Saturday, March 24, 2012

March 21

I'm the last of the group to post about the amazing 24 hours four friends spent together, It was less than 24 hours, really! A whirlwind crazy idea to meet up with our dear friend Marianne as she had a layover in NYC for a day.
I took the train, KJ and JB drove in from Western Mass, and Marianne was arriving from Holland. WOW!!

Here they are, my three fashionista girlfriends!
I'll let you guess who's who.

One of my favorite parts of this get together was going to 230 5th. It was a 20th floor rooftop bar which sidled up alongside the Empire State Building and had a view of other impressive tall buildings that glowed in the changing afternoon sun. It was magical!  

I don't know what building this is, but I can tell you the glow is totally from the afternoon sun. I put my camera on the "dusk" setting. Wowee! 

These are water towers for the restaurant! Many buildings have them sticking out of their rooftops. It's quite something to see, especially when they're HOT pink!

We had to go through this beautiful pink lounge to get to the roof Wow!
I did NOT enhance any of these colors! It was amazing as the light changed to twilight.

A sign showing me how lucky I was to be a part of this meeting.
Those are not my cigarette butts.

Is this Paris?? Could be! But it's Bryant Park, a sweet little bit of verdant green where the daffodils were blooming under the still bare trees. It was nearly 80 degrees out!!

There was a beautiful little carousel there with hand-painted details on the booth and along the top. 

I just noticed that one of my dear friends is in the reflection!! Hi KJ!!

As I was walking along Broadway with Marianne she noticed these wonderful large ravens!!! I got so excited! But then we saw them from the front and it turns out they were eagles. I photographed them at an angle that still looked ravenesque to me :)

A clever name for a sandwich cafe in the park.

This was taken in Times Square. I think it's a broadcast station of some sort. I just thought it was neat how it stuck out of the building. It was enormous! 

The circle says "The Knowledge Effect." There was something about it that grabbed me.

So cool!! It must have been so much fun to paint this! 

Another view from230 5th. The lanterns and The Empire State building juxtaposed. So lovely.

One of the things I tried to do when I first got there was to see how many shots I could take of the number 21 to mark March 21st as memorable.
I came up with nothing all day long. But then....
Just as we were saying our goodbyes I looked across the street and there it was. 

I swear the Universe provides.
I really do.

Thanks ladies, for such a memorable jaunt!
You were all so generous in so many ways.
it was a BLAST, even with my crappy shoes and my heavy luggage :)

Same time next year??

Just saying.

I love you all!

Forever 21.



  1. oh good god lo, your photos are great! it is so so much fun to share experiences and then share blogs about them. you captured the magic perfectly!

    the color of the sky,
    the magic of the skyline
    the joy of bryant park,
    the flair of 230 fifth
    the good fortune &
    and the cosmic fortune

    as we often say, being together was so easy peasy. YES we'll do it again. i have no doubt. i may kidnap mim next time.

    thank you manhattan. it sure was fun


  2. You gals took wonderful photos but not many (if any) of each other????
    Still glad you had such a good time together. And fun to see NY through your lens.

  3. loved your photos lo! oh my that roof top bar, it's just spectacular. i can imagine the fun you all had together. 24 hours doesn't get much more magical. i love new york and good friends in it!
    p.s. i loved that photo of you in the mirror!

  4. Forever 21
    yep, I'll vote for that!

    Just amazing all the photos you guys have loaded, and they're all so different.I've loved each one.

    Yours are all just 21 shades of wonderful Lo,,,so glad this happening happened.
    Yaaaa you, even with the not so great shoes and luggage.

  5. Great pictures Lo!
    And that last shot!
    Indeed the universe provides, I am always convinced about that too.
    It was a crazy idea but we will do it again!
    Next time with a small backpack and comfy shoes :)
    But the 230 was a hit wasn't it and I loved the breakfast!
    But best of all was meeting the 3 of you! KJ's crazy but also fantastic idea !!!!!
    This will be another great memory that will give my heart a warm feeling when I think back in the future.
    It was more then just fun :)

  6. Beautiful, BEAUTIFUL photos and text Lo! What a BIG city NY every way! I mean, color, design, just still blows me away to look at the photos and know they are just vignettes of this living metropolis.
    Glad you all could meet and have a BALL~~life is good!


  7. You sure packed a lot in 24 hours. Wonderful photos here. I have never been to NY but I can get the feel of how larger then life it all is.

  8. I was waiting to see your photos from this whirlwind adventure....they are (in true Lolo style) your detail shots of the Carousel...(one day, we will get you to the one in Central will swoon..)

    Love the buildings, the twilight/ magical...the 24/7commotion of LIFE that is NY... (although trust me, there are some quiet, almost pastoral parts of it -where C and I lived..and even in Central Park)....wrong shoes and luggage can spoil a trip - it's a testament to YOUR spirit - and to those wonderful friends - that it didn't! the's all worth it!


    ♥ LS ♥

  9. Looking at these I'm sure I shared the same thrill that you had ... well, close at least. :)

  10. What great photos, Lolo!!! I love that place where you could see all of the colorful buildings and water towers! I think I could stay there a few weeks without leaving!!!

  11. One day I will get to NY. Hope you will all come and meet me too. LOL

  12. Just reading about this on KJ's blog. Does look like a fabulous trip.

  13. Honestly, your photographs are noteworthy & bookworthy...I am fearful of cities, but you brought out the enchantment and lured me in.
    I am so glad that you took the trip and plan to repeat it with comfortable foot attire!

  14. Lo, this looks like a fabulous time! The "Sex In The City" girls turned loose! Loved seeing all your sights. I've never seen NYC except in photos. So exciting. Thanks for sharing.

  15. The photos are beautiful, Laurel - what a fab time you must have had!