This photo is for Janean. The MetLife Bldg was
the Pan Am building in the 60's and Janean
Wanted to see the inside of the Polish Embassy today. Sometimes
they have programs and you can look around. Unfortunately
today was not one of those days. We could look at the ceiling of
one of the side rooms or we could get a visa to Poland. Those were
our choices. I have this insane interest in the old buildings
in New York.
Hadn't planned on going to the Morgan Library today which is just across
finished "Tom Sawyer" I figured we'd pass. But in passing the building
they had a banner out advertising along with Mark an exhibit on Ann Morgan,
France. I had never heard of this effort but since my Grandfather served in
northern France during the War I wanted to learn more.
Between 1917 and 1924, three hundred fifty American women, all volunteers, went to Picardy, a region of Northern France that had been heavily affected by four years of war. Under the auspices of the American Committee for Devastated France as it was called, these women chose to share the life of the rural Aisne population and to come to their aid and thanks to private funds that had been collected in the United States by Anne Morgan, daughter of John Pierpont Morgan.
For 7 years they carried out exemplary reconstruction work with the aim of enabling these people to become self-sufficient. At the wheel of their Ford trucks, which they drove and repaired themselves-they covered the areas around Soissons dispensing first aid, distributing food and providing help. They created a network of nurses, children's library's, (a first in France), social centers and kindergartens. These photo's from the exhibit are incredible.
Hopped a bus going uptown because we were going to a shop in the basement of a book store that featured Vintage Toys. The book store was open but the owner of the shop downstairs is only in Wednesday through Sunday---sometimes. We'll come back tomorrow.
We were going to have lunch in either Bryant Park or Paley Park but it was raining so hard we found a Subway. That's like eating at McDonald's when you're in Italy, but at least we were dry.
Great used book store called
Complete Traveller Antiquarian Bookstore
at 199 Madison Ave.
We were discussing the numbering of the streets in Manhattan
and there is no reasonable explanation. A store on 35th street and
Madison Ave. has an address of 199 Madison Ave. Maybe someday
someone will explain it to me.
This ? in the entrance caught my attention first and I looked to see
what kind of a store it was. Upscale jewelry store. Interesting transition.
Astro Gallery of Gems
Loved the silk skirt ($2560.00) in Ralph Lauren's Store and there was
Told you we had something for everyone. Trust me, if your rich or even
semi-rich and you leave your earthly belonging behind, your next
The nice man gave us an quick tour of the upstairs rooms and the chapel
and "No" you don't want to know what I told him to gain entrance. But now I'll know when I read an obituary in the Times just how to picture the place.
Bought a couple of lottery tickets at a deli and then proceeded to shop for the property we'll buy when we win. Just a couple of places that are in the running.
The one 3 brownstones down with the little garden window.
Or this one with the little sun room.
Or this one with the roof top garden.
A Church garden that has a Welcome sign and the gate was chained.
This is a cool building so we walked over to see what it was. Name on top said "United States Mortgage and Trust Company"
Old Bank Vault and the Jewelry was beautiful.
Shakespeare and Co. New York Branch.
Subway back to Grand Central
Soup from downstairs
# 6 Express to the L on 14th Street and then
a nice walk home.