Miscellaneous Photo Post

Conehead and pest

Conehead and pest

Back of the Museum of Natural History

Back of the Museum of Natural History

always something...

always something…

During the holiday season these guys move over to make room

During the holiday season these guys move over to make room

for these guys

for these guys

 

Gas line being replaced

Gas line being replaced

Pipes are laid pretty far below the surface, I think this guy is standing on one

Pipes are laid pretty far below the surface, I think this guy is standing on one

 

An unbelievable amount of time and work to lay one stretch of pipe. Gas lines, people--NO, they can't work any faster.

An unbelievable amount of time and work to lay one stretch of pipe. Gas lines, people–NO, they can’t work any faster.

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Ok, I’m weird, but all of this–the fruit stands, Christmas tree stands, the literal underground workings of the city, are as much what makes New York as the museums and theaters.

 

 

 

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19 comments

  1. I agree with you – there is no place else where there is so much commerce on the sidewalk as in NYC. I’m fascinated by the bricks they went through to lay the gas line – cobblestones?

    1. Yes, cobblestones. It’s a weird street, starts out as regular pavement, then there’s the patch with old cobblestones, then pavement again. The coolest parts of NY revolve around the details, unexpected carvings in the old buildings, spots where history and what was comes to life :)

  2. Yes, yes… all the city life- but I’m sorry, the dogs cracked me up. When does Big Senile Dog lose the cone of shame? He looks so terribly sad, and Dumb Dog’s expression just cracks me up. :P

    The attention to detail in the older buildings can be so beautiful, both in the craftsmanship and materials used. All the years my son went to science camp we both loved looking at all the buildings in the Yale campus area of New Haven. Hundreds of years old and they will never build like that again. It does look very strange stuffed into the middle of all the traffic lights and typical urban buildings that have sprung up around them over the years(centuries.)

    1. You think they look funny in this pic? You should see me walking them, Big Senile dog still insisting on trying to hoover any little crumb off the street, so it’s walk/scraaaape walk/scraaaape. People are walking past tsk tsking about the poor dog who can’t keep his head up, lol! Cone of shame should come off tomorrow afternoon, if all goes well :P

      I’m with you and your son, there’s nothing like the beauty of the details in those old buildings. Can you imagine anyone carving all those scrolls, cherubs, etc, now?

  3. Well, if this isn’t a sample platter of New York, then I don’t know what is! The photo of the Christmas trees huddled together on the side of the street is fascinating. What a random place for them to congregate. :)

    1. :D Those trees are the NYers sign that Christmas is here, not the dressed up windows of 5th Ave. Those stands pop up every few blocks or so, staffed by young people from Canada, mostly, they pack up and head home on the 26th. Then there are the trees sold in front of the bodegas (kind of like a small independent 7-11); they’re much cheaper, but also usually shed all their needles within 48 hours. ;)

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