Spent the morning putzing around and then headed down to Chinatown to have lunch with our good friends David and Jenna. We decided to drive so we could do some food shopping down there afterwards. On the way we stopped for gas and the attendant (yup a manned gas station!) pointed out that the back tire of the Graciemobile was almost flat. 10 minutes and 20 bucks later he had pulled a nail and patched it for us and off we went. After we parked we walked the 5 blocks to the Nom Wah Tea Parlor. This took us by The Manhattan Detention Complex (aka The Tombs)
On December 12, 2001 this was renamed the Bernard B. Kerik Complex to honor one of Rudy Giuliani’s cohorts, the NYPD Commissioner Bernie Kerik, who had been Deputy Commissioner and Commissioner of the Department of Corrections. Giuliani pushed through the renaming during that brief period when New Yorkers thought maybe he didn’t suck as badly as we had thought after the attacks of 9/11.
Funny story: they had to change the name back to The Manhattan Detention Complex after Bernie pleaded guilty to 8 felony charges. He is currently in a minimum security federal prison camp.
And we walked on and met David and Jenna and had a great lunch…
After lunch we split up as David and Jenna had to get back to Brooklyn and relieve their baby sitter. We strolled and shopped and checked out the neighborhood .
Bayard Street Obstetrics and Gynecology
Then we went to Columbus Park. I love this place. I think anyone who comes to NYC should check it out. It is a real flavor of how things used to be before much of Manhattan gentrified.
This lady sang a most awesome version of “Sealed With A Kiss”
Sealed With A Kiss
Tai Chi Stick Form
Last year on April 15th I spent about 4 hours on the river. A good part of the time I tried to get one particular shot just the way I wanted it…
I never did.
What I realize now, of course, is that I would have needed a glider or a helicopter to shoot what I truly wanted to see. Ah, the perspective that time gives.
I will leave you now with a quote that I have been trying to work in for some time but never found the right spot. So as a random thought…
Alex Castellano, GOP strategist to Maureen Dowd: “Republicans being against sex is not good. Sex is popular.”