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My Favorite Things – A Walk with My Husband in Central Park

This year, I gave my husband one of those pedometer thingies for his birthday.  My hope was that he’d feel even more motivated (I have to say that since he reads my blog) to exercise.  The beauty is that he’s not only been exercising regularly now, but on occasion he asks me to go on walks with him, too!   Walking with my sweetie in  a city and a park I love – what could be better?

The daylight was beginning to wane as we set out today…

two shadows

And though our intent was to go at a brisk pace, my husband waited patiently while I stopped to snap a lone Snowdrop.

first Snow Drops of spring

Our destination was the Ladies Pavilion on the Lake

View of Central Park South through the gazebo

Before we turned around and headed home (for cocktails and appetizers!)

two shadows upside down

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My Favorite Things – The Colors of An Early Spring Thaw

After a particularly cold and snowy winter, the temperatures have turned a lot milder – even balmy – in the Big Apple.  As I walked home through Central Park today, I snapped these pictures.  As you can probably tell, I’m really eager for spring to arrive!

Red buds against a very blue sky.

red buds against blue sky

Earthy reflections in ponds of melted snow.

branches reflected in the water

And (hopefully) soon-to-be-budding trees reaching for the sky.

black branches against a blue sky


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My Favorite Things – A Snow Day in the Big Apple

It’s been snowing all day in the city.  My afternoon student cancelled and, miracle of miracles, I also had no scheduled rehearsals or shows today…or any other reason to leave the house except to enjoy the beauty of the white stuff.

Although most people stayed in, there were a few pedestrians…

Woman in black with umbrella in the snow

As well as a handful of children sledding and frolicking in the park.

children playing in the snow.

Meanwhile, large expanses of the snow remained pristine.

snowy day in Central Park

The apartment buildings along Central Park West looked alternatively ghostly….

Central Park West in the snow2

Or like sugared confections.

Central Park West in the snow

While the lacy patterns of the snow-laden branches…

snowy branches

Were worth a second look.

two women in the snow

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My Favorite Things – The Organized Chaos That Is New York

Be it daytime…

Signs in Midtown


Signs in Little Italy

Or Evening…

TSQ Brasserie

This is my kind of chaos!

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My Favorite Things – Love, Hearts and All Things Cupid in the Big Apple

It’s cold and wintry in New York City, but with Valentine’s Day just around the corner, things just might start to heat up!

hearts in the snow bank

At the Hudson Cafe you and your sweetie can grab a romantic table for two…

Hudson Cafe

Or head south of the border for some Mexican food at Móle!

Mole restaurant in the Village

Curious sweets are on sale here…

Curious window

And you’ll find lots of curiosities here!

Valentines window Upper West Side

Caliente?  The equation couldn’t be simpler!

Muy Caliente

(♥ + 2)

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My Favorite Things – A Behind the Scenes Look at the Elite World that is New York City Ballet

This past Monday – a very icy and frigidly cold night – my husband and I trekked across town to attend the movie premier of Ballet 422, a documentary featuring the creation of a new ballet by New York City Ballet’s resident choreographer and corp dancer Justin Peck.  The movie is officially opening in theaters on February 6th and you can watch the trailer here:

As a long term substitute musician at the ballet, I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know more and more of the dancers and staff in the company.  At the premier, I was sitting between my husband (yes, that’s him conducting the orchestra in the trailer above) and Ballet Master, Albert Evans.  Albert, who seems pretty beloved by the dancers, is a sweetheart; he also happens to have some of the funniest lines in the film.

The enthusiasm, hard work and passion that the dancers display day in and out is quite infectious.  And it’s always a delight to see the ways in which they evolve and mature on stage.

(By the way, if you’re curious to see more of Justin Peck’s work, you’re in luck.  His newest ballet – to the music of Aaron Copland’s Rodeo, Four Dance Episodes – premiers tonight.  You can purchase tickets here.)

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After the Snow (The 2015 Blizzard That Wasn’t)

Yes, New York City (fortunately) escaped the worst of the recent blizzard.  

And so, there’s been lots of grumbling from more than a few folk about the precautionary measures the Mayor took.

sad snowman

Central Park snowman 2015

Today it’s back to work for everyone…

broken sled

lost boots

I, for one, enjoyed my mini-break.  Toodle-oo!

Funny snow tree man

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