Staff day at the Frick was quite possibly the coolest thing that I got to do all summer. I’m not kidding! Bowling on a per-mechanization bowling alley, attending art lectures on the restoration of the Diana sculpture (for starters), getting to check out the “new” vault (that is HUGE!!) and having the opportunity to take some fantastic pictures of the garden and koi pond. I hope you enjoy the slide show!
Gorgeous gloomy morning at The Frick. This is view out the window near my desk in the FARL book department. These windows overlook Central Park, since FARL is on the corner of 5th and 70th. I thought it looked so ethereal.
A couple of hours later I was sitting with Cynthia at her desk reviewing how to update records in Millennium when BANG! thunder crashed directly overhead. I’m sure lightening hit something and the thunder was so loud and powerful it shook the building…so much so that alarms went off not only in the building but on the street below from tripped car alarms. It wasn’t supposed to rain today (20% chance), but by the time I had to leave and walk home it was raining cats and dogs. White pants and ballet shoes are NOT ideal walking gear for this sort of weather. At least I always carry my umbrella with me. Although I’m lamenting the fact that I have neither the inclination nor the space to carry rubber rain boots with me where ever I go. Squishy shoes are no picnic though. But it is beautiful isn’t it?
I am constantly amazed at the beauty that surrounds me in such a bustling and crazy city! I just wanted to share a few quick snapshots…please forgive me if some of beauty I find comes from my kids.
This is an amazing fountain by city hall. It was raining and I was on my way to my professor’s apartment for a meet and greet for class and I just walked through the park. Not only is the fountain beautiful, but it has old gas lamps, which flickered and danced in the breeze.
Central Park south of the Met. I tried to get all three of the birds bathing in a puddle near the drinking fountain, but I was too slow. The boats are all remote controlled and there were probably ten of them in this pond.
The unadulterated joy of the swings! This is one of the first playgrounds on the upper west side of the park near 93rd St. I love the look on my son’s face as he is flying in the air!
The hippo river in central park, just west of the reservoir. What a cool idea and just beautiful in it’s carefree and serene setting. A very simple playground, it has no fancy swings or gizmos, just hippo’s swimming in a river.
This is on the west side of the reservoir looking at the east side. The reservoir is surrounded by a running track and it’s so peaceful. We found this tiny green bird hopping around the edges of the track in the foliage, but it was so tiny and so well camouflaged that without a good camera there was no way to get a good picture of it. What I did get was too much like a level 99 Where’s Waldo picture that it would have taken anyone hours just to find it.
More and more I love where I live, it is the best place I can think of being, not only because it is beautiful, but because of the people I meet and see everyday. We got hot dogs from a man right on the corner of 93rd and the street that borders the west side of central park, he was so sweet to my kids, listened patiently as they told him what they wanted and then handed them a drink…on the house. Whoever says New Yorkers are mean hasn’t been in the city long enough to interact with the great people who live here. Also a big thank you for the man who put his arm across the road in front of my daughter who’s ears weren’t working 🙂 and saved her from a car speeding around the corner. I’m so grateful to be here and that I get to share the city with my kids…and now with you!