A Sunny Day in the Graveyard at Sleepy Hollow

The final part of family time around NYC was a stop in the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery. We entered through the main gate, where there was a handy bathroom and also a pile of free maps for the cemetery itself (there is an upgraded/more in depth map for sale inside if you want to pay for that). The grounds cover 90 acres, so it’s good to have a car with you as you can drive to the various sites of dead famous historical figures.

It was an intensely sunny day, so these images aren’t too spooky. Some very impressive mausoleums though.

The cemetery has a lot of rules – speed limits, dogs must stay on leashes, no video cameras,  no commercial photography, etc etc etc. So here’s some images I took.

The main entrance gate after we already entered.

The main entrance gate after we already entered.

The office and chapel - where we found the map!

The office and chapel – where we found the map!

William Rockefeller's Mausoleum. He has most of the family outside it, which is interesting.

William Rockefeller‘s Mausoleum. He has most of the family outside it, which is interesting.

This one has a magic lamp on the top of a pillar.

This one has a magic lamp on the top of a pillar.

Opposite the Rockefeller mausoleum was this (IMO) more interesting mausoleum.

Opposite the Rockefeller mausoleum was this (IMO) more interesting mausoleum.

The Bronze Lady Sculpture at the Thomas Mausoleum.

The Bronze Lady Sculpture at the Thomas Mausoleum.

There were a few like this one. Very interesting.

There were a few like this one. Very interesting.

Ok, her sitting there and watching the door is kinda creepy.

Ok, her sitting there and watching the door is kinda creepy.

The layout at the top of the hill.

The layout at the top of the hill.

Hidden under a tree with some hedges.

Hidden under a tree with some hedges.

Well that's a weird looking stone.

Well that’s a weird looking stone.

The back of the weird looking stone reveals it's a journalist.

The back of the weird looking stone reveals it’s a journalist.

This one looks like a tiny church.

This one looks like a tiny church.

Reminiscent of Houdini's in Brooklyn.

Reminiscent of Houdini’s in Brooklyn.

Some people want a stone and a statue. Greedy.

Some people want a stone and a statue. Greedy.

Stones in the mountain rocks.

Stones in the mountain rocks.

Built into the rockside.

Built into the rockside.

Ancient Greece influenced. And stairs. Really? Let's climb up to the dead.

Ancient Greece influenced. And stairs. Really? Let’s climb up to the dead.

This would be Leona and Harry Helmsley's Mausoleum. Feel free to spit at it.

This would be Leona and Harry Helmsley‘s Mausoleum. Feel free to spit at it.

A bench overlooking the replica of the Headless Horseman Bridge.

A bench overlooking the replica of the Headless Horseman Bridge.

A church-like edifice built into the hillside.

A church-like edifice built into the hillside.

Nature is reclaiming this one.

Nature is reclaiming this one.

Washington Irving gets flags for his grave.

Washington Irving gets flags for his grave.

This one is just interesting.

This one is just interesting.

Mile markers to NYC.

Mile markers to NYC.

A mausoleum in the hillside below the church.

A mausoleum in the hillside below the church.

Next week: Some time spent in the West Village among the brownstones.

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A Brief Stop in Tarrytown

During a trip to the Sleepy Hollow area of New York State, we made a brief stop in Tarrytown to do some antiquing and get some sushi. We didn’t go to see the mansions (something I should eventually like to do) and all of the time was spent on Main Street, so I didn’t take a lot of shots. Here are a few images of the town proper.

A better view of the facade.

A better view of the facade.

Looks like an English style of architecture over a corner restaurant.

Looks like an English style of architecture over a corner restaurant.

The post office in the shade of the trees.

A large building (possibly a school) in the shade of the trees.

One of a few churches on Main Street.

One of a few churches on Main Street.

They have benches on the sidewalks for very pleasant seating breaks.

They have benches on the sidewalks for very pleasant seating breaks.

The post office under the trees.

The post office under the trees.

There is an elf on top of the antique selling barn.

There is an elf on top of the antique selling barn.

That is an impressive house.

That is an impressive house.

Next week: Sleepy Hollow Cemetery.

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art in Brief

Went with family to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. They wanted to see the Charles James exhibit and the Garry Winogrand exhibit, and then wander the museum for a bit that day. Since I’ve covered the museum before, let’s just dive into the pictures.

It was a very dark exhibit room, and no flashes allowed.

It was a very dark exhibit room, and no flashes allowed.

More dresses.

More dresses.

A tapestry on the wall with two chairs.

A tapestry on the wall with two chairs.

Part of the sculpture garden.

Part of the sculpture garden.

Detail of a planter.

Detail of a planter.

Candle holder?

Candle holder?

Perseus in the doorway.

Perseus in the doorway.

That is an interesting fireplace.

That is an interesting fireplace.

The Japanese Garden is empty today.

The Japanese Garden is empty today.

Looking down at the lobby.

Looking down at the lobby.

Above the armory.

Above the armory.

There are many religious sculptures. This is one of the more impressive ones.

There are many religious sculptures. This is one of the more impressive ones.

The sleeping sisters.

The sleeping sisters.

A very dark room.

A very dark room.

The dragon helmet.

The dragon helmet.

A school for fencing.

A school for fencing.

The facade of the Branch Bank from Wall St, housing the American Wing.

The facade of the Branch Bank from Wall St, housing the American Wing.

The Temple of Dendur - everyone's favorite room.

The Temple of Dendur – everyone’s favorite room.

Waiting to get this shot without people posing between the statues takes forever.

Waiting to get this shot without people posing between the statues takes forever.

The small sphinx.

The small sphinx.

A creepy staircase in the shadows.

A creepy staircase in the shadows.

Next week: a short time in Tarrytown.

