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This year is the fifth anniversary of this blog. For the first year I was unsure about how many photos I could actually upload because of the free blogging account has a space limit. So I kept photo uploads limited to just my arts and crafts along with any photographs that I actually exhibited in a show. Over time I learned such things as graphic optimization so I was able to upload more photos that way than I thought I could. So for the rest of the year I’m going to devote Throwback Thursday to photos from previous blog entries (along with links to the original posts) that I should’ve uploaded five years earlier but I didn’t.

In mid-June, 2010 my then-husband and I went to New York City to visit his father and step-mother. That trip was momentous because soon after I went there, I wrote this rant called I Don’t Love New York Anymore. I had an epiphany on that trip because I saw so many chain stores in Manhattan that it was unreal. I still have memories of an earlier time when there were more locally owned businesses than chain stores and these local businesses offered a more diverse array of items for sale.

Here are just a few of my photos from that weekend trip, which led me to write that rant.

I remembered I roamed the streets of New York City mostly by myself because my in-laws were busy with observing the Sabbath (my ex’s step-mother is an Orthodox Jew and his father converted to her faith shortly before they were married) while my then-husband was busy with watching the World Cup soccer matches.



Day 1 (June 13, 2010) I walked along the city streets while I took these photos.



I ran into the annual Puerto Rican parade where I saw people waving Puerto Rican flags while floats were driving along the streets.



I shot a short video that featured just a small portion of that parade.

The parade was pretty crowded so I decided to head over to the nearest subway stop and take the next subway train to Greenwich Village. I found that the nearest stop was Rockefeller Center. I ended up at Radio City Music Hall, where workers were in the process of preparing for the Tony Awards that would be broadcast on CBS that very evening.





Here’s a shot of Rockefeller Center from a upward angle.



I made a brief stop at the Cafe inside Rockefeller Center before I went into the subway station.



I took a couple of shots of some interesting wall etchings on my way to the subway station.



Once I reached Greenwich Village, I found this statue of Mahatma Gandhi.


Here are a few more photos of the Village.




On June 14, 2010, I began the second day of my solo wandering through New York City by making a trip to Dylan’s Candy Bar, a place that’s best described as a candy store on steroids.




Then I took some photos of what I saw on the streets of New York City.






I visited FAO Schwartz when it was still located on Fifth Avenue. (Sadly that store closed its doors for good just a few months ago.) I took photos of this life-sized statue of Chewbacca made from Legos and this line of environmentally friendly stuffed animals that were sold exclusively at FAO Schwartz.




I made a return visit to Rockefeller Center where I took some more external photos.







At that time there were signs in one of the empty storefronts announcing the opening of a new Lego store located right in the heart of Rockefeller Center. (I would actually visit that store on a subsequent trip to New York City the following year.)


The last few photos were taken at the Cafe that’s located right inside the NBC Store in Rockefeller Center. That cafe had some pretty funky decor.





I remember that the NBC Store sold bobblehead dolls of its biggest stars—Jim Cramer of CNBC’s Mad Money, Keith Olbermann of MSNBC’s Countdown With Keith Olbermann, and Jay Leno of NBC’s The Tonight Show With Jay Leno. Of those three bobblehead dolls that were on sale back in 2010, Jim Cramer is the only one whose show is still on the air at CNBC. Keith Olbermann’s show has long since been cancelled on MSNBC while Jay Leno has retired from his show and has since been replaced by Jimmy Fallon.





Yesterday I did a full day of walking around the city. I felt very fortunate that I was able to do so in light of my recent injuries and that devastating diagnosis regarding potential trouble with my back. I enjoyed myself for the most part but there were times when I kept on wondering if it would be the last time I would ever be able to do something like this, especially if further medical treatments for my degenerating bones somehow fail and I end up being too disabled to even walk a few steps. So it was an enjoyable day mixed with the occasional sadness and trepidation about my future health.

