• Food!! We went on a city walk, which means we try different street food type of stuff- McDougal Street (and its neighbors) in the Village is a perfect spot for this. We tried kolache which is an Eastern European- a pastry stuffed with either a sweet or savory middle. We tried a pork one. Crop Circle sells guokoi, a chinese pancake, also filled with things- again we chose pork. We had ice cream at Van Leeuwen- I tried what they refer to as royal wedding cake- which has pieces of lemon cake in it. My husband had a honeycomb shake. Raoul’s in SOHO has one of the best burgers in the city- au poive style and delicious!! My Dad’s birthday is next week, and his favorite restaurant is Peter Luger’s steak house. As we needed to take my parents to their Doctor, and their Doctor is two miles away from the steak house, we went for an early birthday celebration. What’s pictured is the standard homestyle share that my family loves: steak medium rare, creamed spinach and German fried potatoes.
  • FLOWERS!
  • Met South Asia art
  • We did a city walk this weekend (we take a guidebook and look at things like tourists) The blue wall above- For years I thought this was some sort of failed construction project. Just found out that it’s actually an art installation!! Who knew? The Wall by Forrest Myers
  • See that building that looks like a church? Well, it used to be a church but now it’s a private residence. Can you imagine living there? Of course, as we were gawking at the building, someone who lives there pulled up and scoffed at us as we were gawking.

50 thoughts on “What Inspired Me: 5/1/22

  1. I love the idea of getting a tour book and being a tourist. I wonder if you felt a change in perspective in looking at things? And the new things you uncovered. Blue art walls and residential churches. I may try that around here!

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    1. It’s really been interesting to look at the city through new eyes, so to speak. So many things I never noticed. There’s this park in a street that I walk past often…never really noticed the park! Can you imagine?!

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  2. I remember that church. I have noticed often in parts of Florida people making a church residential. It is a wonderful space and some have sold the pews which look very interesting in a home.

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    1. Ooh…I didn’t see that. I want to see the doc about the bookstore, but past that I haven’t looked. There’s a bunch of cool movies out right now which thrills me as a cinephile, but crushes me as someone with lots of commitments in the coming month

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      1. I really hope you get a chance to see, and enjoy it….far more than your view of “All The Old Knives,” which I found frightfully contemporary in the moral ambiguity and the personal cost of policing the National Security State.

        OK…Don’t let that little riff disabuse you of seeing, “DIVA”, if you get a chance to do so. I’d be most interested in hearing your take. Au revoir

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      2. Pacing …the bad…no make that, the ill timing of events and subsequent human framing of the “if then that” of individual narratives , was the quintessence of the tale…but your point about a stage play is on target.

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      3. I think it was the inelegance of the flash backs. Because of the betrayal, cover your ass themes, you needed the intimacy. The restaurant was a good choice for that, but I would have liked to set the whole thing in the restaurant without seeing him in fishburnes office at the beginning. We all know it’s a set up, but I think they could have ratcheted up the tension by making it more ambiguous…show them arriving separately…first flash a scene of them in bed…cut to present, talk about hijacking, then flash, so on…alternate pov almost

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  3. I would love to live in an old church like that, and if I saw people gawking at the architecture of it, I would not scoff. I would smile. What a jerk.

    Have you been to the Cathedral of St. John the Divine? I have no idea where in Manhattan it is in relation to you, but it’s one of the places I would like to visit if I ever go to New York.

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    1. I’ve seen the outside of St. John (it’s in Harlem) and it’s spectacular. I know we will eventually get to it on our walks, and I hope it’s open for looking. It’s just spectacular

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  4. Oh, the flowers…gorgeous! I also love street food scene you describe; it makes me look forward to summer activities. As for living in the church, I can’t imagine that nor would I want to live in. 🙂

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  5. I imagine the inside of the church/home is amazing! If you have enough money and creativity to buy it in New York why wouldn’t it be!! The stained glass is amazing.

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  6. That sounds so lovely. Unfortunately, my hubby’s health means we pretty much stay at home. He cannot walk very far at all and sometimes I really feel the limitations. But I enjoy living vicariously as needs must!

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  7. It’s so much fun to take tours of your own city–like tourists–it makes you appreciate where you live–and see a different perspective. Love the pop of color from the flowers, too 🙂

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  8. A city walk as a tourist is awesome. We take for granted the things we see all the time. Your walk is through a whole new lens. As far as a city walk to sample the street food offerings, that is such a great idea. Yum! The church converted to a house is a lovely idea; it would need an architect with vision. If you undertake to live there though, in the middle of the city, wouldn’t you expect people to stop and stare–whether they realize it is a home or just think it is a church with beautiful architecture?

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