oh yeah two water towers

i was going to crop this shot
 tighten it up 
get the tops of those cars 
gone 
but
 after i did 
i realized 
the feeling of an almost fish eye lens
was
 gone 
i liked that feeling 
so no crop

 isn't that sky fabulous

 took this on sunday
 after brunch with my sister 

i really love the 6s camera

weekend recappage

lets start 
with
 friday 
not a fridaycation 
but 
the pope was coming down to the september 11 memorial plaza and museum
literally
 behind/beneath 
my office
 i was going to stay home

 an email about a missing fedex package 
on thursday evening
 changed my mind 

went in to 'put out the fire' 
which i did
 in
 under 
30min
 dont even ask 
such a stupid situation

 anyway
 i was there
 i got caught up in the excitement
 looking out the window
 with co-workers 
taking photos with my big camera
 with the big lens 

alas 
the windows 
with
 the best views
 have 
not
ever
 been
 washed

this photo
would be a lot better 
though
 a clean window


thats 
pope francis
cardinal dolan
 and
overlooking them
is one of nypd's finest counter-terrorism snipers 
keeping an eye on things 
he was just one of many posted on roof tops around the memorial plaza 

après the pope visit
 i headed up town
 for 
my 4:30-5:00 pm appointment 'window' 
at apple


to
pick up
 my new iphone 6s 

steven 
helped me through the process
thanks to him 
it was easy peasy

i took his photo with my iPad
my new iphone was still in its box
my old one was being recycled

when i got home
 i took
 this
to test
the new12 mega pixel camera


taken without flash
no additional light
its pretty sweet camera

saturday 
after 
my hair appointment
i joined 
my husband 
up on the roof

andrew johns
you may recall andrew as toonman's acting partner
is also an artist
he created/painted
these murals





they adorn the elevator housing 
and
the walls of the roof top entrance

for a long time 
we lived on the top floor
 just a staircase away from a lovely
roof garden 
it was like another room for us

then we moved downstairs
our friends who own the building 
built a weekend house 
the gardens there took up their time
 the rooftop garden languished

not too long ago 
our friends sold the weekend place
the rooftop gardens once again flourished
this summer 
andrew worked several hours a day on the murals
they're done now
just in time 
for
me 
 to share 
his work with you

sunday
was my regular mani/pedi at polished
then i met my sister
at ag kitchen on columbus for brunch
toonman spends his weekends 
immersed in football
and you
what did you do?


georgia and marley


these adorable girls
 are
 3 and 7 months old

 they're chihuahua mix breeds
i do not know mixed with what
and
they are recently adopted rescues  

 aren't they are sweet
modeling
 sweaters 
their new mom made

i met them
 last weekend
 at the block party
my friends who own/operate
le pet spa
300 rector street
battery park city
participated 

traffic traffic traffic

everywhere 

streets are closed off 
to 
vehicular traffic 
even
 some foot traffic 

all around the city
 there are huge fences
 8 or 9 feet tall 
constructed 
so 
no one can climb them

 they're all along the exterior of central park
 if christo were alive 
he'd be jealous
 after all
 it took him 
years and years 
to get permission
 to erect 
his 'gates' 


it took
 just 
one simple but influential man 
visiting 
 to 
practically shut down the city
 to keep him safe 

 as a friend said
 'i am not catholic but i think he's wonderful' 

anyway
 its crazy here today 

look out
philly 
you're 
his 
next stop 


whats the difference between ...



a bottle 
of
old fashioned
 seltzer 
fizzy 
water
 and 
the new television season?

well
not much

there's 
a lot 
of
hype bubbles aeration buoyancy

 then
 both
 go 
flat

we've watched a few new shows
i thought 
life in pieces
was funny well written a good cast of actors
toonman didnt really agree

he watched
minority report
he wasn't crazy about it
i opted not to watch

i am a snob
 there 
are 
a lot of shows 
he watches i dont

we both watched 
blindspot
i havent discussed it with him
but
i was disappointed
the trailer was so well edited so intriguing

the writing is not exactly bad
 theres a dumbing down i feel below the clever
i will give it another week or two

i am looking forward to 
the muppets
we recorded it 
we'll watch it tonite
i hope its as good as it used to be

so far of the 'old' shows returning 
we've only seen 
castle
its still fun

have you seen any of these?
have you seen any that you'd recommend?



weekend recappage

lots of pampering on saturday 
sunday 
i braved
 the mess
 that 
the subway has become 
due to 
track work
 line shutdown
 weekends
this weekend there were no local trains
express trains ran local
if your stop got 'skipped'
there were shuttle buses
anyway
my friend's 
pet grooming
 pet supply
 store
 took a 'booth/table
' at the battery park city street fair 
held
 not on the street 
but 
on 
the battery park promenade
it was
a lovely day

see for yourself

lots of people
lots of things to buy

 to eat

 to drink

new friends were made

 badass brooklyn animal rescue was represented

thats vinnie he's being fostered
a sweeter dog i have not met


these two were recently adopted
they are modeling sweaters their new mom made/sells

 there was a rock band

there was also
parrot

stella!!!!!!!!!!!




stella 
is
 my friend melissa's baby

she's 
extremely smart
very patient
understands 'photo' means sitting pretty
and
she's very very protective 

jeffrey's hook light

aka
 the little red lighthouse 


sits
 beneath the martha washington
 which is what some of us
 call
 the lower level 
of 
the george washington bridge

