Friday, October 24, 2014

we’ve been gourd and that’s no bull

Star-struck fans often hang around stage doors for a glimpse of celebrity.

Yesterday on west 67th Street I saw a 2,058 pound superstar, the largest pumpkin grown in the United States.

It was waiting in the rain to make an appearance on abc’s Kelly and Michael, a yearly event. 

Here is last year’s proud appearance:

Grown in Napa California, this beauty broke last year’s record of 2,032.

Pumpkin festivals all over the Golden State gather the best specimens and weigh them in dramatic, drum roll ceremonies.

The winner is flown to New York to make personal appearances, this morning live at 9am on channel 7.

And who do you think is charged with the care of this luminary while it is visiting New York City?

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

heal and soul

Do these look like shoes to you?

Back on the 14th CTT featured the wonderful shoe show at the Brooklyn Museum.

If you like women’s shoes as I do, you’ll flip.

It starts with history and documents designers, styling trends and manufacturers to present day.


Some of the shoes are just plain silly.

Some are sublimely beautiful. 

Even calming.

But all remind us of how prosaic foot protection can be art when in the right hands.

I’m just glad I can enjoy them all without having to wear them.

Worth a trip on the 4 train.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

leaves on time

but still off peak.

my, look how you've grown


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Pelham Manor House

You might believe you’d have to leave town for a walk by the water like this. 

But you don’t.

Take the 6 train to the end at Pelham Bay, then a short bike ride on a sun dappled path.

To this!

The spectacular Bartow-Pell Mansion, right here in the Bronx. 
Parts of this property go back to 1654.

It was enlarged and renovated to the Federal Style between 1836 and 1842.

Dozens of colonial figures you’ve heard of have lived, worked or stayed here. 

The house passed from Bartow to the Pell family and then sold to the city in 1888, two years after our ClockTower opened.

The gardens and reflecting pool date from 1916.

There’s an old stables.

And an even older graveyard.

The property gained Landmark status in 1976 and today is considered one of the finest examples of Federal housing in our entire country.

You can tour the mansion Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays from 12noon to 4pm.

Next week we’ll go inside and I’ll post pictures of the interior rooms and passageways.

They really knew how to live.

Monday, October 20, 2014

tooth be told

The tooth fairy is a well-loved part of global folklore.

Nearly every culture has their version. 

In Europe some folks leave glitter on the floor for fairy dust.

Visa Inc. found that American kids in 2012 averaged about $3.00 per tooth.

Last year it rose to $3.70.

Now this year it has slumped back down to $3.40.

As the saying goes, you don’t have to brush all your teeth.

Only the ones you want to keep.

You can’t handle the tooth.