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A Night at the New Yankee Stadium

After the zoo, we headed over to 1 E 161st St in the Bronx, also known as Yankee Stadium, to catch a game. This is the new stadium, which opened in 2009. The old stadium is long gone and now a park and parking garage complex. This year is also the farewell tour of Derek Jeter, so we got to see a few ceremonies and get a gateway give away of a very cheap and crappy statue (PC Richards should stick to electronics). They ended up losing, but the fun is always had going to the games and relaxing with people you know. Both of the people with me had never been to the new stadium so that was fun for them. We sat up on the Terrace Level, which is a hike up and down, but less steep to sit in than the Grandstand (I always feel like I’m going to fall off the Grandstand when I stand up).

The view when we first entered the stadium.

The view when we first entered the stadium.

The Boss is remembered in the outfield.

The Boss is remembered in the outfield.

Just in case you didn't know where you were.

Just in case you didn’t know where you were.

Memorabilia is always played on the screens before the game.

Memorabilia is always played on the screens before the game.

Nice bit of artwork for the game.

Nice bit of artwork for the game.

There's the flag.

There’s the flag.

Warming up in the bullpen.

Warming up in the bullpen.

Here comes Jeter.

Here comes Jeter.

Retired numbers.

Retired numbers.

Monument Park (which we didn't visit due to time and crowds) is covered up during the game.

Monument Park (which we didn’t visit due to time and crowds) is covered up during the game.

Time to start.

Time to start.

Yes I have a decent lens for where I was sitting.

Yes I have a decent lens for where I was sitting.

Decent crowd for the ridiculously priced seats.

Decent crowd for the ridiculously priced seats.

These people want to catch a home run ball.

These people want to catch a home run ball.

Cops provide security. One person was removed for interfering with a ball in play.

Cops provide security. One person was removed for interfering with a ball in play.

Seventh Inning stretch entertainment.

Seventh Inning stretch entertainment.

Ready and waiting.

Ready and waiting.

Next week: A short look in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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A Bronx Zoo Trip with Family

I had family in town so we went to the zoo and I took tons of shots. I don’t need to go into detail as I’ve posted about the zoo several times on here. Here are a few for your entertainment.

I have never seen the tiger on the monorail in the pond before.

I have never seen the tiger on the monorail in the pond before.

Why are all of these people staring at me?

Why are all of these people staring at me?

Bats on the ceiling.

Bats on the ceiling.

Zebras chowing down on their lawn.

Zebras chowing down on their lawn.

The curious ostrich.

The curious ostrich.

Yup, there go the noisy children again.

Yup, there go the noisy children again.

I'm hungry.

I’m hungry.

This is a good log.

This is a good log.

Fear me as I flap my wings at you!

Fear me as I flap my wings at you!

Rhino close-up.

Rhino close-up.

The zoo now has Komodo Dragons. This is not a full grown one.

The zoo now has Komodo Dragons. This is not a full grown one.

How many lemurs do you see in this shot?

How many lemurs do you see in this shot?

Baby meal time.

Baby meal time.

Baby sea lion peeking behind the rock.

Baby sea lion peeking behind the rock.

This is my sexy pose.

This is my sexy pose.

Even the babies get loud at the gawkers.

Even the babies get loud at the gawkers.

Do I want to go in here?

Do I want to go in here?

Maybe I'll drink some.

Maybe I’ll drink some.

This tastes terrible.

This tastes terrible.

Lazy tiger.

Lazy tiger.

Napping polar bear with the leg raised in comfort.

Napping polar bear with the leg raised in comfort.

So NONE of you brought me food?

So NONE of you brought me food?

Touchdown for nectar!

Touchdown for nectar!

This is my house. Go away!

This is my house. Go away!

Shelter from the sun.

Shelter from the sun.

Spread them out for the ladies!

Spread them out for the ladies!

I am the noble animal of the forest and I shall stand here and keep watch over your car below me.

I am the noble animal of the forest and I shall stand here and keep watch over your car below me.

Next week: A night at Yankee Stadium.

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Construction and Decay around Hoboken

During my walk through Hoboken, I kept passing various construction sites and abandoned piers. So I took a bunch of shots of them. Enjoy!

The crane is ready but no one is around.

The crane is ready but no one is around.

It's on a hill of rubble.

It’s on a hill of rubble.

Hole in a pier.

Hole in a pier.

Interesting rubble on the river.

Interesting rubble on the river.

Missing sections.

Missing sections.

Something was either on fire or exploded.

Something was either on fire or exploded.

Ceiling collapse.

Ceiling collapse.

Looks like it fell onto the ground.

Looks like it fell onto the ground.

Break out the giant tonka toys!

Break out the giant tonka toys!

A crane is ready too.

A crane is ready too.

That is a lot of damage.

That is a lot of damage.

Next week: My yearly trip to the Bronx Zoo – this time with sea lions and a komodo dragon!

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Sybil’s Cave is Locked up

While on my Hoboken walk along the Hudson, I saw an odd arch across the street so I wandered over to take a look. It’s a landmark called Sybil’s Cave. The cave is a natural spring and is buried under Stevens Institute of Technology Hill across the street from the skate park. Inside the arch is a metal gate that is, unfortunately, locked. There are some benches outside as restaurants have used it in the past. However, the water has since been found to be undrinkable and there are no plans to reopen the cave itself to the public as of this time.

History on a plaque.

History on a plaque.

The archway.

The archway.

Some spots for lunch.

Some spots for lunch.

There's the gate.

There’s the gate.

Yup, locked.

Yup, locked.

It's a large hill behind it.

It’s a large hill behind it.

Kind of stands out a bit.

Kind of stands out a bit.

This is what it looked like from across the street.

This is what it looked like from across the street.

Next week: I walked by a few different construction sites and damaged areas. That always makes for an interesting look.

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