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3rd Avenue street fair

Click to enlarge. Had the day all planned – walked out the door to discover a street fair on 3rd Avenue right outside Ted’s, from 72 to 86. Strolled up and down, much fun. Bought reading glasses, 3 for $25. Love these New Yorker posters.

The hospital just up the street was offering free blood pressure testing and free bike helmets. A big lineup. My blood pressure is normal to low. I didn’t get a helmet, I have one.

A hot Saturday with the street closed.

Strolling on – one of the delights of NYC is the preservation of a few old shops, like this barbershop which looks more or less unchanged from when it was founded in 1927. 

The subway – a young woman reading The Screwtape Letters. Someone young reading! Hooray! 

Sidewalk stencil, a desperate message: “Human over-population crisis, 52% wildlife killed off in 40 years.” Does anyone notice?

Once again, a surreal message outside the Frick museum – and the usual clump of mesmerized people. Cellphones are a necessity and a cancer. 

A bride being photographed in Central Park.

An oasis.

Human beings just have to leave their mark.

New York portrait – skinny Upper East Side lady reading the Times

Birthday party, Central Park – the fathers gather at the back, by the balloons, while the mothers organize the games and cake. Many happy children.

And then I took the 79th Street exit and wandered back to Ted’s. This is the first time in memory I’ve come to NYC and not gone to the theatre. I have stayed in a close radius to home. Glad I came. Glad I’m leaving.

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