Tuesday, August 19, 2008

strawberry fields forever

last night f and I returned from our mini vacation to nyc - as we were gone less than a week and only in nyc from thursday afternoon until sunday morning, my magical thinking mind is hoping that if I call this trip a mini-vacation, the stage will be set for us to get another (mini) vacation in before the year ends!

we had a great time packing in as much as possible. I can't believe the fantastic weather we had - the temperatures were incredibly mild for august and what rain came never interfered with our activities. I believe the rains helped create spectacular blue skies for the entire time we were east.

on thursday a wicked thunderstorm came in just as we were leaving the new york public library. instead of going back into the library, we hung out on the portico with a hundred other folks seeking shelter. there was something oddly connecting about sharing the experience of watching the storm with a big group of strangers. it's been a long time since I experienced a 'severe' thunderstorm while in a big city and I forgot what a tremendous noise thunder will create - it wasn't unusual to see someone suddenly put their hands over their ears in response to a thunderclap.

we did take in the much anticipated bill wood exhibition at the international center of photography (icp). I was a bit surprised to discover that the exhibit only encompassed one room - I had thought it was the headliner exhibit! regardless of being relegated to a single room, it was terrific. there's something mesmerizing about looking at wood's stark and quirky shots of near about anything and everything. thanks to ched and lettuce I will be able to experience the exhibit anytime I want - when I saw ched friday, she bought the exhibition book they got for me as a birthday gift - aren't blogging buds incredibly generous spirits! thanks!! the main exhibit at icp right now is 'heavy light' an exhibition of the 'new generation' of japanese artists - this exhibit showcasing the work of photographers and videographers takes up the majority of the space at icp and is also fantastic - both exhibits leave september 7th, so hurry up if interested!

ched and her squeeze met f and I on friday afternoon. first we checked out the bucky show at the whitney - what a brain that guy had. afterwards we had a bit of a wander on our way to find a spot to have a late lunch. f and m get gold stars for their patience while ched and I made frequent stops in order to take a snap of something that struck our fancy. in new york city there's always something. it was most difficult saying bye to ched and m - but summertime and the living is busy and all of us had places to go and people to see....

speaking of people to see, friday evening we met p, k and steve for dinner. the rainstorm that moved in late friday afternoon rearranged earlier plans for a brooklyn wander. everything worked out okay; in fact, it was probably better, we were less rushed than we would have been had we tried to meet at our initial time. our personal food guru katie batted 1000 once again on friday. this time she found convivium osteria, an incredibly delicious little restaurant in the park slope neighborhood. (thursday night we also went out to eat; this time katie choose rayuela - thereby reinforcing her status in my mind as the empress of epicure!)

f & I made our regular pilgrimage to strawberry fields, the john lennon memorial in central park located between 71st and 74th streets.
The name of the site is taken from the Beatle’s song Strawberry Fields Forever and was also, for John, an evocation of an orphanage in Liverpool by the same name. At the center lies the famous Imagine mosaic, donated by the city of Naples. There is also a bronze plaque that lists the 121 countries endorsing Strawberry Fields as a Garden of Peace.

Strawberry Fields opened on October 9, 1985, John's 45th birthday. Every October 9th since then has seen an all day vigil of people of all ages from around the world; fans of his music and believers in his vision.




well, that's about it for today. it's time to get cracking on the day. expect another post and a few more pics on our adventures....

photos: strawberry fields in central park; people dispersing from taking shelter after thursday's thunderstorm; friday afternoon wandering with ched; peaceful character near the stawberry field memorial with his symbolic beetle tribute to the beatles.

10 comments:

tut-tut said...

That's just the kind of vacation I'd love to go on; short, packed with art, friends, and food, and in NYC!

K. said...

Great video! You've inspired this Friday's Choice on Citizen k.!

edward said...

great post! i like the man on the bench!

LadrĂ³n de Basura (a.k.a. Junk Thief) said...

You're making me more excited about being there in about a month. Hope you can come back then for our blogger meet up. Or at least suggest must sees, but it's old stomping ground for me so never a shortage of ideas.

Coffee Messiah said...

Wow, sounds like a great time you had! ; )

d. chedwick said...

you're up next for the film fest at Tangled. altho you inspired more than 1 film the first Kim film is tomorrow.

mouse (aka kimy) said...

tut - it was rad! I'll take short or long - the key is of course what the time is packed with and you did highlight some of the most important ingredients - friends, art, and food!

k - I look forward to friday on citizen k!

eddie - he was very nice. I gave him a pack of gum and a buck to help the cause.

junk - never an end to wonderful stuff. am planning on being there for the grand convergence. crossing my fingers that no crises arise to derail the plan!

coffee - twas!

ched - I wait with bated breath! I love your films....

Absolute Vanilla (and Atyllah) said...

Sounds like you had an awesome break - mini or otherwise! Good to have these away times with different perspectives!

WAT said...

These lyrics speak to me:

"LIVING IS EASY WITH EYES CLOSED, MISUNDERSTANDING'S ALL YOU SEE."

sigh...

bitchlet said...

I like seeing your version of NYC.