After a special Pony League baseball game at Curtis Granderson Park, the college stadium for the UIC Flames, the boy and I ventured into the old Italian neighborhood and Taylor Street where we found this crowd waiting to by Italian Lemonade on a hot summer afternoon.
The following day my mom invited the boy and me to lunch at the venerable Walnut Room of the former Marshall Field Store on State Street.
I commented when I posted this picture on my Instagram account, "And to think I once considered this to be a gratuitous intrusion on the urban landscape." Needless to say, I no longer do.
Our grand entrance into the city, crossing the Brooklyn Bridge into Manhattan. My son's first visit.
The House that Ruth built. Well not exactly, the original one across the street was torn down a few years ago, but this one looks more like it did during the age of the Bambino than the old one did after it's seventies makeover.
New York City not only has two big league baseball teams, it also has two minor league clubs. We took my friend's brilliant suggestion to visit this ballpark steps away from the ferry terminal to see the Staten Island Yankees play. Quite honestly it was way more enjoyable than watching the big league Yanks play. Way cheaper too, not to mention the view.
My friend told me that since he moved to New York over thirty years ago, ridership on NYC subways has doubled. I concur. Here's a little family moment on one of the less crowded trains.
Fun with the iPhone panorama feature in busy Times Square.
Next to the Brooklyn Bridge, this is my favorite New York Bridge, the Queensboro. We found Sutton Place, not pictured here, where Woody Allen and Diane Keaton sat on a bench overlooking the bridge in his film Manhattan. New York at its most romantic. Our parting shot.
Back home in Chicago and my favorite view of Millennium Park, the little river and walkway that bisects Lurie Garden looking toward the Modern Wing of the Art Institute.
And now its time for August which will bring lots of work and hopefully another trip, this time with the entire family, Stay tuned and stay cool.
|July 10, Taylor Street, Chicago|
|July 11, Walnut Room, Chicago|
|July 12, Crown Fountain, Millennium Park, Chicago|
|July 15, Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn, New York|
|July 15, Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York|
The unmistakable spiral ramps of Frank Lloyd Wright's Gugenheim Museum, trying to rekindle my son's interest in architecture and FLW. Not sure if he succeeded.
|July 16, Guggenheim Museum, New York|
|July 16, Richmond County Stadium, Staten Island, New York|
|July 18, Lexington IRT Subway, New York|
|July 18, Times Square, New York|
One of the grandest interiors anywhere, I cursed the tourists who blocked the stairways to get this shot, until I became one of them.
|July 18, Grand Central Terminal, New York|
|July 19, Queensboro Bridge, New York|
|July 30, Lurie Garden, Millennium Park, Chicago|