October 10th, 2011

krazy koati

See you in September

Here I have just a couple photographs, representing our trip into Manhattan to ride a carousel and see Jon Stewart. We succeeded in both endeavors, happy to say.

Adjacent to The Daily Show studios is a small park, DeWitt Clinton park. The day bunny_hugger and I went to a taping and I had my brief chat with Jon Stewart we used a bit of our spare time to look around the park. For a lovely mid-summer day it looked like a fine place to hang around, with a healthy number of basketball games, spritzes of water suitable for playing in, and spots to sit and eat lunch.
Down by the Chelsea Piers we rode one of the estimated 500 new carousels opened in the New York City area the past couple years. This one, with a fine view of the great state of New Jersey at the right angle, tries to be populated with animals of the kind which actually lived in the New York City area before it got all built up.
There are some ingenious bits, such as depicting eels by having them be wrapped around a log, but there are a few points where the native-animals motif breaks down. The most obvious is the inclusion of a unicorn, which anyone knows is native to southern Brazil, but the butterflies depicted as fluttering around it probably are species that could be seen around Manhattan at some point.

Trivia: Starting 1 April 1901 the Hudson and Manhattan Railroad carried women-only cars on its trains from 7:30 to 9:00 am and 4:30 to 7:00 in the evening. They were discontinued on 1 July, for lack of use. Source: 722 Miles: The Building of the Subways and How They Transformed New York, Clifton Hood.

Currently Reading: The Collected Stories Of Arthur C Clarke, Arthur C Clarke.