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The Road Ahead

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Party Girls

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The Winter Palace party girls in the Saks windows are all grey, and whites with a hint of blue (Party Girl).  The Bergdorf girls, on the other hand?  Let's just say it's an explosion of color -- and then some.


For more party girls (er mannequins), Party Girls.

The Series
Dressed Up (for the Holidays)
'Tis the Season for Selfies
All Hail the Queens
Oh NYC Christmas Trees
Party Girl
The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree

The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree

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I visited this tree 7 times this year.  These pics are from visits 5 (night) and 6 (morning) -- which occurred within the space of 12 hours.  I don't have any pictures on my camera from visit 7 because it was pouring down rain.

Visit 5



Visit 6



....and an iPhone shot from Visit 7 (aka the pouring down rain visit)
A very wet #rockcenter #christmastree 7th and wettest trip this year. #holidays #holidaysnyc #christmas #city #NYC #nycholidays #ownyourcity #nycprime_ladies #photooftheday #touristinmyowncity A photo posted by Nancy L (@nlundebjerg) on Dec 23, 2015 at 2:39pm PST
The Series
Dressed Up (for the Holidays)
'Tis the Season for Selfies
All Hail the Queens
Oh NYC Christmas Trees
Party Girl

Party Girl

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The real question is, why don't I look like this after a night of partying?





The Series
Dressed Up (for the Holidays)
'Tis the Season for Selfies
All Hail the Queens
Oh NYC Christmas Trees

Oh NYC Christmas Trees

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All Hail the Queens

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Somehow, both Saks and Bergdorf's ended up with queens in their windows for their 2015 holiday displays. And that is where the similarity ends.


Saks



Bergdorf's



The Series
Dressed Up (for the Holidays)
'Tis the Season for Selfies

'Tis the Season for Selfies

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It's not as if I don't do selfies myself but I am always amused when I catch people in the act.



The Series
Dressed Up (for the Holidays)

Dressed Up (for the Holidays)

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It's that time of year when NYC is all dressed up for the holidays.  And so begins my annual homage to the city that sparkles and glitters at this time of year (Holidays in NYC, 31 Days of Holiday Windows).

What better place to start than with the red ornaments that are an annual feature at 1251 Avenue of the America's?


Thanksgiving

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Marking a day of Thanksgiving for all that I have with a gift to:

UNHCR
The United Nations High Commission for Refugees is focused on helping and supporting refugees -- including the Syrian refugees that have been the topic of much debate here in the United States.  It's a small gesture this gift of mine to this organization that does so much for so many.

The photo is a quick snap of the Prayers for Peace Ribbon Project, an initiative of the Marble Collegiate Church on 5th avenue in Manhattan.  Started in 2006, the different colored ribbons have different meanings.  The blue ribbons represent the congregation's prayers for the tens of thousands of civilians around the world who have been affected by conflict and war.  

The green ribbons represent their prayers for peace.

I hope we achieve world peace in my lifetime.  That would be something to be thankful for -- a world free of conflict and a world where there are no refugees. 

NYC Skyline Reflections

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I Love New York (Expedition Street Art)

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I've been drinking Watermelon (Expedition Street Art)

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Expedition Street Art

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Sometimes, you have to get out of the park (Central Park that is) and on to the streets of NYC.  Last Saturday, I did just that -- starting my walk in Little Italy and ending up just north of Washington Square Park.  I was hoping to see some new street art and also working on getting my steps in (AKA feeding my Fitbit).  There are two organized street art projects in this area (three if you count the Bowery Houston Wall) -- the Little Italy Street Art (LISA) project and the Centre-fuge Public Art Project.

LISA is a bit like a scavenger hunt in terms of finding the art and since I did not venture far off of Mulberry Street, I likely missed a lot.  The art here has a feeling of permanence -- at least the major pieces by street art giants such as Ron Eaton and Tristan Eaton.  It's kind of like visiting Starry Night (van Gogh) at MoMA -- you just expect to find these murals intact.  LISA has expanded out beyond the confines of Little Italy and so new art is appearing all the time.

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Frightened

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Mother of Exiles

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The New Colossus
by Emma Lazarus

With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame,
"Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she
With silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore,
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"


Final Resting Spots (Redux)

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It's four years later and I still don't know if I want to be buried in a cemetery (Final Resting Spots) -- even though I find them irresistible to visit and, on occasion, photograph.  As evidenced by these photos from my 2015 wanderings.

Nevis (March 2015)








Denver, CO (May 2015)






Southington, CT (November 2015)





Golden Carpet

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Something about a blanket of ginkgo leaves that makes my heart do a little back flip.







The Series
#1:  Bedazzled
#2:  Orange Pop
#3:  Very Wet
#4:  Triangle
#5:  Co-existing
#6:  Right angle
#7:  Leaf Compositions (Dry)
#8:  Waiting for the Wind

Literary Walk (A Week Later)

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In the category of facts I just learned from a quick perusal of the Central Park website, the pedestrian pathway here is the only intentional straight pathway in the park.   The American Elms that grace this section of the park had a few less leaves than in Literary Walk (Central Park).  Still gorgeous in my humble opinion.