 :::rimshot::: 

ahem 

very recently
 my friend melissa and i 
set out to find the lighthouse

 you know 
if it 
had
 been missing
 i think
 we'd have had a better chance of finding it 

we knew where it was
 we used melissa's gps 
but 
once we got 
'there' 
we discovered
 we were still 
a long way
 from
 the actual lighthouse

 so 
we improvised 
we went to the cloisters 
to ft tyron park
 had lunch al fresco
 took some photos
 then 
drove down to the upper reaches of riverside park 
parked 
walked along the river



 lucky for me 
i brought my 300mm lens

 a 600mm would have done a better job 

morning light

its
 starting 
to be 
darker 
in
 the morning 
as
 i head off to the office




  soon 
we'll 
set the clocks back
that tree 
will be bare 
the skies will be dark
 the mornings will be quieter 
 people sleep later
 or
 just move more slowly
 into 
the next season

hiding in the greenery


i took 
this
 while i was wandering madison square park 
down in the 20s off fifth avenue 

its an iPhone photo
 so 
no zoom was involved .... 

shana tova u'metukah

shana tova u'metukah
(שָׁנָה טוֹבָה וּמְתוּקָה) 
wishing you all 
a good and sweet year


the joyous celebration of rosh hashanah
the new year 
leads
a week later
 to 
the contemplation 
of
 the past year
yom kippur


brooklyn ...

no fridaycation
 this week 
tho 
i did get to leave the office early
 its not the same 

saturday
 i joined a small group of curious people


 on a walk 
through 
the carroll gardens/gowanus area of brooklyn

 quite a contrast
 between 
these two
 very close to one another areas 

carroll gardens is
elegant
stately way rows 
of 
once 
single family homes 
with 
large front yards 
yes
 thats a pear tree!



lead down
to
 the gowanus area 


you cross
 a bridge
 a 126 year old 
107 foot 
wooden
 retractable bridge 
(here's a link to an article in the ny times)
it links
 park slope to carroll gardens 
spanning


 the gowanus canal 


that mural 
sits alongside


that junk yard

walking down 3rd avenue
you walk past
the morbid anatomy museum
(click here if you want to see what we didnt)



we skipped that
in favor of
pie!


click here 
to
 see 
what 
four & twenty blackbirds 
serve


 excellent coffee 
a slice of sweet tomato peach pie 
whipped creme
deeeeeevine

then a short walk to the subway 
wait 
due
 to
 the extensive weekend track work
a derailed train earlier in the week
the closest subway station 
was 
closed
too lazy
 er 
tired 
to walk
 to
 the next station
we cabbed it back


letting me get this trifecta of architecture:

WTC
Gehry's 8 Spruce Street
and
Brooklyn Bridge!

i'm very patient


but
 when 
will i 
be able to come inside? 

 the law is changing
soon
 service and non service
dogs
 will be permitted
 inside
 shops/markets
 selling/serving
 food
at the descretion 
of
 the owners/managers

in memory




From the 104th Floor
by Leda Rodis (age 14 in 2001)

When the plane hit the building
rocked first
to the right
then
to the left,
and outside all the skyscrapers
of New York
seemed to tremble.

The alarms screamed louder
than we did, and I knew
it was time to get away. It's funny
what you notice:
a pen rolling across the floor
my screen saver flicker and go off
a picture of you
and me
at Coney Island.

So much to leave behind. And yet so little.

Running down the hall I remembered
my mother
taking me to the top
of the Empire
State Building when I was just
a little girl,
telling me that a plane
had crashed there a long
time ago. So I thought that maybe
that's
what happened. Just
an accident. And accidents
happen everyday.

Under the blown-out exit sign
a crowd
is screaming,
crying,
pounding
on the door.
I know:
There's

No
Way
Out.

You have to believe that I tried. I'm not the one
to give up.
Back at my desk, I rescue
the rolling pen,
stare
at the blank screen, and
hold
my picture
of you.
I look out
at the blue morning.
I expect
to see God there.
But what I really see is
another plane.
And I know what it means.
But I don't know why...

I always thought that life was full of choices.
It always has been.
What to wear
Where to eat
Who to love
(and you know who I chose).

Now my choices have been taken away from me.
The men in the planes have narrowed my choices
down
to
two:
Death by fire, or death by fall.

I see the smoke
rising
filling the room
It's hard to breathe

I look towards the open window.
What
would falling feel like?

I remember the roller coaster at Coney Island.

The wind tugging at my hair
How good it felt to scream.
The feeling in my stomach.

And how all the way down

I was with you.





When I originally posted this many asked who Leda Rodis was ...


ON SEPTEMBER 11, 2001, 14-year-old Leda Rodis was in her high school library in Vermont, researching a freshman English assignment, when the announcement came over the loudspeaker: airplanes had been flown into both towers of the World Trade Center in New York. Like people everywhere that day, Leda watched the unreal images on television as the mammoth structures burned, then collapsed, killing thousands. The image that stuck with Leda most was that of two very brave people jumping from the towers, holding hands. Rather than die in the fire the terrorists had created, they chose to jump. And they chose to do it together.


More than any other event in history, images from 9/11 are forever seared onto humanity’s collective consciousness. Every person has tried in some way to come to terms with that day. Leda decided to write a poem. “From the 104th Floor” flowed through her as if a voice had come up out of the rubble. Though it memorializes the events and feelings of that day, “From the 104th Floor” is in the end a love poem. An inspiration. Love is bigger than terror.


Leda’s mother shared the poem with a friend in Brooklyn, Serguei Bassine, a young filmmaker. The poem’s images dug so deeply into him that in the weeks following 9/11 he would stand up and recite it on his subway commute from Brooklyn into Manhattan. Each time he read he saw horror turn to grief and then to hope in the eyes of his rapt listeners. For a long time he wrestled with how to bring the poem’s images to film without violating the integrity of the poem, or the enormity of the experiences of the people who were lost. In the end he made a short film using black-and-white animation as a way of honoring both the writer’s vision and the courage of the people who perished.


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