Previously on Midlife Crisis Crossover: we guided you through the first six days of our second trip to New York City in twenty-eight episodes —- Sunday through Thursday, July 9-14,2016, our second time flying anywhere and my son’s first. Between the flights there and back again, we saw lots more New York we hadn’t seen our first time around when we drove out there from Indianapolis in 2011.
Here, in our penultimate chapter: a selection of outtakes from previous scenes — a couple skipped by dumb oversight; a few that captured isolated moments disconnected from the rest of the narrative; one or two alternate shots of cool objects and places; and a few left behind due to inadequate wow factor. We may be aging amateurs who don’t have thousands of unconditional superfans, but we do have light standards.
Day Two: Our first full view of the all-new all-different One World Trade Center and the surrounding family of structures.
Another view of the entrance to One World Observatory, close enough to spot the architectural bits that for some reason resemble barbed wire.
East of One World Trade Center at tiny, restful at Silverstein Family Park stands artist Jeff Koons’ “Balloon Flower” one of five 9/11 tribute sculpture bearing the same arrangement in different colors.
The escalator descent into the 5th Avenue and 53rd Street station.
We already photographed Lin Ze Xu in 2011, but this time got a much wider shot of Chatham Square.
Surviving the transition from Letterman to Colbert, Angelo’s Pizza remains in business in front of the Sullivan. We assumed they have a six-hour waiting list and didn’t bother checking into it.
Not far away, Robert Indiana’s “Hope” is on display at 7th Avenue and West 53rd Street.
Monet’s “The Palazzo Ducale, Seen from San Giorgio Maggiore”, one of the palest paintings we studied at the Guggenheim.
The hidden Frank Lloyd Wright exhibit in the Guggeheim’s basement was 95% photographs and 5% this plain-colored model of one of Wright’s Usonian houses.
Day Six: goats chilling at the Queens Zoo.
Also at the Queens Zoo are Argentine ruddy ducks, which are indeed legal residents and not migratory squatters passing through.
…and then there was Friday the 15th, Day Seven. To be concluded!
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