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Oh my. Last day in New York City for this trip. Well, no need to pout, because I need to get back to my job. And I need that job or my trips to NYC would be done with! Kaputt. Finito. And I’m fortunate to work a wonderful job upon my return.

Made my morning run down to another Starbucks on 8th Ave. OK OK – I did not run, but I did walk with great purpose 🙂

Drank my coffee sitting on the bed, read morning news and got together some walking directions via the Internet. Packed my backpack and took it to the hotel lobby so they could keep it for me until my train leaves this evening. And off I go for another grand day in this even grander city!

I strolled a bit and ended up at Rockefeller Center. By golly I’m even giving more directions to other visitors by this time! Anyway, here is a photo I took of the folks getting the dining area ready for the day.

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Back in 1980, my father and I took a train trip up here for a few days. I was taking a long-distance interior design course and was allowed several free in-person lectures at the NY School of Interior Design. So I attended three that trip. We were both working in our family retail furniture store, so we spent most of our time in design studios (not all were freely available to us since we were not actual “official” designers, but we were able to grab a few) and major stores with large furniture and design departments. And bakeries. Yes, we enjoyed the many bakeries. Anyway, we treated ourselves to one really nice dinner, and here at Rockefeller Center we sat. It was early fall and the weather was perfect. Smiling as I remember just one of the many wonderful adventures we shared while my daddy walked on this earth.

So as I leave Rockefeller Center, I pass the International Building at 25 W 50th St. Isn’t the stone art work (picture below) at this entrance absolutely gorgeous?? Egyptian designs standing out among all the other architecture.

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I next walk up to Bergdorf Goodman with a visit to the men’s and the women’s stores. Somehow, with all my visits here, I never before noticed the Art Deco Design on the men’s building. Oh my gosh it is beautiful!

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In Bergdorf’s I spend most of my time on the floors with top designer wear, couture, and shoes. I enjoyed watching two young women each trying to decide on which pair of Christian Louboutins to purchase while I stand there browsing and softly practicing the correct way to pronounce Christian Louboutin. Seriously, though, sometimes I end up in situations talking with people who love fashion and color and design as much as I do, and I really do want to be able to use the correct pronunciations. Maybe that is the educator in me? Or the nerd part?

I ended up staying in the women’s store almost two hours, so I didn’t get to the men’s store this time 😦

Walked downtown and stopped in several jewelry supply stores and bought a few wonderful items. One particular purple agate will be beautiful with some black and lavender glass beads I also purchased, and I will practice my wire wrapping on this piece.

I also bought some ribbon at M&J Trimming. At Bergdorf Goodman I saw a lovely little Oscar De La Renta bolo jacket with colorful fabric woven through the black fabric at the end of the short sleeves. I won’t be able to duplicate it, but this ribbon added to a small J.C. Penny bolo jacket I bought a few years ago will certainly mimic the “look” a bit. And I was able to choose the exact rust color I wanted.

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Then there was a visit to Mood Fabrics, where I bought a piece of soft brownish/rusty colored fabric. At one time that color was often called “tobacco”. But at Bergdorf’s I flipped over a two-piece outfit, in this tobacco color, designed by Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen for their clothing line The Row. No way could I duplicate their gorgeous fabric at this time. I’m still such a novice with my sewing skills I would not risk messing up on anything but the less expensive fabrics.

But I found the color, so sometime I will find a pattern. Again, for the “look”. The Row focuses a lot on a Bohemian style, and I’m drawn to that, even though it doesn’t make up as much of my wardrobe as it once did.

Over to Chelsea now for a late lunch. Delicious simple nachos with less than half the normal cheese. Pico and jalopeños. Came with sour cream, but I moved it off my plate and did not eat any of that.

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Headed over to the Chelsea Market for a quick walk-through and a bakery purchase to enjoy on the train. Subway up to my hotel to grab my backpack and back on the subway to Penn Station. About a 20 minute wait to board the train, then home back to my kitty!

Sunday Kimba and I did the same thing – only he rested on the balcony and I enjoyed the sofa. Resting up for my world to return to its more normal state and my daily routine to appear!

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Subway ride was quick and efficient as expected. Only once I got back to the sidewalk, walking through Central Park to get to 5th Ave ended up being quite a journey! Even with maps I got so turned around that there is no doubt I added an additional mile (at least – no exaggeration here) to my trip. It was a beautiful day to be wandering, but I wanted at least an hour-and-a-half for the Charles James exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum. However, I took some photos on my unexpected extra mile through the park
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This fellow was reading, but stopped for a moment. Looked very pensive, wandering in thought….

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I made it out in plenty of time, and oh my goodness! That Charles James exhibit was amazing! The way he engineered an elegant dress from various fabrics sewed into one garment was truly amazing.

Gave me a totally new appreciation for skills and talent of my mother, who was quite the master designer and seamstress herself. Though she used her talents pretty much just for the two of us. Once for one of my high school Christmas dances, she sewed deep green velvet and white satin together, then sewed the dress so that the two colors came together in a swirl across the front and back. Until viewing James’ creations, I never thought about all it took to create such a dress. And like so many gifts from our parents, I never appreciated it quite like I do now that she is gone.

Because now it was 5:30pm, and I was pooped, I took the subway downtown to visit a jewelry supplier I had seen online to purchase the wire for jewelry I mentioned in my last post.

