Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Signs above Manhattan

Last Friday, my spouse and I walked the High Line, the elevated New York park that was formerly freight train tracks, for the first time.  Although it was our first time, it won't be our last.

One thing you can say about New York City weather in July - it is hot. And humid.  But despite that, crowds walked the High Line. 

With a head half spinning from the heat, and totally disoriented with the joy of being surrounded by trees and flowers in Manhattan, I started taking pictures.

Something that struck me right away were the signs on nearby buildings.  After all, when you have four million visitors to a place each year, you want to have your sign out there.

For example, Patagonia asks us to take an "environmental pledge". (I don't buy their clothing, so this is not an endorsement.)  Why not, near a park dedicated to the environment?

Then, I saw this sign above 10th Avenue in Chelsea.  Apparently, this sign is a favorite of people on Flickr.  It's one of my favorites, too.  This was our first view and the sign was so perfect against the Manhattan building backdrop.

And then, we got a little closer.  It really was for a parking lot!  Considering that it really does take a miracle to find parking in most of Manhattan - I think the Almighty would really rather have residents and tourists take the subway (we did) and let Him concentrate on the really important stuff.

Finally, I am going to be mean and make your mouth water.  Here are signs by a couple of the food vendors on the High Line. 

In New York City, foods blend together.  There was also a "taco truck" and a gourmet "soda works".

Tomorrow, a special Simply Summer post. I'll resume blogging about the High Line- its flowers and its arts - later this week or next.

17 comments:

  1. I haven't been to Manhattan in years. Thanks for sharing the photos! I would love to try some of those drinks:)

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    1. So would I! Seriously, we walked north and all the vendors - we found out - were on the south part of the High Line. At that point we weren't ready for refreshment but the 93 degree heat changed that quickly. If there had been vendors at the West 30th Street terminus, we would have gladly bought a drink from them!

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  2. It certainly was a good day (93 degrees) for something icy!

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  3. I've never been to New York but I'd love to visit. I think my favorite would be browsing all the neat shops and cafes. Thanks for sharing your day with us!

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    1. Yes, there are a lot of really neat shops and cafes in New York City -and the outer boroughs, too. (New York City is so much more than Manhattan, which is what most people think when they think "New York City".) Please visit New York City one day - I think you'll be pleased at what you find.

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  4. Thanks so much for a wonderful post about New York!!! Love the pictures, it made it feel like I was there! Gourmet Soda???? Never heard of that...did you try any?

    Thanks again

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    1. No - first because we had just started our walk (if they were at the other end we would have been grateful!) and second, there was such a crowd around them that I couldn't even get a picture. This week's flavors, by the way, include Lemongrass & Lime (I would have loved that). Hibiscus and Mint (not sure) and Cherry & Lime (that would have been my first choice.)

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  5. Hi - me again! Just happened to be in line for posting in the Facebook group! ;-)

    More interesting pictures! I do like the parking lot sign - quite ingenious.

    I think I would try the peach vanilla ice pop. Sounds refreshing!

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    1. Doesn't peach vanilla sound yummy? The strawberry and balsamic vinegar would also have intrigued me.

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  6. Some of those signs are so funny. It's a wonder they dont' cause accidents by taking the driver's eye away from the road.

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    1. Still another reason why you don't drive in Manhattan!

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  7. Signs are always fun and a great way to get the "flavor" of a place. Fun post!

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    1. I'd love to visit the High Line again next year - just to see the new signs that have popped up! (Plus, one more stretch is supposed to be opening up next year - adding .45 mile to the total stroll.)

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  8. Hi that's a pretty good review of the High Line. Waiting for the post on its art and flowers, as I love art and nature.

    Thanks for sharing.

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  9. Hi this is a pretty good account of High Line in New York! Waiting for your posts on its art and flowers. Keep writing and stay blessed.

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  11. This is fantastic, I love Manhattan, what wonderful pictures.

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