Stained Glass Windows at Heinz Chapel Pittsburgh

When out of town guests visit, it’s an opportunity to be a tourist where you live and appreciate the sights the city has to offer.  We parked and went into Heinz Chapel and I’ve been in many times. Each time you enter you think, hmmm I could be in France, the architecture and feeling of the sanctuary is remarkable.  Some of the stained glass windows are seven stories high. I learned that they were all designed by a single artist

“The chapel’s 23 windows were designed by Charles Connick and created at his Boston studio. The windows total approximately 4,000 square feet (370 m2) and contain nearly 250,000 pieces of glass. There are 391 identifiable people in the windows, a large supporting cast of anonymous individuals, and an extensive variety of flora and fauna.”

Here are a few examples of some of the windows

 

Isaac Newton,  John Keats, Emily Dickinson  William Shakespeare, Abraham Lincoln and Beethoven to name a few.

 

 

 

 

I used to watch the curtain blow in the wind

I used to watch the curtain blow in the wind. Someone left that top right window open.

For years.

Last week I photographed the window with the moving curtain, wishing I’d had time to video it. Red lights don’t last long enough.

Then last night, the window is gone. Steve was driving. I photographed the missing window with the eerie curtain. And I photographed it again tonight as I was driving over the RD Fleming Bridge again and got a quick shot. Just like that, it’s demolished.

Oldest Free Library Building Now Museumlab

Saturday morning we went to the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh and the new Museumlab (for older kids) is in the adjacent First Free Library.

In the original part of the museum, Charlie (4) and Maura (10) had a wonderful time together in the BACKYARD section which was open since it’s summer.  When they would swing, the Interactive Metal Sculpture made clanging tones and the Bubbling Mud was great fun.

A favorite finish to a fun day at the Cloud Arbor misting pipes by Ned Kahn.

Hudson Yards Sunday Morning- The Vessel

My sister and I had just walked the High Line Sunday morning.

I’d not seen the development of Hudson Yards. We were headed to the subway to go to Grand Central.

In order to climb this structure you have to get a ticket (free)

“The Vessel is composed of 154 interconnecting flights of stairs, with almost 2,500 individual steps and 80 landings.” Footwear News  It’s billed as a ‘Tourist Attraction” and everyone had a cell phone out, myself included.

Tons of people were milling about, waiting for it to open up so they could climb up the stairs.   The Vessel cost than $150 million to build.

Controversy plus-  Here’s an article by Katharine Schwab Why Everyone Hates the Vessel.  

Multiple critics have given it pretty creative names ( not flattering) in the article.  See what you can come up with as you stare at it’s shape. Wonder how designer Thomas Heatherwick feels reading all the criticism.

But of course I saw the opportunity to take another sister selfie in the metal.  And here we are, reflected.

Your body gets skinny or wide depending on where you stand.  I read the surrounding condos being built start at 2 million if you are in the market.  Not.


Daily News Building New York City

Wednesday my sister and were walking to Grand Central Terminal Market to purchase LiLac chocolate as a hostess gift. We were headed to dinner at our cousin’s. Here’s the Daily News Building built in 1929 in the Art Deco style. Here’s the giant rotating globe in the lobby. Two photos of Christopher Reeve from filming the Superman movies are shown below.



Happy Go Lucky Hearts Hotel in Berlin

Happy Go Lucky Hearts Hotel (and Hostel) In Berlin’s Charlottenburg neighborhood.

Mural Art by Dom Browne, artist from Kildare Ireland.  This is a LOT of mural painting, Dom.

Click here to see a gallery of the details of Mr. Browne’s Happy Go Lucky Hearts painting. You will find lots of recognizable iconic images- Bruce Lee, Rich Uncle Pennybags, Mary Poppins, Jack Nicholson, Curt Kobain, minions, emojis, Batman, to name a few

 

The colorful Happy Go Lucky Hotel really stands out-  right next door are regular buildings.