Friday, 7 March 2008

New York the Wonderful

Here we are in the Big Apple. We were such tourists. It truly is a remarkable city just for sheer size and human density. Manhattan is actually very small and is home to some 1.3 (?) million but a whole lot more people pass through. Rockefeller Center was excellent to see because in my head it is the centre of the world. Goes to show the power of media.
Greek gyros on the street. Did we ever have any? Of course not, we were looking for the fancy places. There was so much choice it was ridiculous. Next time I suspect we'll be eating a whole lot more pretzels and gyros. Not such a bad diet if you think about it.
Votives lit in the church opposite World Trade Centre site.
The view of the building outside of our room. The sun was just coming up and hitting the front of the building and turning one side gold and one side silver. The snow just beginning to melt.
We did a lot of this. A lot.


The buildings are beautiful. And each one seems to say, "that's it..I've been here for a long time, I've seen them all come and go. So go your way, live your life, I'll still be here". Humbling, really. I took pictures of lots of churchs- this is St Malachy's and I quote straight from Wikipedia.....In 1920 the Theatre District moved into the area, and actors, dancers, musicians became prominent members. An Actors' Chapel was constructed below the main church in 1920. St. Malachy's became famous as a haven of worship for the entertainment community.


This church has seen notable ceremonies such as the marriage of Douglas Fairbanks to Joan Crawford (for our generation- the actress from Mommy Dearest fame) and Walter O'Malley's marriage to Katherine Elizabeth Hanson, and Rudolph Valentino's funeral.
The Neon Blue Electric Fountain in Rockefeller Center is new and very impressive. It was recently created by Tim Noble and Sue Webster. It is, like everything else in Manhattan, real but not real. I was overwhelmed by the power of image and illusion in this city Everything is digitally projected and coming from an island images like a neon water fountain struck an odd chord.
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33 comments:

The Bay Attic said...

Hi Sharon, I just had to comment on the fact that you say you were so excited about seeing snow in NY. Here, in Scotland I wish I could say the same ! Like your blog too, great photos !

R2K said...

: )

Emiline said...

Beautiful pictures. I love the one of the wine.

The Barber Bunch said...

Congrats on being a Blog of Note.

Great Blog. I love your pictures.

Carolyn

Cath said...

Hi Sharon, I'm delighted to have found your blog. I love the notes on gardening as I spent 20 years in the tropics of north Australia, before returning to the south of Australia. There is such a different feel to creating a garden in the tropics. Beautiful photos, keep the notes, photos and commentry on architecture and buildings coming!
I have a short blog at http://cathsride.blogspot.com which is about cycling, diabetes and fundraising. I haven't got much on it about gardening and buildings yet - however they are my other life passions and I just have to decide whether to put them on my current blog or start a new one!
cheers
Cath

Meredith White said...

Those pictures are really nice. You don't know me, I found your blog randomly. :)

Jessica said...

Welcome to NY, try these places:

Have brunch at Bouley:
http://www.foodmayhem.com/2007/12/bouley.php

Have soup dumplings at New Yeah Shanghai:
http://www.foodmayhem.com/2008/01/new-yeah-shanghai.php

Have pizza at Numero 28:
http://www.foodmayhem.com/2007/05/numero-28-again.php

Have sushi at Sushi Yasuda:
http://www.foodmayhem.com/2008/03/sushi-yasuda-2nd-visit.php

If there's something you want to try, let me know and I'll try to think of a place for you.

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Mahima Hada said...

Hey! NYC is my favorite city too - glad to see you enjoyed your trip.

kenni said...

wow! you got around a lot. enjoy your trip!

Holy Cuteness said...

Nice pictures...

Carolyn gail said...

Hi Sharon,

Congrats on being listed as A Blog of Note on Blogger. I wrote them about listing more garden blogs and maybe they're paying attention.

Keep up the good work.

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Audrey said...

Great photos. I love visiting New York and I'm sure I stick out as a tourist when I go there also :)

Petrea said...

Congratulations on being listed on Blogger as a Blog of Note. You make New York look so lovely! I've never been there. Maybe now I'll go. First, I'll explore the rest of your blog.

ANNA-LYS said...

Congrats to the "Blog of Note" nomination. Amazing photos and useful information on Your blog!
You are worth it!

Anna-Lys
Sweden

Nicolas said...

It's really nice! I like that:)

Mmm said...

Great blog entry...except, actually London remains the centre of the world. Other than that, a good read. I love the pictures of buildings. That is something often not noted as much but what really makes cities like this so great.

Secrets said...

I love NY. And I travel to the city often. Suprisingly I have never seen the Blue Neon Fountain.
That was a great photo.

Glad I found your site.

comedysecrets.blogspot.com

Chezsiam said...

Beaucoup de couleurs dans un romantisme, un verre de vin à ma bouche, je vous dis j’aime votre blog, en plus en Français ma langue.

Amicalement

siam

winai said...

new york is a wonderful place indeed but only if you're a tourist

living here is a hassle

billy said...

I have just discovered your blog through blogs of note.I love the look of your blog and the photos are great. I put it as a link on mine, but because I haven't been doing this for long I'm not sure if that is good manners! Hope so.

Ryter said...

Aww...I am jealous. I have been trying to get to NYC since I was eight years old and discovered theater. Well into my 50's now and it just ain't happening......sigh

Manuela Valenti said...

Very nice!
We just got back from New York, I was attending the ArtExpo 2008 at the Javits Center, and this was my first time in Manhattan. I wish I had more time to visit the city, but even though I went for business I managed to take tons of great pictures!

As for the snow, we live in Michigan, and we are soooo ready for the snow to finally go away! after 3 months of snow we so need some warm weather.

Great pictures! and glad I stumbled on you blog.

Manuela Valenti
www.manuelavalenti.com
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mvstudio.blogspot.com

Cuidado said...

Very nice blog with great photos.

Digital Flower Pictures said...

I sometimes take living near NYC for granted. I liked seeing it through your eyes as a tourist.

Wonderful pictures, I always say if you can't find something to shoot in Manhattan you might as well hang up your camera.

Shelby said...

Never been to or near NYC .. I too liked seeing it through your eyes as a tourist.

Your pictures are superb.

I enjoyed reading through your blog.. congrats on being a blog of note by blogger!

April said...

beautiful pics, fun blog.
April
www.suaviloquy.blogspot.com

Sandra said...

Sounds like a great vacation! I believe there are 13 million NYC residents; not 1.3 million.

Come for a farm visit -
thistlecovefarm.blogspot.
com

Magnolia said...

Hi Sharon
I have just come across your blog. NY is also one of my favorite cities in the world. I go very often but always miss it. The photos of your flowers are just wonderful. I live in Portugal and although it is not a tropical country, I will take some of your ideas.
Congratulations

Kool Thing said...

I'm so jealous! I was (no offence) surprised how much I liked your blog. It's not the sort of thing I would have pegged as an interest of mine, and yet I keep coming back to it. It's a lovely page.

Nicole said...

Another fabulous post-congrats on your "blog of note"! You definitely deserve with with your beautiful pics and great text.

Barbara said...

Thank you for these pictures. They brought some memories back and also reminds me of all the long sightseeing-walks we made in this wonderful and interesting city.