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So How Do You Feel About Cheesecake?

I ordered a piece of New York Cheesecake when I visited my sister in NYC.  With the fresh fruit on top. A generous amount that contrasted nicely with it.

There is no crust.

I thought it tasted really good and had a smooth texture, satisfying and rich but not too rich or sweet.

Mary said when she took a spoonful,  it felt like she was biting into a block of cream cheese.

Her pastry looked delicious, filled with ricotta.

Here is the piece I ordered and ate, almost to the last bite.

Just wondering how you feel about cheesecake?

My sister-in-law Bobbie has a great recipe I have baked for parties over the years and guests devour it.

That is, if they like cheesecake.

NYC Cheesecake

These Two Said Zig Zag to Me- Weekly Photo Challenge

A bit of a stretch for the Weekly Photo Challenge  Zig Zag.

A super guest post is coming tomorrow.  Stay Tuned!


zig zag shoes

Zig Zag shoes.  You may have seen them on here before.



street sweeper turn the cornerEarly Morning Street Sweeper turning onto Bleecker  St NYC

Strawberry Rhubarb Preserves Evoke Memories

A bolt of lightning knocked out the internet so blogging from my phone
Rhubarb says Spring to me.
When the three kids were younger, we’d pile in the car and drive 7 hours to New York City to visit my sister. I’d park in the lot by the pier on the Hudson and we’d make our way up the five floor walk-up to her apartment. Everyone would be asleep on the floor camping out and in the early morning, Aunt Mary would walk to Zito’s Bakery on Bleecker Street, come home with warm loaves. She’d have the butter out and a jar of her homemade strawberry rhubarb preserves. She’d slice the bread on a wooden board. That’s what the kids woke up to – warm bread and butter and strawberry rhubarb preserves-



Berenice Abbott took this photo of Zito’s in 1937.


Today I went to the Farmer’s market on the South Side and bought two bunches of rhubarb and fresh picked strawberries. I was trying to remember the method and chopped the stalks in one inch pieces, put them into a large enamel kettle and sprinkled with sugar to sit.

Added the strawberries and cooked it down. I wish it wasn’t so late and I could have called for the recipe. Just did it from memory.



The loaf from the Farmers Market on the bread board, a gift from my sister.


Postcard stamp on the back of Zito’s card a dime. I pulled it out of the frame tonight. Read what you wrote.

Before Matthew was born and he’s 33!


Kids grown up and gone but tonight as I taste the strawberry rhubarb preserves, I remember.

P.S. And to answer your question Mary, on the card-
I did get that assistantship and that’s how I was able to get hired at Pittsburgh Public Schools in 1989!

P.P.S. Zito’s is gone now.

Painting the Bike Lane on Bleecker Street and Bicycles in the City

iPhone shot of the bike lane on Bleecker Street being painted

and all over the city you see brand new blue Citi bikes (bike sharing program)are parked, waiting to be rented.

Bleecker Street Bike Lane


Crew painting the blke lane along Bleecker Street- butter mint green?



Before Painting


The Bike Lane before painting.



Bleecker Street Bike Lane


You can see the bike lane before it is painted green




Blue citibikes


Man riding a blue Citibike at Union Square




bicycle east side


Lower East Side Bicyclist



Battery Park


Bicyclist watching the man do a flip in Battery Park




Coney Island Bike Rental


Coney Island Bike Rental




Delivery Bicycle


Bicycle delivery



Hudson River Bicycle


Along the Hudson River








Man on cell phone on bike

man on cell phone on bike


Bicycles parked along sidewalk

bicycles pakred

Single wheel locked up on the sidewalkbicycle wheel

Vacuuming the Sewers in New York City at Night

What is a Vactor truck?,   I had to ask.

Another man on the sidewalk said, “Haven’t you ever seen a vacuum cleaner before?”

(Not exactly an ElectroLux), Mary said to me.

It was night in the West Village near Bleecker and West 10th.  What a nice guy. I can’t tell you his name which is too bad. He said, “sure you can take my picture.” when I asked.

He explained how the other truck had a camera they could look down into the pipes drains and sewer.

Vactor Truck Worker






The Vactor Truck









Vactor Truck

You Write the Story

Here’s the scene.

Found on a New York City Sidewalk on Bleecker Street-  Night time- a tad grainy and soft.

 High Chair and TV Tray Table.

High Chair on Bleecker Street

NYC Afternoon


Corey is filming his cousin Michael and his brother Justin is resting up for his ride.  Watched this effort for awhile.  They used to skateboard.  I talked to them and asked if I could put them on the blog.

Thomas Paine Park

And now it is Justin’s turn

Justin Jumps over the Stairs

Pizza  Man and Religious Statues

E Rossi Co doesn’t have any pictures of the new pope yet,  but are expecting delivery soon.

E Rossi Co Mosaic



Seems everyone is on some sort of device.


The hair color (above)  matches the shoes on the man below!


And a Fiat 500 but not sure what year?  Anyone??


Bleecker Street  West Village

Bleecker Street Women

On a cell phone while making a delivery.

Cell phone on bicycle

Good thing it isn’t the Sunday Times

Dog carries newspaper

New York City Sweet Tooth

French Tourists

French Tourists Outside The Magnolia Bakery


I really wanted to photograph the line outside the bakery.   When we went there on Saturday evening there were customers but no line.

My sister loves me a lot. She walked with me up Bleecker Street after our outing to Brooklyn.

I was able to photograph the line.


Tourists from Japan on Sunday Afternoon – they found the reference in a guide book

Line at Magnolia Bakery

Here is the line at the Magnolia Bakery.  Often photographed and talked about.   My sister found a site online with 282 photographs of Magnolia Bakery products. Guess I was a little late with my desire to take this photo.  But I did it anyway.

Earlier in the day we walked through Chinatown on Mott Street






Mary and I ate these delicious Hot Cross Buns from Rocco’s Pasticceria after we rode Jane’s Carousel  (part of tomorrow’s post)





Rabbits at Bruno Bakery



Anna Banana Cupcake

Cupcakes in the Angelique Cafe Food Cart

Doo Wop Group Select Blendz

Select Blendz-  Doo Wop Group in front of Amy’s Bread on Bleecker St.

Bleecker Street Sign

Another urban shot from last week in NYC.  I was walking by this scene and had to photograph it.

It’s a cash only, no slices, no reservations, coal oven pizza place but I won’t add their name cause I am sure this is not their best look.  The restaurant grading system is prominently displayed in every window in the city.

And if you liked my Positivity Helps shot from the Urban Challenge, the challenge creator, Terence S. Jones, has added it to his collection of urban images.  You can go onto his blog here and click the heart button on the photo. Thanks.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Journey

Crosswalk on Bleecker Street at Carmine Street

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