tricks and treats


i love
 halloween
and
its
 tomorrow!

to celebrate
here's a scary painting 
i saw at MoMA
james ensore's
masks confronting death

look ... up there


during our bushwick graffiti 
walk
 this past sunday
 i spotted 
those
water towers
 as we got closer 
i saw 
that
 'graffiti'
 of
 the kid pointing up

 perfect 
i
 thought 

dont you?

thanks in advance

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return of the toon!!!


best friends

the connection
 between
a man and his dog 
is 
very strong

best friends
 never 
judge

see for yourself

last week
 i went to the dentist 
as
 i walked
 through
 columbus circle 
i had
 to 
stop and snap
 a few photos
 because
 the light 
the water
 the sky

see
 for yourself


what's that?

If you happen to be at Union Square
look up 
there
above
 the Burlington Coat Factory

see that water tower



there's a picture 
of 
a surfing dog 
on it


 taken by fashion photographer Bruce Weber
its part of the Water Tank Project
its one of several water towers around the city 
that are wrapped in artwork 
to raise awareness 
about
 the global water crisis.

breakfast breasts butts brunch

really

so
is a yearly event 
when 
buildings with architectural and/or cultural history
 are 
open to public 
viewing 
visits

we
 my two friends and i 
met at 


breakfast
before
we walked to
the renee & chaim gross foundation
chaim gross
 was an artist
 whose home and studio 


now
 house a museum
 of
 his art and the art of his friends and contemporaries


 this was his studio


this was their living room

from there we walked uptown 
stopping to watch
this breast cancer walk


up through a street fair
past nyu's alumni/parents weekend
peeks into lots of interesting stores
to 


an 1846 gothic revival masterpiece
inside and out
gorgeous

we continued to walk uptown
through 
washington square park
and 
madison square park
past
 a demonstration
 about 
butts
no really 
it was about 
butts


i have no idea
 what or why 
but
 no pun intended
 in 
nyc 
protesters rarely need a real reason
and the writing on their signs was
yup
on the back of the signs

we continued our walk
to
the masonic hall
which spans 22-23 streets


that chandelier
is made of sterling silver
the architecture
the detailing
the ceiling and walls
of
the public rooms was amazing

we
hopped a cab to our last stop
that had a sun roof!



the four seasons restaurant
its about to close
its midtown location
and
move downtown

the big question is


will they be bringing the famous murals

after we took many photos
we walked literally 'round the block to
the brasserie
for brunch



all in all a really interesting day
spent with two really terrific women
what could be more fun?

no, it's not a dog

its harry!

apparently 
this is the best of all possible worlds for him
not just a box
not just a plastic bag

if its not covered
he will 
find 
a way to sit in it

eastside commute

tuesday 
 i had my yearly mammo/sono
because my medical coverage is an ass

 a year ago
 i scheduled it
 for 
monday 
columbus day 
because
 getting downtown from the upper eastside
 is 
maddening

 the number of people who use the eastside subway
 notice 
i didnt say
 subways 
because 
there's just the one line 
running down/up town 
on the eastside 
vs
 the 2-3 lines
 on the west 

anyway
 my medical coverage
 won't cover
 these truly important exams 
unless 
the last and the new
 are 
366 days apart 

yes 
a year and a day

 so 
my plan of zipping downtown
 on a day with way less commuters 
didnt happen

 the medical practice my doctor is part of 
and 
my office fax machine 
both
 were 
unreliable

 the prescription the imaging people needed 
wasnt 
sent/received

 when i got to the office
 after being squished by the mammo
 then squashed by the eastside subway crowds 
i tried to get the 'script faxed to me
the plan was to fax it 
myself
 to the imaging peeps 

 somehow
 my fax machine
 by the way 
the only fax machine
 in 
our 
entire
 company
 (i refuse to use computer eFax i won't bore you with why) 
was disconnected
 aaaaaaarrrrrgh 

the 
day
 continued 
to 
go
 downhill


 so
 i offer you
 what gave me a smile
 as
 i came up 
out
 of
 the eastside subway hell


 1 wtc 
and
 the still uncompleted transit hub 
aka
 oculus 
designed by santiago calatrava 
as viewed from dey street

stacked

the water tower 
sits atop 
a building
 way off in the distance 
past 
the gowanus
 past 
the elevated subway
past
the ornamental grasses 
bordering
 the whole foods parking lot

what a weekend .. wow

unlike many of you 
i dont have columbus day off
in fact 
when i took this job back in october 2000
 my first day of work
 was 
october 11
happy anniversary to me 

friday
 i left the office early
 headed home 
the weather was so lovely 
in fact 
except
 for
 the violent rain thunder lightening storm 
 around dinner time
 the weather was perfect 
moderate temps
 lots of sun 

saturday 
after my hair appointment
it was erranding time

 sunday 
after my mani pedi 
was
 brunch al fresco
 my friend melissa
decided 
 rather than go out to a restaurant for brunch 
we should get coffee
 (she did)
 sandwiches
 (i did)


 go to the park
(we did)


 sit on a bench in the sun 


and eat 
(we did) 

the sun 


on the water was glorious


stella posed


people biked


people sailed

and
sang


however
my
 favorite image 
 this weekend
is
annie


struttin'
in her scarf


oh yeah

my fabulous husband
got up at the crack of dawn
 fed the cats 
saturday and sunday
allowing me to sleep in 
thanks my honey!