Sunday, May 31, 2009

Lamp & Tiles

This photo shows the base of the Queensborough Bridge on the Manhattan side. The tile work was what caught my eyes when I walked along 1st Avenue and 60th Street. The lamp provides an interesting dimension to the photo.

So how is your weekend so far?

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Greek Peasant Salad

This is one of my favorite summer meals -- Greek peasant salad made with feta cheese, tomatoes and kalamata olives. This photo was taken at Taverna Kyclades, my favorite Greek restaurant in Astoria.

So do you like salads or cheese?

Friday, May 29, 2009

Grand Central Station

This is a close-up shot of the northern wing of the main concourse at the Grand Central Station. The famous Tiffany clock is located right in the middle of the main concourse and sits on top of the information booth. The clock is estimated to cost over $10-$20 million.

So how many clocks do you have at home?

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Cherry Blossom & Townhouses

The cherry blossom tree contrasts very nicely with the old townhouses in the background. This photo was taken in the East Village near 3rd Avenue and 9th Street.

So how is your week so far?

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Egyptian Wing

This is the view of Central Park and the Upper East Side from inside the Metropolitan Museum of Art at The Temple of Dendur wing. The floor to ceiling glass windows provide some of the best views and spaces at the museum.

What kind of museum do you like best?

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Husband & Wife

I was at Petal Belle, the lovely cafe on Sullivan Street in SoHo, a few weeks ago when I saw this beautiful couple leaving St. Anthony's Church across the street. Although I don't know the bride or groom, I would like to wish them a beautiful and happy life together.

So when was the last time you were at a wedding?

Monday, May 25, 2009

Tiled Wall

This tile work is one of a couple of new pieces installed inside the new subway station at the southern most tip of Manhattan, near the Staten Island Ferry Station. Downtown Manhattan, especially near Battery Park is one of the newest neighborhoods in the city.

So what do you have plan for your day off today (Memorial Day in the US).

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Central Park South Vista

Kids usually go rock climbing on the southern side of Central Park, near 60th Street and 6th Avenue. You can see a group of them on the lower left of the photo. But the most impressive view is the architecture above the tree line.

So do you like hiking?

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Oasis of Calm

I was walking down 50th Street from 5th Avenue towards Madison when I came across this interesting pocket of peace and serenity. It is one of a dozen or so public spaces sprinkled across midtown to give office workers in the area a place sit and enjoy the outdoors.

So where is your oasis of calm?

Friday, May 22, 2009

Looking Out From Within

This photo was taken from inside Central Park. The buildings in the background are the properties lining 60th Street between 5th and 6th Avenue, otherwise known as Central Park South. It always amazes me that we have such a lush and beautiful park in the middle of the city.

Notice the couple sitting on the bench at the bottom of the photo? Can you imagine how peaceful and relaxing it must feel to be them. Me, I was leaning over a rail behind some bushes trying to take this photo. :-)

No question today.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Royal Enfield

I saw this vintage Royal Enfield motorcycle parked outside the Barneys Departmental Store on 60th Street between Madison and 5th Avenue. Apparently, I wasn't the only one who gave it a second look. The guy on the right thought it was a pretty cool bike too.

So do you know how to drive a motorcycle?

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

The Strand Central Park Kiosk

These are the Central Park kiosks for the giant discount bookstore called, Strand Bookstore. The small kiosks line the edge of the park along 5th Avenue at 60th Street. I don't know how much business they do here but they are definitely a beautiful sight for the eyes. It reminds me of the book and antique print vendors lining the Seine River in Paris.

So where do you get most of your books -- from the bookstore, online or the library?

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Trump Tower

This glass and steel structure is the Trump Tower where The Apprentice is taped every season. The interesting thing about this architecture is that there are numerous terraces on the middle floors with trees planted on them.

So what is your favorite show?

Monday, May 18, 2009

Korea Sparkling

I saw this attractive 'advertising wrapper' on the double decker tourist bus at Central Park South yesterday. It really made me want to visit Seoul, South Korea. And since I love Korean food, I figured it would be a gastronomical visit too.

So where do you want to visit on your next trip?

Sunday, May 17, 2009

New Museum

This is the front entrance to the New Museum at the Lower East Side. It is probably the newest museum in New York City since it was opened only last year.

So how is your weekend?

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Les Petits Chapelais

I took this photo because I love the color and the design of the sign. I believe it is a children clothing store in SoHo.

So what is your favorite color?

Friday, May 15, 2009

Mid-Month Subway Theme Day

It is mid-month subway theme day again. This photo was taken at the Times Square/42nd Street subway station. The station is one of the biggest and busiest in the city with connecting lines for the N, W, R, Q, 1, 2, 3, 7 and 9 subway trains. It is also adjacent to the New Jersey PATH stations (subway service to New Jersey) and a block from the Amtrak tand other regional train services at Pennsylvania Station.

