Dec 8 2018

Versa

218 35th St New Yor 3.5 I think … probably will return.  Pleasant. Airy. Light. Cute water glass. Decent food – but the Chechen wings are quite huge – like whole chicken – ok this is a little exaggerated bec I’ve seen bigger wings. The K-town wings are on the sweet side, pretty dry.  Latte is good.  Good service. Good place for watching sports.

Dec 6 2018

Park @ Sea Cliff


Dec 6 2018

Sea Cliff

This is a small city with in the Town of Oyster Bay. Populaiton is about 5,000. Very charming


Dec 1 2018

Hell Kitchen Flea Market

This one is much smaller than the Chelsea’s. Cigar boxes … Murano glasses (are they real??) …a Believe pendant – same as on the Macy’s


Dec 1 2018

Queuing up

… to get into the New York City public library. I complained. The tourists should stay away fm my library … so a friend kindly kid me: “Irene, did they say stay away from my country?”
Ehrrr … you got a point …
But, that doesn’t stop me from complaining -:)

周末一笑 和几个美国人吃饭 俺吐苦水 – 游客来我们的图书馆干什么呀?挤死了. 请不要来!
现在图书馆请个专人把门 “游客止步” 我们看书的空间.
其中一人戏称 “人家有没有说不要来俺的国家?”
哈哈哈
真是的喔
不经大脑 哈哈哈
还是会抗议滴 …


Dec 1 2018

The street scenes

Macy’s Believe; Hudson Yards @ 8th Avenue; Lord & Taylord; Tao at Chlesea Market; a graffitti @ Gotham Pizza; Google; Empire State Building; Flatiron Building; 620 and 675 6th Avenue; Madison Square Park …

   


Dec 1 2018

From limelight to a gym


656 6th Ave,
New York, NY 10010

Anyone still remembers Limelight the disco? Not sure what came between them but the church now is a gym.

The top floor is still my favorite. It’s now the service desk. They need a bar up there -:)


Dec 1 2018

Chelsea flea market


39 W 25th St,
New York, NY 10010

They charge $1 admission -:) why bother?

This amethyst is from Queen Victoria’s era, according to the booth owner, cost $200. The ring in the red box is diamond, cost $1,200. The frame is $40.

   

This cute little box is $10, from the Showplace Antique Center (40 W 25th St) across the street from the fleaa market.

 


Nov 26 2018

Jade Belt Bridge & Marble Boat


Stephan Loewentheil of Brooklyn is a rare book/photo collector who’s a lot of 19th century photos of China. They’re having one right now, 120 original photos at Qinghua University, till March 2019.

These photos are taken at Summer Palace by Thomas Child who in May 1870,”was hired by the Imperial Maritime Customs Service to be a gas engineer in Peking (Beijing). The 29-year-old Englishman left behind his wife and three children to become one of roughly 100 foreigners living in the late Qing dynasty’s capital, taking his camera along with him. Over the course of the next 20 years, he took some 200 photographs, capturing the earliest comprehensive catalog of the customs, architecture, and people during China’s last dynasty. ”


This is an early photograph of Jade Belt Bridge, or Moon Bridge, LOCated on the grounds of the Summer Palace in Beijing on the western shore of Kunming Lake. The elegant high arch bridge is a traditional Chinese design. The arch was constructed high enough to allow passage of the Emperor’s dragon boat. On special occasions the Emperor and Empress travelled on Kunming Lake passing under this bridge.”


Child took this photograph of the Marble Boat, or the Boat of Purity and Ease, in the 1870s, after it suffered damage from the Second Opium War. Child noted: “At one time there was a summer house on it, but it has entirely disappeared.” The base of the boat is made of solid stone. It originally supported a traditional Chinese wooden pavilion that was burned down during the conflict in 1860. The pavilion was rebuilt in 1893, decades after this photograph was taken.”

The following two are taken by Qin Qiang on 2018.11.21

 

Btw, some the photos are at LOC – Library of Congress in DC. If you visit their site recently, you’ll see the Statement to commemorate the 13th Librarian, Dr. James Billington who passed away on November 21, 2018. He’d been with the LOC for 28 years and raised half a billion dollars in private support – he must be a charmer as well as an able administrator. The statement credited him with

  • doubled the size of the Library’s traditional analog collections, from 85.5 million items in 1987 to more than 160 million items
  • acquired the only copy of the 1507 Waldseemüller world map (“America’s birth certificate”) in 2003
  • reconstructed Thomas Jefferson’s original library
  • obtained a complete copy of Lafayette’s previously inaccessible papers from the Lafayette family’s castle at LaGrange, France
  • advocated for an underground connection between the Library and the U.S. Capitol Visitors Center

RIP Dr. and thank you!


Nov 24 2018

NYC library is packed


My goodness, the NYPL so packed that I’ve to wait on line to get in! The librarians are not too happy about this either.

Do the tourists know that we the locals do come here to do our research, read a book, newspaper, magazine, etc. … The reading room 315 is so so packed.

Walked a total of 8.4 miles ..