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Manhattan, North To South

Posted Monday, May 16th, 2011 at 9:50am

On my recent trip to NYC, I spent a sunny spring Mayday walking from the northern end of Manhattan to my parent's house on the southern end. I started by taking a train up to the Cloisters - a magnificent collection of medieval art (Cloisters). It isn't on the northern tip of Manhattan - but it's pretty far up there. It would be at about 200th. street if the streets were numbered up there.

Here are some photos I took along the way:

flowers

The park (Fort Tryon Park) around the cloisters is really beautiful - quite hilly and rough with exposed rock. and you can see and feel the mighty Hudson nearby:

Hudson

I loved how pink these buds were in comparison with their blossoms:

pink

I continued south, out of the park:

pigeons

Here's my favorite store front:

pagan

(Hey, if you don't learn to drive too well, you can always hire the personal injury lawyer!)

I complimented this vendor on his lovely display:

veggies

What the heck are these?

weird veggie

She was selling mangoes on a stick:

mangoes

I enjoyed this truck graffiti in support of Haiti:

Haiti

A short side trip to Riverside Church where one of my favorite peacemakers preached - Rev. Coffin - when I was a young peacemaker just becoming aware of the dangers of nuclear weapons:

Riverside

Oddest statue ever:

odd

On my mom's recommendation I veered east for a rendezvous in Central Park where I found a gaggle of unfit men playing around with daggers!

daggers

I did a little birdwatching:

bird

Did a lot of people watching:

handwriting

And found the city's least creative art school - the teacher even told them which colors of mix and where to paint. All their paintings looked the same!

same

I found this discarded beautiful maypole:

maypole

I found this couple "yarn bombing":

yarn

For more images of yarn bombing click here

After walking in Central Park for an hour and a half I emerge, much to my dismay, almost exactly where I went in. It seems that somewhere I got turned around and started walking north again!

pigeons2

Times Square:

TS

I found this beautiful ethereal sculpture:

sculpture

More public art, this time ephemeral (made of colored sand):

sand

Fancy chess table:

chess

Getting tired!

tired

What's a woman to do? Especially when she passes the Converse store? And they have Merimekko sneakers?

choice

Feathers or Triangles?????? (feathers won)

Stopped for eye-candy at Dean and Deluca's

D and D Seven dollar handbag cookies anyone?

I see my parent's house at the end of the street!

180

Ah, home sweet home and cold water!

feet

15 miles, 6 hours, beautiful day!

33 comments

  1. Rachel Wrote on Monday, May 16th, 2011 at 1:52pm

    That was so inspiring, I may give it a try!

  2. flo Wrote on Monday, May 16th, 2011 at 7:38pm

    What a great trip. There are some very beautiful pictures/places.

  3. christina Wrote on Monday, May 16th, 2011 at 11:20pm

    lovely. I think my favorite pic was of the pigeons looking at each other right after you wrote about getting turned around.

    or the unfit men with daggers.

    priceless

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