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it’s all greek to me…

Time in Astoria for the 40th Anniversary of the Greek Festival put on by the Hellenic Orthodox Community.  Astoria, Queens is known for many things always something new to discover around ever corner.  Within a few blocks you can travel the world in culture and cuisine.  A continual mainstay has been its strong Greek Community, one of the largest in the United States.  

Friday night was a soggy, drenched mess. The downpours put a damper on the festivities.  But last night the weather was perfect, slight breeze, crisp spring air. 

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St. Demetrios Cathedral boasts that they have the largest Greek Orthodox School in the United States.

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So many great things going on,  stay tuned for a visit with a sweet sphinx and maybe a trip back in time or two…

 

hood hoppin’

Just a few shots from around the neighborhood.  Cab driver took a different route the other day on the way from the airport, passed a few things I hadn’t seen before, so of course I had to investigate.

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One of the busiest corners in Astoria, even in the cold and rain people stand in line for their Souvlaki.  The Son prefers a different cart up near Steinway Street. So many choices 🙂

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This is the wall that intrigued me from the cab window.  It started to sprinkle and the sky grew scary so we had to hurry on.  Definitely want to go back and investigate more.

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Busy weekend ahead.  Hope everyone has something fun and interesting planned.

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.

a trip down the lane… in pairs

One of my earlier posts was a trip down the lane. Captures of individuals going about their business in their own unique ways.   I have decided it to make it a regular series as I am always collecting random shots of the people who catch my attention along the way.

Today a trip down the lane is dedicated to those that travel in couples and pairs.   At times their style combines to make a single statement and at others it is much more of a clash of wills.  I always wonder,  do personal styles have to somehow mesh in order to form a lasting relationship?  

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Gotta love those happy feet!

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I stalked this Tiger.  I caught just a glimpse through the grassy legs of the crowd. I sped ahead, angling and jostling for position at a corner where I could get a clear shot.  Imagine my shock and sheer awe at the realization it was a male of the species!  Urban hunting and take-down at its finest.

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Loyalty and dedication to friendship should be admired and even celebrated!

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How long has their style been similar?  How long have they walked in each other’s shoes as a couple?  So many questions, always so many questions.  I think that is one of the things that keeps me going back out on the street.  Keeps me walking mile after mile, seeking out the new, different and interesting,  even if it ends up being the everyday, comfortable and slightly worn.

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Where will they be in twenty years?  Will they still be color coordinating their lives as a couple?  Will they even still be a couple?  Or will her love of cats manifest as the caricature we all know so well,  that of the lonely elderly woman surrounded by her feline army.  An army ready to do war with the outside world and the heartbreaks of the past.

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So for today I will leave you here, and with another question.  

What’s to do with two – when two become three?

bushwick bound

Welcome to a world of adventure brought to you by the MTA.  Every NYer will tell you there are those certain weekends throughout the year that take on a whole new meaning.  Getting from point A to point B becomes an exercise in patience and futility.  And when you finally reach your intended destination you feel like someone should hand you a metal, a warming blanket and a nice hot shower with lysol.  

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So of course, yesterday I had to go to Bushwick, it would be an adventure, we will learn how to outwit the MTA …yeah I had all those thoughts.  You can stop laughing now.

We started with a walk to Queens Plaza, several subway stations later and with the kindness of a booth worker we made it to Bushwick.

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Knickerbocker Avenue was bustling and full of wonderful smells, colors and sounds. A Saturday afternoon with a break in the horrible weather brings the crowds.  We live in small spaces in NYC. The need to expand the area around us gets increasingly urgent as the winter drones on, especially this winter.  The street was humming and Knickerbocker definitely has its own rhythm. 

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 My mission was to walk north, far enough to hit the industrial area where the Bushwick Collective reigns.

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I have a feeling we are coming closer…

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yes definitely almost there

to be continued….

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.