–Friday 15th April 2005–

it’s been quite a while since i posted regularly… i kinda lost that ‘randomness’ and excitement of posting something potentially trivial and nonsequential… perhaps i ought to limit myself to more substantial and informative posts… hmm.

anyways… here i am in Manhattan… just round the corner from Times Square… New York is a happening place… far too busy for my liking… BUT there are pockets of very charming areas that are able to keep yours truly smiling…


thecloisters_NY last saturday morning we took the subway express on A-line uptown to the 190th street and entered Fort Tyron Park. then we wandered towards the beautiful medieval building that is formed from various ruins in Spain and the French Pyrenees.
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spring settles in entrained pear tree the Romanesque-Gothic creation overlooks the Hudson and there’s a lovely and quaintly decorated restaurant nearby which would add to the day’s lovely excursion had we made a reservation earlier… The Cloisters is indeed something one ought not to miss when visiting New York.

sunday was absolutely sunny and warm for ‘spring’ and i was coaxed to skive the afternoon part of the conference to join the picnic at Central Park…

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i am glad i did… for it was lovely to see everyone outdoors and enjoying the sun while being surrounded by the skyscrapers in the distant…

tuesday evening, after a failed attempt in getting student tickets to catch “The Fiddler on the Roof”, Lucy, Matt and i headed to the site of the original World Trade Center where we could only just imagine how devastating it must have been… and what the memorial park would look like in time to come.

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then we took the subway to the edge of Brooklyn and walked back to Manhattan along the Brooklyn Bridge in the twilight… it was a beautiful evening…

wednesday… after a long lie-in, i summoned enough strength to head out to see the world… hopped onto the subway and headed to Bowling Green where one could catch the free ferry to the Staten Island and catch a glimpse of the Statue of Liberty…
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a quick hop-off and on and the ferry went back to where it came and i was back on Manhattan in approximately an hour’s time.

thereafter, i made my way to Hudson River Park area… taking the subway line 1/9 till Christopher/St. Sheridan Sq., i got some directions from friendly people in the nearby Starbucks who pointed to Christopher Street and along there i went till i reached the bay/pier

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… there, i asked a jogger waiting to cross the streets if she’s heard of the nomadic museum… she pointed to where i might find it and darted across the street as the white-man flashed. i had read about this special exhibition in the inflight magazine when i flew with Lufthansa from Edinburgh to New York… terribly convinced that it is something worth finding out… Gregory Colbert’s ashes and snow is a wonderful experience that shouldn’t be missed… from the grand-scale construction of the portable museum to every little detail of the print-work i found myself amazed.

on my way back later, i popped into a quaint little tea & coffee store and brought back some blueberry and armourous almond teas… hmmm =c)

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thursday… the trip to Chelsea Market (between the 9th & 10th Ave. and between the 15th & 16th streets) in the afternoon was a delightful thing to do… in there, you get to watch bakers in Amy’s Bread make rolls, baguettes, ciabattas, brioches, quiches, pies and all other sorts of doughy stuff that become lovely edibles when baked. you might also find yourself bewitched by FatWitch’s brownies… or enticed by the Chelsea Wine Vault to fill yourself with more spirits… the Manhattan Fruit Exchange has an unbelievable range of fruits, greens, mushrooms, squash and herbs, or The Lobster Place seafood store for some fish, the meat place, or the buonItalia where you can find authentic Italian produce and Illy’s coffee… or simply join in the general bustle in the converted warehouse-like building with some of the quirky remains… it is a wonderful one-stop gourmet’s paradise… and you could even pick up some gorgeous flowers at the wholesale flower market on your way out…

after all the foodie fun, i took the subway back to mid-town… and guess what i found underground?! … there’s apparently life underground
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it’s been almost five years since my first brief stop-over visit… i remember catching Georgio Armani’s collection at the Guggenheim as well as taking some lovely black-N-white photos in that wonderful building (i love Frank L. Wright’s creations and would love to visit his Falling Water someday…), at the MoMa and around the city with the manual Canon AE1, which i dearly miss whenever i don’t have it with me for convenience’s sake. it was winter then. now, it’s spring-ish…

today, i decided to walk down from the top of Central Park from 110th street on 5th Ave. till Times Square just so i could catch the quirky but fun Guggenheim building again…

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i even had a wee courgette quiche and a cuppa earl grey in the museum’s cafe… just like how i did five years ago with mummy and papa…

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on my way through the Central Park this time, i spotted three maidens dancing

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and lovely magnolias in bloom…

a little further along… passing the series of fashion big names on 5th Ave… i caught sight of the Traump Tower with the gorgeous contrast of glassy concrete structure and the planted flowering trees in bloom…
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i also spotted St. Patrick’s Cathedral and the Atlas statue…
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and just before returning to Times Square… i paid a visit to the NY public library in which i discovered how grand its interiors are…
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but before i realised, i found myself through Bryant Park where come summertime… it will be filled with people enjoying their cuppas under the sun… the little pockets of greenery sure make Manhattan seem rather charming…

as i finished packing the last few items into my haversack, i recalled the view last evening from my brother’s apartment which looks out to the Hudson River: the skyline was a beautiful pastel rainbow… pale burgandy, gentle crimson, soft yellows to light greens, turquoise and the blues that reached toward the heavens… soon it will be dark and all the skyscrapers will be highlighted with neon lights… and i’ll be catching that from the skies above tonight…

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