I began my journey with a trip to Times Square. This morning I skipped breakfast because I was still full from that birthday dinner at the restaurant that the family ate at to celebrate my father-in-law’s birthday. By the time I got on the subway, I still wasn’t hungry but I began to feel a little woozy because I made the mistake of taking my prescription meds on an empty stomach. So I got off at the Times Square stop and got myself a hot pretzel from one of the vendor stands. One cool thing that the powers-that-be did to Times Square was to close off a block of traffic and turned the street into a little pedestrian park with tables and chairs. On top of that, there was even free Wi-Fi available. I did a brief post on Facebook with my iPod Touch but the weather was really too cold to do much sitting outside. (The temperature in New York began at a very chilly 23 degrees Farenheit had reached a high of 47 degrees as the day progressed.)

Times Square

I made a brief visit to the big Hershey store in Times Square. They had some specially marked candy that was a tie-in for the upcoming animated Easter film Hop.

Hershey Store in Times Square
Hershey Store in Times Square
Hershey Store in Times Square
Hershey Store in Times Square

I did some web surfing the night before and learned that Disney had closed its World of Disney store on Fifth Avenue and the smaller one that was located next to the Amsterdam Theatre in Times Square. As a replacement, Disney took over this space in Times Square that used to be occupied by a Virgin Megastore (which was one of my favorite places to visit in New York City because of its huge stock in books, music, and movies—one could find an obscure movie classic or CD in that store) until that chain went out of business a few years earlier. I have to say that the newer Times Square Disney Store is pretty huge.

Disney Store in Times Square
Disney Store in Times Square
Disney Store in Times Square
Disney Store in Times Square
Disney Store in Times Square

While I was at the Disney Store I purchased this little 3-inch Vinylmation souvenir of Minnie Mouse dressed as the Statue of Liberty, which is exclusively sold at the Times Square store. In the meantime I had carried not only my purse but also a small cloth Mickey Mouse shopping bag that I had purchased at the Disney Store at Arundel Mills back home and I used the smaller shopping bag to carry my camera and maps in. Two store employees noticed that bag and asked me where I had gotten it from and they told me how much they liked it, which was pretty wild.

I also did some walking around in Times Square. I shot this photo of the Broadway theater that is showing the controversial new musical based on the Spider-Man comic book called Spider-Man Turn Off The Dark. That musical had generated bad press when a few of the actors were injured during rehearsals and the previews themselves had garnered much negative reviews among theater critics. The musical is still having preview shows that are opened to the general public. My husband’s step-mother said that the people behind that musical are charging as much per ticket as a typical Broadway show that’s being performed for real (meaning that it’s not a preview show), which is a rip-off if you consider that the price of a regular Broadway show starts at $100. If what she said is true, then it is really a rip-off since the shows are technically considered rehearsals and are not real regular performances.

Controversial Spider-Man Broadway Show

I soon began to grow tired of the constant crowds, noise, and visual stimulation of Times Square so I hopped on a subway and headed farther downtown to the East Village. Greenwich Village and Times Square are as different as night and day in that the former is much more quiet and the streets are filled with nice architecture (some of which dates as far back as the mid-1800’s).

My first stop in that area is a bit of a history lesson for anyone who reads this. Last Friday was the 100th anniversary of the most tragic event that ever happend to workers on the job in the United States—The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire. If you do enough research, you’d realize that this was a tragedy that could have been prevented had the owners of the company showed more concern about their employees in terms of occupational safety. What was really tragic was that many of the workers were young women who were in their teens and 20’s when they died.

The building where the tragedy took place is still there but it is now known as the Brown Building and it is part of the campus of New York University. There was a special event last Friday on the actual 100th anniversary but, as you can see from these photos, the flowers and writings on the sidewalk were still there. There were also purple banners hanging out the same windows where many of the people had jumped to their deaths in their efforts to escape the fire.

