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Another Visit (Thursday Doors)

I went back to the turret house I photographed a few weeks ago to try to get a better photo of both the building and the entrance door. Above is the door.

And here’s a view of the entire house, taken from the park across the street on Riverside Drive.

This was my original photo.

I’m also posting some (to me) magical flowers I keep seeing on my walks in Riverside Park. I tried to figure out what they were online with no luck. Does anyone know?

I know exactly where they are–at 106 Street–because there is the statue of Franz Sigel across the street at the top of the steps. My longest residence anywhere in my life was up those steps, down 106 Street one block, and in the middle of the block to the left on West End Avenue. But I’ve never seen these flowers before.

I hope they continue to plant them every year!

It’s Thursday, so I’m linking to Thursday Doors.

traverse (with Thursday Doors)

which side of the door welcomes?
which side retreats?
every opening carries a journey–
without or within?
the threshold faces both ways

Colleen’s #TankaTuesday theme of travel/journeys works well with my twin Thursday doors. I’ve written a gogyohka.

Join Thursday Doors here: https://nofacilities.com/2021/05/27/stately-springfield-doors/

Rock Garden

It’s Thursday, so I’ll start with the door. My daughters took me to the NY Botanical Garden for Mother’s Day last Sunday. One week late–it was sold out for actual Mother’s Day. We remembered the Rock Garden from a very cold autumn day when we visited a few years ago and this was the only warmish place.

There were still pockets of flowers to be seen, but the overall impression was very green. We’ve had a lot of rain.

Water is part of the landscape throughout the garden.

And, of course, rocks.

Irises were still blooming.

Every view was inviting.

I have many more photos–flowers, trees, art–but the only door in them was to the Rock Garden. I’ll save those for another post. I did not get any good photos of the many birds, though I tried. Robins everywhere, blue jays, sparrows, mourning doves, red-winged blackbirds, finches, a hawk, even a blue heron. And many bird calls I did not recognize.

And a visit to the Bronx! The farthest I’ve been in 18 months. It felt good.

Join Thursday Doors here: https://nofacilities.com/2021/05/20/dr-seuss-museum/

Walking in NYC

It’s Thursday, so here are some doors that live across the street from me. I admired them the first time I saw them, waiting outside for the broker to show me the apartment I’m now living in.

When I posted a photo of the view from my window, Jade asked if I could take some pictures when I was out walking. Here are the houses across the street. The entrance to the houses with the interesting roof is down steps, and not as beautiful as the rest of the house.

I took these photos walking early Sunday morning to meet my daughters for coffee and tea on Columbia’s campus, which we do on weekends, weather permitting. I liked this bike parked on my street as I headed to Riverside Park.

Many buildings have planted flowers around their trees. I live between Central Park and Riverside Park, but my daughters both live above Central Park and close to Riverside Park, so that’s where I walk. Here I’m on my way west.

More doors, one up and one down.

I’ve made it to the park. Citibike has stations every few blocks. You can see most of the bikes from this one are already in use. Early morning also means dog walking, with owners stopping to chat.

Last weekend many trees were still in flower, but things were starting to look more green.

In some places you can see the West Side Highway, the Hudson River, and New Jersey. Hello Nina!

On the way back home I went down from the streetside walkway into the park proper and stopped by the 91st Street Garden, which is maintained by volunteers. It’s looking good! We’ve had plenty of rain this spring.

I couldn’t resist this house and doorway, although I cut off the top of the building, being an inexperienced street photographer. I’ll have to try again next week. I wonder–why are those windows on the turret facing so far in? What was the architect thinking? Perhaps the white part is a later addition. But still, it’s a great building.

And finally, some graffiti (this is for you Jack) and some outdoor dining on Amsterdam Avenue. These sheds are all up and down the streets now.

I seem to have many blogging friends who do street photography, and it was fun to try it myself. Thursday doors and more for Manja, Pat, and Robbie, for Jack who is now chronicling the streets of LA, and all the others who keep a lookout for the ways we go from one place to another when we are out walking. And thanks to Jade for the inspiration.

The sentiments extend beyond Times Square to my part of NYC too.

Join Thursday Doors here: https://nofacilities.com/2021/05/06/march-april-leftover-doors/

summer in the city 2020

summer city 2s

dense with heat
drivers changing shifts
bus idles

basketball
gold headphones playing
by himself

skateboard clacks
over empty courts
echoed moves

line of carts
winds around corner
still waiting

masked hunger
distances between
uncovered

heavy clouds
greyness falling now
lightning flash

summer city 2 close up 2s

For Frank Tassone at dVerse, a haiku sequence reflecting what I saw out my window this morning.

summer city 1b s

My monoprints were inspired by de Kooning, but somehow ended up looking more like Pollock.

summer city 2 close up s

Weekend Sketching 3/25/19

I love sketching the old Paterson buildings. This was a black and white photo which I took the artistic license of coloring. A lot of the old buildings were constructed in brownstone and I imagine this one was too. I gave it some stained glass windows.

Spring is arriving but slowly. Yesterday I went over to take care of my neighbor’s chickens only to find they had “flown the coop”. I can’t figure out how as the fence was up and all doors locked. But the girls cooperated and I got them back in (as a large hawk was circling). They also laid a few eggs in the yard making same eggs certifiably free range. Love those chickens!

Weekend sketching 3/11/19

A front view of Lambert Castle, Paterson, NJ. I have a fascination with old buildings in my home town. The castle sits atop Garrett Mountain and Mr Lambert even built a separate tower for viewing from up high which you’re still permitted to climb when up on the Mountain.

Spring seems to be coming here in Northern NJ as I’m seeing shoots popping up here and there. And it’s nice that it will stay lighter longer! Have a great day.

Colt Gun Mill (version 3)

A simplified view and I ran out of room- the paper wasn’t big enough. Or I painted it wrong. The church steeple is not in this one and I think I miss it.

Last week of summer has arrived. It’s a nostalgic time, seeing the kids go back to school and the leaves falling. Time marches on.

Colt Gun Mill/in color

I like it better this way : ).

Colt Gun Mill

Another old Paterson site. I just finished it so thought I’d post it now. I may paint in some color later. Have a good weekend!