I’m In A New York City Of Mind

If it’s June, it must mean I’m in NYC again for my annual recharge.  Where even the Lowland Gorillas at the Bronx Zoo possess an attitude particular to the revered.

The trip coincided with Jeremy Lipkings one man show at the Arcadia Gallery which included a portrait demo by Jeremy that unfortunately could only be viewed effectively by Kobe Bryant. But still.. a stunning show.

A spectacular installation at the Met Roof Garden- ” Big Bambu ”  a growing structure soaring up to 100 feet high and added to on an ongoing basis.

Staying with my good friend Judy-of Lobo’s Rants, an artist as well, and fellow animal lover, which is evident in the montage of her pet portraits seen below:

Convened with fellow friends, frequent visitors to St. Croix and fellow bloggers Carol King of Carolkings Weblog  and Mary Schwalm of 2 Frames Per Second for our annual NYC reunion.

Still the towering symbol of achievement, success and hope, a sharp eye can catch a sardonic flip side of all that:

And a hint that maybe the end IS near?  Tonight’s forecast…..

This city is one long drink of everything you ever wanted which can sometimes lead to excess of stimulation resulting in impromptu naps.

During my last visit I encountered three people in unrelated places that were born on St. Croix and now living in NYC which confirmed what I’ve noticed since living on St. Croix: there is a strong link between the two places.


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21 Responses to “I’m In A New York City Of Mind”

  1. Wreggie Says:

    Recharge, relax and enjoy. June in NYC is nice.

  2. CarolKing Says:

    It’s always fun when you come back to visit and we had a swell time at the St. Croix reunion. I didn’t realize you took a picture of me napping! Damn you and that G7! You’re so fast with that thing.

    • Bonnie Luria Says:

      Carol- I did think of you when I saw that statue but they wouldn’t let me put the title ” the Tiredest Person Who Ever Lived ” under it. Still…we knew it was really you.

  3. sam Says:

    As usual, a post more than worth waiting for. You always make a strong case for posting less with better stuff. Your photos are gems. For instance, A) apetalk speaks gorilla, B) Is Lipking really that tall?, and C) this weekend my husband rebuilt the bamboo trellis at the ranch without disturbing the giant blooming wisteria vine on top of it–total legerdemain.

    Dred Lox… Kosher Irie.

  4. Paz Says:

    Glad to read you’re having a fun time in the city. One of the things I love about NYC is that you’ll find persons from all over the world here, including St. Croix. 😉 Keep having a great time.


  5. lesliepaints Says:

    Wonderful post, Bonnie. Matt and Carol are trying to give me an idea of the flavor of New York. This post gives me even more to see. I love it! Interesting observation about St.Croix and New York City. My ex says St. Petersburgh is where many Canadians come to winter. I wonder how that all gets started?

    • Bonnie Luria Says:

      Leslie- Matt showed me the watercolor you did of his band of door breakers and I was bowled over. So generous and such great work.
      I wonder how areas get gentrified by groups from other locales and it must start with families and friends of friends. It’s like blogs…soon you’ve got friends of friends and there it goes.
      The only way to get the flavor of NY is to plunge deeply into it.
      I now need a snorkel.

  6. Melinda Says:

    Gee, I’m not sure that I would think of NYC as a place to recharge, but I do see how you have made it so. What a great travel log. Love the photos and your comments.

    Wishing you more of all that you enjoy there!

    • Bonnie Luria Says:

      Yes, Melinda- it’s a recharge as long as you don’t forget to take the battery out when it’s full. Hence, my return home.
      Glad you enjoyed the silly stuff that’s here.

  7. Marian Fortunati Says:

    I know you love New York, Bonnie… I’m so glad you get a chance to see your home city and your friends and family every once in a while…

    And then go back to your love and your cute animals and your island paradise!!!

    • Bonnie Luria Says:

      Marian- if I didn’t get back I’d be yearning every time I saw opening movie credits that show the city. And if I didn’t leave, I’d miss everything else.
      Ah…the balance.

  8. Donald Diddams Says:

    Intellectual and creative recharge is almost instantaneous in NY, and one must just take care to unplug before the battery banks melt down! A great post! I particularly like the marquee advertising “pestilence tonight”. Something for everyone, I guess…

    • Bonnie Luria Says:

      Well said Don. There is not only something for everyone, there is something that you didn’t imagine anyone needed or even thought of.
      I’m home- back in the damp, wet heat and tackling piles of detritus that arrived as a result of being away.

  9. w1kkp Says:

    O, I love this post. I went to all the links! A Feast for the homebound. Thank you. Carol’s lookin’ buff!

    • Bonnie Luria Says:

      Pat- I so thought of you while walking in, under and through the Big Bambu as it’s called by it’s creators. All tied with cord and otherwise unmounted to the rooftop, a prehistoric roller coaster.

  10. Jala Pfaff Says:

    Hee, a great post. I love that bamboo structure thingie.
    Jeremy Lipking. Wow.
    No sex in NYC? Hard to believe…
    I had to laugh at the “Pestilence” one, a personal laugh. Miss Lemon can be a huge pest sometimes, and at some point The Husband started yelling, “Help! Call Pest Control” whenever she would leap onto him. So of course that led to us warning each other whenever “Pestilence” was approaching. Hee.

    • Bonnie Luria Says:

      How funny- let the husband know that apparently Miss Lemon is moonlighting in NY.
      I can hardly imagine that he doesn’t love when she does that. Just let her stop and see how he feels.

  11. jaybastian Says:

    Bonnie, I wish I could see the world through your eyes for an hour!

  12. Bonnie Luria Says:

    Jay- let’s make a deal. You can step behind my eyes if I can step behind your brush.
    Glad you dropped by.

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