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NYC – Greek Independance Day Parade – one of many this year

NYC – Greek Independence Day Parade

Now that the weather is getting warmer the city will begin having more parades. Today, many families came out to celebrate Greek Independence  I highlight some parades to remind you that these free events can make your NYC experience just a little bit better. Like today’s event, families dress in authentic costumes and are proud to demonstrate their heritage.

 

As usual. it is a great time for politicians to get out in front of the crowd

And for added fun …

The following sites will give advance info as to events happening in NYC

NYCevents12

NYCgov

Newyorkled

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NYC – Asia Week – a look at some of the art on display

This past week was Asia Week in NYC. Many galleries presented a wide variety of Asian Art. Most are in private collections and are rarely displayed in public.  Many of the venues are free and it is a good way to see a wide variety of media. Note: the auction houses change often so calling ahead is always best.

The following are from Sotheby’s which displayed a diverse array of Chinese, Indian, Himalayan and Southeast Asian works of art and paintings dating from the Neolithic period to the present day. The brochure indicated that over 1300 lots will be offered for sale.

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Note: This was only one of many places in the city that were displaying Asian Art.

more info here 

and here

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NYC – NYC Public Library – Remembering the 60s

 

NYC has so much to offer and many times you can enjoy them cost-free. The 42nd Street Public Library has rotating exhibitions as well as opportunity to visit inside a really big library with lots of character. An added bonus is just a few blocks away from Times Square, Rockefeller Center and maybe the Empire Building.

 

PART ONE – Exhibition

NYC Public Library – Remembering the 60s

By accident, I came across this exhibition on one of my walks. The 42nd Street Public Library is  celebrating the 1960s, This exhibition explores the breadth and significance of this era—from communal living and forays into expanded consciousness to tensions around race, politics, sexuality, and the environment.

There are many items on display, including Timothy Leary’s notes on acid trips, footage of the Woodstock music festival, and posters used in protest against the Vietnam War.

Ends September 1st, 2018

 

 

PART TWO – Its character

The Stephen A. Schwarzman Building (formal name) is renowned for the extraordinary comprehensiveness of its historical collections as well as its commitment to providing free and equal access to its resources and facilities. It houses some 15 million items, among them priceless medieval manuscripts, ancient Japanese scrolls, contemporary novels and poetry, as well as baseball cards, dime novels, and comic books his time, I was more interested in the feel and look of the inside reading rooms.   (Click to enlarge)

 

You can read more about the history of the library here.

Extra photographs

 

hint: Opposite the front steps of the libraRy is east 43rd Street which is callled library row, it may be worth the short walk.

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NYC – East of Midtown – a walk around east 54th and 2nd Avenue

Here is a look into a neighborhood a bit off the grid of tourist areas.  I selected an area bounded by east 54th street, ast 52nd Street, and Sutton Place and 3rd avenue. Some people call this part of Turtle Bay. The area has very little to offer but I found a few interesting places of interest.

the New York City Bath House Building – a very impressive building, on  east 54th.

The center’s original purpose was to provide sanitary facilities for the city’s working classes and much of its original character and history remains. The basketball court and jogging track are connected by two wrought ironwork spiral staircases,The vaulted ceiling in the gymnasium, and the lobby are indicative of the architecture of the time. Marble walls in the locker rooms hearken back to the original marble baths. (Not allowed to photograph swimming pools)

 

 

 

Funny how NYC people interact with each other:

I found myself looking through the locked doors of the Norwegian Seamen’s Church and wondering how to get inside, just then a passing mailman that just yelled to me to press the two white buttons, magically, the door clicked open. (I love going into interesting buildings)

Norwegian Seamen’s Church

A smiling young man greeted me and allowed me to come inside for a visit. The church is a part of Norwegian Church Abroad. Along with being a church it also holds an assortment of events and art exhibitions.  There’s a small store and cafe inside the church that offers coffee, waffles, and a few Nordic packaged goods.  The store had a few friendly people having a coffee away from the bustle of midtown. There is a Gallery located downstairs from the “church” and has a nice collection of Scandinavian art.  Upstairs there is a small library/reading room with a fairly impressive collection of books in Norwegian.

 

What you find off the beaten path are often small ethnic restaurants.

 

 

Extra things I fiund along the walk.

 

 

 

 

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NYC – South Street Seaport – A rainy day walk

NYC – South Street Seaport – A rainy day walk

Winter weather turned mild and ushered in a light rain. Not really “cabin fever” but just a chance to get outside and not freeze had me take another look at the South Street Seaport area. Purposely, I stayed away from the major tourist attractions and mainly stayed within two blocks of the seaport.

 

SSS is a nice walk from the Staten island Ferry Terminal. You can walk up Pearl Street to Anne Street – take some time to go a block east and west for some interesting buildings. (See if you can find Stone Street?) You could walk up Broadway and then go east on Wall Street down to South Street. Taking a walk in this area is worth the time spent downtown.

 

The seaport is still undergoing reconstruction but there is still a section that has restaurants, clothing stores and specialty shops. However, I elected to just walk around the immediate area. It was a Saturday and there were not many people as would be during a work day. I found it very relaxing to be able to just wander around and feel like I was alone.

 

 Some of the photos above were taken around 85 Broad Street and Stone Street. I add the following article about this location.  may be of interest.

Lower Manhattan has a lot to offer as a destination as the history of NYC begins in this location.

Governor Lovelace’s tavern (later called King’s Tavern) was located in what is now the Financial District in lower Manhattan. The original foundation walls of the former bar can be seen through a glass window in the sidewalk at 85 Broad Street, located about 100 feet away from the Fraunces Tavern. If you’re familiar with the neighborhood, you’ve most likely walked past it (or on top of it) without so much as a second glance.

 

Oh, don’t forget to treat yourself

I have included a few of my previous blogs below.

Quick Guide to lower Manhattan

Earlier blog on this area

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NYC-Central Park-Bethesda Terrace-carvings

New York City’s Central Park is a must place to visit and the Bethesda Terrace (fountain) should not be missed. It is a magnificent terrace that has much to see – a towering fountain, a beautiful lake, a distant boat house and, often missed, intricate carvings on the railings and columns of the Terrace.

Over the past years I have returned to the Terrace area many times and my latest visit brought my attention to the intricate carvings that adorn the railings and columns.

My research has uncovered that they are placed in groups to represent each of the four season’s . I came across a FB video describing the carvings in great detail. The video is from the Central Park Conservatory and is well done however the background noise can be a little distracting.

video here

I had intended to create a longer blog but I think the video will do a better job of showing these marvelous carvings. I encourage you to take a look the next time you visit NYC

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Winter Jam – January 27, 2018 – Central Park

While in NYC …

Many times I write about an event that I have gone to but  I thought, today, I would give a shout-out to an event that will happen on Saturday, January 27, 2018. My family has enjoyed this event in the past and I know, if you are in the city, your family might enjoy this fun day in the park.

Take a snow day at the annual Winter Jam in Central Park next Saturday, Jan. 27th, with FREE skiing, cross country skiing and snowboarding lessons, an ice slide for kids, ice sculpting and more. It’s all happening 11am to 3pm at the Central Park Bandshell in Rumsey Field, rain or shine, so let’s hope for shine (rain/snow date is Feb. 3).

Here is a link to Winter Jam 2018

https://www.nycgovparks.org/highlights/festivals/winter-jam

 

Here is a link to some other sites you could enjoy in this same area.

https://thombradley.wordpress.com/2014/01/20/nyc-winter-in-central-park/

 

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