Happy Holiday’s everyone!
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We started our holiday season with a ten-day trip to New York City. We stayed with Geri’s cousin Jeanne on the upper west side and our first dinner out was at Dinosaur Barbque in Harlem to celebrate Geri’s birthday.
The cugina’s (cousins) were into shopping at eclectic stores such as John Derian Company making what seemed like daily trips to the lower east side via subways and buses while I was having a blast photographing anything that struck my fancy. On one of the colder days we went to The Metropolitan Museum of Art to see an amazing photo exhibition, Robert Frank’s, ” The Americans”. Swiss-born Frank, made a cross-country road trip in 1955-56 documenting American life in the post-war era. “The Americans” was first published in the U.S. in 1959 and soon became recognized as a masterpiece of street photography. The exhibit is up though Jan. 3, 2010.
We also caught another photo exhibit “The Vanishing Continent” by a friend of mine, Seth Resnick. Seth has made three photography trips to Antarctica documenting the continent before it disappears. The exhibit hangs through Dec. 20th at the Glimmer Gallery, 140 Duane St.
One day, Geri and I visited our friend Rachel who works for The New York Times. Rachel gave us a tour of the building and we had lunch in their very nice cafeteria. We hadn’t seen Rachel since her wedding in Vail last September.
No trip to NYC would be complete without a walk though Central Park and this time we did it at sunset. Another evening we walked across the Brooklyn Bridge on a sunset stroll.
On Thanksgiving, I got up early to photograph the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. What a wonderful American tradition. New York is a great place to practice street photography and the parade is over the top (literally) with photo possibilities.
For our Thanksgiving dinner Jeanne’s friend Kack drove to us to Southbury, Connecticut. Jeanne’s mother and Geri’s aunt Eileen lives in Pomperaug Woods, a lifecare retirement community. We had a great visit and turkey dinner including Eileen’s famous cranberry relish.
Back in the City for the weekend, we caught a couple of flea markets and lunched at Shake Shack a wonderful burger joint followed by an evening performance of “Twelfth Night” performed by a marionette puppet theater. Good thing we were in the front row since the puppets were less than a foot tall. Then we dined at Freemans a cozy restaurant at the end of an unused alley off the Bowery, where we celebrated Jeanne’s birthday.
On our last day in NYC, I decided I wanted to be on the water and visit both Ellis Island and The Statue of Liberty. It’s hard to believe there is a National Park in NYC and it’s a bargain for only $12.