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Friday’s Thought – Picture This

Lace curtains on the Upper West Side

“The best part of beauty is that which no picture can express.”

(Francis Bacon)

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My Favorite Things – It’s All in the Details

When I first moved to New York City in the fall of 2010, I felt almost overwhelmed by the beauty of the architecture and the variety of interesting things to do and see.  I also had more free time for exploring and loved visiting and discovering new neighborhoods and sights.  These days, my schedule is a lot less free, and so time for “sightseeing” has taken a back seat to the day-to-day tasks of living and working.  Fortunately, my eye is still drawn to the little details that make even my familiar neighborhood unusual and interesting.

This is what caught my eye on my walk home today…

Upper West Side railings

Fancy lanterns on Central Park West

Medallions on Upper West Side railings

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My Favorite Things – If These Walls Could Talk

Flowering trees on the Upper West Side

red leaves against an arched stone window

Pretty flower box against Art Deco door

Purple tree blossoms over a window on the Upper West Side

Stone wall in Central Park

“The building’s identity resided in the ornament.”

(Louis Sullivan)

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Friday’s Thought – On Simplicity

Terra Cotta Restaurant and Winery

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”

(Leonardo da Vinci)

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My Favorite Things – New York City in the Springtime

After a few long days of rehearsing and performing at the Rose Hall at Jazz at Lincoln Center, I welcomed an afternoon of free time to meander through the city.  Spring is officially here.  The trees are flowering and even the tulips have started blooming.  From the ground up the earth seems to be coming back to life.

Near my apartment, a squirrel was making a meal out of some crocuses…

Squirrel eating the crocuses

While high up above, the avenues were lined with blossom-covered trees.

Upper West Side in the springtime

Pretty brownstone on the Upper West Side

flowering tree in front of church on the Upper West Side

Just across from Lincoln Center a little violinist was taking advantage of the warm weather to serenade passersby with an impromptu concert.

Little violinist

(Note the incredible violin and bow hold! This little boy may very well be playing AT Lincoln Center soon…)

On the  southeast corner of Central park, the fountain was also surrounded with blossoms…

Central Park South during springtime

And the blue hydrangeas at the Park Plaza Hotel provided a pretty pop of color.

hydrangea

The Plaza Hotel in springtime

As I made my way back uptown through the park I stopped to photograph more cherry trees…

white blossoms against a black tree trunk in Central Park

Sprin 2016 in Central Park

And a pair of boaters on the Lake.

Yellow forsythia around the Lake in Central Park

Ah, how I love spring!

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Friday’s Thought – On Staying Young

Woman carrying stuffed bear

“If you carry your childhood with you, you never become older.”

(Tom Stoppard)

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Through the Lens of My Camera: Winter Storm Jonas

I headed down to Lincoln Center this afternoon for the first of two shows with New York City Ballet, only to learn that both had been cancelled due to Winter Storm Jonas.

Taking photos at Columbus Circle was a challenge since the wind was whipping snow into my face and camera…

Columbus Circle statue during Storm Jonas

Lanterns in Central Park during Winter Storm Jonas

So I headed home where I spent the afternoon gazing out the window at the few passersby.

Upper West Side pedestrians during Winter Storm Jonas

woman with multicolored snow gear

Though the storm showed no signs of letting up, in the early evening I went for a walk…into a city that was eerily quiet and magically transformed!

Central Park during Winter Storm Jonas

Sparkly street lights in Central Park during Winter Storm Jonas

snow covered tree with little lights during Storm Jonas

Parent and child walking in Winter Storm Jonas

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