• 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.

    October 20. Thanks to the invitation of our friend Francia, who is a member, we went to the Diller-Quaile School of Music to listen to a chamber concert given by the Diller-Quaile String Quartet. The program was comprised of Haydn and Debussy quartets; played magnificently by very experienced and talented musicians in an intimate. and perfectly designed, music space. Chatting with the musicians after the concert added to a first class evening.

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NY Day – WTC Revisited

Sunday, 21st August. I heard on the radio that a Motorcycle Rally was going to take place at the site of the World Trade Center to honor the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks. I picked up my camera bag and took the Lexington Avenue subway to the City Hall to get some shots of the event. In the event it turned out to be a non-event. I saw a few motorcyles parked off Barklay Street but nothing of note was happening–perhaps I was too late?

I took the opportunity, though, to wander around the area to see what progress had been made on the site itself. There were plenty of people on the streets but I saw few paying the $10 entrance fee to the ‘Tribute WTC’ Visitor Center. And, on the site itself, although it was a Sunday and building workers were buzzing like a hive of bees, very little seems to be anywhere near completion.

A view of the site

Progress of the centerpiece "Tower of Light"

The Atrium luckily is as inviting as ever. Its wonderful marble steps leading down to the riverside restaraunts

Back view of The tower and the elevated walkway to the Financial Center

View of the site from the walkway

Bright art in the City Hall Park

A nice Sunday morning stroll in the City Hall Park

The lamps in the park are a work of art--look up!

Finally, on my way back to City Hall subway station, I walked a little way on the Brooklyn Bridge and took this picture of a fascinating piece of architecture I had seen from the BAM bus a number of times during the last couple of winters:


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