Thursday, November 26, 2015

Thanksgiving

Prayers for Peace by Nancy Lundebjerg on 500px.com



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 500px.com


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
Frightened


Street Art Stride By by Nancy Lundebjerg on 500px.com

Monday, November 16, 2015

Mother of Exiles

Liberty
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 500px.com




Resting in Lilac by Nancy Lundebjerg on 500px.com




Denver, CO (May 2015)
Our Baby, Riverside Cemetery, CO by Nancy Lundebjerg on 500px.com



Riverside Cemetery by Nancy Lundebjerg on 500px.com



Southington, CT (November 2015)
Forever Missed by Nancy Lundebjerg on 500px.com



Oak Hill Cemetery, Southington, CT by Nancy Lundebjerg on 500px.com

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 500px.com

Casting Shadows on Central Park

NYC Skyline Reflections by Nancy Lundebjerg on 500px.com


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 500px.com


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 500px.com



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 500px.com

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Glorious. Golden. Ginkgo.

Glorious. Golden. Ginkgo. by Nancy Lundebjerg on 500px.com

Leaf Compositions (Dry)

Leaf Composition (Dry) by Nancy Lundebjerg on 500px.com


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 500px.com




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