Corona Park

Long before the virus, there was the park.

It was here, at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park that the 1964 World’s Fair took place. Most of the futuristic structures created for the fair survive only in vintage photos. Yet, there are still a few remnants so striking they have become iconic symbols of the borough of Queens.

Like the New York State Pavillion, designed by Philip Johnson and Richard Foster, which stayed because it was too expense to demolish.

Or the Unisphere, dedicated to “Man’s Achievements on a Shrinking Globe in an Expanding Universe”. Designed by Gilmore Clarke and made of stainless steel so it would never rust, its three rings represent the orbits of Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin (the first Russian), Astronaut John Glenn (the first American), and Telstar 1 (the first communications satellite that enabled the first transatlantic television transmission, linking the United States and France).

Finally, the Rocket Thrower, a 43-foot bronze figure designed by sculptor Donald De Lue; a giant launching a rocket with the one hand and reaching for the stars with the other.

Imagine what it would be like to step out of the subway and see these gigantic structures, all new and fully functioning, for the first time!

Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, Queens N.Y.

November 4th, 2018

Hoist your Sail when the Wind is Fair

All aboard for a two-hour sunset sail on New York Harbor – on 1885 Schooner Pioneer!

About Schooner Pioneer

In the days before paved roads, small coastal schooners such as Pioneer were the delivery trucks of their era, carrying various cargoes between coastal communities: lumber and stone from the islands of Maine, brick on the Hudson River, and oyster shell on the Chesapeake Bay. Almost all American cargo sloops and schooners were wood, but because she was built in what was then this country’s center of iron shipbuilding, Pioneer had wrought-iron hull. She was the first of only two cargo sloops built of iron in this country, and is the only iron-hulled American merchant sailing vessel still in existence.

By 1930, when new owners moved her from the Delaware River to Massachusetts, she had been fitted with an engine, and was no longer using sails. In 1966 she was substantially rebuilt and turned into a sailing vessel once again. Today she plies the waters of NY Harbor carrying adults and children instead of cargo in her current role as a piece of “living history.”

Today Pioneer is an award winning sail training vessel teaching volunteers of all kinds, traditional maritime skills, and the art of tall ship sailing. [source: South Street Sea Seaport Museum]

Watching Lady Liberty light up, the sky catching fire as the golden hour gave way to the blue and the blue turned to midnight; those two hours on the deck of an 1885 schooner were the most tranquil and peaceful we’d experienced in the City thus far.

New York City Harbor

September 16th, 2018

A little bit of Flanders

Spotted in DeWitt Clinton Park. We’d been coming here time and again, for two years in a row and somehow managed to miss this. A bit of Belgium nostalgia. (Those who e-met me through my previous blog, will know that our homebase is Brussels).

Otherwise, it was yet another beautiful walk, no surprises, the usual suspects: the Hudson River Greenway Pooper Troopers, Joggers, Totems, NYC Sanitation Neon Lights and those spectacular sunsets that land over the Hudson bathing New Jersey in gold.


July 20th, 2018

The sun was setting over the Bahia Honda Rail Bridge

Once part of the East Coast Railway, it connected the Bahia Honda Key with the Spanish Harbor Key. A road was built on top of the railway, so it became part of the original Overseas Highway. Later, a new bridge was built replacing the old route, and the original one was abandoned. Two if its spans were removed leaving a gap to allow boats to go through and glorious sunsets be framed between them.  A perfect picture to take back to New York: an idyllic sunset looking west and a mini rainbow far away, east.

Bahia Honda Key, Florida

February 3rd, 2018