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.
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.