It’s kinda lonely at the top

I’m not talking about me, oh no, even though with this view I often feel like a princess in her tower. It’s that rooftop looking down between the buildings that looks like a public parking but is usually empty, save for a car or two. It’s not often one can find an empty spot of this size in the heart of Manhattan, where every available inch is too valuable to be left unused.

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Broadway by Light (1958), a film directed by William Klein

”I did this book on New York: black-and-white, grungy photographs. People said, “What a put-down–New York is not like that. New York is a million things, and you just see the seamy side.” So I thought I would do a film showing how seamy New York was, but intellectually, by doing a thing on electric-light signs. How beautiful they are, and what an obsessive, brainwashing message they carry. And everybody is so thankful for this super spectacle. Anyway, I think it’s the first Pop film.” – William Klein (source)

It’s been almost three years since we came to live next to Times Square – just off, still ”too close for comfort”. I’ve been crisscrossing Broadway every working day of the week, at least twice; sometimes during the weekends too. I have seen it by day and by night, sweating in the sizzling summer heat and glimmering after the rain, covered in snow and confetti, flooded with crowds and quasi-empty (yes, it does happen – rarely, but it does). But seeing it through Mr. Klein’s lens adds a whole new poetic dimension to the reality of Broadway, as we know it today.

It begins with these words:

”Les américaines ont inventé le jazz pour se consoler de la mort, la star pour se consoler de la femme.

Pour se consoler de la nuit, ils ont inventé Broadway…”

Click on the stills gallery for a larger view or, better yet, bedazzle yourself by watching this beautiful short film (only about 10′ long), here:

March 8th, 2018

Hollywood dogs

*Resident Postings* on the bulletin board of my building’s website:
 

3/2/19 6:30 PM
Dear person on 28th floor who leaves their poor dog home to bark for hours:please come home and take care of your poor dog. It does not like to be home alone or it has to go to the bathroom this is EVERY day! I feel for your dog!

3/14/19 8:36 PM
The dog barked Sat night for hours, its barking again now if you can’t afford to have a dog walker and work late or have a busy social life you should again get a dog walker I am VERY concerned for you dog you do not seem to be concerned because its barking as usual and you are not home. I am also going to make another complaint about you because this is animal abuse!PS: no more postings about the barking dog, all quiet from that front. Wish it would have been the same with the sirens…

PS1: images are from March 4th, 2018 from Loews Theatres, Lincoln Square. The film showing was Phantom Thread, a masterpiece directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, starring Daniel Day-Lewis, Vicky Krieps & the exquisite Lesley Manville.

It would take a while longer to watch the Isle of Dogs; it was only released on the 23rd of March.

March 4th, 2018

Follow your guide

Hello, my name is Mercurius and I will be your guide for this tour. Later on, we will explore the secrets of the Grand Central Terminal but, for now, please enjoy the wonderful blue sky above this construction site on my right, because, my dear mortals, in time, a glass metallic giant will rise bound to obstruct your view…

… thus spake Mercurius, and lo and behold:

Mercury standing atop the Tiffany clock, one of the jewels adorning the Grand Central Terminal facade.

February 28th, 2018 & June 6th, 2019