Advantage – US Open

dievca had a friend come up earlier in the week and ask if she would like to go to the US Open. Yes, absolutely! she had never been to the Open.

The day after Storm Ida steamrolled low areas of NYC, dievca checked the subway schedule to see if the 7 train was still up and running.  It was, the track runs above ground in Queens.

The trip was easy, people were chill walking in to the facility. They checked vaccine qualifications and bags before the ticket check – it rolled along quickly.  Getting a cocktail was a bit trickier, but offering a nice tip for a bartender who slipped them in guaranteed service for the future.

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The best part?

The luck of the draw chose the match, dievca and her friends were able to watch and boldness helped them sit closer, it was:

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The match was good fun.  The Dutchman offered some challenge to Djokovic and it gave you a good sense of what 10 years of experience offers in Tennis.  Smart shots.  BTW, those serves went up to 126 mph – crazy!

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The second match was #75 Amanda Ansimova (USA) vs #4 Karolina Pliskova (CZK) and both were more evenly matched – it got to be a long match, so dievca had to head home.

Because the Met’s game was letting out at the same time, the  MTA ran an express train into Manhattan – which skimmed 20 minutes off the trip.  dievca didn’t know she could run that fast anymore to catch a train!


Hudson Yard-henge

Photo: dievca Hudson River NYC 07/2021

Thoughts on the 4th of July

Women dressed up in Washington, DC July 4 1919. GHI-Universal History Archive via Getty Images

Women dressed up in Washington, DC July 4 1919. GHI-Universal History Archive via Getty Images

The 4th of July parade was such a big deal in dievca’s hometown. People dressed up, bands played, Veterans marched.
Is it still like that in small towns?

NYC may have a parade…dievca is not sure. she’s never looked it up or gone to watch. What she really misses is the Beer and Bratwurst Tent that the Lions Club sponsored for the weekend – their bratwursts were pork.
(Is the corn knee-high by the 4th of July? If yes – its a good crop year)
In the evening of the 4th, you would sit almost under the fireworks offered at the local High School Soccer fields. It was social, yet – intimate. dievca felt like she was a part of the Earth and the Universe.

Something to ponder.

So, dievca’s hometown did host a parade and fireworks this year, but the Brat Tent is on hold until 2022…


Showing nothing at the Beach…

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Finally have the weekend off and…
Rain expected all Weekend.
Typical.

Photo: dievca NYC Water tower 07/2021

the Summer Scoop

Now that NYC has moved into a new climate zone…

New York City, after years of being considered a humid continental climate, now sits within the humid subtropical climate zone. The classification requires that summers average above 72 degrees Fahrenheit — which New York’s have had since 1927 — and for winter months to stay above 27 degrees Fahrenheit, on average.

A simple 100% Cotton Summer Dress is a necessity.

Wal-Mart bought the rights to a NYC brand which personified beach style to Millennials.
In 2016:

Scoop NYC, the boutique chain that billed itself as “the ultimate closet,” announced last week that it was closing its 15 remaining shops.

The Last Days of Scoop – NY Times

The store relives as a Brand at Wal-Mart and is offering a simple summer dress, on sale for $28.50

Scoop
Women’s Strapless Asymmetric Midi Sundress

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It took about 16 months~

“Today is Day 472. Today is Tuesday. And effective immediately, state-mandated COVID restrictions are eliminated.”, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said as he announced New York had achieved his 70% adult partial vaccination milestone early.

A celebration 🍾  ✨  to honor the Essential Workers of NYS took place at 9:15 pm via Fireworks around the State.
dievca caught a peek of the NYC Harbor show.
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Everything is reopening – but will Life ever be the same? Probably not~
 

Photo: dievca Essential Workers Firework Display for 70% of NYC having one dose 06/15/2021


What color is the NYC Sunset?

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Crayola Fuschia?
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Not quite~

Top Photo: dievca Sunset via a cab 06/2021
Bottom Photo: unknown

Be careful~

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“Be careful biking home dievca.”

I will, Master. I am not in any hurry.

dievca was cruising along nicely until here:

Hudson River Greenway bike path by 44th street

She slowed down and stood up to go over a set of metal plates after the Intrepid Museum and Circle Line section, but she didn’t see the 5″ pothole until too late…thunk~

Flipping up and over the handle bars –

SPLAT!

