DC on a Whim

Much has been made about Google Buzz and it’s privacy issues.  However, for me, it’s totally paid off for me.  Last week an old friend posted some pictures of the cherry blossoms in DC; I commented and he invited us down for the weekend.  How could we say no (especially since Wen had never been).

Here are some photos; you can easily guess what we did.  We started off on the Mall:

Here are some shots of those cherry trees; in fact, it turned out that it was the National Cherry Blossom Festival.

Here are some shots of the different memorials that dot the Mall.  Jefferson:

Lincoln.  Very popular photo spot:

The Vietnam War Memorial:

After that it was off to the White House:

Check out the beautiful walkway between Treasury and the White House.  Alas, government staffers only:

Day two was spent in Georgetown (after a night that saw a delicious dinner at Oyamel and drinks at Bourbon).  I didn’t realize that The Exorcist was shot there (and written by a Georgetown grad); here are the classic stairs:

Here are some shots of buildings in the neighbourhood:

This is where Kennedy lived when he was a senator:

And finally, a last short of Healy Hall at Georgetown.  Apparently there’s a periodic tradition where the students try to steal the hands of the clock (they’re each about six feet tall) and then mail them to the Pope.  Happens every few years-but not while we were there.

We also made it to The Phillips Collection, which is reputed to be one the best small museums and lived up to it.  They had a brilliant Georgia O’Keeffe exhibit which included these ones:

Red, Yellow and Black Streak, 1924:

Music-Pink and Blue No. 1:

Grey Lines with Black, Blue and Yellow – 1923/25:

and White Sweet Peas – 1926:

Also, they’ve got a few beauties in their permanent collection.  Here’s one that caught my eye.  It’s Stefan Hirsch‘s New York Lower Manhattan (1921):

Also, Rockwell Kent‘s The Road Rollers (1909).  A very different way of plowing the snow:

Ye Great Storm of 2010

It’s been snowing for over 24 hours now in NYC, so I thought I’d post some photos.  If I had cross-country skis, I could have probably skied to work today.

Here are some shots of snowy Carroll Gardens:

This is the intersection of Union and Clinton; it would normally be awash in taxis, school buses and delivery trucks:

Absolutely no one is to be seen at 8th and 15th:

And, of course, someone seems to have panicked and thinks we’re having an emergency.  This guy is wearing his “Red Cross Emergency Worker” outfit.  Please; it’s just a snowstorm:

And finally, a shot of what it looks like from work.  That awkward looking grey phalange is the Empire State Building…

They Did It

After 10 years of work and over two years of construction, the High Line finally opened today.  I’ve been waiting for this for years – literally: check out this blog post from two years ago.  I went to see it today – twice.

I went once during the day (it’s my new place for reading technical docs) and the once this evening with Wen.  I realized two things:

  1. This part is going to be a scorcher during the day.  There’s almost no shade from the relentless NYC sun
  2. This is actually many different parks: I’ve never been to a place that changes character as much with the sun.  Seeing it at 2pm vs. 8pm was completely different

If you’re in New York, add this to your repertoire of places to see.  It’s a thrilling way to see the different city (you’re only 20 feet up, but the city is completely different).  It’s also balanced on the knife edge of urban and rural (and feels a bit like the physical embodiment of the term ‘post-modern’).

Enough hot air; here are some photos (more on Facebook):