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.
Anti-Trump Marches And Rallies Planned For April 15. Tax Day.
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.
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.
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.
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 Cabaret on the annual SantaCon day on Broadway in the East Village. K-Mart was selling Santa Hats for $3.00.
Yesterday, was the first day in two years that I traveled into the City above 23rd Street. All my current interests seem to have become anchored in lower Manhattan.
The weather was fantastic in NYC . The primary reason I went in was to go to a stamp show. Many kids collect stamps but don’t continue once they grow up. I never stopped. I was mostly a history major in college, so maybe there is some kind of connection there. Most of my childhood interests stayed with me throughout my life.
After the stamp show at the Midtown Hilton, I walked up to Whole Foods on Columbus Circle and bought a sandwich for $8.00 of turkey, cheddar cheese and avocado on some kind of Artisan bread and spicy dressing. It was worth the price.
After stuffing my gut, I walked from Columbus Circle down Broadway to 42nd Street. I was so tired (I turn 73 today) that I took the express bus home from 5th Avenue. Following are some of my souvenirs from the day. I’m thinking of going back today.
A policeman on a horse is a New York City symbol for authority.
He is giving me the peace sign, another symbol. I was standing right in front of this policeman–alone–taking his photo, and never once did he look at me, but he knew I was there since he gave me the sign.