Years of falling in sports saved her head, collarbone and hands/wrists.  She flipped horizontally right and her knee/shin took the momentum, femur the impact, followed by the elbow then forearm. A gentleman walking his dog checked on her, immediately – a family (tourists) stared at her in horror.  dievca picked herself up, checked her appendages, moved to the side, checked her bike and rode home bleeding.

Can she tell you that everyone is correct?
Road rash is a b*tch to clean and it really hurts. Plus, you may end up bleeding on your sheets at night unless you cover your wounds.

Treating road rash
  1. Wash your hands. If you are caring for your own wound or another person’s wound, you should always wash your hands first. …
  2. Wash the injury. You should then wash the abrasion. …
  3. Remove debris. …
  4. Apply antibiotic ointment. …
  5. Cover the road rash. …
  6. Keep the bandage fresh. …
  7. Check for infection.

dievca washed her Road Rash with soapy water, then hosed it down with Bactine.   she added a thin layer of Neosporin ointment.  Arnica Gel on places where she thought bruises might blossom – adrenaline hid the hip/hamstring pain.  Two Aleve pills for the evening then a thorough icing of the thigh/a** in the morning. More wound cleaning and care — things seem to be moving along nicely.

Master will check it out on Monday~ so much for trying to be careful.
Sometimes Life will bite you in the a**.


Continuing the NYC Staycation Mode:

So, dievca has stayed at The Standard, The TWA Terminal Hotel JFK and is now heading to Roosevelt Island for a stay at The Graduate hotel.  she’s never been to the Island and hasn’t taken the tram — it should be something different from work, the apartments and her Mother’s.  That’s the point of a Staycation, right? Something different without heavy travel.

Until she heads out on the 7 train, she is going to admire the Peonies Master bought for His dievca:

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Rooting for the home team.

How they get the rain off the Yankee’s infield is amazing.  dievca would like to see the drainage blueprints. 

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OK, the home team didn’t win – but the evening was lovely. Going to a baseball game without being jostled and bumped was a novelty.  No spilled beer.

At least Aaron Judge got on base and hit a homer.  He is quite tall.

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Photos: dievca June 4th, 2021 Yankees home game against Boston

1st Dinner inside: Lebanese Mezza

ilili foodBABA GHANNOUI
HUMMUS
LABNE
KIBBEH NAYE BEIRUTIEH
FATTOUSH
LEBANESE THYME SALAD
DUCK SHAWARMA
MEKANEK
FALAFEL
KIBBEH BI LABAN
ATAYEF & VEAL BACON

Ilili was ‘hopping’ on a Tuesday Night. The bar, two large rooms and outside dining was full. Look, NYC – like other places, went through a long haul with COVID-19 numbers – NYC locals are ready to GET OUT. It was a beautiful vibe last night, and the amazing work from the Vaccine developers made it happen. A HUGE ‘Thank You’ to them.
(PS. Yes, the economy of NYC is based on tourism, but selfishly – not running into any tourists is a great treat.)


Hope in the City

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From the train
it’s a city of roses
and rose keepers,
bald men in spectacles
and torn shirts.
There are miles of roses
in Elizabeth, New Jersey,

backyard arbors
shadowed by refineries
and the turnpike,
jungles of scrap,
still brown water, and poisoned marsh.

None of this matters
to the rose keepers of Elizabeth.
From the backyards of row houses
they bring forth pink roses, yellow roses
and around a house on its own
green plot, a hedge of roses, in red and white.

Surely faith and charity
are fine, but the greatest of these
is roses.

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Photos: dievca, Hudson River Park 05/2021

Home!

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The Holland Tunnel just about put me over the edge.
Wine glass, now in hand.

Getty Image: 1935 Traffic at the Holland Tunnel

It does have a population of around 8.7 Million…

Photo: dievca 05/2021

New York City would crack the top 100 in countries in population!
And ‘good or bad’ we all know there is a Strong Culture…

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The challenges of ordering with a mask on…

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dievca thought they asked what kind of milk to use for the cappuccino — she said, “whole milk”.  Apparently they heard, “oat milk” so they made a ‘normal’ cappuccino, then added additional oat milk.  The coffee was about $6 and kinda “nutty”.

Does anyone else have any good ‘ordering with a mask on’ stories?

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a POP! of color

Photo: dievca Hudson Yards NYC 04/2021

What to do after your vaccine…

Or maybe not…

Getting a beer after the 2nd shot isn’t advised.

But, apparently the Haven🍀 is open and available~ by the Brooklyn Armory Terminal

Photo: dievca-Irish Haven in Brooklyn 03/2021


The First Day of Spring!

