This is February 2014 in pictures. The best place to have a meal of course in New York City is while riding the subway. In this case its the E towards Jamaica. I had been at Mt. Sinai to visit a friend who is having heart problems. 96th Street in Manhattan is the station where I got off the number 6 train to look for my friend. Mt. Sinai is a mega hospital that extends northward from 96th to maybe 102nd Street. BelieVe on Sundays at 9PM on channel 4 New York. This is a poster at the 96th Street station in Manhattan. Riding the subway system in the city of New York is a luxury we all take for granted. This is the wonderful job of clearing the snow some homeowners of this block fail to attempt. The clearing is created by the pedestrian going to work.112 31 is the address if the City of New York really wishes to enforce its regulations regarding the clearing of sidewalks in the borough of Queens.This is where I’ll be in a few days after returning from Vermont. We had left New York City by driving up north taking the Whitestone Bridge to the Hutchinson Parkway and continuing on Connecticut’s Route 15. Better known as … Curious place for this to be here. We stopped in Bennington, Vermont for a meal. The diner that was recommended was really good. I liked its system of seating parties. So many tourists didn’t take the time to read the signs. They just waltzed right in past the throng waiting to be seated. We said nothing because we knew they were going to be kindly asked to wait in the vestibule for the next available table after all of us, who were already waiting. Most just continued on their way to another place. Their loss. Brattleboro, Vermont. After a few purchases a pedestrian tries to navigate the snowy sidewalks. It has just snowed so I guess there is a grace period in this town before you’re given a summons. It seems we are always eating. This is a nice place where you can have soup, sandwich, healthy vegetables read a paper and just relax for an extended period using their wifi. I’m surprised how many people have to be on their electronic smart phones letting people know instantly what they’re doing. This is a view from the parking lot. This is a view from a parking lot also. It’s a sunrise if you’re interested in knowing.The joy of cleaning the car that is parked on the street, I’m sure will exceed the effort. That fluffy stuff on the hood is heavy wet snow and that in front of the vehicle is solid ice that has been pushed with plows into the car.Here is a well maintained building whose workers have snow blowers they point directly into the parked cars.Cool dude riding with no hands on an icy roadway. He’s actually trying to keep his hands from freezing.This an above air subway station in Brooklyn. I was there to attend a friend’s wake. She had a heart attack after leaving work while driving home. It took too much time to find her after she pulled over safely.This wasn’t the poster that made me go to Vermont. I figured since I had just returned from Montreal where the temperature was below zero during my stay, that I would enjoy a blizzard in Vermont. Lift Plow Blade. Children returning from school seem to be the only ones that enjoy the numerous snowfalls this season.Snow, sleet, rain mixture gave us a little view of how beautiful a tree looks covered in ice. This scene didn’t last very long because the temperature rose above freezing as the day progressed. Another Vampire type movie premiered in February. Do they think children will enjoy this movie? I can’t believe how much money is wasted making crappy movies.A free empty parking spot on Queens Boulevard. Don’t forget that free doesn’t mean free. You must walk to the meter if you can find it to pay for your stay in this free spot. Beware of the meter maid because they have a quota to maintain. They make-believe to look up and down the block to see if anyone is paying. It takes them less than a few seconds to issue a parking violation. Seeking shelter from the above ground mess you just saw. Notice a pedestrian is still keeping her umbrella open, just in case a drop seeps through. It’s a wonder how many more people can live in the city of New York that they’re constantly building bigger places to reside. This building actually was the demise of a pharmacy. Duane Reade, CVS, Walgreens probably will have an office in this property.Notice how gently the postman walks. Where he’s traversing is covered in ice. I would have refused to deliver the mail on this block until the ice melted or until the city of New York enforced its laws.The warm weather created a foggy situation that grounded my plans to leave the icy city for greener pastures. Endless Winter and Pompeii covered in snow is how New York City feels this season.Another factor in deciding whether you want to live in this city is how clean it is. It’s citizens have no problem leaving the feces of their beloved pets in front of an Italian restaurant. I’ve never eaten there because I can’t imagine how they’ve been given an A rating with this kind of filth less than twenty feet away from their entrance. I wouldn’t purchase this vehicle. It was left unattended for over 30 days. This is how long it has taken all the snow to melt away.Great Colombian food on Hillside Avenue, in Jamaica, NY. That’s about the only positive aspect about living in the City of New York. The food is ethnic and tasty.I left the capital of the world for the pleasure of walking on a beach in Florida.Even this bird is smart enough to not be living in the north.Two couples enjoy a game of Bocce.Can’t believe I’m leaving on a jet plane the paradise of Florida. Approaching New York’s La Guardia Airport. I’m still enjoying listening to music on my dumb iPad while descending for a landing. Rikers Island is where its nice residents get to do a time out for misbehaving. This is just about 10 seconds from touchdown.I’m sure Mr. Donald Trump likes to leave this sore on the tarmac. He’s a very crafty fellow. Free advertising that is seen by millions.The little buildings in the background are on top of the island known as Manhattan. It is preferably called “The City” by its residents.Beautiful clean snow continues to melt.If you don’t have a shovel to remove snow then use your vehicle to create path through the embankment. Also don’t bother to remove the hazardous condition in front of the property. It’s only going to snow again in two days. The conditions are predicted to deteriorate on Monday. Hopefully these wonderful homeowners allow the snow to melt their mess.Notice the address. I’ll even give you the street on 113th in Forest Hills, New York 11375. I’ve decided to not include any of the pictures of my actual destination in Vermont. Those you can see on Flicker. Just move down until you see the Flickr feed on the right side. Also Montreal’s pictures are not included in this post. See Flickr for further updates.
Feliz Año Nuevo. ¡Qué el 2014 te devuelva todas las sonrisas que el 2013 te quitó!
May 2014 return all the smiles that 2013 took from you.
This maybe doesn´t translate as well as I thought it would. Anyway….may your new year bring you more happiness than sadness.
- Feliz Año Nuevo!! (mikemaior.wordpress.com)
- Feliz Año Nuevo (guatemama1.wordpress.com)
- Feliz Nuevo Ano! (annlawrenson.com)
Twin Tower Cameos
by Dan Meth
From 1969 to 2001, the Twin Towers made countless cameos in Hollywood films. Sometimes featured prominently in the foreground, sometimes lurking in the distance. This montage celebrates the towers’ all-too-short film career with songs that capture the passing decades. Man, I miss them.
(Special thanks to Donna Grunewald for her extensive list)
Click below to continue reading this article about the only American who was not on the planet during the events of September 11, 2001 and to see a video of the attack from his perspective.
- [Photos]: The Building of the World Trade Center Towers (buzz103.radio.com)