Sunday, November 14, 2010
The weather in New York is freakishly beautiful and warm right now. So, without getting too morose about climate change and that fact that it's been 16 degrees in November, Richard and I have been doing lots of outdoors things since we got to New York. And on Friday, we went to the High Line Park.
High Line is the repurposed H-line - a train line built in the 1930s to lift freight traffic off the streets of Manhattan. Starting way over on the West Side, just below Chelsea, the line runs above ground. It's been out of use for years, and could have just remained a derelict junk pile or been demolished. But in 1999, a group of concerned citizens formed "Friends of the High Line", which lobbied for protection of the historic line. The resulting High Line Park, is a collaboration between the group, the city of New York and some brilliant architects.
Richard and I were in bliss - the beautiful day and glowing autumn light, the pampas grasses and yellowing leaves, the incredible urban design and re-purposing of an unused site.
Friday, November 12, 2010
I knew Richard would love Pylones! For years, Saffrey has been giving me strange and wonderful things like graters that look like fancy ladies and nail clippers that have insect wings on them! It's a visual delight - full of things you don't really need but HAVE to have!
Autumn in New York. Before we left Trinidad, I wondered if there would be any leaves left on the trees in New York. When I lived in England, I always got depressed when autumn arrived, as it meant that winter was right around the corner. But the beauty of autumn has won me over.
Our walk through Central Park in the sun was full of incredible colour and shapes. Richard and I sat on a bench and turned our faces towards the heavens to imbibe the sun. And people who walked passed us were doing the same. We smiled at each other in shared recognition of that special moment. Have a look at the glorious trees!