Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Inventive and pragmatic, Snyder left his mark as an engineer, administrator, and designer. In each of these areas his innovations contributed to a successful school building campaign unparalleled in any other American city. His most widely celebrated advancement was the development of the mid block H-plan, his response to urban density. This configuration allowed him to plan schools for less expensive mid block sites away from busy avenues yet allow ample light, reduce street noise, maximize space, and provide a protected outdoor play area.
Snyder is best known for his application of the Collegiate Gothic style to New York City public schools. In Snyder’s buildings, distinguishing Collegiate Gothic features include Tudor-arched doorways, pointed-arch windows topped with stone tracery, a central square tower, gabled bays, label moldings, and heraldic statues. He also experimented with other styles.
This is one of my schools in the Bronx.
Monday, May 30, 2016
Sunday, May 29, 2016
Saturday, May 28, 2016
|Michael- a friend os Ross's and Sue|
We stopping on the way at a little town and had a coffee and look around the market.
Friday, May 27, 2016
Thursday, May 26, 2016
This one is lovely.
According to websites...School Crossing Guards help children safely cross busy intersections on their way to and from school. School Crossing Guards control traffic flow around schools in the morning, at lunch time and at the end of the school day.
They are Civilian part time employees of the NYPD. The pay starts at $11.79 per hour and $13.83 an hour after three years. If they work 20+ hours a week they get health benefits.
There are no formal education or experience requirements for the job, but all candidates must be able to understand and be understood in English.
They must pass a qualifying medical examination, which includes drug screening and a character/background investigation, prior to appointment. And must also complete six (6) days of training at the Police Academy once appointed. She is out there in all weathers and always smiling.
Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Tuesday, May 24, 2016
I was thinking that I was cutting across the corner of a little park. I've checked it out now and here's a description of some of it...
"Named after the Greek colony of Croton, known for its Olympic athletes, Crotona Park has served the Bronx community steadily since its purchase by the City in 1888. Among naturalists, the park is widely known for its variety of tree species (28 in all) and gorgeous 3.3-acre lake, which serves as home to turtles, ducks, and fish.
However, manmade structures within the park thrill visitors as well. Crotona Park’s pool is the largest in the borough at 300 feet. Tennis buffs happily head to the park’s 20 hard courts during the warm season, and baseball teams flock to its five diamonds. In addition, families log many hours romping in the eleven playgrounds spread throughout the park. Young and old alike agree; Crotona Park is worth a Saturday spent exploring its wonders."
I've as yet to see the families romping.
Monday, May 23, 2016
They then packed all the stuff for Harlem in soft packing and plastic.
Sunday, May 22, 2016
Having the movers coming to pack and ship to Australia and Harlem but some stuff seemed a little too tricky to do so I booked Franklin to take some more of the awkward stuff to pack- the fridge and the freezer and the lamp.
Saturday, May 21, 2016
Friday, May 20, 2016
Tim said we're just like his aunties so I have adopted him as my nephew...:)
Thursday, May 19, 2016
Having the list of photos to take with me has been fortuitous as I can double check at anytime if I feel I'm in "danger" of not getting a shot taken.
There was plenty to talk about on this particular occasion as it was the night we met the one and only Tim Minchin :).
Wednesday, May 18, 2016
It was a day when I hadn't gotten around to taking a photo so a quick close up of Simon Cowell during and audition of X Factor in the UK- he was cringing as a knife swallower slid down a pole.
Desperate times call for desperate photographic measures.
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Monday, May 16, 2016
Sunday, May 15, 2016
I have focused the collection on glass balls as opposed to plastic arched things. A few snowdomes ended up in the recycle room and many have been wrapped and are heading to Australia :).
Saturday, May 14, 2016
That's what we did after the show. It wasn't exactly hopping but a bit of a train ride to Marie's Crisis. I should have remembered to be sure that Barb had photo ID. Given that she didn't we gave up having been in the queue for about half and hour and headed back to Lillies on 49th. The trains on the weekend are such a pain. I know they need to fix things on the tracks to keep them running smoothly for the working commuters but still it makes for a very time consuming and painful commute. We eventually made it to Lillie's for a drink but getting a seat at the bar was again tricky and it was about midnight!
