Jane’s Carousel, built in 1922 and painstakingly restored over a ten year period is just gorgeous.
Not usually open after dark, tonight it is the venue for a private party. Wouldn’t it be magical to ride?
One bright and beautiful morning I set off on my bike and rode north on the Hudson River Greenway* bike path. Most of the path is near the river and it provides a smooth continuous route for the entire length of Manhattan. It was such a glorious day I just kept riding along enjoying the view and the wind at my back.
I didn’t have a desination in mind until I saw it in the distance - The George Washington Bridge. What is that spot of red on the shore? I must find out!
Wary of trolls, I went right under the bridge to find the answer.
It’s a Little Red Lighthouse.
A little too close, but the plaque explains it all.
Now it was time to turn around - remember that wind at my back? It made the 13 mile trip relatively easy; the return 13 miles with the wind in my face, not so much. Still, it was a beautiful day for a 'big bike ride'**.
* The most heavily used bikeway in the United States.
** With thanks to Gavin from ‘Kids in the Hall’.
The Boardwalk at Coney Island on opening day. So much busier now!
A Certain Slant of Light: Spencer Finch at the Morgan (2014) is a stunning art installation that has transformed The Morgan Library and Museum.
Finch’s work is known for his exploration of light and time and the Morgan has made a brilliant choice in acquiring this artwork.
The four story Gilbert Court atrium is already spectacular and I always like to pause and take it in from the second floor landing. A Certain Slant of Light has been created by covering some of the atrium’s window panes with coloured film and by hanging additional glass panes in the space.
Inspired by the Library’s collection of medieval Books of Hours, Finch has created a work that functions as a calendar as well. As the sun moves through the space, the work constantly changes; but in order to achieve specific effects, Finch has precisely measured and placed panels that will commemorate “red letter days”. These days will mark secular holidays throughout the year.
The arrangement and color of the panels will change monthly to reflect the season as well as the changing light conditions. So not only will the display change hour by hour, it will day by day as well.
I’m so glad we visited on a sunny day.
Had enough of the numbers? Hope not; here’s why there are more.