While waiting in line at the Smithtown Post Office Tuesday I enjoyed their display of vintage Raggedy Ann Dolls. The vintage dolls ranged from the 1800's to the 1970's.
Friday, July 23, 2010
This week took my back to Long Island NY and the Kings Park/Smithtown NY area.
The Smithtown Bull is a 14' tall bronze statue. It was built in 1923 and installed here on a concrete pedestal in 1941. There are several legends surrounding the origin of Smithtown. The most fanciful is that in the 1600s, Richard Smith rode "Whisper", his pet bull, in a deal to stake out property.
In 1903 Lawrence Smith Butler, a descendent of the Town founder Richard Smith, proposed the idea of a bronze statue to his friend sculptor Charles Cary Rumsey. Butler believed that money could be raised to pay for the project and a price of $12,000 was agreed upon for the completed work. In 1923 the casting was complete and ready for shipment. However, the funds were not raised and the statue was not shipped to Smithtown. It sat instead in front of the Brooklyn Museum for a number of years before being placed into storage. In 1941 Butler renewed his quest. He convinced the Town Board to build a concrete pedestal to hold the statue, raised the $1,750 needed to cover the cost of the move, and convinced Rumsey’s heirs to donate the statue to the Town.
First by truck, then via railroad, and then by truck once more, the fourteen-foot, five-ton bronze bull made its journey to Smithtown. On May 10, 1941, Mary Rumsey, daughter of the sculptor and wife of New York Governor W. Averill Harriman, presented the statue to the people of Smithtown.
Sunday, July 18, 2010
With our hot summer weather and daily afternoon thunderstorms our patio garden of cactus and flowering plants continues to do well. Our 4’ cactus to the right has begun its flowering stage by spouting leaves at the each stoke end. Last year it had several beautiful purple flowers that lasted about a week.
Sunday, July 11, 2010
My favor past time while flying are the hours I can spend looking out the window at passing clouds. These Cumulonimbus clouds are thunderstorm clouds that form if cumulus congestus clouds continue to grow vertically. Their dark bases may be no more than 300 m (1000 ft) above the Earth's surface. Their tops may extend upward to over 12,000 m (39,000 ft). Tremendous amounts of energy are released by the condensation of water vapor within a cumulonimbus. Lightning, thunder, and even violent tornadoes are associated with the cumulonimbus.
This week I return to my home away from home as of late NYC and Long Island. It was a beautiful clear day to land at LaGuardia Airport so I videoed our approach across Manhattan.
LaGuardia has a long and storied history. The airport site was first occupied by the Gala Amusement Park, a popular destination owned by the Steinway family. In 1929, the park was transformed into a 105-acre private flying field and first named Glenn H. Curtiss Airport after aviation pioneer Glenn H. Curtiss, and then re-named North Beach Airport.
In 1937, New York City took over the airport and enlarged the grounds with the purchase of adjoining land and by filling in 357 acres of waterfront along the east side. In 1939, it re-opened with a new name, New York Municipal Airport-LaGuardia Field. The airport was leased to the Port Authority in 1947.
Today, LaGuardia Airport is one of the busiest in the nation, handling more than 23 million passengers in 2008.
Friday, July 09, 2010
Saturday, July 03, 2010
Thursday, July 01, 2010
Bowing to pressure from the SOTHBHFRN “Save Our Two Headed Baby Hummingbirds From Red Nectar” and after researching the net I confirmed that "Red Nectar" can cause health issues in baby Hummingbirds! I have changed my feeder to clear sugar nectar. Sorry baby Hummers!