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Exactly as My Sister Spotted it on the Corner of Grove and Bedford Streets

glove and cigarette

Looks set up but this is just as Mary spotted it for me to photograph.

Right across from the building where the opening credits of Friends was filmed and tour groups flock.

Friends TV show

And a tour group just a half block down the street on Grove.

tour group Greenwich Village

Night at the Museum and the Rolled Fondant /Sugar Sculpture

Friday night the Metropolitan Museum of Art is open until nine.

We saw the tree lighting and walked through some of the major exhibits to check out others.

(the Christmas tee is another post, stay tuned) The Holiday Sugar Sculpture of the Museum was fun to see.

museum NYC exterior night

The Metropolitan Museum of Art at Night

hot dog carts museum

the line up of hot dog vendor carts was colorful in the dark

fountain Fifth Avenue

Because it was raining, I just got the fountains looking like this.  Didn’t want to stand in the rain.

museum NYC night lobby

Information in the center of the lobby. You could smell the magnolias.

museum NYC

View from an upper window.

museum NYC sugar

The museum in sugar outside of the cafeteria.

museum NYC sugar credits

Credits to the pastry chef Randy Eastman and his assistants.

museum NYC night

I try to keep up with my sister as we head for the subway.  It was still raining.   The magic of wet pavement.

Sea Lion Feeding Time Central Park Zoo

Sunday Central Park Zoo  - Sea Lion Pool at Feeding Time

The photographs can’t really capture the exuberance and energy of these lovely sea lions who were waiting for the keepers to come with their lunch.

“These are not tricks. They are behaviors” one of the zoo workers said.

The sea lions certainly knew it was time to eat.

sea lions feeding time

sea lions central park 3

The whole time we were there, I was wishing my grandchildren could see the sea lions jump.

sea lion jump

The light changed frequently.

sea lions

sea lion jump (1)

sea lion jump sweeper

You can see the sun went behind a cloud.  The one sea lion was talking to the man who was sweeping.
And then the sun came out again as we walked towards Fifth Avenue

Central Park Walkway

Santa on a Bicycle, Holy Medal Vending Machines, Random Selfie at Rockefeller Tree and Cakes for a Friend

from Sunday December 7, 2014  – New York City   Sixth AvenueIMG_0313

holy medal vending machine

There are two machines. The one on the right took Euros but was unlit.

A choir was singing O Holy Night and that’s the soloist image on the flat screen.

selfie at the Rockefeller Tree

Random people taking a selfie in front of the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree

Christmas Window NYC

Christmas Window Photography by Woman in Blue

Happy Birthday Cakes

Happy Birthday dear friend,  from Magnolia Bakery window on Bleecker Street.  

Weekly Photo Challenge: Gone, But Not Forgotten

Brother Michael’s photograph is on the wall at Rocco’s Pasticceria down on Bleecker Street.

from the Villager Newspaper Screen Shot 2014-12-06 at 11.53.26 PM

Brother Michael LaMantia served “51 years as a brother in the Scalabrini Order and nearly 40 years at the parish in the heart of Greenwich Village.”

(Our Lady of Pompeii Church is across the street from Rocco’s.  My sister says there is a memorial to Brother Michael in the church.

Before Brother Michael passed in 2013, he gave the Pasticceria this statue of Saint Rocco.  Brother Michael is Gone, But Not Forgotten. 

Thanks to Krista Evans for this challenge

St.  Rocco

Rocco's Pasticceria

Rocco’s on Bleecker Street.

pastry

For the story of Saint Rocco you can check out the link in this post from the Saint Rocco Festival in Pittsburgh

Franco (posing for me with a cheesecake below) is the one who showed me Brother Michael’s prayer card on the wall at Rocco’s and told me that Brother Michael had given the Saint Rocco Statue to the store. Franco has been at Rocco’s for more than thirty years!

Franco

Here is Franco posing for me with a cheesecake.  Mary and I stopped in Saturday night for a coffee and pastry after a nice day at Galleries and Target First Night at the Brooklyn Museum. 

Old School Coffee at My Sister’s in NYC

When I woke up in Mary’s apartment this morning, after an 11 hour sleep, this was the welcoming sight. She was heating milk and making coffee. Last night we took 3 subways to the Metropolitan Museum of Art and saw the tree lighting with the Neopolitan Baroque Creche (stay tuned) Today it’s art and photography excursions but getting fortified first.  A bit grainy on the iPhone shots. IMG_5802.JPG IMG_5804-0.JPG   From a previous post about my sister’s Greenwich Village kitchen. my sister's kitchen NYC

Found Item in a Classroom Drawer

One of my students likes to tidy up, organize the card readers in one box and the memory cards in a little tin.

J makes sure the batteries are charged in the cameras or puts the drained batteries in the chargers.

When he first came to my classroom, I was certain I had him as a younger student when I taught K-8 art but such was not the case.  He must have reminded me of someone.

Anyway, he found this wooden block in a drawer under the chalkboard.  “Look at this” he said.  Showed me the RUTH.  “it has your name on it.”

What fun.  I’d forgotten about the block and had it in my desk drawer under some papers and was digging around for a blue pass to write for someone to go to the BR and there was my name on the block. RUTH.

Snapped it with my cell phone.

What are the odds of someone finding a wooden block with your name on it in the classroom where you have been teaching the last couple of years?

Ruth, being a sort of old fashioned name, I wonder how old this block is.

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Carrie Furnace on the Monongahela River

Carrie Furnace on the Monongahela River.

Return and photograph a scene you have shot before- a different day, different weather, different angle, different light

Carrie Furnace Monongahela

Previous Posts of Carrie Furnace

*Took a similar shot three years ago, almost to the day.

*Reflection on a day when the river was fairly still.  

*A shot with some leaves on the trees and a barge and tug

Snowmen Sans Snow

A wordless Wednesday, more or less.
snowless snowmen

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