Tuesday, October 10, 2006

A Few Pics from NYC

As promised, some pictures from our activities this last weekend in NYC (apart from running in Central Park with thousands of runners doing the NYC marathon 18 mile tune-up race).

NYC had a city-wide event going on this last weekend called Open House New York. All sorts of buildings, design centers, museums, etc. were open and conducting tours this last weekend. We did Brooklyn on Saturday and Manhattan on Sunday.

We got a tour of Urban Glass in Brooklyn. Here I am picking out a birthday present for myself (birthday was yesterday).

After a tour of BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music), we went out to a cemetary for a performance piece called "Angels and Accordians". It was really kind of cool. Accordianists playing music and angels (dancers in white) dancing around the cemetery.

On Sunday, after my run (followed by a jazz brunch in greenwich village), we checked out the Chrysler building. Here's daughter pointing out the art deco elevator.

As we left the building, I took this shot of a reflection of the Chrysler building in the building across the street. The flag is mounted on the Chrysler building above my head.

Next we walked over to the United Nations. Inside is one of my all-time favorite works of art -- the Chagall Window. The work was done by Marc Chagall (of course) and was dedicated to Dag Hammarskjöld on his death. Chagall dedicated the monument in 1963:

"To all who served the Purposes and Principles of the United Nations Charter, for which Dag Hammarskjöld gave his life"

Outside, this sculpture pretty much says it all.

From there we walked back to Grand Central Station. It's really too big to capture without a very wide angle lens, but here's some of it.

We finished our tour of NY architecture and design at the New York Public Library. If any of you recall the movie "Ghostbusters", this was the site of the lions who come to life. The lions' names are "Patience" and "Fortitude". I don't know which one is which.

On a running note, today I did 8 miles from work out to Concord and back. Pace was 8:47 per mile. Temperatures are still on the warm side. Felt great.


Anonymous Audrey said...

Ghostbusters is the BEST MOVIE EVER. I used to rock at the ghostbusters computer game.

Happy birthday!!

10/10/2006 9:19 PM  
Blogger Lara said...

Sounds like a wonderful trip. And those are some lovely pictures!

P.S. Happy belated B-day

10/11/2006 6:14 AM  
Blogger D said...

What a great city to visit - great photos! Happy Birthday! Nice job on the 8 mile run in NY.

10/11/2006 9:28 AM  
Blogger runliarun said...

Happy B-day! Really cool pictures. I had a 6-month secret love affair of sorts with my boyfriend (long story) when we were living on the East Coast. We have been together for 10 years now. We used to meet in Grand Central Station on week-ends, and the sight of the lobby with lights filtering through the windows and columns, like in those faraway Saturdays suffused with music and hope, still makes my heart beat faster.

10/11/2006 9:22 PM  
Blogger olga said...

Awesome pictures! And happy b-day to you too!!:)
I loved to go to BAM but in a days...

10/12/2006 1:51 PM  

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