29
Jan
13

1.29.13 … it’s not all about me … but I did have a great day … :)

2013 birthday, NYC, The Cloisters, MTA, High Line Park, Chelsea, bucket list, foo dogs: First Stop The Cloisters … A bucket list item.

First thing I noticed this morning was this beautiful set of foo dogs in the window … $35,000 for the pair. 🙂

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Next stop … The Cloisters.  I view getting there as part of the adventure.

Subway 6 to Grand  Central  … Subway 7 to Times Square … Love the artwork in the Times Square Station.  There are small tile pictures of New Year’s Eve revelers embedded in the standard white subway tiles. But there are also a MILLION ads for new movie Hansel and Gretel … Kills the interest … No cell service in Times Square Station … BUT a very  nice policeman tried to help … However,  he had never heard of the Cloisters  and kept trying to tell me where the Met was …

Subway A to 190th … Got on Express so I may have to backtrack at some point. Strange to roar through stations. The stations become less and less interesting. No art, not even nice big colorful tile insets identifying the station. Nice fellow passengers assure me it stops at 190th.

187th Yeshiva University is a little cleaner with several men with yarmulkes.

190th St. Station … very strange … like a prison … except great posters in the elevator!

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Half mile walk to the Cloisters … Along the Hudson. Gorgeous!

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THE CLOISTERS!

The Cloisters is a modern building (1930s) built to hold  to medieval art … as if Benedictine monastery … 1938 … “built as evocation of the Middle Ages “
moustached lion
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bestiary dragon
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Doorway … headless angels, Jesus, Mary, Clovis and son
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Chapel
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View from the Porch
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Cuxa Cloister
Capitals … One  with monkeys
Cloister means closed but is open to the world at the same time
Planted in garden … Rue, lavender, limes and aloe
Arch with fantastic beasts

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Pontaut Chapter House
Early Gothic Hall
Virgin
Panels from destroyed Lady Chapel at St. Germaine
Seven Sleepers of Ephesus
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Tapestries
9 heroes
Julius Caesar, Alexander the great or hector of troy, Arthur (pic), King David & Joshua
Unicorns
(But I really loved the dogs!)
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The Cloisters was well worth the visit.  I shall return!  And the return walk to the 190th St. Station was lovely … Although I wish the kind policemen driving through the park had given me a lift.  🙂

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NYC, Chelsea, High Line Park, kith/kin:  Now to Chelsea and a visit with a long-lost, but much-loved childhood friend …

6 train from 190th to 14 th …

190th – like a prison, but the elevator art in the other elevator was equally amusing.

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175th – grim …
Woman with bike who was not amused by the singing cowboy!
Posters all advertising “The Lion King”  again, all= overkill
168th –  better, red stripe
BTW never get a raspberry scone at Starbucks … So dry I would not eat it but now am starved!
145th –  yellow stripe, but nothing special
Cowboy playing … …. Singing in Spanish 🙂
135th – no stop
125th –  green stripe,  no art,  express …  Am I on the right train? … Bumpy as we pass other trains … Very bumpy …
110th –  no stop …   96th –  some decor, but no stop …
81st – no stop, but know that is the stop for museum of natural history … 72nd –  clean, no stop, blue stripe …
59th – big stop, blue stripe, kiosks on the platform, transfers …
42nd – purple stripe … train was getting crowded,  but emptying now …
34th Penn Station red stripe — Interesting iron work
23rd – no stop
14th – Out into the sun …

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NYC, Chelsea, Bonsignour, Organic Avenue:  Now to find Catherine and lunch … Please note … some pictures are the property of CW.  You can probably tell the difference.  🙂
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OK, I get off the subway and walk a few blocks … and I decide on Bonsignour on Jane St.  Biggest turkey and avocado sandwich I have ever seen …
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This little takeout shop in Greenwich Village is just the sort of place to visit when food becomes boring. It’s not that Bonsignour offers many unusual preparations, it’s that everything, even familiar dishes, tastes the way you imagine it should. That means cool poached salmon in a tart sauce of dill, capers and chopped tomatoes, and savory roast chicken breast cooked with scallions and thyme that is moist yet crisp on the outside and covered in herbs. You will also find unusual combinations that work, like lasagna made with chicken, spinach, roasted peppers and pesto. For dessert, Bonsignour offers rich, fudgy walnut brownies, flaky lemon walnut pastries and luscious raspberry linzer torte squares. — Eric Asimov

via Bonsignour – West Village – New York – Restaurants Search – The New York Times.