Triangle Shirtwaist Fire Centennial Anniversary
Triangle Shirtwaist Fire Centennial Anniversary
Triangle Shirtwaist Fire Centennial Anniversary
Triangle Shirtwaist Fire Centennial Anniversary
Triangle Shirtwaist Fire Centennial Anniversary
Triangle Shirtwaist Fire Centennial Anniversary
Triangle Shirtwaist Fire Centennial Anniversary
Triangle Shirtwaist Fire Centennial Anniversary
Triangle Shirtwaist Fire Centennial Anniversary
Triangle Shirtwaist Fire Centennial Anniversary
Triangle Shirtwaist Fire Centennial Anniversary
Triangle Shirtwaist Fire Centennial Anniversary
Triangle Shirtwaist Fire Centennial Anniversary
Triangle Shirtwaist Fire Centennial Anniversary

Afterwards I walked around the East Village a bit. Went to this really neat locally-owned bookstore called St. Mark’s Bookshop where I treated myself to thick paperback book of the complete writings of Oscar Wilde. (A few years ago I saw some of my friends act in a local amateur production of Wilde’s play The Importance of Being Earnest and I really enjoyed it.) I ate a late lunch at this Japanese restaurant called Zen (located at 31 Saint Marks Place between 2nd and 3rd Avenues) where the prices were pretty reasonable by New York City standards and the service was pretty good. I did a little bit of window shopping. I purchased something really cute at this store called AC Gears, which specializes in really neat looking electronics from Japan. It’s called Stargirl and it’s manufactured by Headphonies. Stargirl is both a cute figurine and a portable external speaker for a computer or MP3 player of your choice. Is that cool or what? I can’t wait until I get home and try this one out.

I also took a few photos while I walked around the East Village.

East Village
East Village
East Village
East Village
East Village

After I walked around for a while I took the subway to Rockefeller Center. Somehow I managed to get off at the subway station that was outside Rockefeller Center itself instead of inside the building (where I usually embark and disembark) so I decided to walk up 47th Street to get to the front of the building. As I walked up 47th Street, I began to kick myself for not using 46th Street or 48th Street because I forgot that this particular part of 47th Street is the Diamond District and there were so many sales reps and shop owners perched outside their stores asking every single passerbys if they wanted to buy diamonds or if they had gold, silver, platinum, diamonds, or other precious metals and stones they want to sell. I found myself saying "No" every other minute because these guys were so relentless, especially the ones who were asking me if I had any gold or silver I wanted to sell. I was so relieved when I finally hit Fifth Avenue because it was like a jungle in that block.

Once I got to the front of Rockefeller Center, I walked around the area where I took a few more photographs.

Rockefeller Center
Rockefeller Center
Rockefeller Center

While I was there I checked out the new Lego store. There was a Lego store that opened in Arundel Mills Mall in my area and I thought that it was big and impressive. Well the one at Rockefeller Center makes the Arundel Mills store look puny by comparison. Here’s one of the walls where people can choose from a myriad of bricks in various sizes and colors.

Lego Store in Rockefeller Center

They had statues and reliefs made from Legos that depicted various Rockefeller Center stuff. How accurate are the Lego recreations? Well, here’s are some comparison shots of one of the original artworks that adorns Rockefeller Center with a Lego re-creation of it.

Rockefeller Center
Lego Store in Rockefeller Center

I personally find Lego statues to be totally fascinating because I can only imagine the amount of planning and design it takes to create something from tiny plastic rectangular bricks that people would recognize while taking into account the limits of using a medium that’s totally inflexible (like Lego bricks).

Lego Store in Rockefeller Center
Lego Store in Rockefeller Center

While I was at Rockefeller Center, I went to the Digital Cafe (which is located just one floor above the NBC Store) where I had a chocolate pudding snack and a Diet Coke while I took a break from all that walking. Afterwards I headed over to the World of Nintendo store where I saw the new Nintendo 3DS for the first time. I have to admit that there were times when the 3D graphics were impressive but other times I just couldn’t tell the difference between that and a typical 2D screen. There were also not a lot of games currently available for the system that made me say "I gotta buy this thing right now!!!" I’m going to wait at least six months before I make a decision on whether to buy one for myself or not. But I have to admit that it’s cool that it was able to get a 3D effect without making users wear those dorky 3D glasses like in the 3D digital movie theaters.

