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    May 2 to May 14 London vacation. We will be staying in the President Hotel, 56 - 60 Guildford Street, Russell Square, London, WC1N 1DB. Telephone : 020 7388 4443. Hope to see you all then.
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    April 11 Susan, Christine and I went to “The Tank” to see Celeste Cahn perform her work: “A lady does not scratch her crotch”, which she also wrote and directed. It was an intensely acted review of women’s historical and present day emotional and societal challenges. The title protests that a lady does not scratch her crotch, but this one did– and since her hand was covered in shaving cream at the time, the result was really messy!

    April 15 Peoples’ Concert at the Town hall. An all-Mozart concert given by the Peabody Chamber Orchestra. It was conducted with confident professionalism by Leon Fleisher in spite of his advancing years. He also played the solo piano in the A Major Concerto with his old sparkle still intact.

     

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Highline Revisited, Feral Art and Views from One World Observatory

Last Wednesday (August 3rd), Susan, Craig and I took the C train to 34th Street and walked over to the beginning of the (extended) High Line. As it happens, the extension is not very exciting; it is being spoiled at the moment by the interfering scaffolding of the frenetic development of the old Railway Yards. At lunch time, we descended and took a cab to the “Frying Pan”, a floating restaurant at about 29th Street. After lunch, we remounted the high Line, meandered to the end/start (14th St.). This area was an old stamping ground of Craig’s (He had worked in one of the buildings nearby, for instance) and he was happy to point out some of the landmarks.

Descending from the start of the High Line, we took a cab to the One World observatory and joined a tremendous queue for tickets. The elevator ride to the 1,500ft (approx.) high observatory is a brash commercial production. The high price of the tickets ($37 for seniors) is the first expense; before viewers are allowed up to the viewing deck, they are first harangued to rent a tablet which, when pointed  in a direction of interest, will highlight the buildings and landmarks it sees. ($15). And then, like boarding a ship, tourists are lined up in front of drop-cloth to have photographs taken, to be collected and paid for on the way down. We avoided both these treats and concentrated on our main purpose, which was to take pictures of the extraordinary views of the city afforded by the observatory.

Our walk led us to some unusual New York street artwork–Click on the pictures for detail :

Dance with the stars on the High Line

Dance with the stars on the High Line

 

Colorful message along the way . . .

Colorful message along the way . . .

 

Did you ever wonder where all those old tire went to? here they are, recycled on the High Line . . . .

Did you ever wonder where all those old tires went to? Here they are, recycled on the High Line . . . .

 

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Lady of the "Frying Pan"

Lady of the “Frying Pan”

 

covered dining . .

covered dining . .

 

Dining on the 'fan tail' - Craig with NJ in the background.

Dining on the ‘fan tail’ – Craig  relaxing with NJ in the background.

 

City view from the 'Frying Pan'

City view from the ‘Frying Pan’

 

Fearsome beast about to ponce . . .

Fearsome beast about to pounce . . .

 

Too near for comfort!

Too near for comfort!

 

Beware!

Beware!

 

 . . . the rest of the pack . . .

. . . the rest of the pack . . .

 

The artists explanation

The artist’s explanation

 

Views from all around . . . . .

Views from all around . . . . .

 

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Ground level . .

Ground level . .

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