Subway day is a mid-month theme shared by the following blogs:

Thursday, May 14, 2009

New York City Tourists

The tourist bus and horse drawn carriages in the photo above are a common sight at Central Park South on 60th Street near 5th Avenue. This is because NYC received over 46 million tourists a year and they contributed over $85.8 billion to the local economy (both 2007 data). For that, I would like to say THANK YOU to those who have visited us recently. And for those who have not visited us yet, I would like to extend a warm welcome to all of you.

Does that make me the Ambassador of New York City?

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Weeping Willow

This is a close-up shot of a weeping willow blossom found around the Bow Lakes inside the Central Park recently. The tree has an interesting structure, unlike anything I've seen before. The truck grows up tall and strong but the branches all limp downwards like tentacles of an alien creature.

So what is the strangest tree or animal you have ever seen.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Fish Flag

This seafood vendor at the Union Square Green Market has a colorful flag/kite flying above his of his table. It is definitely an innovative way to advertise his stalls, especially since it he is only there one day a week.

So have you ever flied a kite? If so, when was the last time you did it?

Monday, May 11, 2009

Stupid Stunt

Queens Boulevard, one of the major roadways in New York City, is sometimes known as the Boulevard of Death due to the high number of accidents where pedestrians are run over and killed by speeding cars that careen down the freeway every day. The boulevard has anywhere from six to twelve lanes depending on where the street is located and it runs literally straight through some of the most populated residential areas in Queens.

So when I saw this person trying to cross Queens Boulevard on his Segway a couple weekends ago, all I could think was, "What the &$@%*# was he thinking?" [Excuse my language!] I was tempted to walk over and smack him over the head.

So have you done anything stupid in your life before?

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Metropolitan Museum of Art Atrium

This is the atrium of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, which is located on the Upper East Side of New York City. The entrance to the museum is directly in front of me, behind the tall floral arrangement in the information booth. I was here to meet Sheryl of Astoria, Oregon Daily Photo, who was in town to celebrate her birthday last week.

So have you met any of the daily photo bloggers?

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Purple & Yellow

This photo was taken at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) garden last weekend when the weather was absolutely beautiful. Unfortunately, it's been raining non-stop all week and I am running out of photos to post. If you click on the MoMA link above, you will see a patch of purple flowers on the lower half the photo, on the right of the water fountain. This is the close-up shot of that flower patch.

So what are you plans for the weekend?

Friday, May 8, 2009

Are We In London?

No, this was actually taken on 19th Street between Irving Place and 3rd Avenue nearGramercy Park. The neighborhood is one of the most expensive and coveted part of the city.

So have your been to London?

Thursday, May 7, 2009

MetLife & Helmsley

The ornate tower with the green roof is the Helmsley Building and one behind it is the MetLife Building. Both buildings sit in the middle of Park Avenue so automobile traffic has to be diverted around them.

So what is the tallest building in your city?

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Look Down The Atrium

This was the view down the central atrium of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). I was standing on the 6th floor looking down on the furniture exhibition on the 2nd floor (left) and 1st floor (bottom right).

So how is the weather in your city. It has been drizzling non-stop since Sunday.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Knot & Needle

This sculpture is entitled, Knot & Needle by James Surls. It is one of half a dozen or so similar structures by the same artist installed on the meridian of Park Avenue between 50th and 60th Street.

Notice the post-bloom tulips on the ground -- I posted a photo of them last week. According to a comment left on this blog, there will be coral colored begonias at the end of May, planted by the Fund for Park Avenue.

So do you participate in any non-profit or charity program?

Monday, May 4, 2009

Manhattan Sunset

I took this photo with my iPhone while waiting for the train in Sunnyside, Queens last weekend. Normally, the iPhone takes really poor quality photos especially in low light environment but this one came out pretty nicely.

So how was your weekend?

Sunday, May 3, 2009

MoMA Garden

I went to the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in midtown Manhattan yesterday afternoon. But after a couple of hours indoors, I saw this view from the 3rd floor of the museum and knew I had to go outside and enjoy the beautiful Spring weather.

So is Spring your favorite season? If not, what is?

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Tulips on Park Avenue

There is no such thing as too many tulips in Spring. This photo was taken at the meridian between the uptown and downtown traffic on Park Avenue and 59th Street.

So are you ready for the summer to arrive?

Friday, May 1, 2009

Theme Photo: Shadows

It's May 1st, which means it's theme photo day again. This month's theme is shadows. The photo I've selected today is not from New York City. It was actually taken in Barcelona in March 2009. I hope the people of Barcelona will permit me to share a scene from their beautiful city on this special day.

There are many other cities participating in the theme photos. Click here to view thumbnails for all participants.