Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

I want to go everywhere I haven't been, and back to everywhere I have been.

Thursday, May 23, 2019

THE VESSEL AT HUDSON YARDS: NEW YORK'S NEWEST LANDMARK



The Vessel at Hudson Yards: New York's Newest Landmark #HelloHudsonYards | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes



VESSEL: (ves-sel)

1. A ship or large boat, 
such as used by Stannis' army in Game of Thrones.

2. A container: a cask, bottle, bowl or cup
such as used to hold Tyrion's wine in Game of Thrones.

3. A tube or canal used to circulate body fluid, 
such as the ice water that flowed through Cersei's veins 
in Game Of Thrones.

4. The name of New York City's newest interactive landmark,
a sculptural staircase, located near the corporate headquarters of HBO, 
the network which brought us Game of Thrones


The Vessel at Hudson Yards: New York's Newest Landmark #HelloHudsonYards | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


The Vessel is a giant interactive sculpture, if you will, 
smack in the middle of Hudson Yards, NYC's hottest new address.
It's a spiral staircase of epic proportions.........
154 interconnecting flights of stairs with 2500 steps and 80 landings
(much to the chagrin of Game of Thrones fans, 
not one of those landings is Kings Landing).
Climbers are rewarded with interesting views of the city, the Hudson River, and more. 



The Vessel at Hudson Yards: New York's Newest Landmark #HelloHudsonYards | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


I've had The Vessel on my to-do list ever since it opened in March.
A perfect opportunity to visit presented itself when I 

made plans to have lunch with a friend I used to work with at HBO.
HBO recently moved from 42nd Street and 6th Avenue to Hudson Yards.

Lunch and The Vessel: Done and Done.


The Vessel at Hudson Yards: New York's Newest Landmark #HelloHudsonYards | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


There was one more thing on my wish-list that day: 

I wanted to sit on The Throne.
And by throne, I don't mean the porcelain one that so many pray to.......
I'm talking about THE throne........ the iron one.......
the rightful heir to which is.......
Ohhhhhh no-no-no-no-no, you're not going to get any spoilers out of me, dragon breath! 


The Vessel at Hudson Yards: New York's Newest Landmark #HelloHudsonYards | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


Junior Goo Shoes is a huge Game of Thrones fan, 
and he would have banished me to Castle Black 
if I didn't take him with me to the lobby of HBO's corporate offices,
where the Iron Throne sits.
With my HBO I.D. card long expired,
my friend graciously met us so that Junior GS, two of his friends, and I
could sit on the throne and take pictures
 that were sure to make our friends Insta-jealous.  




After a lovely lunch catching up with my friend, I was off to take pictures of The Vessel.

I had my good camera with me, and my plan was to take some exterior shots,
and then ride the elevator to the top, and walk down.
I'd stop on different landings for different perspectives. 

I got ready to take my first shot, and pressed on the shutter button.......
Hey, what's going on here? Why isn't my camera.......

CRAP.
 
 I left the battery in the charger at home. 😖

 As for stellar pictures, well, as Arya in Game of Thrones so memorably put it.......

Not today.


The Vessel at Hudson Yards: New York's Newest Landmark #HelloHudsonYards | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


So, friends, I give you..........The Vessel: Cell Phone Edition.
I decided it wouldn't be worth going inside without my real camera, 
so that will have to wait for another time.


The Vessel at Hudson Yards: New York's Newest Landmark #HelloHudsonYards | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


If you plan to climb The Vessel, be sure to acquire tickets in advance.
They are free, but in order to control congestion, tickets are required.
You can also try to get tickets the day of your visit at the site,
but your time of entry will be whenever they can accommodate you.


The Vessel at Hudson Yards: New York's Newest Landmark #HelloHudsonYards | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


Hudson Yards is a cool place to visit.
In addition to The Vessel, there are restaurants, and indoor mall........


Hudson Yards: New York's Hottest New Address #HelloHudsonYards | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

Hudson Yards: New York's Hottest New Address #HelloHudsonYards | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


.......and The Shed, a recently-opened arts center for the 21st Century,
hosting galleries, music, dance, theater and more. 


The Shed at Hudson Yards, New York's Hottest New Address #HelloHudsonYards | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


It's also where The High Line connects to Hudson Yards,
so I strongly recommend adding this new destination to your itinerary 
when in New York City.


The Vessel at Hudson Yards: New York's Newest Landmark #HelloHudsonYards | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


At the end of the day, 
Junior Goo Shoes and his friends burned up the internet
with pictures of themselves sitting on the throne.......
and me?
Well, let's just say I was burned up, too, 
but in a more angry, I-forgot-my-camera-battery kind of way.

At least I got to sit on the Iron Throne.
There's that. 





The Vessel at Hudson Yards: New York's Newest Landmark #HelloHudsonYards | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes










Monday, May 13, 2019

FLOWER BOXES OF CHARLESTON



There are so many flowerboxes in Charleston, SC - a sheer delight for passersby. | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


To say that Charleston, South Carolina is a delight for shutterbugs 
is a bit like saying kids will have a great time in Disneyworld.
It's kind of a "duh" statement, as Charleston boasts magnificent architecture, 
colorful residences, picturesque parks, waterfront walkways, historic charm, 
and yes, even the food is particularly Insta-worthy.

Along with all of that, something else caught my photographer's eye --
Almost every house had window boxes overflowing with flowers.
I wondered if it was a town ordinance, or something.........