… then caught up  Catherine and “enjoyed” Splendid Sweet Green Juice and Cauliflower Cleanse Salad.  CW says Organic Avenue is the next Starbucks … I think they need some help with their product names. 🙂
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Organic Avenue is the leading provider of organic cold pressed juices, raw food cleansing programs, snacks, superfoods, truly natural beauty products, healthy lifestyle education and community building events. The company helps people learn how to transition and maintain a healthy lifestyle that is pleasurable and sustainable, while also friendly to people, animals and the environment.

Organic Avenue is controlled by Weld North, an investment company concentrating on education, health and wellness, consumer services and marketing businesses. In partnership with KKR, a leading global investment firm, Weld North seeks to make control investments in businesses with high potential for long-term growth in cash flow. With strong and highly motivated management teams, the firm looks to accelerate growth through an obsessive focus on enhancing the customer experience, operational excellence, marketing expertise, and strategic and disciplined management.

via Organic Avenue – About Us.

NYC, Chelsea, Meatpacking District, High Line Park, public art, El Anatsui, kith/kin, friendship: At one point while Catherine and I were walking and talking, she said something to the effect that it was so wonderful that the friends you made were you were little were often the truest … and could survive 35+ years apart.  Children do instinctively bond based on personality, etc. and not on social hierarchy, looks, school, etc. She was right … and I loved reconnecting on a very personal level with a great deal of trust.
As we walk toward the Meatpacking District and the High Line park, we noticed this building being “painted” to look like it has been in a bad fire.  It is for a Michael J. Fox tv show (see… NBC Picks Up Michael J. Fox’s New Comedy Series.)  Kinda cool …
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Next up was a little window shopping, but no buying.  Really liked Michael Angelo’s Wonderland Beauty Parlor | ART.BEAUTY.DESIGN.STUDIO ~ 212.524.2800. for gifts (it’s a salon) and the FIG & OLIVE Restaurant – Kitchen Tasting Bar and Olive Oil Store.  Then into The Standard, High Line – Boutique Hotels New York City | Hip Hotels Manhattan NYC for a look around.  Great looking restaurant – THE STANDARD GRILL,  ice skating rink, unisex bathroom and artsy fun lobby …
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LINE IN THE HEART OF DOWNTOWN MANHATTAN’S MEATPACKING DISTRICT STUNNING VIEWS OF NEW YORK AND THE MIGHTY HUDSON RIVER THE STANDARD GRILL GERMAN BIERGARTEN LIVING ROOM LOUNGE THE STANDARD ICE RINK WITH ITS OWN RINK-SIDE KAFFEEKLATSCH SERVING APRÈS SKATE DRINKS & SNACKS PRIVATE DINING ROOMS AND EVENT SPACES 24-HOUR ROOM SERVICE 24-HOUR GYM LE BAIN DISCOTHÈQUE SEASONAL ROOFTOP BAR AND CRÊPERIE NON-STANDARD SHOPPING IN THE STANDARD SHOP COMPLIMENTARY BIKES FREE WIFI EVERYWHERE

via The Standard, High Line – Boutique Hotels New York City | Hip Hotels Manhattan NYC.

Now on to the High Line
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(Did I tell CW I always take a picture of my feet?)
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Meatpacking District, our first encounter on the Highline… fun guy, a little on the short side!

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The El Anatsui …
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High Line Art presents Nigeria-based artist El Anatsui’s Broken Bridge II, the largest outdoor installation ever by the artist. A monumental sculpture made of pressed tin and mirrors, the work will hang on an outdoor wall next to the High Line, between West 21st and West 22nd Streets, and will be visible from the park and the street below it. Broken Bridge II will be on view from November 21, 2012 through Summer 2013.

via EL ANATSUI, BROKEN BRIDGE II | Friends of the High Line.

And very interesting to me and CW was the work of David Everitt-Carlson,

“I Think Outside My Box” (ITOMB) was born on 6 October, 2011 in Zuccotti Park, Manhattan as a performance art and community outreach vehicle supporting Occupy Wall Street.

As a solution to signs he had made being constantly blown away or rained upon in the park, artist David Everitt-Carlson settled upon using a box instead of flat cardboard whilst sitting inside and painting. ITOMB was first featured in the Wall Street Journal on 7 October, 2011.

Over the course of the next 48 days, he painted all of 12 panels, each with a different theme and began to branch out into individual smaller signs that could be used by other participants for a small donation.

via I think outside my box: iTOMB HISTORY.

Here is my artwork … very poor … and here it is posted on his site … iTOMB Interactive 2013 – Google+.

