Tuesday, March 8, 2011

On the street where you live

Continuing my New York weekend, before we went to Central Park, my friend Daryl had an appointment to keep. So we walked from her house to 78th & Broadway where we parted ways with plans to catch up with each other later.

I was on my own on the streets of New York.

This may not be a big deal for most people, but for this country girl, it was a first. And it was fun.


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I had my trusty camera with me, of course, and I thought this series of steps along 79th Street looked beautiful.


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The curved staircase of this building, coupled with the pretty blue paint made an interesting photograph. And I love all that wrought iron, too.


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Walking down the block, I noticed this interesting detail in a building made of stone. I thought the building was quite beautiful.


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This is the Manchester House on W 79th St., designed by architect Emery Roth, whose work defined so many of the city’s hotels and apartment buildings in the 1920’s.

I only know this because I looked it up.


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The sun was shining on the windows of this church along Broadway and – I don’t remember. All I knew was that I was loose in the city and I didn’t want to get lost.


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I love tulips and these pretty colors caught my eye.


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80th Street where it meets Riverside Drive is such a pretty area.


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The trees, the metal, the brick – all of it so different from what I see everyday at home.


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And speaking of home, this is what I’m more accustomed to seeing. However, I’m not accustomed to being able to walk up to a bird and use my 18-55mm lens to capture a photo. This little male house sparrow allowed me to get closer and closer to him. I guess the birds in Central Park are much more at ease with humans than the birds at home.

I want you to know that I looked up this bird without the help of Mr. Bird Man, thankyouverymuch. You remember how well that went the last time, don’t you?


The last time I asked for help


On Saturday night, I slept over at my son’s apartment. We stayed up until 1 in the morning watching shows we both enjoy, like Who Do You Think You Are, the show where celebrities look into their family tree. It’s not for everyone, but I think it’s pretty interesting. And apparently, it runs in the family.

Hope you enjoyed my NYC photos. George will be back on the pages of this blog before you know it, for those die-hard fans of his.

Until tomorrow, then . . .
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48 comments:

michelle said...

Love that shot of the steps - very good eye (of course!).

~~Melissa said...

Hey Country Girl, Your NYC photos are absolutely gorgeous. Wowsers!

Gone Country said...

And I do love George! He makes me smile every time I see his photo!

Awesome shots of NYC! Sounds like you're having a great time!

Hilary said...

Wonderful photos, one and all but I especially loved that first one.

beth said...

i could live at 80th and riverside !.....wow !!!

and i've heard about those central park birds....just kidding. i have never gotten that close to a bird with that size lens.....how fun !

Dar said...

I'm such a die-hard country girl and the thought of walking NYC streets alone would play with me a bit. And Central Park, I applaud you. The fist shot of the apt. steps is amazing, and do love the iron rails. It looks like you are having the time of your life., and time with your son is the best, I'm sure.

BlessYourHeart

spindrift,me said...

Kate, I love the morning light in some of those photos. Like the rows of stairs--excellent shot! I love to be loose in The City--so many perspectives and lines and shadows! That's one of my favorite neighborhoods--I am glad you had time to yourself to explore. Thanks for sharing it with us.

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mrs mediocrity said...

I love the architecture there, you got some great shots. And it looks like you didn't get lost!

dogsmom said...

I think you have a wonderful eye and can see beauty that people who live there probably miss daily.
I have to look up emery roth and see if I can find a family connection.

Catch the Kids said...

I love that city. The awe of the architecture, the surprise of so much wildlife in a teeming metropolis, the infinite variety of patterns and shapes. and that's before starting on the people! You captured it beautifully!

Mary Lou said...

I LOVE the shot of the steps. The one of the tulips looks like a shop in Europe. I've never been to NY. Someday!

Lili said...

So awesome Kate! And you were very close to the street where I USED to live--85th between Riversde and Central Park West. xo ~Lili

His Song to Sing said...

I really enjoyed your City pics, Country Girl. My husband and I travel up there once a year to visit a client of his and I've always wanted to have time to explore with my camera. Thanks for the inspiration!

A New England Life said...

Oh man, to be able to walk along the streets of NYC, without someone to push me along, that would be heaven! Just today I was thinking I should post some of NYC photos from a couple years ago. Nothing nearly as exciting as yours though!

Deb said...

great photos Kate...I love the steps....

JaneK said...

there is such beauty in that city and I wonder how many of the gazillion folks that live there stop to notice?? thanks for sharing

Char said...

i love exploring on my own and would love the opportunity to explore nyc. looks like you had a fantastic time. love the shots, especially the sweet little sparrow

Caroline said...

I love NYC...especially on my own. I am going this weekend and I can't wait! Your photos are getting me all excited.

