Wednesday, August 09, 2006

New York Vacation - Day 1

Ok, this is going to get edited a bit more as we go due to time constraints. Finally unpacked all the electronics that I brought on the trip with me (iPod, digital camera, electric razor, cell phone and really new iPod player) and now, having hooked everything back up, I can look at what photos I took. I also figured that this area has gone empty for too long so here are a few photos and notes.


We stayed in two rooms at the beautiful Manhattan Club (on 200 W. 56th near 7th) which is right across from a Hooters. Amazing location (and not because of the Hooters) which is just a block or so away from Ed Sullivan Theater (yes, where they tape David Letterman.) The photo was taken from the window in our room. The brown building you see over there? That's Carnegie Hall.


Trash day is really odd in New York. Not much area for dumpsters, so they stack everything on the sidewalk. No smell was more overpowering during our first few days than that of black trashbags full of refuse in hot humid weather. And here I thought all the jokes were about New Jersey.


The first weird sign that I saw on my way via taxi to our hotel said 'Siamese For Retail Only.' My first thought was... you can rent people from Siam? Or were they privy to a special ordinance allowing only them to rent this part of the wall? Later reflection had me thinking that it meant both of those had to be used at the same time but I'm still lost on the use of the word "retail." Very odd.

9 comments:

Matt said...

Hey M, sorry I haven't been around in awhile, but so it goes. Anyway, in this case a "Siamese" refers to the type of fire department connection shown there. It allows fireman to connect their pumper trucks to the building's fire suppression system.

Lucy Stern said...

Well, I guess I learned something about the "Siamese" from matt. Hope you are having a good time.

Miss Hobby said...

Matt, your geek is showing...lol :P But ya know, I learn something new everyday.

Miss Hobby said...

oh, also wanted to mention that I'm really glad I took the pic of 'Marcie' off of my profile, or this would've been really odd :)

David Amulet said...

Nice pix. Gla dyou're back safe .. .and not dealing with ariports today.

-- david

Ken said...

Welcome back Martin! Very interesting pictures and observations. I love mid-town Manhattan. Very close to a lot of stuff. Last time I was there, we stayed down the street from Carnegie Hall on W57th St.

LoraLoo said...

Martin! Welcome back... sounds like you had a good time, hopefully we'll get to see more photos! Beautiful view from your room! NYC is one of my must-do trips.

An80sNut said...

Thanks for clearing that up for me Matt. It had a look like it was for hoses but when the phrases "retail" and "Siamese" just throw me. I was expecting that it was an area set up for one of those street-side vendors that were everywhere.

An80sNut said...

Btw, Miss H. I was expecting you to get a lot of emails about "Marcie" and didn't connect the photo to the post until later. B( Hope she's ok.