Wednesday, November 3, 2011
I went into the city earlier than I usually do for two meetings and to do a little shopping. First stop, Broadway and 23rd Street at Madison Square. The new in-the-street-park has a lot of planters, in this planter I saw what I thought was a tree with unusual leaves. It had what appeared to be a woody trunk and extraordinary purple palmate leaves, turns out it is a Castor Bean plant, trimmed so that it bushed out instead of taking on its usual taller shape.
Second stop was on 47th Street where I was shopping for silver and burnishing compound. On the way there from the Broadway line, I saw these policemen with their horses. Don’t think I’ve ever seen this many together at once.
The third horse was standing with its hind foot like this. It didn’t move at all the whole time I was there, hoof tip to pavement.
I saw this bracelet in one of the windows on 47th Street and admired the layout of this filigree design.
Third stop, Canal Street, to Kam Man (Golden Gate) to buy tea. Fall vegetables are in all the sidewalk stands. This was an enormous squash.
Lychee and cactus fruit with chestnuts and blue grapes.
Okra, asparagus and avocados, a totally green selection.
One of the seafood stores closer to Broadway as I make my way West on Canal.
These guys were alive and rustling in the basket.
Some Canadian tourists deciding on lunch.
Closer to Broadway, I looked south on Center Street toward City Hall.
A telephoto of the City Hall tower and a newer tower with undulating sides.
I remember when this red building was being built, it has had a number of tenants over the years and was starting to look worn, now seems to be under renovation.
Behind the red building, old graffiti and a cluster of water tanks.
Walking West on Walker Street I saw this collection of plants being discarded. Someone’s roof garden had roses and cotton plants in it for the summer.
Lower Sixth avenue looking northwest.
Some Tribeca cafes.
Looking east to the AT&T Building. Its crown of antennas was built after 9-11 when we lost the aerials on the WTC.
An old building that is marked where it was built. Near my last stop before heading home.
Thursday night, November 4, 2011
After class at FIT, I met Colman, we had dinner and went to an opening in Chelsea. No photos there, it was a art book fair, too many people and exhibits. We met a friend and a neighbor in the ferry terminal on the way home and had a pleasant ride back to Staten Island. Here are some shots in the dark, first as we walked back out of Chelsea to the 1 train on 23rd Street. A very clear and cool night. The Met Life tower was lit like a beacon to Fifth Avenue.
The Empire State Building, unusually all in white lights.
From the boat as we rode into the harbor.