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The Secret Garden at Macy’s

The Flower Show at Macy’s Herald Square store is greatly anticipated by flower lovers of all kinds and this, the 40th Annual, is appropriately timed for the beginning of Spring.

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This dramatic sculpture welcomes your arrival.  Lady in a Red Dress is a delightful combination of flowers, fashion and architecture.  Standing 14 feet tall, she is stunningly covered in over 2000 flowers.

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It’s not an exaggeration to say that there are flowers everywhere.  30,000 plants fill every possible space on the main floor of the store.

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The display is a riot of color and fragrance with over 200 varieties of plants and flowers artfully arranged… mostly.  Though the arrangements are beautiful, and the sheer scale is awe-inspiring, frankly the effect is overwhelming.  Or maybe that’s due in part to the crush of the weekend crowd.  When will I ever learn?

Graffiti Trike

This is the best re-purposing of a NYPD Traffic Enforcement Vehicle that I have seen so far.

The Cushman Interceptor III Utility Trike has been used by traffic cops in the city since the 1960’s.  If you thought that it might be embarrassing to drive one around on the job, clearly the owner of this one does not agree with you.

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And, the owner has eclectic taste.  Fan paraphernalia from Manchester United Football Club

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…and rock band KISS is displayed prominently.

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The graffiti style paint job seems to be in tribute to 5Pointz, one of New York’s the world’s most admired displays of “outdoor art”, now painted over.

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Don’t you want to meet this graffiti artist… eccentric…soccer player…rock fan… mechanic?  All of the above?

Shopping in Chinatown

Shopping for fish in Chinatown?  Not sure what you’d like?  You’ll find plenty of the usual snapper and shrimp… 

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Cooked crabs…

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…or live.  One guy wants to hang out with the hard shells.  

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But how about trying something you’ve never had before?  Like these little guys.

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How about some dried squid or krill?

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Or some dried sea cucumber?

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Or…I was too afraid to ask.

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After a few blocks of strange looking creatures and stranger smells, I turned my attention to the fruit.

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Still afraid to ask.

Spices & Tease

Before establishing an indoor stall at the Chelsea Market, French cousins Francois and Bruno had a terrific open-air set up at Columbus Circle.

Spices and Teas(e) in dazzling array are chosen for their fragrance and color, then scooped up with a long handled shovel to be boxed and sent home.

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With over 30 varieties of homemade spice blends, more than 70 spices and seeds, 25 herbs and 180 exotic imported teas it’s so hard to chose.

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