October 17, 2011


I'm running behind a weekend or two, but then I had said these entries were going to be few(er) and far (ther) between. Nevertheless I did get down to the LES two Sundays ago—the 9th—to see Creative Time's exhibition Living as Form. There's a link to the website below and you can read about it—the reviews are more telling, and, while I am no critic, I barely understood the premise, let alone, the art on view. But, as though expected, I managed to photograph an installation of cups. 

It was another of those picture perfect Indian Summer days and I always enjoy walking around this neighborhood—it's a lively, very young scene, with lots of neat things to take in, like galleries (with some very good art) stylish shops, and good restaurants—coffee shops of course—all situated amid the remnants of 'old world' New York. This is after all the area where a great many Irish, Polish, German and Jewish immigrants settled (including my grandparents and their five sons, my dad the youngest of them) from the mid 1800s on.

Konditori, Allen Street, LES, 2011

Mildred's Lane at Creative Time's Living as Form, LES, 2011
 (Mildred's Lane is a work-live-research environment that fosters rigorous engagement with every aspect of life.)


October 7, 2011


This past Sunday I took off on a little adventure with Ollie (the dog) to Inwood Hill Park, at 218th Street and the Henry Hudson Parkway—the northernmost tip of Manhattan. Sorry to say I'd never been, but, a posting at The NYTimes City Room blog, about the park, got me interested.

From its website at: http://www.nycgovparks.org/parks/inwoodhillpark: Inwood Hill Park is a living piece of old New York. Evidence of its prehistoric roots exists as dramatic caves, valleys, and ridges left as the result of shifting glaciers.  Evidence of its uninhabited state afterward remains as its forest and salt marsh (the last natural one in Manhattan), and evidence of its use by Native Americans in the 17th century continues to be discovered. 

The Park is pretty amazing. Here's a pic I took along a trail—there are many—looking down a steep incline at the Spuyten Duyvil bridge—the inlet connects the Hudson with the East River.

Inwood Hill Park, Spuyten Duyvil Bridge, 2011.
So what has this got to do with Sunday coffee? Well after walking this magical trail we took a serendipitous wrong-turn and wound up quite a ways from where we began—I'd guess 3 miles in all—at Dyckman Street, the other end of the Park. Heading toward the subway what do I spot but a sign, of a cup, but not just any cup, a golden cup—I felt like I'd come upon the Goose that Laid the Golden Egg. The cup, below, is a sign on the window of a sweet little men's clothing shop owned by Jason, a sweet guy. (Forgive the cloying use of 'sweet.') The sun was shining, the weather was mild, the day eventful and I found my most recent blog entry.

Gold Cup, Nostylgia, Inwood, 2011.

Gold Cup, Nostylgia, interior, Inwood, 2011.