As I left Rockefeller Center, I took a photo of someone who I think is the most important employee currently working at Rockefeller Center. I’m not talking about the various on-air personalities who work for NBC or one of its cable subsidiaries (i.e. MSNBC, CNBC, etc.) nor am I talking about any of the top-level executives of NBC and the other companies who inhabit Rockefeller Center. I’m talking about the guy who drives the zamboni to freshen up the Rockefeller Center ice skating rink. 😀

Zamboni Driver in Rockefeller Center

I then crossed Fifth Avenue to my final destination of the day before I became too totally exhausted to do anything else. I checked out the American Girl Place, which is full of American Girl dolls and various accessories. I know that American Girl originally started out as a series of fictional girls living in various eras of American history (such as the Civil War and the Great Depression). What really freaked me out and drove home the point that I’m now old is that there is a doll named Julie who is a 12-year-old girl in 1974. I was a child in 1974 and what’s really hilarious is that there are family photos of me wearing clothes that were similar to the 1970’s-style clothes that are currently available for Julie and her friends. I also owned a few of the items (such as a cheap record player and 45 r.p.m. records) that are now available as accessories for those dolls. Man, I really am old! (LOL!)

American Girl Place, Fifth Avenue, New York City
American Girl Place, Fifth Avenue, New York City
American Girl Place, Fifth Avenue, New York City

There’s also a relatively new line of American Girl dolls that are not based on historical fictional characters nor are they tied in with any book series. It’s called My American Girl and the idea is to pick an American Girl doll that resembles you the most (or to pick a doll you wish you could resemble if you only had different hair color or eye color). You can decide whether she has pierced ears (with her ears being pierced on the spot) or not, whether she wears glasses, or whether she has braces. There’s a wheelchair sold separately if you want your doll to be disabled. There’s even a medical kit that comes with bandages and crutches if you want her to be injured.

If that wasn’t enough, there’s also an online component where, if you register the doll at, you’ll get an avatar version of your doll and you can interact online with others in a safe environment. This is basically a variation on except you can get 20 stuffed Webkinz animals for the price of one American Girl doll.

The idea is to look at these slips of paper that contains pictures of each doll then pick the paper of the doll that interests you the most. You detach the paper slip and you look for the number on the paper. Then you look among the boxes for the number that corresponds exactly with the number on your paper slip, look for any accessories you want to buy for that doll (like wheelchairs, glasses, additional clothes, etc.), then pay for the doll at the checkout. Once you bring your doll home, you register her at and you’re good to go.

Just for the hell of it I looked among the slips of paper to see if there were any dolls that resembled me. All of the dolls are a little bit on the hefty side and I’m not exactly skinny so that was no problem. I looked among the dolls and I found one that resembled me the closest. She’s doll number 39 and it’s not an exact match mainly because she has blue eyes and I have hazel eyes. But if I wanted to, I could’ve purchased her along with glasses and crutches (to symbolize my current problems with my deteriorating bones).

I opted not to mainly because I was feeling very tired and I really wasn’t into buying dolls at the moment. I’ve seen patterns for American Girl doll clothes sold at various arts and crafts store but I don’t really know if there is a market for handmade American Girl doll clothes since there are already so many official American Girl doll clothes available. I guess I could do punk rock fashions since, as of this writing, there aren’t any historical American Girl dolls representing the punk rock and new wave music explosion that happened in the late 1970’s-1980’s. (LOL!)

I guess if, for some reason, I can’t overcome my medical problems, I could order that doll online along with glasses and either crutches or a wheelchair and call her My Mini-Me. Yeah, I can think cheerful thoughts at times.</sarcasm>

Well, anyway, I didn’t buy anything at that store and I was feeling tired so I took the subway back to my in-laws’ place. I basically spent the evening resting indoors since I was totally exhausted. I don’t regret working myself into the ground because I really don’t know what my future will be like and there’s a possibility that my days when I could be active will end soon—especially if any and all medical treatments fail.

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