Catching Up With Nyla and Noah – lots of action….

We drove down to the city Wednesday in time for a demonstration at Nyla’s dance class. Then, we went to Randall’s Island to catch a bit of Noah’s lacrosse practice. I had only seen Randall’s island from Manhattan and occasionally from the Triborough Bridge. The are one hundred fields for every imaginable sport there. Noah’s practice was at number 83. This is a short distance from the walking bridge to Manhattan at 103rd St. It appears that all of the playing fields are artificial grass. Great for maintenance and durability.

I could not get many good shots at Noah’s practice, lacking a telephoto lens.

Side Note:

Nyla is playing lots of tennis as are all of the family. Wicked backhand. I will get some action shots soon.

Nyla's dance class group photo
Nyla at dance class in zombie guiseNyla at dance class

Noah being checked=

Noah being checked by coach

A Day Trip to the City and Basketball

Museums Continue to Surprise

Karen and I got off to an earlier than usual departure from Hudson yesterday and made it into Harlem by 11 am. After some pauses to chase the various children around, we went off to The Museum of the City of NY at 103rd and 5th Ave. It was a warm day so we had a great walk from 121st to the museum, though our winter coats soon became a burden.

At the museum, the Joel Meyerowitz series: LEGACY: THE PRESERVATION OF WILDERNESS IN NEW YORK CITY PARKS (Oct 9 through Mar 21) was good fun. The tapestry size reproductions hanging in the entrance hall are a great reflection of Meyerowitz’s use of a large format camera and the inkjet images on Tyvek. A couple of the images of large trees are worth a pause. Overall, the photography is at times a bit worn out in its approach to framing and selection of topics. Landscapes are such a thoroughly worked over topic that it is hard not to fall into patterns of visualization that produce images that seem a bit predictable if not trite. Nevertheless, I also learned that park space accounts for over 25% of the land area of NYC. Made me think of making more of an effort to get beyond my usual ventures to Marcus Garvey park (aka Mt. Morris Park) and Central Park. Here is a link to the official website of NYC parks where you can explore more about the city’s 1,700 parks.

You could hear the chuckles and laughter at our next exhibit stop well before entering,  CHARLES ADDAMS’S NEW YORK (Mar 4 through May 16). But, for me the highlight of our visit was the 26 minute video installation, TIMESCAPES: A MULTIMEDIA PORTRAIT OF NEW YORK (Ongoing), a multimedia portrait of New York City. This is a terrific video history of the development of NYC from 1609 to the last few years. For example, NY shippers innovated regularly scheduled “packet” ships that sailed to Europe and back. This greatly increased the flow of goods and people over the previous approach of a ship only sailing when it was full.

After a bit we walked down to the Asia Society at 70th and Park Ave to see artifacts from Vietnam,  Arts of Ancient Viet Nam: From River Plain to Open Sea through May 2, 2010. Glad to have gone and a good reminder of how slight my knowledge of the prt of the world. though I continue to be surprised that human history is quite literally still being uncovered. Some of the artifacts on display had only been unearthed in the last ten years.

Noah’s Basketball Game

We rounded out our day of activities with a basketball game, the championship game for a league that Noah plays in. The game was held at PS 6. The whole family was in attendance, Nyla, Mom and Dad and two sets of grandparents. Despite vigorous  coaching from the stands, Noah’s team was not quite up to the challenge. They lost. But, I was really impressed with the level of play. I am certain that I have never seen organized basketball for this age. I was expecting more of something like swarm soccer. One of the little side drama was the presence of Noah’s best friend, Ben Gross, on the opposing team. As you can tell from the picture, no egos seem to have been shattered nor over-inflated.

Touring a Vision of the South Bronx – “The Provenance of Beauty” by Foundry Theater

At the urging and direction of Karen I drove down to the city Saturday (10/24/09) to attend this event, “The Provenance of Beauty” by Foundry Theater. It proved to be interesting as a performance piece though at times too tendentious in content.1

Click here for a video provided by the Foundry Theatre.

Karen will go on this tour next Saturday. Her comments will probably add more to the conversation.

But, Karen and I will get our own tour at some point in the near future given by John Gilstrap, Sr., a retired FDNY Captain.  I bumped into John Sr. at Andrea and John’s house on 121st Street when I stopped by after my theater adventure. Once I got started telling John Sr about my afternoon on a bus in the South Bronx he reminded me that he had spent most of his career in the fire department  in a station that covered the exact territory in the South Bronx, Mott Haven and Hunts Point, that was the subject of this theater piece.

Unlike the rules of no photography during the theater bus tour, I will get to take pictures from Captain John’s car. And, I think that we will take digital recorder along…….

Keep an eye out here for more on the South Bronx as suggested by the view of a fireman who watched the South Bronx burn down, rebuild, burn down, and rebuild during his tenure.

  1. You can read Charles Isherwood’s review in the New York Times here or a review by  JOE DZIEMIANOWICZ AND NICOLE CARTER in the Daily News []

Noah Graduates to Middle School at Trinity

Noah's 4th Grade class at Trinity, NYC6/9/9

Grandson Noah Gilstrap graduated into the Middle School at Trinity in NYC.

A telling point for me was the symbolic transition from the Lower School environment in which the students gave hugs to the Headmistress as they came up on the stage and crossed to greet the Headmistress of the Middle School with a handshake.

John, Andrea, Noah, and Nyla at Noah's Graduation, TrinityNoah and Nyla