three on thursday

these beauties 
are growing wild 
in 
Riverside Park  
my own 
morning glories 
are still 
vining ™

You 
can 
go over to 
to see some glories from my Birmingham trip

and
these
are mine

  




goodbye old friend

H&H Bagels 
on the corner of 
80th Street and Broadway 
has been a NYC institution 
forever
its shutting its doors

the awning is gone, 
the sign over the door is gone, 
the refrigerator unit 
(OJ, water, cream cheese spreads) 
gone
 the story is here .. 





monday monologue

There is no place on earth hotter 
than 
Birmingham Alabama  
I swear.  
Mathews Virgina
 in the dead heat of mid-July 
isnt even as hot 
my Blisters will attest to how hot Mathews is  
Right ladies?  
Nevertheless 
Birmingham is a fabulous place to visit 
once you get acclimated to the heat 
you'all  
I took more photos than I can count 
had the best food 
got some amazing photographs 
BUT 
you wont see them here
 nope 
this is a NewYawk blog 
if you want to see my time in Sweet Alabama 
you'll have to go on over to 
 for wordless photos 
over the next week or three anyway 

However 
for today I will share some of what I did 
with the gracious lovely Virginia (Virg to her friends) Jones 
who has two blogs for her two loves 
and 
who let me sleep in her guest room

Last June
Virg introduced me to her friend Mary 
Mary doesn't blog but helps us photographers find some amazing things to snap  
You may recall Mary from our trip to Vegas last October

that's Mary, me and Virg

so 
without too many more words 
here are some highlights of my visit
 waiting to go through security at 
LaGuardia Airport 
I saw this sign 
and 
totally 
Laughed Out Loud
 Saturday morning we went to Pepper Place 
I bought this tee for ToonMan

We also met up with StevieWren who blogs at A Little Birdie Told Me
that's my knee stickin' up between Virg and Stevie
who brought along two of her gorgeous granddaughters
to say hello to this Yankee visitor

After we visited all too briefly with Stevie
and 
sweated off 20 lbs
wandering Pepper Place taking pix
we went to lunch 
doesnt everyone who visits the south have BBQ?
but 
do they have desserts like this?

after lunch we drove around Virg's hood
stopped at Smith's for something I cant recall
while wandering the aisles I saw this
I am guessing they're for BBQ frog leg lovers
I AM KIDDING!!!!!!

Dinner was at little savannah

afterward we went to Chez FonFon for dessert
coconut cake for Mary and Virg
lemon tart for moi
(bad low light iPhone photo, sorry)
Yes, we ate constantly
I am going to fast for a month
yeah sure

Sunday after we drove Mary to the airport
Virg and I went photo hunting
you'll have to go to Through My Eyes to see what we saw

I wish I could have stayed longer
I invite you all to go see the other photos
visit Virg
visit Stevie

My flights were filled with kids and noisy 
so when I landed and got into the car to go home I relaxed
ah New York you never disappoint
stopped for a traffic light crossing East 96th Street
I spotted this
Yup
you're not in Birmingham any more
a cow figurine/statue in a window
only in New York!

waiting patiently

I'm in Birmingham, Alabama
this 
weekend
I am leaving you 
with two snaps 
is he a sweet 
Westie 
or is he a 
Schnauzer? 

Regardless 
he caught my eye 
and 
his person was nice enough 
to help me get a 
good 
shot



mashed potato sky

Mashed potato sky 
thats what 
Bill Evans 
WABC local news 
called them 
but 
they are really 
Mammatus clouds 
the angle 
is me being creative 
wanting to include the top 
of 
All Angels Church

I am hoping 
this weather 
isnt going to follow me
 to Birmingham, AL 
where I am meeting my travel pal Mary 
and 
our mutual friend, 
photographer
Virginia Jones 
she blogs 
about both her hometown 
and 
home of her heart 

three on thursday

more people enjoying the pier this past weekend
I think 
they are all 
strangers
look 
at that 
body 
language  

whatever

I seem to lose a day a week. 
Usually on Tuesday 
I think its Wednesday 
Wednesday 
turns into Thursday.  

Seriously. 

It takes me a week to adjust to Monday.

Here are a few fun, 
to me 
I hope to you, 
people enjoying the park
from 
last weekends 
walks

 umbrellas seem to be a trend

 taking your pet for a ride 
or 
vice verse 
was 
happenin'

and 
of course 
the much anticipated 
weekly 
morning glory 
update


the money shot 
;-)

toonsday - not a lot of wiggle room


monday monologue

So 
anyone using Blogger's 
'Schedule' 
to set up posts to post at a specific time?  
Is it working?  
Mine isn't 
Every morning 
I check 
 the post 
which was supposed 
to publish 
at midnight 
its still sitting there 
waiting

This past weekend was so nice. 
Two terrific walks
 in the park to points 
no Edelstein 
had walked before always exciting 
ToonMan is a Virgo  
He plans out the walks ahead of time 
in his head
so when we hit the street 
he knows exactly where he wants to walk.  

Saturday 
we did a loop 
going uptown and then down
  Sunday 
we just walked downtown  
We went back to the piano on the pier 
then walked further downtown 
along this lovely pathway with little piers and benches
(stay tuned those pix will sometime this week)

 speaking of benches
I spotted 
this on the way home last weekend  
Best bench in the world by Oscar  
Thats what it says

Now I get to digress
this past Thursday 
when I left
the office
Times Square was filled
with
skateboard aficionados
watching this


and my favorite photo from this past weekend
is this
 in a gallery on Madison Avenue in the East 70s.

click on the photos 
they will enbiggin

Saturday in the Park

First 
up to 
83rd Street 
to enter the park
then down these stairs, 
which are not the ones maked 
DO NOT CROSS
although, 
seriously 
these were in far worse condition
under the overpass 
along the river
this is looking uptown
BUT
we were 
actually 
walking downtown
once again 
where no Edelstein had 
walked before
that's Trumpistan
dwarfing the Westside Highway
aka
Joe DiMaggio Highway
past the baseball field
Umbrellas
Had to see what this was
its a cafe
Pier 1 Cafe
(in no way related to Pier 1 Imports)
There's an actual pier!
It stretches 
way out into the Hudson
There's seating
fishing
and  
a
piano
the 
Sing For Hope 
people 
are 
back!


HAPPY FATHER'S DAY!!!!


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