• Upcoming trips

    13-23 January, 2018 Cruise out of New York around the Caribbean on the Norwegian Gem. Note : this trip has been cancelled altogether because of the damage caused by the hurricanes to the Caribbean islands.

    October 31st - 11 November. Caribbean cruise to break up the winter. Note: The itinerary has not yet been determined owing to the havoc wreaked by the hurricanes.
  • theatre and Concerrts

    October 8 Went to BAM, for the first time since Ethel died, to hear a wonderful modern opera composed and written by Matthew Aucoin called “Crossing”. It is based on Walt Whitman’s experience and the libretto is largely taken from his poetry.

    The story is multi-themed, as modern plays tend to be; the first is a harrowing anti war depiction of the suffering wounded seen through Whitman’s eyes when he volunteered as a nurse during the American civil war; the second is Slavery and its effect upon a run-away slave who fights on the Union side; the third is treachery portrayed by a guilt-laden deserter who spies for the South. And forth, inevitably these days, is the (entirely fictional) homosexual one.

    The powerful music fits the story perfectly and the voices of the lead singers and the chorus is magnificent; Rod Gilfry, bass-baritone, sings the part of Walt Whitman, Alexander Lewis plays John Wormley, the deserter, and Davone Tines, whose baritone reminded me, distinctly, of the sound of the legendary Paul Robeson.  Both Christine and I were extremely moved by the work. We newly discovered Walt Whitman’s poetry, too.

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NYD – Big bangs

It occurred to me that I have not had much to say about the Tunnelers of Second Avenue lately. The reason is that most of the work in front of my block is now taking place underground. The old walk-ups next to the Waterford have had to be reinforced with steel girders bolted to the outside walls and, I suspect, the one next door is a lost cause since it had moved six inches or so before the Tunnelers began their work.

The surface action has moved to the station sites at 96, 86, 79 and 71 streets. In the meantime we are being subjected to whistles and big bangs four or more times each working day. The rock beneath our three blocks is being blasted away to a depth of 100 feet to make way for the drilling machine which will be lowered in parts and reassembled  under the Avenue in March.  The activity we see is largely of strings of trucks carting the rock away.

Visual source of unease outside our door. We have become accustomed to the building shakes!

But, Central park is always a haven. Here are a few current views:

Darker mood - The reservoire on a late afternoon

. . . . . earlier, the same afternoon!

Playing in the Conservatory Gardens to an audience of one!


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