midtown

today is for the egg-stra special bits…

As is the tradition of Easter Egg hunts there should always be a few surprises along the way.  Today is dedicated to those moments both planned and unplanned.

First up,  Where’s Waldo?  Every day a new location, every day a new clue.  One night at the beginning of our hunting I noticed that an egg kept showing up on the GPS map in a warehouse district in Queens after dark and then leaving early the next day.  Of course it had to be Waldo and it was confirmed with a click.  So on a whim one night, well after dark, we rode the 7 train a few stops to Sunnyside and walked deep into the warehouse district by the train yards.  Never saw Waldo but we were able to “crack” him using the map app. It was easy the next day to follow Waldo into Corona to the Louis Armstrong House.   We tracked him down a couple of more times in various locations… always fun to find 🙂

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This is Ben.  Ben is from Brighton in the U.K.  A friend of Ben’s worked on The Big Egg Hunt in London and told Ben he needed to apply for the job.  Ben has been in New York for a little over a month helping to coordinate the hunt.  He got to deliver the egg blanks to the artists all over the city and Ben was given the extreme honor of escorting Waldo on his many travels.  Ben is headed back home now… safe travels! 

Next up.. Babar! This was an unexpected and wonderful surprise.  On one of our passes through midtown we came across a group of young children out on the hunt.  As far as I could make out they had been organized by a local hotel.  The Hotel was the lucky host of the Babar Egg, so when the kids worked their way back to the hotel Babar was waiting for them. Kudos to the Hotel Plaza Athenee for a fantastic way to join the hunt!

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Another fun surprise, finding an egg that wasn’t on any of the lists or maps,  didn’t even have a number and it was a beauty!  One of my favorite street artists, Alec created the wonderful Monopoly Man egg below:

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Waldo was not the only egg on the move.  The Pennisula Hotel equipped their mini with an egg made for travel.  It toured around the city at times during the hunt but could also be found parked in front of the hotel.

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While walking in Tribeca today we stumbled upon the moving crew.  Tasked with retrieving all 268 (or more) eggs and safely transporting them to Rockefeller Center for a mass display this weekend. 

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Here is where I will leave you tonight.  Tomorrow we will venture out to the outer boroughs, take a ride on the ferry,  hunt for eggs in Dumbo and have an adventure at the Navy Yards and ride the 6 train up into the Bronx,  see you then!

 

mr. selfridge would be proud part 2

As promised yesterday here are the shots from above:

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These ribbon flowers were something else!  According to the tour guides they were done over many, many hours by Macy’s employees,  no glue or tying involved.

Today’s installment includes a treat. As always if you just let things unfold the city rewards. Just as I was leaving Macy’s I had the good fortune to run into Oswaldo Gomez, Ms. Colombia. A mainstay at every colorful city celebration for years I have had the pleasure of photographing him before.  

and all the painted poodles, too

it isn't a parade without ms colombia

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This is the first time I stopped and had a conversation and I am so glad I did.  What an engaging and all around joyful man!  I can’t until the next time we meet.  And yes,  he was in his element at the Flower Show,  as he said, “Lady Gaga is in the house.” 

As we come to the end of another year and another flower show I will leave you where we began,  with the Lady in Red.

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For a peek at least year’s show:

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.397339997040755.1073741830.287949161313173&type=1

a bit of the irish in all of us…

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And now for the characters of the day,  I love parades and holidays that encourage people to participate in the celebration.  Saint Patrick’s Day is certainly one of those as everyone’s Irish is on display!

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It is also one of those few days when men in skirts (ok, kilts…. manskirts) are not an unusual sight.   A good lesson in why pants were probably invented in the first place.

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And as in so many celebrations in New York CIty, the celebrants also include those intent on spreading their word, whether it is applicable to the event or not.

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The stars of the show!   

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The one day a year when it really is easy being green,  but I can’t imagine it was quite as easy yesterday once the parade was over and the green wasn’t.

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Another side effect of the bitterly cold day.  The usual Saint Patty’s.. errhmmmmmmmmmmm drinking and lack of dress (there is that a nice way of saying it)? was tempered by the soul-sucking winds and there were far fewer bits of bare flesh roaming the streets as in past years.

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The year of the mustache… can we all say enough of this trend now?

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And finally.. selfies for EVERYONE.. you take a selfie,  I take a selfie,  They take a selfie…

Tomorrow is National Macaron Day!  Free Macarons for EVERYONE!

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a trip down the lane… on color

Another in the ongoing a trip down the lane series.

When people travel to New York often they ask what they should bring along to wear.  The standard answer is whatever you want as long as it is black.  Most would think the city is a sea of black and grey and while that is true in some parts of town it is certainly not the uniform of choice.   So this edition of a trip down the lane is dedicated to the pops of color.  

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So while NYers do like their black the city is not without color.  Beautiful bright pops of color.

winter, schminter, boy do I hate winter…

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Maybe someone has the right idea and they are dreaming of lounging on a beach somewhere after their business sells.  Today was brutal,  bitterly cold with an unrelenting, chill to the bone wind.  And as if that wasn’t enough,  it was sunny, bright and clear almost as if nature was taunting us through dirty weatherworn windows with rays of sharp light,  daring us to venture out.  Daring us to try to escape the relentless world of grey this never-ending winter has become.  It all has to be a joke, right?  

 

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Yeah,  I think this says it all.. ptooooeeeeyyyyyyy.  

 

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So I will be sulking in the corner,  dreaming of a rebirth someplace warm and sunny.  But don’t expect that any of this will keep me from complaining in July when the heat is on us and the city turns into the summer soup of humanity.

too many zooz

New York isn’t just about colors and light,  it is also about sounds.  Sometimes those sounds start deep below the ground and you just know they won’t be down there for long because they are meant to soar.

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Today was a big day for this trio of guys.  For a while today this group,  Too Many Zooz, made it to the front page of reddit.  That is big stuff,  but for these guys it is only the beginning.

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Heard them a few months ago down in Union Square and knew they were special.  Like so many other buskers the drumbeat catches you first.  It grabs you.  It grabs you and makes you pause just long enough. Just long enough soon turns into as much time as possible when you are hit with the rhythm and the sheer virtuosity of the baritone sax.  I am not sure the instrument has ever been played as well before.   That is not meant to trivialize the trumpet. That boy is good, like dazed and giddy good.  What happens when you put three musicians at the top of their game together,  TOO MANY ZOOZ.

As much as I want to share them with the world it has been kind of nice thinking of them as a secret treasure.   But those days are fast coming to an end as well they should.  Talent like this doesn’t come along very often.

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So if you are around Union Square take the time to do down.. down below and see if Too Many Zooz is around.  If you can’t make it to NY… check them out here you won’t be sorry

https://www.facebook.com/toomanyzooz

a trip down the lane…

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A walk in NY can mean many things, and a theme seems to be emerging.  How many times can you say,  “you never know what you are going to see,” and get away with it? You will have to let me know.. because I have a feeling it is going to come up here often.  

 

 

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Style is subjective… and no where is that more evident than the streets of NY.  

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All shot on Broadway and 7th Avenue between Times Square and Union Square on a cold winter’s day.