Gail said...

I can't imagine visiting New York with any one else...thank you.

texwisgirl said...

How awesome that your friend had an appt which cut you loose to explore and click away!!! Those are really great shots!!!

deborah said...

So happy you are sharing your time in NYC with us! Love the pictures!

TSannie said...

NYC is just an incredible city. Something wonderful every time you turn around.

Love that bird - and just found out today that some of the winter plumaged gold finches I've been seeing just might be a ruby-crowned kinglet! Whoda thunk?!?
I would have definitely needed Mr. Bird Man for that one had not LaLa's Sis-I-L set me straight!

See you soon (I hope!)!
xo

wayne15575 said...

Again, fantastic commentary on the trip. Love it.

candis said...

**sigh**

Another fantastic e-photo walk, Kate. Beautifully captured. Thank you!

Don't you love seeing nature in the city - love that little bird.

bellis perennis said...

I love to see New York to your lens, its beautifull. I have never been there, and a nice story to. Jacky

Egghead said...

I am loving all the photos but the one that captures me is the photo of the steps. Beautiful. One day I will visit.

Annie said...

Reminded me of Seasame Street

Snappy Di said...

Great series of steps, Kate. Love that each set of steps is a different soft hue. AND, that the sun was shining for you that day. Looks like it was perfect weather.

Di

Dyche Designs said...

Great photos, looks like you've been having great fun.

Mental P Mama said...

Country Girl alone in the big city. I'm so proud! When are you coming back????

Country Gal said...

Awesome photos, thanx for taking us on your trip, I have never been to new york. That would be me Country Gal in the big city wooohohoh sounds scary ! Have a great day !

Madi and Mom said...

Absolutely gorgeous pictures as seen through your eyes. I've been to NYC many times but somehow missed the beauty you found. Next time I go I'll be sure to be more observant.
Thank you for sharing,
Madi and Mom

Amy said...

Oh the architecture is gorgeous! I'd have so much fun wandering the streets of New York! Did you feel safe when you were on your own?
Yeah, I'd think animals in New York City are more then comfortable with humans around them, can't imagine anything else with as many people as there are living there!
Never heard of this show you're talking about but it does sound interesting. I'm so proud of myself, I haven't watched TV for about 2 months now! It's amazing, I was raised on TV! Thought it would be a nightmare not watching it but there really isn't anything I miss. I do watch movies on my computer though sometimes!
So nice you got to spend time with your son, does he come home often?
Take care Kate and have a great day :-)

Nurse Nancy said...

Yes. I miss George but love all these shots. Lived in NYC many moons ago and these were some of my favorite neighborhoods!

Karen said...

Loved this photo walk... especially those steps, the brownstones..oh, can you imagine having a place like that to spend a weekend now and then?

Daryl said...

I wonder if the first buildings are on 78th St .. not 79th .. because the houses along 78th and 77th are much prettier than those on 79th .. but then I could be wrong ... after all I confused the Eastside of Ninth Avenue with the West AND got lost driving in the East Village ...

Daryl said...

And as a note to Kate's comment leavers .. we NYers are truly well aware of the beauty that surrounds us and if you doubt it, come on over to my blog and see for yourselves ...

The Japanese Redneck said...

Beautiful pictures. Sounds like you had a very good trip.

twbcountrygirl said...

Love the shot of the tree, metal and brick! As fun as it is to go away, I bet you were really glad to be home, and I know George and Mr. Bird Man were happy for you to be back where you belong, which is anywhere they are.
the wanna be country girl - Caroline

The Weaver of Grass said...

I was there two years ago and I will never forget my first sight of the New York skyline.

Kerri said...

Oh I HAVE enjoyed the walk in the park! Those buildings are awesome!

Louisiana Belle said...

I have so enjoyed your photos of New York. Lovely architecture and details everywhere! So nice that you were able to stay with your son. I'm looking forward to being with mine as we're traveling to Louisiana this week. :)

Low Tide High Style said...

Kate I love all of your photos but something about the picture from 80th and Riverside really had me at hello! And I guess those city birds aren't as worried about hawks and people as those country birds are!

Thanks for sharing these great captures!

Kat :)

Southern Gal said...

I've never visited NYC, but now I want to! I've never seen it from your perspective. Beautiful.

deb colarossi said...

love. all of it.

and I can't wait to go back. You?

I think I felt a sense of something familiar, having been born in Montreal where there is amazing architecture, parks, the similar old with the new, the iron , churches.

Oliag said...

Thanks for taking me along on your solitary walk! I loved it!

Kymberly Foster Seabolt said...

So beautiful. You made this happy dweller in the Heartland wish she could have a second, city, home.