Day 124: Chelsea Market

A vendor sits in his shop at Artists & Fleas, in the Chelsea Market

A vendor sits in his shop at Artists & Fleas, in the Chelsea Market

Sunday, last morning in NYC, afternoon flight to Boise, Idaho via Salt Lake City. Time to meet my granddaughter, but first, a trip to the Chelsea market to look for another pair of vintage eyeglass frames. Last year, I bought a pair of round, plastic frames, tortoise colored on the front with tubular, black temples and I get more compliments on them than any other eyewear I’ve ever owned. One of a kinds. Unfortunately, the vintage eyeglass vendor is not there, replaced by someone selling vinyl records–a noble pursuit for sure, but not helpful to me– but I did find someone selling resin eyeglass frames, lightweight and two-toned, that I liked better than anything I saw at Warby Parker. I’ll get lenses installed when I return to Shanghai.
The Chelsea Market is a favorite spot to eat and shop, but this spot, ‘artists & Fleas” in the far back corner of the market (10th Avenue & 15th Street) is the best collection of unique clothes, jewelry and accessories in the whole place. — with Melinda Hoyt at Chelsea Market.

Day 121: Bocce in the Park

Competitors watch the final balls being tossed in a Bocce match

Competitors watch the final balls being tossed in a Bocce match

Located behind the main branch of the New York Public Library, Bryant Park was once barren, a drug-filled wasteland (don’t ask me how I know, I just do) of questionable value, but today it is a vibrant public park complete with a free reading library, carousel ride, espresso shops and food booths; for entertainment there is table tennis, chess games and bocce courts. Bocce, once the pastime of elderly, Italian men, is now played by New Yorkers young and old (and rather than scoring points there might be a bit of cash changing hands during the match). Yesterday’s cold, torrential rains (10th heaviest rainfall in NYC history) gave way to sunshine and temperatures in the 70’s. It was a glorious day!