This spring flowering bulb was first brought to Europe from its native Middle East in the 1500s. It was mostly grown for the fall blooming species used for making an expensive cooking spice. However, most gardeners know it for the early blooming varieties that herald spring. It’s the crocus.

This iris family corm (a rounded underground storage organ present in plants such as crocuses, gladioli, and cyclamens, consisting of a swollen stem base covered with scale leaves) produces tube-shaped flowers in abundance in colors such as mauve, lavender, white, and yellow.

Crocus chrysanthus varieties bloom early, often while there’s still snow on the ground.

Crocus are fall planted, like daffodils and tulips. Even with winter hanging on through March, look to see the crocus blooming in warm spots or protected areas.

A crocus is often the first sign of Spring in NYC.


Espresso on the Street

An absolutely amazing idea

and dievca can tell you where to set up shop in NYC.

Anyone interested?


Morning Light

Morning LightSmell the sweet air of Spring
Sliding into the City
Surrounding the sounds of Morning
Softly blunting the edge of Reason

Photo: dievca, NYC 03/2021

You’ve gotta be like a shark…


to reserve a lane at dievca’s local swimming hole.
One person allowed in one lane for 30 minutes.
Reservations open up 24 hours before the session and they are gone within 20 seconds.
So that’s 6+ people lurking on their computers waiting for a registration time to open.
Circling for the kill.

A hilarious thought, really.


High-Brow

high·brow
/ˈhīˌbrou/
adjective
adjective: high-brow
  1. scholarly or rarefied in taste.
    “innovatory art had a small, mostly highbrow following”

Photo: dievca Hudson Yards Whole Foods magazine rack 02/2021

dievca had no idea that her local grocery store is so high-brow.
she’s not sure how she feels about it, either~


Sweet with a bit of a Bite from NYC to You!


Happy Valentine’s Day!

Photo: dievca Chocolate Covered Strawberries 02/14/2020

“Where does an 800-pound gorilla sit?” [“Anywhere it wants to.”]

Photo: dievca Hudson Yards NYC 02/2021

To raise awareness and funds for the critically endangered gorilla species, public artists Gillie and Marc Schattner have created a massive sculpture of the animal that arrived in Hudson Yards’ Bella Abzug Park. Titled King Nyani, Swahili for ‘gorilla’, it’s the world’s largest bronze gorilla sculpture and can fit two to three humans just in its hands.


Hazards of the Concrete Jungle


The Groundhog isn’t going to see his shadow – but just incase…


Patagonia Recycled Cashmere on Sale – Originally $249

Recycled Cashmere Turtleneck features yarn that’s made from preconsumer cashmere waste that’s sorted, mechanically broken down, and spun into new yarn.

  • Feather Grey
  • Century Pink
  • Topsoil Brown
  • Birch White
  • All are $174 except for the Birch White, its $124

It’s a Whiteout!

Photo: dievca 02/01/2021 Snowstorm NYC

Whiteoutwhite-out, or milky weather is a weather condition in which the contours and landmarks in a snow-covered zone become almost indistinguishable.


Coffee and the morning commute – Moynihan Train Hall

It was silent, it was clean, it’s beautiful as it is new
and dievca managed to drip her cappuccino on the floor as she took a photo.
she felt like an a** as she scrambled to wipe the drips up with her glove.

The new Train Hall at Pennsylvania Station, NYC:

Daniel Patrick Moynihan Train Hall is an expansion of New York City’s Pennsylvania Station into the adjacent James A. Farley Building, the city’s former main post office building.

Amtrak and the Long Island Rail Road are served by the Hall and you can get to the subway.

One of the controversies is that the Hall is closed from 1 am to 5 am (Pennsylvania Station is open 24/7 and many homeless people find refuge there).

An excellent article about Penn Station’s History and the new building can be read here (Bloomberg City Lab).

Photos: dievca NYC Midtown Moynihan Train Hall 01/17/2021


Walkers with the Dawn

Photo: dievca NYC Chelsea 12/2020

Being walkers with the dawn and morning,
Walkers with the sun and morning,
We are not afraid of night,
Nor days of gloom,
Nor darkness–
Being walkers with the sun and morning.

~ Langston Hughes


It’s not 42…

Photo: dievca NYC 11/2020

If you hire a moron, you get moronic behavior. (insert whatever descriptor you prefer)
Keep working, be kind, and look forward.
With small steps, Momentum should be gained. (and kept – you want to keep the + momentum)