Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Sitting in Madison Square Park and looking out to Fifth Avenue. You can get a glass of wine at the Shake Shack and enjoy the park; sometimes there are concerts. (click on photos to enlarge)
I hope you are having a nice summer. It doesn't seem that long ago since the winter snow was falling. Thankfully summer is now here, and it is not yet too hot. I've been enjoying the city and taking some pictures along the way.
Sitting next to me on a bench in Madison Square Park was a young woman looking casually stylish in an embroidered tunic, silky pants, and chic sandals.
One of my favorite events is the Jane Street sale, held in June, when people in Greenwich Village come out and sell their goods.
I bought this big, old, heavy metal container which is meant to hold ashes at the fireplace.
Now, we put kitty litter and other supplies in it in our kitchen. $25. I love it.
Over on the Hudson River, boats passed each other on a sunny day.
Up at Bryant Park, the lilies are in full bloom. The flowers there are so pretty.
This talented young woman was singing and playing an accordian in Bryant Park - wonderful!
At Bergdorf Goodman, horses are the current window theme.
I had lunch at the Coffee Shop on Union Square with my niece Jane who was much smaller when we started this blog... This summer she is off to art school. Where did the time go? I am her proud godfather.
We took a weekend trip out to Connecticut for Father's Day and had lunch at the Stone House Restaurant.
Here is my nephew Ben, brother Eric, and my pa.
After lunch we had a quick trip to the beach
and the following day we went to the beach at Hammonasset State Park where the rugosa roses were in fragrant bloom -
This weekend we had a successful trip to the Union Square Farmer's Market, where fresh flowers, lettuce and bread are now plentiful.
Sunday was the Gay Pride Parade so TD and I marched down Fifth Avenue and Christopher Street with the other revelers -
We stopped for a glass of water along Fifth Avenue -
TD and I say equal rights for all!
Saturday, June 14, 2014
Last week TD and I attended a preview screening for the new movie Burning Blue about a love affair between two Navy pilots. The movie was written and directed by DMW Greer, who spoke eloquently before the theater lights went down about how the movie was inspired by an experience he himself had had in the Navy. He originally wrote a play about it which ran in London and then New York, and now has produced this movie.
Set in 1995, the Navy pilots, played by the handsome Trent Ford and Bob Mayes, are caught in Bill Clinton's ridiculous "Don't Ask Don't Tell" policy, when military personnel could still be discharged for being gay. All the snooping and investigating and effort spent to discharge gay people in this movie is truly disheartening. Thank heavens that in 2011 Obama ended the ban on gay people in the military, when he said, "Our military will no longer be deprived of the talents and skills of patriotic Americans just because they happen to be gay or lesbian." Bravo Barack.
The movie features a good story, strong performances, and points to how far gay rights have come since 1995. BB says thumbs up to Burning Blue!
Friday, July 1, 2011
TD and I marching down Fifth Avenue in the Pride Parade with Judson Memorial Church.
Last Friday night TD and I were sitting on the couch watching live on tv the New York State Senate vote count in Albany on the bill to legalize same-sex marriage, and were elated when it passed. Thanks to our friend Senator Tom Duane who has been working on the legislation for many years and to our great governor Andrew Cuomo who was committed to getting the bill passed, same sex couples can now be legally married in New York, the third largest state in the nation – hooray! I have to say that above and beyond the marriage issue it feels like a validation in terms of equality that I never thought that I would see in my lifetime. It feels great.
On Saturday TD and I walked over to the Stonewall Bar where the gay rights movement began in 1969 with the Stonewall riots when the patrons there fought back against the harassing police. When we walked up to the bar I noticed a tv truck with a satellite dish across the street. TD and I had our picture taken out front by our friend Sherry and we went inside for a beer. I had never been inside Stonewall before – tiny little place with a low ceiling and a long bar. Unlikely spot for the launch of a civil rights movement. By the time we were walking home I was getting emails and phone calls – we were on the NBC Nightly News. You can see us in the background having our picture taken on the clip at about 33 seconds.
Frontrunners – the gay running group. TD and I were both members, and that's how we met – 26 years ago – so I have a sentimental spot for the Frontrunners group.
Finally our group stepped off into the parade. It is always a thrill to walk down the center of Fifth Avenue and see all the way down to Washington Square in the Village. How often can you walk down the middle of Fifth Avenue?
At 29th Street the members of Marble Collegiate Church handed out cups of cold water and a message:
It was a great weekend in New York City. There was the feeling that justice had been done. I applaud the Republican lawmakers who crossed party lines to give all New Yorkers who love one another the freedom to marry.
Have a happy Fourth of July weekend!
Labels: Gay pride
Thursday, July 1, 2010
The Gay Pride Parade on Fifth Avenue
This past Sunday was Gay Pride Day in New York City. It was the twenty-fourth that Ted and I celebrated together! And that's what I'm proud of.
We started the day at our liberal and artistic church, Judson Memorial on Washington Square South. The service began with a flash mob – a public dance in Washington Square choreographed by Aiden O'Shea and Alana Hartman, which ended with two women getting married. Ted participated; here he is in the center in white shirt and blue shorts.
Here he is again, arms outstretched. Ain't he cute?
Then we went inside for a happy service led by associate pastor Michael Ellick with wonderful music from music director Michael Connelly. It was a joy, I'll tell you that. Growing up Catholic in upstate New York I never in my farthest dreams imagined that I would be in a Sunday church celebrating gay pride.
Then it was off to march in the parade down Fifth Avenue. It was hot out, really hot. It's such a different experience to watch the parade from the sidelines, and then step into the parade. People are looking at you and waving and cheering so you wave and cheer back, it's kind of like you're on center stage. Ted and I walked by a group and they yelled at us, "You're beautiful!" Marching in the parade is a wonderful experience.
Behind us there were cheerleaders flying through the air the entire way down Fifth Avenue. I don't know how they did it.
My favorite part of the parade: all three churches on lower Fifth Avenue are out on the curb offering welcome cups of cold water to marchers – Marble Collegiate Church, First Presbyterian and Church of the Ascension, Protestant churches all.
We were saying to the people giving out water, "Thank you," and they were saying back to us, "Thank you."
Unlike Catholic Saint Patrick's Cathedral where in the past marchers could not even stop or go up the steps. Ugly right-wing fundamentalists stationed there with placards yelled hideous things to the marchers passing by. Shame on Saint Patrick's.
We walked past the Flat Iron building, one of the most striking and elegant in New York, built in 1903 by Daniel Burnham.
The ad on this bus shelter said "Live United" and I liked it combined with the American flag. It was extremely disappointing, to say the least, that marriage equality was defeated in New York state this year.
I say live and let live.