Wednesday, November 24, 2010

New Views

With the wonderful new job has come two more great perks:  an iPhone and a different path to work.  To most, the commute would seem nearly identical to my old - same train options, same train stops.  However, getting to the new workplace takes me along 40th Street and the south side of Bryant Park, instead of 42nd Street on the north side of the Park.  South of 42nd Street is a completely different neighborhood, yet I'm only 3 blocks from where I worked for over eight years.  Even the light seems different.  I've happily been very busy and haven't had any time to explore, but with an early closing before the holiday, I took a quick walk with my new toy vitally necessary business communication device before heading home to rest and get rid of this annoying cold once and for all.  

My favorite daily sight is this restored Carousel on the south side of the Park.  


































I don't know if this wonderful Carousel runs all Winter, but Bryant Park turns into a Winter fair through the holidays with lots of activity.  


























The rink and the surrounding structures are temporary - amazing what they can put together for just a few weeks.

Pleased to see the fountain running into the cold weather.  I remember the bad old days of Bryant Park when this never worked and the Park was used nearly exclusively by the drug dealers and drug seekers.


























Many stalls filled with a variety of gift items.  I've done well here in the past, but things are starting to look less unique.  For the family we see on Christmas, I usually buy variations of one gift for everyone.  The most popular - colorful hand knitted socks good for cold winter nights, but I didn't get them here.  


























The area was full of visitors that will be performing in the Thanksgiving Day Parade tomorrow.  


























This was a happy "mistake" as I was learning to use the camera on the iPhone.  Before I got one, I suggested to one iPhone user that they could surreptitiously take photos of people by pretending to be playing with an app.  I now realize that is not as easy as I thought.  



10 comments:

Carola Bartz said...

I love this post and getting to know your new commute. These pictures are great. Stupid question: is this the Bryant Park of the Fashion Weeks as featured on Project Runway (the only crap we watch on TV - my daughter is a Heidi fan)? Love the ice rink!!!

Carola Bartz said...

Oh, and have a happy Thanksgiving. Hope your cold is going away.

diane said...

Kate, loved the Rabbit Carousel figure. We will certainly pay Bryant Park a visit during Christmas. Can you believe that Bryant Park used to be called "needle park" in the 60s.

Kate on Clinton said...

Hi Carola, yes, that is the same Bryant Park where they used to hold the big Fashion Weeks and Project Runway finales(which I watch too!). However, and thankfully, they've moved these big shows to Lincoln Center. Between the set-up, the shows, and break-down, the fashion industry would basically close the Park for up to 3 weeks twice a year. Happy Thanksgiving to you and all too!

Susan said...

I am so jealous of your urban life (at times) I am so much and "either" "or" a black or white extremes kind of person - either very, very rural or smack in the centre of a bustling city is where I'd rather be. Maybe I'll cat sit D. Estoboro next year be your neighbour and we can stroll these sites together.

Kate on Clinton said...

Susan - that would be so much fun! I always love exploring with someone who has such a keen eye.

Isabelle said...

Congratulations on the new job!

Benny and Lily said...

yippE for the new job and IPhone, BOL.
Happee Thanksgiving
Benny & Lily

love those cupcakes said...

I don't think I could resist a ride on that carousel. I'd have to give the ice skating a miss, though. Dodgy ankles! Hope you've managed to shake off the remains of your cold.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Congrats on your new job Kate! My daughter used to work across the street from Bryant Park and I often met her for lunch. Now she is uptown, wishing she was downtown to make her commute easier. I hope you are feeling better!