Friday, March 28, 2014

Welcome to Midtown Random 5 Friday

Happy, happy, happy it's Random 5 Friday, one of my favorite times of the week. It also may actually be the first Friday of what I hope will really be spring. Yesterday morning was winter, but today really feels like spring. It's in the 50's and I was warm in my lighter jacket. I'm just praying it stays this way because...

1)

...these guys really need a chance. I'm rooting for them! 

2) Yesterday -- the day I hope was the last day of winter -- I braved the cold for the dentist. Her office is not quite two miles from where I live, but the neighborhood changes drastically. It goes from my relatively residential neighborhood to office buildings and more office buildings. The area below 59th Street to 34th Street is considered Midtown, both on the East and West sides of Manhattan. I was surprised to see that in a neighborhood I couldn't imagine more densely packed with buildings there was a lot of construction. I'd been there in the late fall and these changes have taken place since then. 

The view here is from West 58th Street to West 59th Street and Central Park is in the distance. 

These are the new buildings that are going up. I like the mix of shorter buildings and the light they let into the area. 

Old in front and new in back. The buildings couldn't be more different. I don't often get on my preservation soapbox, but the contrast was complete here. My dentist's office is down the block. 

3) Call me odd, but I don't mind going to the dentist. I've got a great dentist and I like all of the staff very much. I'm pretty avid about keeping up with brushing, flossing and wearing the dreaded night guard and thankfully I'm holding onto my teeth. 

4) I'm up to 12 bags of clutter gone.  I'm beginning to see a few places that are coming along and 28 more bags should really make a difference. It's also getting easier to part with things. One of the senior programs is having a sale in May and are looking for knickknacks and I'm going to put a bag together this weekend.  

5) A sneak preview of my pictures from the Macy's Flower Show. 

Please stop by tomorrow for more pictures for my "Pink Saturday" post. 

I hope you enjoyed our tour through Midtown Manhattan and our brief detour to West 34th Street. Now that the weather is warming up I'm hoping to really get around the city. I feel that I've been cooped up for years, though it's only three months. 

As always, thanks for visiting. Take good care and have a great weekend!

13 comments:

Terra said...

I can see you are enjoying being out and about, with the weather bearing a promise of spring. That is quite a contrast between the new and the old buildings. I tend to prefer the old.

TARYTERRE said...

I like the look of the older buildings better than the new. We had 50's here yesterday and are expecting more snow tonight. Hope you guys stay in the 50's there.

W. Latane Barton said...

I loved visiting your area of NY city. I love that place... the city, that is. Miss it since my daughter moved out into the 'suburbs'.

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

I'm such an old soul -- love seeing the old buildings. Wish more were preserved. xo

Simply Linda said...

Buttercup, you are so brave to live in the concrete jungle (giggles). Anyways..I so enjoy reading about your day and the going ons. Sure makes me smile. Blessings

Sola Scriptura said...

I enjoy seeing your photos of the big city! I hope spring stays with you.

Susie said...

Buttercup, Great post. I too like saving the old buildings. Something to be said for stone compared to steel and glass. Hope you get to keep your warm weather..it snowed here this morning..yuck. xoxo,Susie

Mevely317 said...

Those hydrangeas are stunning! You're so fortunate to have seen them "in person."

I enjoyed your contrasting the buildings' architecture as well. Silly question, perhaps - is that the Dakota in the foreground?

Enjoy your weekend my friend!

Nellie said...

Isn't it amazing when "extra" space seems to open up for more building?!? That happens often in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg. Good for you! You are making progress on those 40 bags!

Lynda said...

I LOVE the old building - - - such beautiful heritage and architecture. NYS has some wonderful old buildings. I miss going back to NY since my mom has passed. Just seeing the buildings made it feel like I had come home. The dentist is one of my most feared places to visit. We went to some very "painful" persons when we were younger. It really almost sets me in panic mode. GOOD for YOU on the decluttering!!!! It's amazing how much we collect over the years.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

You're doing so great getting rid of clutter. I need to do more this Spring, but at least I'm not thrift shopping as much. I don't mind going to the dentist either. I like getting my teeth cleaned...feels so good! Enjoy your weekend! Hugs!

Theresa said...

I am ready for Spring, looks like you are enjoying being out and about your beautiful city:) I love the old buildings the most:) Have a blessed day dear friend, HUGS!

Annesphamily said...

Our front and back yard look like a scene from a war movie, dirty, weeds, more dirt, more weeds I wish I knew people who would volunteer to help get it looking nice! It is sad because we are tired after working all day. Plus the hubby has dental surgery this week. So he will be laid up for four to six days! Prayers please. Love reading your delightful posts. Hugs, Anne