Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Party Girls

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.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree

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
A Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree (2015 version) by Nancy Lundebjerg on

Visit 6
Early Morning at Rockefeller Center by Nancy Lundebjerg on

....and an iPhone shot from Visit 7 (aka the pouring down rain visit)

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

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Oh NYC Christmas Trees

the Tree at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Tiffany's Tree

The Peace Tree at St. John the Divine

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

All Hail the Queens

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.

Long Live the Queen by Nancy Lundebjerg on

Queen of Hearts by Nancy Lundebjerg on

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

Saturday, December 19, 2015

'Tis the Season for Selfies

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)

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?

Big. Red. Shiny. by Nancy Lundebjerg on

Thursday, November 26, 2015


Prayers for Peace by Nancy Lundebjerg on

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

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. 

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Expedition Street Art

Dancing in the Streets by Nancy Lundebjerg on

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.

Centre-fuge, on the other hand, is all very concentrated.  It is centered around the construction site that seems to be a permanent fixture on Houston near 2nd avenue.  The First Street Green Park which serves as a permanent gallery of sorts is also in this area and home to some awesome street art.  Both these outdoor galleries rotate art so there is a good chance that the pieces that I saw on Saturday will be painted over by the next time I go.

And then there is the piece above -- an independent project by Os Gêmeos, the twins who posted a photo of their homage to old school hip hop upon completing this painting.  There's a construction site behind that fence so no telling how long before a 10-story building hides this gem.  

The Series
Mother of Exiles

Street Art Stride By by Nancy Lundebjerg on

Monday, November 16, 2015

Mother of Exiles

artist = Tristan Eaton

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!"

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Final Resting Spots (Redux)

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)
Josephine by Nancy Lundebjerg on

Resting in Lilac by Nancy Lundebjerg on

Denver, CO (May 2015)
Our Baby, Riverside Cemetery, CO by Nancy Lundebjerg on

Riverside Cemetery by Nancy Lundebjerg on

Southington, CT (November 2015)
Forever Missed by Nancy Lundebjerg on

Oak Hill Cemetery, Southington, CT by Nancy Lundebjerg on

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Literary Walk (A Week Later)

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.

Literary Walk (A week later) by Nancy Lundebjerg on

Casting Shadows on Central Park

NYC Skyline Reflections by Nancy Lundebjerg on

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?

Great Lawn (and some Skyline) by Nancy Lundebjerg on

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 afternoon watching a crew put together the tower crane for 53W53, the Jean Nouvel designed tower that is rising next to MoMA.   I am not sure I will like this particular tower on the skyline anymore than I like the other two, but I am liking the way the architecture plays out in the renditions of the interiors.

Cranes Building Cranes by Nancy Lundebjerg on

Sadly, Facebook has me pegged as a candidate for apartments that are south of a million (seriously, those are the suggested posts I get these days), so I don't think I'll be able to get past the first layer of the various sales offices that have sprung up for these new towers (online at: One57432ParkAvenue, and 53W53).  Given that the penthouse at One57 sold for $100 million and the lowest price at 53W53 appears to be $3.1 million, I guess that I would just leave with a severe case of real estate envy so this is an expedition best dreamt but not taken.

Lake (and a NYC Skyline) by Nancy Lundebjerg on

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Glorious. Golden. Ginkgo.

Glorious. Golden. Ginkgo. by Nancy Lundebjerg on

Leaf Compositions (Dry)

Leaf Composition (Dry) by Nancy Lundebjerg on

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).

Leaf Composition (Dry) by Nancy Lundebjerg on

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

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Ambassador Lounge (Expedition TWA Flight Center)

Ambassador Lounge - TWA Flight Center by Nancy Lundebjerg on

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)

Monday, October 19, 2015

Expedition TWA Flight Center

Details Matter, the TWA Flight Center by Nancy Lundebjerg on

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 movement and transition."  

And that is what he did.

The TWA Flight Center Clock by Nancy Lundebjerg on

I'll be posting photos from Expedition TWA Flight Center over the next couple of weeks.  And I'm already thinking about the reasons I need to go back the next time there is an open house.  Chief among these being that I did not take a photo of the  defunct  Noguchi Fountain in the upper waiting area.

Friday, October 9, 2015

Mannequin Hands

Golden Mannequin (China through the Looking Glass) by Nancy Lundebjerg on

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.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Men in Kilts

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?