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

20 comments:

  1. excellent tour! loved all your shots, but the rivet-ing rail overpass was thrilling as were the lovers...


    Aloha from Honolulu
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  2. fabulous journey! Beautiful photos of Woodlawn with the trees in bloom and the bronze sculpture...love it when you share your adventures with us!
    Have a nice relaxing weekend-

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  3. Loved the tour and the photos.
    I have had a little luck shooting through
    fencing by stepping back a little from the
    fence and focusing sharply on the subject
    behind the fence... well that works with
    bird cages and some range fencing.

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  4. I will forever be grateful to Daryl for showing me Woodlawn Cemetery and the High Line. If you are near either or both venues…GO!!!! They are visual parties. I was fortunate to celebrate with Ms. E.!!!!!

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  5. Lovely place, Daryl. The people in the window really do appear to be real and I'll bet they are the cause of a lot of laughter to people passing by.

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  6. What amazing shots! I love those lesbians and their pre-passing grave site! Oh, and the turtles....

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  7. I love the lesbians too
    the shot thru the fence is fantastic
    so many goodies here :)

    Happy Passover

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  8. Daryl, wonderful shots! Apparently the way to get around the fence is to get as close to it as possible and shoot through one of the holes. Shooting like that will all but eliminate the fence in the shot.
    Happy Passover/Easter. Hope you have a great weekend!

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  9. I love the terminus and the trains. The cemetery shots are gorgeous and was surprised at the names!

    I visited the cemetery today...Woodland...where my relatives were laid to rest. Went a different way there and saw something that had been there all along!! Almost ran off the road LOL

    The photos will follow in a separate email. I bet you'll never guess! MMS ♥

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  10. I thought the man was real too, Daryl!!!
    I have never been to Woodlawn.
    It sure looks like an interesting place to be with a camera!

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  11. Whew, I'm worn out from that weekend. How will I top that when Mar and Phil Baby come south???
    V

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  12. Gorgeous, gorgeous! I think you've outdone yourself with the gorgeous photos! :)

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  13. What a ton of great stuff here. Woodlawn is amazing -- thank for sharing more of your time there. The train yard is very cool too. I need to spend a few days taking local shots, now that the weather has broken.

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  14. I've been on the Highland Park once but it must have been before the neighbors got a sense of humor...those windows are hysterical! How beautiful Woodlawn is:) I do love seeing the turtles enjoying it too...what a line-up!

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  15. Now how did I miss all these? I've got to stop cleaning windows and get back online. Loved your train shot, Daryl - and everything here!

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  16. OMG what a fantastic post, it's so good catching up after being away for a few days! I think your 'railroad' shots are pretty cool, laughed at the 'very real' looking people at the windows, what a great sense of humour they have and the intro shot for Woodlawn with the blossom trees is too gorgeous! I know many, many people pay and organize their own funerals before they actually pop off, but the sculpture is certainly taking it to the next level haha!

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  17. So many great shots, it's hard to know where to begin. The steel girders look like sculpture. And I love the people in the windows - I thought they were real until you said otherwise. Very cool. And some of those head stones are to die for.
    (Sorry. Couldn't help myself.)

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  18. Very cool. It seems to be the week for cemetery visits. Frank and I wandered one the other day and so did one of my other bloggers. But you win with dead celebrities. ;)

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  19. The Castle's were husband and wife not brother and sister. She posed for the statue on his grave.

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