City Tanager

Yesterday at 9-10:30 am on November 27, 2016, I went to City Hall Park in Manhattan to see the vagrant female Western Tanager (Piranga ludoviciana) that I heard about on social media.

City Hall Park 11/26/2016
City Hall Park 11/26/2016

It is amazing how many unusual birds find their way to NYC. This robin sized bird drinks sap in holes made by a local Yellow-bellied Sapsucker. I also observed it hawking for insects. There were at least 30 birders there on Saturday morning peering up into the large trees.

Western Tanager, City Hall Park 11/26/2016
Western Tanager, City Hall Park 11/26/2016

A local American Kestrel showed up and the birds laid low.

American Kestral, City Hall 11/26/2016
American Kestrel, City Hall 11/26/2016

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Fourth Street Door

My favorite little door on West 4th Street in Greenwich Village is this one because it reminds me of “The Secret Garden” by Frances Hodgson Burnett:

West 4th Stree Doors 11/6/2016
West 4th Stree Doors 11/6/2016

Two other 4th Street Doors:

 

Washington Square Hotel was the Hotel Earle in 1902. It is a small eight-story residential hotel in New York’s fashionable Greenwich Village:

Washington Square Hotel, Waverly Place 11/6/2016
Washington Square Hotel, Waverly Place 11/6/2016

For Norm’s Thursday Doors, November 24, 2016.

Trinity 2 of 2

A church has been at the site of Trinity Church at Wall Street in Manhattan since 1697. Alexander Hamilton is burried there.

Trinity 1 of 2 — with the Chat and other birds seen there.

Trinity 1 of 2

Almost every birder in New York City knows about the vagrant Yellow-breasted Chat at Trinity Church at the end of Wall Street in Manhattan. I too went there to photograph it. It took me three tries to get good shots.

On one of the days that I failed to see the Chat I was gifted with the sight of a tiny Winter Wren. I used Corel Painter on one photograph of the wren.

Finally, the star of the show:

Trinity 2 of 2 — the buildings (posted 11/21/2016).

MacDougal Alley

A charming private alley in Greenwich Village, New York City.

For Norm’s Thursday Doors on November 17, 2016.

MacDougal Place 11/6/2016
MacDougal Place 11/6/2016
MacDougal Place 11/6/2016
MacDougal Place 11/6/2016
MacDougal Alley 11/6/2016
MacDougal Alley 11/6/2016
MacDougal Alley 11/6/2016
MacDougal Alley 11/6/2016
MacDougal Alley 11/6/2016
MacDougal Alley 11/6/2016
MacDougal Alley 11/6/2016
MacDougal Alley 11/6/2016
MacDougal Alley 11/6/2016
MacDougal Alley 11/6/2016
MacDougal Alley 11/6/2016
MacDougal Alley 11/6/2016
MacDougal Alley 11/6/2016
MacDougal Alley 11/6/2016

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Jefferson Market

The Jefferson Market Library at 425 Avenue Of The Americas, New York, NY 10011 has an interesting history. My husband Marc covers it well in his Marc’s Village Walks.

Jefferson Market 11/6/2016
Jefferson Market 11/6/2016

I love the old sign on the building across from Jefferson Market. It has an old phone number that uses a name with numbers, Algonquin4-1817, instead of 5 numbers. Ours used to be Oregon, OR5-0138, the same number that his mother had since 1945.

The charming Jefferson Market Garden by the Library open on weekends..

Jefferson Market 11/6/2016
Jefferson Market 11/6/2016

Aged look created in Lightroom, On1 and Photoshop.

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Pin Light to the Darkness

There is a campaign abroad to promote solidarity against the vile racism and violence that is afloat throughout the world by wearing a safety pin. Doing so shows that you are against racism and bigotry. I would like to see this take hold here and also have it mean that we stand against Trump. We need to find ways to counteract evil and darkness.

Pin Light to the Darkness
Pin Light to the Darkness, 11/11/2016

My idea is that the safety pin in the lamp creates lightning bolts to dissipate the darkness. I used photos of Jefferson Library and Washington Square Park taken on 11/6/2016 to create this composite.

It is spreading: “People Are Wearing Safety Pins to Show Their Support for Marginalized Groups After the Election” NYMag.com