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DAILY WRITINGS AND PHOTOGRAPHS FROM NEW YORK
Photo by myself around 60th Street and Broadway on the Upper West Side.
It was busy and cold on Monday near Columbus Circle. Cabs and cars were whizzing by.
In the background toward the left, is one of the new buildings for billionaires. The skyscraper at 1 East 57th Street is a really, really tall residential tower, rising 75 stories. It looms over its neighbors.
Costs for apartments at 1E57 there average $6,667 per square foot. Egad. Some apartments sold for as much as $91 million dollars.
Luckily at this writing, there are still some $58 million dollar apartments that are up for grabs! For the One57 website, click here.
Related posts: One Central Park, at Night, Billionaire's Row, above Central Park South, and Office Towers, near Bryant Park.
Photo by myself around 80th Street and Park Avenue, on the Upper East Side.
A group of at least twenty dogs were prepping for their morning group walk.
Most of them were portable-sized. Some were clothed. All were excited.
Happy Friday everyone!
Related posts: Here's Looking at You, in Washington Square Park, On Dogs and Dogs, and Furry Friends, in Tompkins Square Park.
Photo by myself on Sixth Avenue, in Midtown.
A man and a cat sat in the cold on Sixth Avenue.
I've been walking by this spot every weekday for work, and have watched the cat grow up from a tiny kitten, starting last Fall. Often, both cat and owner are fast asleep.
At first I felt very cynical about this arrangement. Over time though, I saw how (relatively) happy the cat is, how caring his owner is, and how generous New Yorkers can be. There is a cat litter, a scratching pad, cat food, and several different cat jackets.
When I took this photo and spoke with the guy, a woman stopped by to donate a breakfast muffin. There are actually two different guys who take care of the cat, switching back and forth in shifts. At night, it has been very cold, with brisk winds.
Related posts: Cat on a Leash, in Midtown, Beware of Cat, in the East Village, and The Guy with a Cat on his Head.
Photo by myself on the subway, below ground.
I was taking snapshots on the subway Monday morning and the guy sitting near me suddenly woke up. Aaaah!!!
As you can see, it's become much colder out. People are bundled up in their puffy coats, hats, boots, etc.
Related posts: 9:45am on the B Train, Below Brooklyn, Dancer, on the Ride Home, and Sunset, on the Ride to Brooklyn.
Photo by myself in Park Slope, Brooklyn.
Sandwich boards on the sidewalk are a common way of luring people inside restaurants and bars. I appreciate signs that show some originality.
Related posts: Pork is the Answer, on the Lower East Side, Tongue in Cheek, on the Sidewalk and on the Subway, and A Sense of Humor in Park Slope, Brooklyn.
Photo by myself in Central Park.
Pedicab rides can be found easily in and around Central Park. Above, some visitors stop to look east, toward the skyline.
The nice thing about pedicab rides is that you can often find someone to give you a tour in your native language, if it's not English.
Apologies for not having a more festive photo! We've had very grey, overcast (though warm) days lately. Happy 2016, everyone!
Related posts: A Bit of Fog, in Central Park, Before a Tour, Pedicab Style, and Dogs in Costume, at Tompkins Square Park.
Photo by myself at home, in Park Slope, Brooklyn.
I hope everyone is enjoying a fantastic holiday!
We've been busy with a new addition to our home, a little dog named Maisie. Above, she and Rupert have stopped playing for a split second and look extremely serious. Don't be fooled.
Maisie is about 3 years old and seems to be a mix of a very short long dog (maybe Dachsund?) and a larger dog (maybe a cattle dog?). She is super sweet and affectionate, and has turned out to be the perfect companion for our Rupert.
We honestly didn't think Rupert needed a friend. He's never very interested in other dogs on the street. But we've been thinking about adopting a rescued dog and one thing quickly led to another. All we can say now is that we are SO glad to have taken the plunge! We are a much more active household now. And Rupert is 1000% a happier dog as a result!
Rupert and Maisie are occupied with the art of tug of war and wrestling, 99% of the time. Above, a rope toy survives about 30 minutes before being destroyed.
Maisie takes refuge below a bench. She enjoys hoarding toys and biting rear legs.
By the way, if you care for a single dog, please consider adopting a second! There are so many wonderful deserving dogs out there in need of a family.
Related posts: A Rupert Update, with Friend, On Hipsters and Rupert, Downtown, and Dogs in Costume, at Tompkins Square Park.
Photo by myself on Fifth Avenue, in Park Slope, Brooklyn.
Someone with a lot of energy had tackled a bike on the sidewalk with wrapping paper.
Related posts: Getting Around Traffic, in Midtown, On Custom Bikes, in the Village, and Portrait of a Bike Messenger, in Midtown.
Photo by myself, in Midtown.
When Chick-Fil-A opened its doors for the first time in Manhattan, there was a line out the door and down the street. Not just for a day or a few days or a week. For weeks.
That is how nutty some people are about their chicken sandwiches and/or nuggets. See how serious people look in line? It is serious stuff!
This fast food place has two floors. Now that the hoopla has died down, you can actually get a sandwich without waiting many minutes outdoors.
Below, a view of the line from the air.
Photo by myself, around Broadway and Bedford Streets, in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
We've been having a spell of warm days but it's supposed to get back to being winter, this week. Or so they say.
The view from Williamsburg toward Manhattan was a quiet one, Sunday. The Williamsburg Bridge, toward the right, will get you over the East River to the Lower East Side.
Broadway is known as a major avenue on the west side in Manhattan, that extends 18 miles north of the city. It's also shorthand for the theatre district, which includes part of Broadway near 42nd Street. Most people don't know that a different street in Brooklyn is also named Broadway. Yes, confusing!
A striking black and white mural of a young girl covered an entire building. I'm not sure if this was art or an advertisement. Mark and I were here for lunch with his mom.
Happy Monday everyone!
Related posts: Framing the View, Up Broadway, Giant Bird, on Broadway, and On the Sidewalk, on Broadway.
Photo by myself, around 72nd Street and Columbus, on the Upper West Side.
Dozens of runners crossed the street wrapped in blankets after finishing the marathon, Sunday afternoon. The scene looked a little like soldiers returning home from a battle.
Part of 72nd Street was closed to traffic. This was a popular spot for family and friends to meet up with runners after the race.
Related posts: The 2011 NYC Marathon, Running Down the Streets of New York, and The 2010 NYC Marathon.