NYC is always a good idea...
Even if it's only for eight hours. Our friend Bob Mallon runs the tour service School Time Travel which offered a day bus trip to NYC that left from Plymouth, MA the Saturday after Thanksgiving (South Shore peeps, check it out it you don't feel like driving to The Big Apple after eating turkey for 48 hours straight!).
Our favorite thing to do anywhere is just walk around and photograph and that's exactly what we did! We started on Fifth Ave, still quiet and uncrowded at 10am. Both sides of the street in shade as the sun hadn't come over the top of the buildings yet. Inspired by a recent show we saw at the MFA in Boston, The Howard Greenberg Collection, we made our way over to the Howard Greenberg Gallery on East 80th to see the Jessica Lange show, Highway 61. The images are wonderful and inspiring, highly recommend if you get the chance to see it. Cooler yet, off a little hallway and almost within arms reach were library stacks of archival boxes that hold some of the most important photographs ever taken.
We continued on our way and day.
Bryant Park Christmas Market: the goal was to eat our way through it and people watch. Mission accomplished!
Washington Square Park: I could spend all my days here. Each step or slight turn of head brings complete sensory and rich visual stories. I met the charming Vee Cord | Good Will Ambassador & Mad Hatter of NYC, who became Stranger #76 in my Portrait of a Stranger series. I watched Stephen Duncan A.K.A The Bubble Man work in a rhythmic fashion creating beautiful large bubbles in the glorious afternoon light for close to an hour with children gleefully chasing through them.
La Lanterna Caffe: dinner was in "the Village" at a favorite spot we had not been to in twenty years. It was almost the same as the last time we had visited with the exception being cats no longer roamed around the cozy, fire lit cafe due to health code regulations. Otherwise, it was just as perfect as we remembered it!
Rockefeller Center: it felt like the entire world was out watching the holiday laser light show at Sak's. The mood was festive, fun and a great way to end our day with visions of sugar plums...
Thanks for reading and looking.
Until next time,