 

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Off to Lower Manhattan … to find the Labyrinth in Battery Park …
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But after a walk alongside Ground Zero, St. Paul’s Chapel and Trinity Church, we can’t find the labyrinth.  It was destroyed by Sandy and has not been restored.  Next time …

Camino de Paz Labyrinths in collaboration with the Battery Conservancy and the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation created the Labyrinth for Contemplation situated in the Jerusalem Grove at Battery Park, Manhattan.

The Labyrinth for Contemplation enables the families of those who lost relatives and friends, visitors, local residents and workers, with an interactive tool for reflection, grieving, honoring, and healing. The Labyrinth transforms the existing Jerusalem Grove of 11 cedar trees into a place of pilgrimage by providing all visitors with the opportunity of actively offering respect through walking the path.

via Camino de Paz Labyrinth for Contemplation in Battery Park – Virtual Globetrotting.

NYC, Subway:  6 train all the way home …
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NYC, dinner, SEO:  When in Rome … Eat Asian! Birthday dinner — at SEO Japanese Restaurant. Overall, pretty good meal.  I really liked John’s calamari salad … Calamari Salad, Miso Soup, Sushi And Sashimi Combination, Pear and Banana dessert

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NYC,  The Waldorf Astoria, Secret Train Platform, FDR, history: On the way back to the hotel from dinner, John and I looked down on the train tracks that run directly under the Waldorf Astoria and remembered this little bit of historical trivia – that  FDR had a private entrance from the tracks to the hotel.  One of the bell men overheard us and did a great job telling us about what he knew including that the platform had also been used to get workers in passed picket lines during strikes.

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Over the weekend we had a chance to visit the long-abandoned Waldorf-Astoria train platform, which allowed VIPs to enter the hotel in a more private manner—most famously it was used by Franklin D. Roosevelt, possibly to hide the fact that he was in a wheelchair suffering from polio. The mysterious track, known as Track 61, still houses the train car and private elevator, which were both large enough for FDR’s armor-plated Pierce Arrow car. Legend has it that the car would drive off the train, onto the platform and straight into the elevator, which would lead to the hotel’s garage. Trainjotting has some more history regarding the platform, known as Track 61, and notes that the quest for it “has become a holy grail for many urban explorers.”

Some fun facts regarding the timeline of the tracks: It was first used by General Pershing in 1938, and less than 30 years after that, in 1965, it was the venue for a party thrown by Andy Warhol (fittingly called The Underground Party).

via Photos: Visiting The Secret Train Platform Beneath The Waldorf-Astoria – Democratic Underground.

And a few thoughts on the Waldorf … when I stayed here two years ago, it was not in good shape.  Well, this time, the public areas look great and our room was quite nice, large with wonderful fixtures.  The service was very good, but not excellent, however.  One thing I missed was turn down service … and the reason is because someone needs to pull the shades down and close the curtains … a great deal of city light and noise comes in at night.  Otherwise, we had an excellent stay.

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UNC President Tom Ross, Gov. Pat McCrory, liberal arts education: I’m with you, Tom Ross!

“The University’s value to North Carolina should not be measured by jobs filled alone. Our three-part mission of teaching, research, and public service requires that we prepare students with the talent and abilities to succeed in the workforce, because talent will be the key to economic growth. We must also continue to serve the state through our agricultural and industrial extension programs, our Small Business and Technology Development Centers, our Area Health Education Centers, and through the many other ways our faculty and students are engaged in our communities. Higher education plays a key role in ensuring a higher quality of life for all North Carolinians.”

via UNC president responds to McCrory radio remarks | CharlotteObserver.com.

Dan Cathy, Chick-fil-A, LGTB Controversy, Christianity, culture:  What a nice twist to this story …

This is why, after discussions with Dan and Chick-fil-A, Campus Pride suspended our campaign. Like Dan, we had faith. It took time to be proven publicly.

Now it is all about the future, one defined, let’s hope, by continued mutual respect. I will not change my views, and Dan will likely not change his, but we can continue to listen, learn and appreciate “the blessing of growth” that happens when we know each other better. I hope that our nation’s political leaders and campus leaders might do the same.

In the end, it is not about eating (or eating a certain chicken sandwich). It is about sitting down at a table together and sharing our views as human beings, engaged in real, respectful, civil dialogue. Dan would probably call this act the biblical definition of hospitality. I would call it human decency. So long as we are all at the same table and talking, does it matter what we call it or what we eat?

via Shane L. Windmeyer: Dan and Me: My Coming Out as a Friend of Dan Cathy and Chick-fil-A.


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