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Showing posts from January, 2014

Take Me Out to the Ballgame - from Santo Domingo to NYC

Play ball! The baseball fields of Inwood Hill Park come alive during the summer months when local Little League and adult teams hit the diamond. The Inwood Little League sponsors a team from the Dominican Republic each summer and this talented group enthralled the crowds that gathered to watch. Once the season ends, the baseball fields stand empty and ghostly in the fog. Enjoy this salute to summer!

Take Me Out to the Ballgame - William Mulligan Sings!

This timeless song is sung by none other than William Mulligan who brings a unique spin to this classic song. Shot on location in Inwood Hill Park in upper Manhattan and featuring the vocals of the Inwood Geese.

Inwood's Second Annual Three Kings Day Parade

There were sheep, camels, a donkey named Ted, the I.S. 52 marching band, toys, one restaurant, three kings, one senator, grilled cheese sandwiches, one small bridge, and a suggestion by one local (cough) to add a queen to the Three Kings Day festivities next year. Why not? We're uptown, where you get to write your own story.

Due to the rain, the parade was moved indoors to La Marina. The very photogenic four-legged creatures remained outdoors and gamely posed for photos in front of the George Washington Bridge. I was reunited with Landon the sheep who stars on my iPhone screensaver, a friendly face from our walk together from one end of Dyckman to the other in last year's parade. His sheepish companion, Nikki, was agreeable to posing with two of my woolen scarves.

This was the closest most of us - adults and kids alike - have been to sheep, camels, and Ted this year. They traveled all the way from an upstate sanctuary to La Marina. The crowd received toys (the kids only), lunch…

Come On Over to My House, Bill and Chirlane

Dear Bill and Chirlane,
I just wanted to say thank you so much for the invitation to your new home at Gracie Mansion – and welcome to the island of Manhattan!
While I did stop by and enjoyed seeing my fellow New Yorkers of different shapes, sizes, styles, and colors, unfortunately, I’m not someone who enjoys standing on line. I did take some very nice photos of others who did but two hours is just not my thing. My favorite part of my visit to the promenade outside of the mansion was having the slippery walkway salted by a city worker who gamely threw the salt at my feet as if he were throwing rose petals. While maybe not romantic it was certainly thoughtful. I missed the opportunity to check out what’s in your medicine cabinet, find out who will be taking out the garbage, and rummaging through the refrigerator for a snack. Next time.

So after walking around a bit, I removed myself from the festivities and walked over to Chickie’s on 86Street for a chicken gyro. Have been going there for …