Casting Shadows on Central Park

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Seems like tall thin condominium towers are all the rage in midtown these days.  One57 (reflected above and behind the Essex House below) and 432 Park (on the left below) are the first of the super tall needles that are changing the face of midtown.  As shadows begin to creep across the southern end of Central Park, I am missing Jackie Kennedy Onassis who worked so hard to protect the park from just such a fate.   My favorite factoid from a May 2014 article by Paul Goldberger in Vanity Fair (Too Rich, Too Thin, Too Tall?) is that an early buyer at One57 was a Chinese mother who brought a "modest" (my quotes not Paul's) unit for her two-year-old daughter for $6.5 million.  Modest?




Like the Time Warner building, these towers will be mostly occupied by the super rich -- people that jet from Shanghai to New York City as if they were taking a taxi from mid-town to the east village.  Don't get your hopes up that the building will stop with these two.  I spent a lovely af…

Literary Walk (Central Park)

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The Long Red Tunnel (Expedition TWA Flight Center)

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Waiting for the Wind

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Details matter.





The Series
#1:  Bedazzled
#2:  Orange Pop
#3:  Very Wet
#4:  Triangle
#5:  Co-existing
#6:  Right angle
#7:  Leaf Compositions (Dry)

Glorious. Golden. Ginkgo.

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Leaf Compositions (Dry)

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Last year at around this time, I posted a series of photos of wet leaves.  I think this year's theme will be dry leaves (unless it rains that is and then all bets are off because I've got a weather sealed lens to go with my weather sealed camera -- take that weather).







The Series:
#1:  Bedazzled
#2:  Orange Pop
#3:  Very Wet
#4:  Triangle
#5:  Co-existing
#6:  Right angle

Ambassador Lounge (Expedition TWA Flight Center)

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I am not 100% clear on whether the Ambassador Lounge was all that much nicer than the downstairs waiting area when it comes to the TWA Flight Center.  Both had drop dead gorgeous views of the runways and tarmac back in the day.   During this year's Open House New York, the lounge was open to visitors when we first got there but they closed it down at some point -- making for one of the few empty spaces in the building.

The Series
Expedition TWA Flight Center
Exit (Expedition TWA Flight Center)
Kids and Architecture (Expedition TWA Flight Center)
Fashion Shoot (Expedition TWA Flight Center)
Bygone Era (Expedition TWA Flight Center)



Bygone Era (Expedition TWA Flight Center)

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Fashion Shoot (Expedition TWA Flight Center)

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When a fashion photo shoot walks into your photo shoot (yes, I was happily trying to capture the two women sitting behind her), you just go with the flow.





The Series
Expedition TWA Flight Center
Exit (Expedition TWA Flight Center)
Kids and Architecture (Expedition TWA Flight Center)

Kids and Architecture (Expedition TWA Flight Center)

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There were a lot of photo shoots going on at the TWA Flight Center -- none more cute than this one.




The Series
Expedition TWA Flight Center
Exit (Expedition TWA Flight Center)

Exit (Expedition TWA Flight Center)

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Expedition TWA Flight Center

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I knocked off a bucket list item yesterday -- visiting the TWA Flight Center that sits opposite the JetBlue terminal at John F. Kennedy Airport in Jamaica Queens.  It has been the object of my affections ever since I started standing in the cab line outside of the JetBlue terminal.  I just never seemed to be in NYC during Open House New York, a weekend where spaces that are typically not open to the public are open.  I just hope that Edgar Allen Poe can forgive me for jettisoning the plan to see his cottage up in the Bronx in favor of expedition TWA Flight Center with my friend Kate.

Who knew that two people who aren't innately fond of crowds would spend three hours in a very crowded venue in order to be sure that we saw pretty much every inch of the spaces that were open to the public.  And some inches we saw twice.  

Saarinen said that he sought to design  ‘…a building in which the architecture itself would express the drama and specialness and excitement of travel… a place of mov…

Mannequin Hands

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I am still waiting for the day when mannequins are more reflective of real people (That Place between Youth and Scattered Ashes).  In the meantime, this hand is from the just ended China through the Looking Glass Costume Institute exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC (Haute Couture Dreaming, More Fashion) .   This particular dress was from a bygone era of westerners in China.  Hard to fathom the handwork that went into creating it.

Porque el Amor

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A little throwback to a day in wandering Cartagena, Columbia (The Doors of Cartagena) with the intrepid Nancy B.



Porque el Amor by Nancy Lundebjerg on 500px

Men in Kilts

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Men in Kilts by Nancy Lundebjerg on 500px

For some reason, the Labor Day parade up Fifth Avenue was not actually on Labor Day (go figure).  So I stumbled upon it on the following Saturday.  There were a fair number of men in kilts marching in the parade.

I ask you, what's not to love about a man wearing a kilt?


More Men in Kilts by Nancy Lundebjerg on 500px