My wife works pretty hard, particularly this time of year. She wakes up anywhere from 5:30 to 7 and immediately pulls over her iPad and starts answering in bed e-mails that have come in overnight. Then she spends pretty much the rest of her waking hours on a computer, iPad or telephone. Sometimes at night she will put it down, but other times it's there until she falls asleep...
No more work tonight...
The Verrazano Bridge is celebrating its 50th anniversary today. Wow, does that make me feel old! I definitely remember when it was being built. I still think of it as the "new bridge" in town though, being built a half century ago, I'm probably one of the few. Longest suspension bridge in the world when built, still the longest suspension bridge in the country.
Verrazano and Fort Wadsworth
Gateway to the Harbor
Lit Up Times Square
Got a little bit of culture last night in a frigid Times Square. Came out of the theatre and there it was, the biggest sign in the history of Times Square: a block long, eight stories high, advertising fee $2.5 million/month. Google is taking the first month. (Would have walked across the street for a better angle but too cold!)
Interesting article in today's NYTimes about Berlin 25 years after the wall came down. Apparently, in many ways it has not become the city that people had hoped it would become, in part because the world has changed so much since then. Presuming that it would bring people together, the world at large is torn apart and is reflected, as in many cities today, particularly in Europe, in Berlin. Two things that stuck out in the article: young people want to move to Berlin but can not afford to because the cost of living there has gotten too high, in part because of the influx of wealthy foreigners (sound familiar?); and secondly, Germans regret how quickly the wall was torn down. Initially destroyed as a symbol of repression, many now wish some of it was still there as a reminder of what had been. I loved Berlin when I was there 24 years ago.
The Berlin Wall 1990
Now that I am spending my "work" time focusing on January's CES, I find I am not walking across 18th Street with weekly regularity as I had for almost 30 years. (30 years ago I lived in the East Village - a different walk.)
Ave B circa 1984 (@ 9th Street?)
But this past week was "CESUnveiled," a big NYC press event previewing January's big show. And where is it?18th Street, of course. Walking the street as afternoon was ending, the omnipresent Empire State building in November color.
Monday night and I still find myself in a bar. At the Deer Head, at the bar, listening to Phil Woods and band do a live recording for the Deer Head record label. We were just in New Orleans, but if we had stumbled in on this bunch of old white guys playing, we would have been knocked out!
Darkness in the Deer Head