what'll i do

this weekend
without
 friends to hang out with
 to wander in search of photo ops 
Toonman
 would have me 
sit home with him 
catching up on recorded television 
of course 
there will be beautifying
 if the weather is good 
there's likely to be a walk in the park
 heavy camera optional
 last weekend 
we 
cabbed it 
to
 10th Avenue and 30th Street 
I've wanted to get some shots
 of the
Hudson Yards



 the terminus
 for the
Long Island Railroad 
 part
of which
 is being developed
 into 
a business/residential/shopping site
 but 
when 
I am not sure 
as its been
 'going to be' 
for several years now 


 tricky stuff 
getting
 a 
BIG lens
(one you cant fit between the spaces in the fence)
 to 
ignore
 the gating
 and
get a photo of the trains
 if
 I was brave like
 Kate
 I'd have tried to go manual 
but 
I am not
 so 
I played with the focal settings
 (D90 has 3) 
I did manage to get a few shots
 but none
are true 
winners

see



I did get some fun shots
on
 The High Line

apparently
neighboring buildings
 now facing
 the park
 have developed
 a sense of humor 
about
 people
 being able to 
look 
into their 
windows



at first glance
 Phill 
thought the man
 was 
real 




actually 
when Toonman 
looked
 at the pix on my iMac
 he thought so too

 then 
there was the high point of the weekend
dinner with Mary's grand baby
no
that was fun
 but
 not
 the acme 
not 
the pinnacle

that

was
Woodlawn



I took
 over a hundred photos
 lots of amazing mausoleums
I am going to share 
some 
of the 
celebrity
 'sightings' 
today




this is the memorial
of
Irene and Vernon Castle
husband and wife dance stars
famous
 long before 
Dancing with the Stars!!!


it was pointed out
 that 
LaGuardia 
did not have
 Mayor 
listed on his headstone



Mr Roach 
was the drummer 
who played with 
Sir Miles Davis
 who rests just across the road



I've forgotten,
I am sad to say,
 whose memorial this is
but
 I do recall
 its made of sandstone
weather will erode it over time
WAIT
I did some Googling
Joyce Alexander Wein
was the wife
 of
 jazz impresario
George Wein
read about her
here


and
there there were
the
giant lesbians



both are still alive
one is a sculpter
she
created life size replicas
 of
her partner and herself
in bronze
 they plan to be buried
under
 it
when they pass
 in the meantime,
I am told,
the artist sees
 it as
 'the gift that keeps on giving'

on that note
 we will bid
adieu
to Woodlawn

have a great weekend
get out
enjoy!




EDITED because I learned, thank you Gail, that Irene and Vernon Castle were husband and wife not brother and sister .. and Irene posed for that statue on his grave

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