Saturday, July 13, 2024

A SPECIAL DAY

 

Hard to believe, but today is Mrs. C’s 80th birthday and she is in fabulous shape. (She is my senior, but not by enough to matter. Doing better than me in some ways.) We  have been married 50 years and have had some great adventures together. She is seen here holding Buddhist prayer flags on some godforsaken plateau in Tibet. I’m hoping for many more years with her. She makes my life complete.            

STL DPB IN NEW YORK - CHRYSLER BUILDING

 

One of my favorite pieces of American architecture, the Art Deco crown of the Chrysler Building. It was briefly the world’s tallest building until the Empire State surpassed it. Hard to believe it is 94 years old. The Wikipedia article suggests it isn’t doing so well.   

Oh, and in today’s New York Times: https://www.nytimes.com/2024/07/12/realestate/chrysler-building-manhattan.html           

Friday, July 12, 2024

STL DPB IN NEW YORK - INFINITE REGRESSION

 

Back at The Summit, the all-mirrored observation areas on the 91st to 93rd floors of One Vanderbilt, the newish mega-tall structure that blocks the afternoon light on the western side of Grand Central Station. The 92nd floor is something of a mezzanine, not reaching to the broad southern windows and overlooking the full-size floor below. The eastern and western side of the 92nd have mirrored circular tubes through the floor, with mirrors above, below and beside. As if there wasn’t enough vertigo.                       

Thursday, July 11, 2024

STL DPB IN NEW YORK - ANOTHER PRETTY BUG

 

Another from the Butterfly Vivarium at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. The inhabitants can have a sense of drama.                   

Wednesday, July 10, 2024

STL DPB IN NEW YORK - REPOSE


I loved going to the American Museum of Natural History when I was a kid. There are lots of new things since my last visit decades ago. One is an indoor butterfly room they call the Vivarium. It’s hard to get one of them to stand still and pose but this worked. We think the circle is its rolled up proboscis.                

Tuesday, July 9, 2024

STL DPB IN NEW YORK - STREET FOOD

 

Street photography in Manhattan. Food carts like these are ubiquitous and they have quite a varied menu. There is a trailer hitch on one side to tow them in and out. No nutrition labels.               

Sunday, July 7, 2024

STL DPB IN NEW YORK - YOUR MOMENT OF ZEN

 

It seems like a hallucination. Maybe it is. A shipping container had been pulled into Luna Park in Coney Island. The doors were opened and workers threw a mountain of large plush dogs, wrapped in plastic bags, onto the pavement. Ellie calls them stuffies (she has her own mountain of them) and wanted one so badly. Won’t fit in the suitcases, kid.             

Saturday, July 6, 2024

STL DPB IN NEW YORK - SCREAMIN’ EAGLE

 

One of Ellie’s favorite rides at Coney Island, which she went on over and over. This photo can only offer a hint at the high speed loops and curls to come after this spiral ascent. She thought it was great fun, in part because she is 64 years younger than me.               

Friday, July 5, 2024

STL DPB IN NEW YORK - NATHAN'S

 

On Tuesday, we took granddaughter Ellie to Coney Island, on the Atlantic shore of Brooklyn. (There is no island in sight.) It is home to a string of amusement areas that have been around since the early 20th Century. I loved our rare family visits when I was a kid. Ellie went on the wildest rides over and over, things that would twist my stomach and spine.

Coney Island is also home to another American institution, Nathan’s hot dogs. On the Fourth of July, our Independence Day, Nathan’s has a hot dog eating contest. How many sausages and buns can you cram down your throat in 10 minutes? It’s on national TV and is a bizarre spectacle. The men’s winner put away 54, which was nowhere near the record.  See https://tinyurl.com/587rxebs             

Thursday, July 4, 2024

STL DPB IN NEW YORK - I’M FOREVER BLOWING BUBBLES

 

One of the spaces at The Summit, I think on the 92nd floor, is full of silver mylar balloons that - quite literally - reflect the mirrored interior surfaces. Blowers around the edges push them up to the cieling. Then they slowly, randomly settle. If I was younger, I’d think it was pretty trippy.             

Wednesday, July 3, 2024

STL DPB IN NEW YORK - IF I CAN MAKE IT THERE...

 

If I can make it there, I'll make it anywhere
It's up to you, New York, New York

I want to wake up in a city that never sleeps

And find I'm A Number One, top of the list
King of the hill, A Number One.

Nice to be back in my home town, particularly with granddaughter Ellie, who is having a blast. She thinks she is almost a subway riding expert because she can stand in a moving car without holding the pole (mostly). Still needs some guidance about where to go. I was riding the subway by myself at 12 or 13. It was normal.

This is the view to the south from the 91st floor observation area at The Summit, the newish super-tall building over Grand Central Station.                


Tuesday, July 2, 2024

STL DPB IN NEW YORK - KID HEAVEN



Elie had quite the day.  It started at the observation floors ot The Summit, one of New York’s mega-tall buildings, towering over Grand Central Terminal, more about which soon. Next stop was the Museum of Ice Cream in Soho, which she thought was as close to paradise as she was going to get. It’s all the sugar you can consume, and she made a mighty effort. This is one of the final rooms, sort of a ball pit but made up as candy sprinkles. She said she had a dream of doing something like this.             

Monday, July 1, 2024

CITY DAILY PHOTO JULY THEME - FLEA MARKETS

There used to be a wonderful big annual flea market in St. Louis to benefit the symphony called the Gypsy Caravan. I would go shoot every years. Sadly, they had trouble keeping an appropriate venue, it moved to the outer suburbs and gradually withered. You could find all sorts of interesting stuff but I wouldn’t try to restore this violin.

See bric-a-brack found by City Daily Photo members around the world at https://citydailyphoto.org/category/theme-days/                 

STL DPB IN NEW YORK - MADELEINE MONDAY

Mandatory kid stop in NYC, F. A. O. Schwarz toy store, perhaps the most famous in the world. The doorpeople are made up like toy soldiers. Everybody who works there is VERY kid-friendly and engaging, which no doubt helps sales. Good thing for them, since the rent in Rockefeller Center is pretty high. Ellie made off with some cute souvenirs that only moderately dinged my credit card.