Just back from a quick trip to New York City, which overwhelmed me, as usual. It’s not just the size of the city and the buildings, it’s the details that overwhelm, on the (pre-World War II) buildings, and everywhere: the textures of the city. I need a week or so just to absorb a neighborhood, so the pictures below are just instant impressions of Brooklyn Heights and lower Manhattan, where I attended a very special wedding and a very indulgent (seven-course? I lost count) lunch. On the way out of town I did stop at the Met’s Interwoven Globe exhibit, which also overwhelmed me with its details and textures. Part of my return trip was quite leisurely as I took the Taconic Parkway and Route 23 into Massachusetts, but then I flew back to a very busy Salem on the Mass Pike. It’s really Witch City here now, which is overwhelming as well.
Brooklyn Heights and Lower Manhattan: the view from my brother’s apartment window, streets and windows in Brooklyn Heights, “Historia testis temporum” (History is witness to the Times) at the Brooklyn Historical Society, lower Manhattan, apples in the foyer of Bouley, where we ate lunch, a palampore (bed cover) and table carpet from Interwoven Globe.
October 13th, 2013 at 6:54 am
Love those apples. Thanks for sharing these NY moments. Such a fabulous city. 🙂
October 13th, 2013 at 7:56 am
Awesome pics. I visited New York City once, it was very overwhelming for me. It was nice to visit, but I couldn’t imagine living somewhere so expensive, fast-paced, and crowded! I found that I really enjoyed upstate much much more.
October 13th, 2013 at 8:36 pm
Two very different places, Amanda–but I know what you mean.
October 13th, 2013 at 10:34 am
Next time, photos from the drive on rt. 23, please? Better yet, time for a foliage drive to look for unexpected scenes.
October 13th, 2013 at 4:39 pm
Route 23 is great; I love to enter Massachusetts that way.
October 13th, 2013 at 11:01 am
As always, your photos blow me away.
October 13th, 2013 at 11:12 am
Thank you, Pamela–I’m learning–but these were taken on a cheap camera as my nicer one unfortunately broke.
October 14th, 2013 at 3:59 am
very enjoyable post, Donna. happy memories to trips to NY.
October 14th, 2013 at 8:48 am
Are those artificial apples, in the art display? Or real apples in a weird store? They look real.
October 14th, 2013 at 9:27 am
They are real! In the entry of Bouley, this amazing restaurant in Tribeca.
October 14th, 2013 at 2:09 pm
About 30 years ago, I was walking along Houston Street with a friend who had moved to NY from Nebraska a decade before and was deeply in love with his adopted city and all it’s quirks, majesty, and character. We looked at the buildings, the grit, the mix, and suddenly, very quietly, he swept his arm to indicated everything before us, and declared that poets and artists and writers could say what they want, but truly it was New York that was the most vivid and romantic city in the world. (This from a guy who had just come back from a month in a Venetian Palazzo.
As to Salem, I was feeling a yearning to visit a few favorite haunts like the PEM and get a dose of superb Federal architecture last week, when suddenly I realized: Duh, it is October. Do not go to Salem this month. Portsmouth and Gloucester were lovely :-), and Salem will still be there in November.
October 14th, 2013 at 2:14 pm
PS, meant to mention that I love the photo with the juxtaposition of cast iron and Federal facade, and of course, the curated apples. I heart NY
October 14th, 2013 at 6:08 pm
I love that pink little building!!!!!! And definitely stay away from Salem until November–it’s lovely and quiet then.