Friday, May 13, 2016
Barbetta, having celebrated its 100th Anniversary in 2006, is the oldest restaurant in New York that is still owned by the family that founded it. Barbetta is also the oldest Italian restaurant in New York, and the oldest restaurant in New York's Theatre District.
This three-fold distinction makes this historic restaurant a landmark among New York restaurants. Its landmark status has been recognized by the prestigious and highly selective Locali Storici d'Italia, which has designated Barbetta a Locale Storico (Historic Establishment,) the only restaurant in America to have been so named. Founded in 1906 by Sebastiano Maioglio, Barbetta is now owned by his daughter, Laura Maioglio.
The barman Gus was so Manuel-ian but older and charming. The cash register is an original and only registers to $9.96 or there about. It fills one corner of the bar. Barb's account of the event is linked here.
Thursday, May 12, 2016
I was in a classroom and there was a lovely red rose- Alan made it to the school in the Bronx.
Wednesday, May 11, 2016
Tuesday, May 10, 2016
So when I got home I did the shower, wash the hair, use eye drops trick and confidently left for dinner with the crafting buddies. I walked to 2nd and 38th- big mistake by the time I got to the dinner venue the eyes were streaming again but I thought I'm inside in an air con place they'll clear. Nuh!
So I had to leave my crafting buddies and head home- straight to bed and slept for hours.
I did have the sense to snap the lovely Chrysler Building on the way :).
Monday, May 9, 2016
The other ones are my USVI bracelets.
.... residents and frequent visitors know the secret significance of the area’s signature piece of jewelry–the Virgin Islands Hook Bracelet.
The hook bracelet has a unique and simple design. Usually, it’s a beautiful gold or silver hook that slips into a hole created by a wrapped wire, which looks like gold or silver fishing line, to catch the hook– thus the name.
Shannon Sterling according to her story,long ago on the island of St. Croix, a beautiful young girl fell desperately in love with a sailor, and they planned to marry. She wanted to present her husband-to-be with a wedding gift that would signify their deep and unending love, but wedding rings–or access to them on a scarcely populated Virgin Island were not an option. So, she raided his tackle box for fishing hooks and heavy leader and began to create. She snipped and smoothed the hooks, wrapped and braided the wire, and the first Hook bracelet was born. She made two,and on their wedding day, they clasped the bracelets around each other’s wrist with the open hook facing toward their hearts. They did this to signify that they were “hooked” to each other in love, and the tradition continues today.
If the open hook is worn facing the heart, it means you are lucky enough to have found your true love. If it is worn with the open hook away from the heart, good fortune will smile on “your every cast” and one day, you are sure to reel in true love.
The signature hook bracelet style is still the most popular among locals and tourists alike, yet there are more than 30 different Hook bracelet designs, each signifying different things. Some of the Hook bracelets are designed to commemorate storms that were devastating to the islands, like Hugo and Lenny. Local celebrities, like country artist Kenny Chesney, wears a hook bracelet to bring love and luck his way.
The Hook Bracelet is for both men and women, and is popular among couples who want to pledge their love to one another.
Sunday, May 8, 2016
Saturday, May 7, 2016
This time the gorgeous Chrystelle brought a French cake she had baked to help celebrate Arlene and Cheryl's and her own birthdays all in the Spring celebration batch :)
Friday, May 6, 2016
It rained and rained and work got cancelled so I headed home waiting for the train in the rain along with too many others. The train was crowded for 9am- "what time do other people start work?" I thought... the trains are crowded when i go to work at 7am and it would seem they are still crowded at 9am.
Then the day ended with a bit of Friday nights in Manhattan :)
Thursday, May 5, 2016
Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Whimsical... playfully quaint or fanciful behavior or humor.
And Fat Boy makes me smile. Bought in Sedona on a little side trip during our Route 66 tour, he has been a happy reminder of that trip and also just a little joy in and of himself.
Tuesday, May 3, 2016
The keys on the dish have my current apartment keys and the keys to the Harlem apartment so I've managed to capture something about me in terms of travel, theatre and living here.