Thou shalt have flower boxes!

I was a pretty annoying travel companion, 
stopping every five feet to photograph yet another window box,
but they added such charm to Charleston,
I couldn't help myself. 
Just imagine walking past these homes, one after the other,
each with the owner's individual flower box style 
perched outside the windows for the pure pleasure of passersby.

Come, stroll with me.........
perhaps these photos may help you think "outside the flower box" 
and spark some new ideas for your own container garden creations.


There are so many flowerboxes in Charleston, SC - a sheer delight for passersby. | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

There are so many flowerboxes in Charleston, SC - a sheer delight for passersby. | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

There are so many flowerboxes in Charleston, SC - a sheer delight for passersby. | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

There are so many flowerboxes in Charleston, SC - a sheer delight for passersby. | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

There are so many flowerboxes in Charleston, SC - a sheer delight for passersby. | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

There are so many flowerboxes in Charleston, SC - a sheer delight for passersby. | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

There are so many flowerboxes in Charleston, SC - a sheer delight for passersby. | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes
 
There are so many flowerboxes in Charleston, SC - a sheer delight for passersby. | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

There are so many flowerboxes in Charleston, SC - a sheer delight for passersby. | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

There are so many flowerboxes in Charleston, SC - a sheer delight for passersby. | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

There are so many flowerboxes in Charleston, SC - a sheer delight for passersby. | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

There are so many flowerboxes in Charleston, SC - a sheer delight for passersby. | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

There are so many flowerboxes in Charleston, SC - a sheer delight for passersby. | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

There are so many flowerboxes in Charleston, SC - a sheer delight for passersby. | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


There are so many flowerboxes in Charleston, SC - a sheer delight for passersby. | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

There are so many flowerboxes in Charleston, SC - a sheer delight for passersby. | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


Sometimes, the things we bring back from our travels 
are ideas to use at home.
It's a way of keeping travel present in our daily lives.
Unfortunately, I also brought home an five extra pounds of body weight.......
a daily reminder of the amazing food in Charleston.
That's one souvenir I'm hoping to shed quickly. 

I've got lots more to tell you about my recent weekend in Charleston.
Stay tuned!




There are so many flowerboxes in Charleston, SC - a sheer delight for passersby. | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


COMING SOON: THINGS TO DO IN CHARLESTON


LINKING WITH:
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Thursday, May 2, 2019

PHOTO DIARY APRIL 2019: SPRINGING TO LIFE




April Photo Diary 2019 | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


I've been laying low in the blogosphere this month.
Not intentionally........it's just been an exceptionally busy month.
I split my time among three states........

Euphoria
Flux
Anxiety 

Oh, and New Jersey, New York, and Florida.

Yup, the month was hectic.

Among the highlights:

We celebrated our 25th Anniversary! 💝💝

We saw Network, an amazing Broadway show with Bryan Cranston.

The fundraiser that I organized for my synagogue was attended by over 200 people.

We took a quick trip to Florida.

I hosted the first night of Passover.

We went to visit Junior Goo Shoes at school. 

Game of Thrones returned! 

And..........

I finally met a blog friend I've admired for years --
Suzan from Simply Vintageous!
Suzan is from Montreal, and on her recent trip to NYC 
to celebrate a big birthday, we met for lunch.
Yes, there was a picture, but I'm honoring her request not to post it.
Suzan doesn't blog anymore, but she is quite active on Instagram.
Check out her incredible photos and mini-stories here.  

And now, I'm off to catch a flight to Charleston 
for a girls' weekend to celebrate my sister's birthday!



A perfect view of Jr. Goo Shoes' campus from high atop a mountain.

April Photo Diary 2019 | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


Crossing under the Pershing Square viaduct across from Grand Central Central.

Pershing Square Viaduct, Grand Central Station | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


Finches made their way back to NJ.

April Photo Diary 2019 | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes



This happened one morning at the salon. 

April Photo Diary 2019 | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


Not quite the greeting we had hoped for on a quick trip to Florida.........

April Photo Diary 2019 | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


Things improved after that.  

Florida | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

Florida | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


A buffet of dog toys: bagel with cream cheese, ice cream cone and hotdog with mustard.

April Photo Diary 2019 | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


Using the Marvelous Mrs. Maisel's very own Passover Haggadah at our seder.

April Photo Diary 2019 | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


Pretty houses all in a row in New York City.

New York City | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


Celebrated our 25th Anniversary at Network. Bryan Cranston was a-MAY-zing!

Network with Bryan Cranston | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


Sometimes you need a hot pretzel for lunch.

NewYork City | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


Spring is springing in the Big Apple.

NewYork City | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


It's not a photo diary without The Cardinal. Can't resist photos of him next to his faux twin.

The Cardinal: April Photo Diary  | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


"Summer In A Bottle" disappears from the shelves faster than daylight in winter, so I snagged it when I saw it.

Summer In  A Bottle Rose - Wolfer Estates, The Hamptons | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


Where does Sadie begin and end?

April Photo Diary | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


Upper East Side sleak and chic (and teak?) eatery, East Pole Fish Bar.

East Pole Fish Bar, NYC  | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


Feeling nostaglic about my office on W. 42nd Street for over 20 year (circled). The building is now empty as HBO moved this month to NYC's trendiest new address, Hudson Yards.

HBO and Grace Buildings, New York City | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


That's a wrap.
Till next time........