Singalong on Lincoln Center Plaza Yesterday

NYC knows how to celebrate and who could resist this invitation in the West Side Rag, especially since this was happening in my backyard! Snippets of videos of joyful NYers attached (they do play I promise, some have to be clicked twice)

“The Young People’s Chorus of New York City headlines this joyous outdoor performance and singalong, kicking off Summer for the City,” Lincoln Center’s three-month summer program, presenting 300+ free performances, a press release announced. “We offer this warm welcome to come together after so much time apart,” said Shanta Thake, chief artistic officer.

Welcome to the Lincoln Center Singalong

Amore!! What a way to begin

(I had to stop the video when a woman kept walking straight at me no matter where I moved!)

Remember Moonstruck? Parts were filmed right here

What great moves! Watching him ya gotta smile and wonder at the nonchalance of the NYers around him

And for the GRAND FINALE….. welcome back NYC (sorry it’s sideways but worth watching)!

Only In New York, Or So I Thought…..

Maple R., an absolutely adorable puppy lives with my very good friend in an apartment building not too far from me and Blue Handler is my very handsome granddog who recently moved to Detroit. Coincidentally they both introduced me to a new concept on the same day- doggy report cards! I found this idea to be hilariously funny but quickly adjusted my attitude when I realized how seriously they both take this;-)

I received “written” permission (via email) to share even more reasons for their humans to brag. Keep in mind Maple’s report card is from her very first experience with a dog walker and Blue’s is from Canine to Five (get it?!)a new-to-him doggy day care in a new-to-him city.

Meet Maple (told you she was adorable)

and here’s the very handsome Blue

Now for the two report cards (spoiler alert, both are stars)

Maples report had to be posted in two sections

Notice “Today’s Walk Theme”!

Love how he answers in the first “person’!

English Countryside? No, Belvedere Castle in Central Park

Belvedere Castle is a folly rising majestically over Manhattan containing exhibit rooms and an observation deck, and since 1919, has also housed the official Central Park weather station. It was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux in 1867–1869 and provides some of the best views of Central Park*

I took this photo on my early morning walk last weekend and love the contrasts of color and texture. For me, the elegant landscape and majestic beauty of the castle simply balanced by a child playing ball which bring the scene into the present, are even more reasons to love NYC.

* wikipedia

A Strange HIPPA Story, Where Are the Boundaries?

The morning R & N, two of my dear friends were leaving for a Colorado vacation from their home in Akron Ohio they discovered an injured vulture in their yard. With no time to spare they called a third dear friend, a retired landscape architect and animal rescuer extraordinaire who promised to head right over, capture the bird and take it to the closest bird rescue center. C and one of her helpers managed to successfully capture the injured bird but not before it became frightened and fled under the very large deck in R & N’s yard. By crawling under the deck and throwing a blanket over its head they were able to maneuver the injured and badly frightened bird out from under the deck and into the back of their van. They then sped off to the rescue center where the injured creature could be seen by a specialist and tended to by the staff.

This is where it gets crazy. A few days later, unbeknownst to eachother, both R and C called to check on the vulture’s welfare. The woman who answered the phone at the rescue center said she was sorry but she wasn’t allowed to give out information regarding the birds’ welfare to an unauthorized person. C explained that she was the one who had rescued the bird and brought it to the clinic for treatment AND that the information she was requesting was about a VULTURE not her second cousin once removed or her Aunt Tilly! But it was to no avail. When R tried and got the same response she asked the woman to at least tell her if the bird had survived-to which the message was irritatingly repeated, she could only give that information to “authorized“ people. Seriously, is there such a thing as wild bird HIPPA?!  R & C probably would have had better luck inquiring about the welfare of Aunt Tilly!