But as soon as I got off the subway I saw this gorgeous GE red brick building with the most fascinating art deco elements! Where had this building been all my life? (OK, that’s silly. Right in this same place I am sure 🙂 ). I took a couple of pictures

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After returning home I discovered this website. I will definitely be back there one day for a closer look

As I got closer to 46th St, I snapped this picture of the Chrysler building. The camera was able to pick up more than I could actually see myself, because the fog was so heavy that the view stopped way below the spire. Rather eerie and fascinating from my place on the ground.

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On to the jewelry supplier where I bought not only the metal wire I needed but also several yards of various colors of velvet cord. I wanted so much more! But no impulse purchases. Made a mental note about corals in another store, then continued on to the hotel.

It was still early for New Yorkers, but I was exhausted. Mentally pumped up, but physically not wanting to move. I purchased a salad from the hotel’s main floor restaurant, took it to my room, showered, then sat in the bed and ate my supper before falling asleep. A fantastic day!

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Woke up early as usual, purchased my Starbucks coffee from one side of the hotel and a breakfast goodie from a little diner on the other side. Enjoyed it in my room while packing my backpack to return home later in the day and checking news on the Internet.

The hotel held my bag for me, and off I went to catch the subway down to a another Starbucks near Prince Street to meet someone for coffee. I got turned around at the Herald Square metro station and walked tons of extra steps, finally making it onto the right train. Enjoyed watching this little fellow ride with us
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Then it was a short tête à tête and coffee with Kulapat Yantrasast of wHY. Heard him speak at Kansas State University and found him to be creative, brilliant, and interested in everything sustainable. He told me about a new venture, R Gallery in Tribeca that I visited later in the day. Fascinating! Anyway, we chatted for a bit before he had to trek over to the R Gallery and I took off for more New York architecture and a tasty lunch! (yes, always in search of the next meal. sigh ……)

Two pictures from SoHo
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W 4th Street between Washington Square and 6th Avenue. Stopped at a wonderful restaurant recommended by my co-worker (Thanks, Dave!), Red Bamboo. A vegetarian restaurant also known for its vegan choices, I was very pleased. Don’t be fooled by the worn awning – so glad I stopped in for the veggie teriyaki!




Then there was more walking through SoHo, starting with The Golden Swan Garden nearby.



As most of you know, I love the many uses found for a tree trunk



Then there is the other side of me that likes the elegant, like this door ornament at Tiffany & Co. on Greene Street. Somehow calling it a door knob does not do it justice!
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And then just more!




No pictures from Tribeca. Not sure why (??). After visiting the R Gallery, I took off south and saw the One World Trade Center still under construction
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Old water towers always make me giggle. They just don’t seem to belong!



More mixture of old and new in lower Manhattan
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Then there is 37 Park Row that honors two great suffragettes. The building across the street (also pictured) was where they published a newspaper (the main street-level floor now housing a Starbucks).
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And my current favorite Frank Ghery building on Spruce Street – simply known as New York.
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Camera batteries gave out. Time to get my backpack and sleep on the train back home!

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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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Got into the Yard really early this morning, parking before 6am near the library. Walked to Starbucks at the dock with my computer in my backpack with plans to finish a Netflix movie so I could drop the DVD in the mailbox on my walk back.

For me, Annapolis architecture is amazing! So many houses built in the 18th century, some of them tucked in tiny spaces. Like this one here:



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Then I walked by the back of the Academy Bed and Breakfast. I’ve never stayed there and know nothing about it except that I love the way it is painted in Navy colors, and the photos of the furniture on their website are amazing! I may just have to ask for a tour one day. In the meantime, I’ll enjoy walking by the outside, because it is rather unique, I think. Anyway, first I walked by the back, then the side yard (simple but really nice landscaping), and then the front.



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Then there is just a short walk, around the corner, and ahhhh ……. destination reached!

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Yes, I live in “my” world, and most everyone else lives in “their” world. My daily world involves my love of staying connected with friends and family, assisting others on finding authoritative information, cooking and eating, walking, studying God’s and man’s designs around me – trees (yes, I hug one now and then 🙂 ), flowers, vegetable gardens, wonders of mountains and oceans, architecture (interior and structures, old and new), sculpture, pottery, furniture, fibers, apparel, and on and on. I also find people fascinating! Sometimes they surprise me, and if they suprise me in a negative way I try to learn a lesson. If they surprise me in a positive way then I can smile about it for days!

To learn more about all the above I need to step out of “my” world. I can walk the streets, go to museums, and I love a furniture store jaunt into DC or NYC. I can also read. How fortunate I am that I can read. Below are pictures of two places (not the only places, but two main places) where to go for such a pleasure.

A library – and here is a picture of the New York Public Library I passed during my last visit to the wonders of NYC. It’s not the best picture, but I believe I was focusing on the engraved name of the establishment and the capitals of the Roman Corinithian columns:
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A newspaper. Not only a newspaper, but for me, the newspaper. I can read The New York Times online (with a subscription) or in print. It’s not the only place I go for domestic and global news, but it is the main place I go in the mornings. Walter Cronkite always recommended reading at least one newspaper a day and being sure to read an article in a section that is not as familiar to us – learn more outside “my” world. For me, that would be the sports section.
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And just for fun, I snapped the following picture of this building in the area of Times Square during that same visit. I was so amazed and taken back with this design that I forgot to find the identity of this building, nor memorize the exact street. But, being the strong librarian search engine I am 🙂 , I utilitzed another search engine via Internet when I returned home (not so easy this search – because I began totally clueless!) and discovered it was the Weston Hotel. Reviews have been mixed, but I personally loved the surprise of the colors.
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