. I wish I photographed the contents of each one. next time.
Friday, November 2, 2012
here is a little christmas cheer for you from an extremely cool record store known as "what cheer" in providence RI that I had the good fortune to visit last saturday. I know, halloween was only two days ago but I just thought this was pretty.
Thursday, November 1, 2012
I wanted to post a halloween photo today, perhaps a photo of ian in costume when he was little - but it didn't seem appropriate. I'm reminded of 911. the eerie quiet, the uncertainty, the loss. there is utter devastation all around us, and though this is no consolation to those who have lost a loved one, the numbers are small by comparison. many people have no electricity, water, or shelter, or they simply can not get to work and every day they can not get to work, they don't get paid.
so instead, I posted this cartoon form "the new yorker," because for me, this cartoon epitomizes what it means to be a new yorker; although we wholly appreciate other cities throughout the world, we can't help but love new york the most. we new yorkers have a great spirit, and I believe we will get through this.
god bless us everyone. we need all the help and prayers and positive energy we can get.