Monday, December 15, 2008

City in the Morning

On Sunday morning I found myself in the city.  

In the early morning, Times Square is sort of unsettling because you know it is waiting for the nighttime, the darkness....

I did not know which way to turn the camera.  To my left was the Armed Services Recruitment Center, and to my right an NYPD station - both luminous boxes of colored flashing lights.





I decided to check out the Holiday Fair at Grand Central Station, so I walked the few blocks over to Park Avenue and 42nd Street.


Walking east along 41st Street, I looked up and saw this sight


Even closer, and here are Grand Central, the Hyatt Regency where I stayed this summer, and the Chrysler Building


A Christmas tree of cycling colored screens near the great hall at Grand Central



The most famous man in the world on a magazine rack at a bookstore where I hung out while waiting for the crepe stand to open so I could have a crepe suzette.


One of many letterboxes in the lower Dining Concourse.  At Grand Central, if it's not made of stone then it's made of brass - the metal of choice in this city.  I've included a Wiki link covering the creation and history of this, yet another astounding Beaux Arts landmark.  There is so much I could say but don't feel like turning this post into one of my infamous infoblogs, but I will drop one goodie, which is that two of Hitler's spies were foiled in a sabotage attempt underneath the station!

Vanderbilt Hall at Grand Central, where the Holiday Fair was held.  Of course I was more taken by the architecture than the fair, which was predictably composed of many lovely stalls of expensive exquisite handmade baubles.


As I was already in town and it was a lovely mild day (48F/8C), I decided to walk down to 34th Street by Macy's Herald Square where I could catch the subway back to Brooklyn.  So here is the Empire State Building against a backdrop of altostratus clouds.

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If you want to read the Flying Rant, click on YourEyesOnly.  It was up here for a few minutes but it may be safer elsewhere.

12 comments:

Selba said...

Hmmm.... sounds that your roomie can get your nerves out... For me, she's kinda an annoying person, though it's only the matter of frying eggs.

Mr B said...

Ooh! I hate that burnt/crispy/undercooked white - egg combo! Not in the least appetizing. It's not hard to fry an egg properly. At least you'd think so. But then you yourself....ooh Olivia! Breaking the yoke! And on purpose too? Sacrilegious! You ruin potentially the best bit. Where's the contrast, if white and yoke are melded into one?

You know I can't believe I'm sitting here at 3am discussing the best way to fry eggs!

I totally agree with the dishwasher scenario though. I see nothing wrong with hand washing items when the need arises. Not everything has to go in the dishwasher. By the way, does your flatmate know about this blog of yours? Could be interesting...

Mr B. (Again) said...

Hmmm...and I thought I was going to be in top spot for once!
Not sulking though!

Olivia said...

No, she doesn't know but I moved it anyway because I feel bad for ranting.

Glo said...

Fantastic photos ~ most impressive. The brass letterbox and chandeliers are just amazing. That last one of the Empire State Building against the clouds is so effective! Thanks for sharing the walk ~ and for chucking the egg pan, figuratively speaking of course ;)

The Moody Minstrel said...

Definitely some of the classiest things I've seen lately. (No, I'm not able to get out much these days.)

New York certainly doesn't have a shortage of cool-looking buildings, does it?

Colors, shapes, styles, smells, and now egg textures. It's all about atmosphere, right, m'lady?

meimei said...

I love your photos. and the egg rant was strange...I like eggs, but in the way you described the perfect egg

Flighty said...

Terrific photos! xx

The Moody Minstrel said...

Incidentally, just how many different blogs are you running right now, m'lady?

beginninghere said...

The things you see on your walk are so interesting.

nikkipolani said...

I'm loving your Grand Central images - more please! One day, I'm coming over there and you're going to talk architecture while giving me a tour!

The Moody Minstrel said...

BTW, m'lady, you've been tagged. Check out the Snabulus. blog for details.