My flight to Tampa is running an hour late, but that has given me enough time to finally edit my photos from a recent trip back to the Most Holy Trinity Cemetery in Bushwick, Brooklyn. In case you are not familiar with this cemetery – one of the oldest in NYC – you can read all about it here. In short, it is a cemetery where most of the gravestones were crafted from metal. The affects of New York’s rainy weather plus the toxicity of the surrounding industrial areas in turn created headstones so thick with rust that they appeared to be a new form of rotting matter entirely.
Of all the wacky fairs I have attended during my visit to Florida, the Pasco County Fair was by far the best. A cute baby contest, full rodeo, and wild amusement rides — need I say more?
With the coldest air of the season beating down on New York City, I thought sharing photos from one of Tampa’s most serene spaces was in order. Welcome to the Wat Mongkolratanaram of Florida, a Buddhist temple located alongside the Palm River near Brandon. The ‘wat,’ or monastery temple, was established in its present location in 1981 and the newly designed temple was dedicated in 2007. English-language religious services are held every Sunday beginning at 1:00 p.m., and classes on Buddhism are offered during the week.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I hope you all have a wonderful holiday. While you are feasting on turkey (or perhaps tofurkey), enjoy these pics I took last night from the Macy’s Day ‘Inflation Celebration’ — that is, the pre-Thanksgiving balloon inflation on the Upper West Side. It was miserable weather last night, but I have to say, it really got me in the holiday spirit. Enjoy! #MacysThanksgivingDayParade