NYC – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles-Midtown-Paley Center-May 18 – July 14-2019


An Exhibit of Iconic Memorabilia, New TMNT Apps, Screenings, and More

The year was 1984. Two guys published a comic book for the ages, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1. And as Leonardo, Raphael, Michelangelo, and Donatello emerged into the world, they changed pop culture forever.

Five television series, five feature films, hundreds of comic books, and thirty-five years later, the Paley Center creates a Turtleverse that includes:

  • dynamic art pieces showcasing the comic-book origins of our half-shell
  • “selfies” with a Turtles standees
  • iconic posters and products.
  • Sewer surfing through a visual timeline of the evolution of the Turtles from the very first comics to the current series, Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
  • Gearing up with a Turtles mask to play TMNT apps
  • expressing your inner Turtle with craft activities
  • Hopefully, getting in on some gnarly giveaways!
  • Cowabunga!

Saturday, May 18 to Sunday, July 14, 2019

FREE and open to the public. No advance ticketing.

Exhibit Hours:
Wednesdays to Sundays, noon to 6:00 pm; Thursdays until 8:00 pm
Closed Mondays and Tuesdays.

They also show movies on weekends. Get details here

Argosy Bookstore – tucked away in midtown


The Argosy Bookstore – oldest independent bookstore in NYC

I am always amazed while walking around NYC  to find myself noticing stores and shops, well-known in the city for years, new to me. This along east 59th street, I noticed a bookstore that is one of those bookstores that when looking through their windows draws you inside.. The sign read that it was New York City’s oldest independent bookstore. As I entered, I felt myself thinking that I was traveling  back in time by looking at well-preserved maps that are centuries old, and were once in the hands of people who lived in New York when Manhattan was mostly just downtown. It’s an opportunity to touch elegant engravings the likes of which you see in museums. Yes, your touch them and even buy them.

They specialize in old and rare books, including maps and lithographs and a selection of old autographs books and prints. Not into old books? This place may still offer little treasures to you… they sell old prints, maps, etc. You can even buy prints on pages from old books that have been chopped out.

I arrived later in the day so I only got to browse the main floor but they do have six floors but mostly only the second floor is open on a regular basis. On this floor is gallery of prints and maps.

This is such a wonderful and unassuming place in the middle of Midtown. I was allowed to take photographs and to spend as much time as needed to browse different collections. A visit will give you a brief respite from the hustle and bustle of the present.

I plan on returning so I can visit the upper floors. Also, I read that they have a basement filled with reasonably priced used books.

NYC – Gotham – Superman – The Daily News Building

Once the home of  Superman and a Vintage Globe – The Daily News

I suppose not many people go east of the Chrysler Building on east 42nd Street but those who do, will enjoy one of the city’s most historic Art Deco structures. The Daily News Building.



This was the home of America’s first tabloid newspaper, the illustrious Daily News, until 1995. The outside of the building is exceptional enough on its own; a giant mural carved above the entrance in the Art Deco style depicts working Manhattanites under an illuminated sky.


But on walking into the building, you will  find a  spectacular architectural sight: a vintage globe that nearly dwarfs onlookers. IMG_1697 The globe is 12 feet in diameter and weighs approximately 4,000 pounds. It makes a full rotation every ten minutes, moving
144 times faster than the actual planet.12276380584_3f43e2dbfb_o


But it gets even better. Above the globe, an enormous rotunda made of faceted black glass extends upward, intended to depict outer space:



The giant globe was featured as part of the fictional Daily Planet in Richard Donner’s Superman films. The lobby still shows photographs of Christopher Reeve as Clark Kent and Margot Kidder as Lois Lane at work in the hectic newspaper offices.

I added the Superman image


Accompanying the massive model are brass meteorological instruments giving the day’s rainfall, wind velocity, and atmospheric pressure, ornate clocks give the time in far-flung destinations such as Panama, Casablanca, Belgrade, and Berlin.IMG_1716

Inscribed on the floor surrounding the globe are the distances to such exotic locales as Cairo, Gibraltar, and the North Pole, suggesting to visitors not already bowled over by the remarkable lobby that New York was indeed the center of the world.


Also on display in the lobby is this gorgeous time zone clock, which features New York City time in the center…. surrounded by 16 miniature clock faces depicting time throughout the world.


Finally, as you exit the building, be sure to look up……where you’ll see a gorgeous period clock overhead.


And best of all, walking through the doors is like traveling back in time to the 1930s.