Walking the High Line While Looking at the Eclipse

On August 21st, I traveled, from Staten Island into Manhattan, to try to see the Eclipse from the High Line, because I thought that might be an interesting place to see it from.  I walked the High Line from 23rd Street to 14th Street.  Many other people had the same idea as me.  These are a few of the photos I got. The Eclipse wasn’t too great from NYC.  It looks like the moon in the sky, but actually, it is the sun being covered by the moon.

The Best Shot of the Eclipse I got.


New Apartment building as seen along the High Line
Walking along the High Line
People on Street Looking at the Eclipse


NYC Women’s March on 1/21/17

Left home in Staten Island at 8:40 a.m. and arrived at 1st Avenue & 47th Street at 10:30 a.m (see above photo). United Nations building in the background.

Was suppose to meet group there that I signed up with on Internet, but so many people, I couldn’t find them.  People arriving very fast.  Struggled through the crowd.  Bought a couple of pins as souvenirs.  One says “Women’s March” and the other says “Trump Not My President.”  Moved through growing crowd of now thousands of people until I could get to the #6 subway at 51st Street.

Planning to take subway to Grand Central & then the Midtown library before heading home on #10 bus, which I can get right across the street from Midtown library and takes me only a block from my apartment in Staten Island.  Since, I’m 74, my stamina seems to be on the decline.  When I arrived on 42nd St., outside at Grand Central,the crowd consisting of men, women, children and many families, was so big, moving through them was difficult.  There was no way I would ever make it the few blocks to the library, not just because of the crowd, but because streets were blocked off.  Decided to go back into Grand Central Station to catch the #6 train to go downtown where I could also catch the #10 Express Bus home.

When I re-entered Grand Central Station from Vanderbilt Avenue, I couldn’t believe it.  I’ve never seen Grand Central like that. This was actually the highlight of my day. I had my camera with me all this time taking photos.

All & all, one of the most exciting experiences of my life.

I was standing at the Vanderbilt entrance, which is a raised platform, taking photos with a multitude of other camera-happy people.
Marches organizing for April 15th, 2017, to get Trump to show his taxes.  Participate


On 1st Avenue.  Erica Jong liked this photo.  So did I.


Anti-Trump Marches And Rallies Planned For April 15.  Tax Day.

To get Trump to release his taxes. Get involved.



Weekly Photo Challenge: Now

This looks like a man standing on top of the Flatiron building on 23rd St. and Broadway in NYC, but it's actually a statue by Antony Gormley.
This looks like a man standing on top of the Flatiron building on 23rd St. and Broadway in NYC, but it’s actually a statue by Antony Gormley. People on the ground looking up at it thought it was a man about to jump.

Since I live alone–but, I have a cat, who claws up my furniture–in a building for seniors only, in Staten Island, yet, my life may not be too adventurous.  Like many things I say off the top of my head, that’s not true at all.  My life now is more adventurous as it’s ever been.  I’m doing more art now than ever before, and making art is the greatest adventure of all.  Also living in Staten Island, I’m less than an hour’s bus ride from Manhattan, The Big Apple, the greatest city on earth, which I still find as exciting as when I first moved to New York, 31 years ago.  I feel as though I have Manhattan at my feet without having to pay the high prices.  Staten Island is so much less expensive than Manhattan it’s ridiculous, but a person can still partake of all that Manhattan has to offer.

My latest hangout in Manhattan.  The New Whitney Museum of American Art.  Opened 5/1/2015.  Member since 5/1/2015.
My latest hangout in Manhattan. The New Whitney Museum of American Art. Opened 5/1/2015. Member since 5/1/2015.

New York City is so gigantic that I’m still exploring it and finding new places all the time.  I seem to go through different periods, switching from an absorption in nature and the rural part of New York, where there are deer and the like, and the opposite, taking in the big city.  NOW, my fascination is with the urban side of New York City, and especially the art world.  My first attraction to NYC came when a teenager in Los Angeles, when on my lunch hour, I would go to my highschool library and read about the New York Art Scene in the New York Times.

Check this out:  The 50 Coolest Places in New York City Right Now.


Weekly Photo Challenge: Oops!

In response to the Posts Weekly Photo Challenge:  Oops This is supposed to be a photo that was a disaster.  Usually my disasters, I delete immediately, but this one (above)  I kept after the fact.  As soon as I looked at it in my camera, I thought to myself “I think I’ve got a photo to fit the Oops! photo challenge.”

At first, I had no idea what that blurry object is in this photo, but now I can see that a man on a  Citi Bike rode by me just as I snapped the photo, which I took to show Santa Claus walking down the street. Also notice the man sitting inside at Starbucks.  He looks like his legs are cut off at the ankles. Taken in the East Village. NYC (photo is far more interesting if you click on it to enlarge.  You can see the people’s faces.)

Today was SantaCon Day, which occurs every year in NYC around this time.  That’s why there’s a Santa Clause in the above photo.  People dress up in Santa Costumes and go to bars and goof off. This event began a few years back as a much bigger way with venues in either Central Park or the streets of the West Village, but it’s popularity has really dwindled into just people going to  a few bars, that cater to the event, and getting drunk.   The event has gotten a lot of bad publicity in recent years because sometimes fights break out with so many people drinking.  The day keeps the police busy with a lot of stupid things.

Below are three photos that came out a little better.

One of the best dressed women I saw.
One of the best dressed women I saw in the Village.

Santa Con 12/12/15

Young New Yorkers celebrating the annual SantaCon pub crawl 2015, The East Village.  It was so warm today, some people were wearing shorts and tee shirts.  I’ve never seen it like this before so close to Christmas in NYC.

Life is a Caboret on Santa Con.

Life is a Cabaret on the annual SantaCon day on Broadway in the East Village.  K-Mart was selling Santa Hats for $3.00.  

Weekly Photo Challenge: Treat

While out walking, seeing a wild animal unexpectedly is really a treat.

White Tailed Deer
Ran into a white-tailed deer while walking in Staten Island’s Greenbelt area near Rockland Avenue.


Turtle I unexpectedly came upon in Central Park.
Even more of a treat when a person comes upon a wild animal in the middle of New York City.  Turtle I unexpectedly came upon in Central Park.  Is he looking back at me?  Probably not.


In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Treat.”

Senior Citizens Getting it On in the Art World

Seniors in Lisbon meet Street Art

Photo taken from Twitter

Below:  Frank Stella (age 79) Retrospective at the Whitney Museum of American Art (Oct. 30, 2015-Feb. 7, 2016)

Frank Stella
Photo: Gayle Alstrom
Frank Stella at the Whitney
Photo:  Gayle Alstrom
K37, 2008
Photo:  Gayle Alstrom
Fedallah, 1988, Mixed Media on Aluminum
Fedallah, 1988, Mixed Media on Aluminum
(Photo:  Gayle Alstrom)
[You might want to read my post entitled “The Frank Stella Retrospective at the Whitney,” on my other blog “One American Mind.”]
This is a very short video about Stella that really helps tremendously in understanding his work:

Richard Serra turns 76 on November 2, 2015

Richard Serra, The Matter of Time (2005). Image: Guggenhiem Bilbao Museoa 2015, Richard Serra Arts Rights Society (ARS) New York.
Richard Serra, The Matter of Time (2005).
Image: Guggenhiem Bilbao Museoa 2015, Richard Serra Arts Rights Society (ARS) New York.
Serra’s monumental sculpture, Sequence (2006), is already installed in the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art’s (SFMOMA)  new building.