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April 15, 2020

Beautiful Blooming Star Magnolia in Central Park

On the last day of my neighborhood walks this Star Magnolia Tree was in bloom in Central Park.  It was a beautiful day and the Park was too full for my comfort. I felt as if I were the only person worrying about social distancing.  The following day (March 21st) was my first day staying at home 24/7.  Gov. Cuomo instituted staying at home except for the grocery store or pharmacy visits at 8PM the very next day (March 22nd).  This sketchbook page will be an everlasting memory of Coronavirus Pandemic in the most dense City in the US (28,000 people/sq. mile).


April 11, 2020

Window Shopping for Hats

I LOVE hat mannequins that I see in shop windows on my neighborhood walks.  But I don't  wear hats!  I think I'm saving them until I'm really old.  New York just reached a plateau for the coronavirus pandemic, but nothing has changed in the "stay at home" rules.  I look forward to donning mask and gloves and resuming my daily neighborhood walk.  The stores are all closed, so the store windows will still be the same for now.



April 7, 2020

I Miss my Daily Walk and Window Shopping

During one of the last days I felt comfortable taking a 1 mile walk around my neighborhood, I stopped in front of the store that sold Slippers.  Here are 3 from the left end of the row - and I now worry that the store might not reopen, as part of the demise of small stores in NYC due to the Coronavirus shut down. 

Stay home, and stay healthy.  There are still too many small groups congregating in NYC and the Governor increased the fine for not maintaining social distancing from $500 to $1000.  Being in the vulnerable age group for increased mortality from the virus, we fear that we may be indoors yet for months.  We just have to hope for vaccines! 



April 1, 2020

Union Rat Seen on My Neighborhood Walk

Union Rat:  "The giant inflatable rat, with its sharp buck teeth and beady red eyes, has been a staple of union construction protests in NYC and across the country for decades."  I was taking my walk one morning, turned the corner, and was face to face with "Scabby" the 12 foot inflatable Union Rat placed in the bed of a pick up truck.  These rats are placed in front of construction projects that are not using union labor. 


March 28, 2020

Drawing in Central Park March 2020

When I was still taking a walk every day I very quickly sketched this "bigger than life size" sculpture of Romeo and Juliet  in front of the Delacorte Theater in Central Park.  It was really cold, and the wind chill even lower that day.  I still have drawings from my walks that aren't painted and that gives me something to do now that all outside activity is over for the last week.  I love and appreciate all of the opportunities that are being arranged every day, but somehow my brain is happiest now reading.  Our Book Group met via Zoom Monday night and it was wonderful! 

Most of my time is spent keeping up with the news, reading for pleasure, and watching a few episodes of a streaming series in the evening with my husband. As retired physicians we applaud the front line doctors, nurses, respiratory therapists, EMS workers that are working so hard under such miserable conditions.  We have children and grandchildren spread out from Manhattan to Long Island and DC and we've been able to use Zoom with 3 grandchildren in NYC and Facetime with the others. 

Stay in, and stay healthy friends. 

Romeo and Juliet Sculpture in NYC Central Part: