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After that delicious vegan falafal meal, I was feeling pretty full and very satisfied. So I walked toward Madison Square Park to see an apartment building where two “celebrities” recently bought condominiums. Neither is an actor or musician or artist, and each has a career in a field different than the other, but they often happen to be in the news. And I just plain ol’ wanted to see where they lived!

The green in the park was particularly lovely, so I took a few pictures to show my hubby. He likes flowers just fine, but he really enjoys a variety of multiple green plants.
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Had to take a few pictures of this building nearby. It was definitely a judiciary building of some kind but no signage anywhere. I took a picture of the top where there were two engravings, “Lex Scripta” and “Lex Tradita”. My plan was to go back to my hotel room that night to Google and perform one of my master Librarian searches 🙂 and figure out the function and history of this beautiful building. However, a young Asian man walked up on my left as I was taking pictures to ask me if I knew anything about the building. I told him that I knew nothing and was taking pictures for a Google search later. He whipped out his phone (which was much smarter than mine) to get the information right then and there!

While he was searching we discussed various carvings and sculptures of the building. A young woman with a shaved head and tattoos came up to me on my right side to ask us about the building. So we stood together for about two minutes discussing the beauty of this building, which thanks to Mr. Smart Phone, we discovered it was the NY Appellate Court building. Three people that most likely lived our lives in totally different ways shared a few minutes together in that busy city. Just one of the great joys of NYC !!

So the little signs at the top (Thank you Google!) mean “written law” and “customary or traditional law”. And if you want to read further, here is a terrific PDF document with color pictures and history about this particular court house.
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This picture is fun because of the contrast between the older and more recent architecture.
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Then there was The Mo Math museum. A math museum?? Who knew? Well, obviously I did not. I didn’t go inside this time, but I will explore inside during another adventure trip.
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After that it was “catch the subway time” up to one of my fav stores to browse the variety of various top apparel designers. The Designer floor and Couture floor (third and fourth) are my two favorites
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There is more, but I’ll tell later. So, here is a vegan meal I prepared recently at home, corn and okra, rice, and an abbreviated version of ratatouille with tender eggplant, the last of my basil from my balcony plant, and lots of onion!

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New York City, to me, is a place for wonderful adventures. Many large U.S. cities attract me with their architecture and mixture of people and culinary delights, but NYC is my favorite. I’ve never travel overseas to large cities, yet, so I cannot compare with those. But in the meantime, I vow to visit NYC as often as I can!

Traveled by train a few weeks ago and spent two days, so following are a few pictures I took just during the first few hours:

After walking from Penn Station to Hotel 373 Fifth Avenue to drop off my backpack, I walked up toward Times Square, picking up a cup on coffee on the way. Saw this ornate building being repaired near Times Square
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Another building under repair nearby. Love the red brick and the French-styled roof.
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And next a meeting with librarians at the Condé Nast Research Library. I love small research libraries, and this one did not disappoint. Good thing I arrived a little early – secured entrance, of course.
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From there I took the subway downtown followed by a delightful walk to Sahara’s Turkish Cuisine Restaurant on 2nd Avenue. Rested a bit and enjoyed a meal of rice and veggies and some of the best falafal ever! Really hot and crunchy on the outside but moist and flavorful on the inside. As you can see, I set aside the yogurt sauce to keep the meal truly vegan. Delicious!
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From there I walked eastward, but more about the rest of the day later!

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