A Marathon weekend

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NYC Marathoners running down Fifth Avenue towards 90th Street and their 24th mile. 12:30 PM. Photo: JH.

Monday, November 4, 2019. 52,000 runners at 44 degrees climbing to the mid-50s on a sometimes cloudy, otherwise sunny Sunday for the 49th annual New York City marathon. The wheelchair entrants started at 8:30 a.m.

It began at the Verrazano Bridge on Staten Island and continued for 26.2 miles, moving through Brooklyn – Bay Ridge, Sunset Park, Clinton Hill, Williamsburg and Greenpoint; across into Queens and then Manhattan, up First Avenue to the Bronx and then back down to Manhattan and Fifth Avenue and the finish line in Central Park.

Running down Fifth Avenue towards the finish line in Central Park.

On Friday night, they kicked off the Marathon weekend with fireworks in the Park. I could hear them in my apartment from eight city-wide blocks away. It was about nine or ten in the evening, and having no idea there were fireworks they sounded like bombs going off. I went out onto the terrace and they were a bit louder. Shortly thereafter talking to JH on the phone, I learned … they were fireworks.

Then, on Saturday afternoon, the bicyclists took over on Park Avenue South – unannounced.  A friend who lives on Park Avenue South happened to be home and video’d the traffic chaos. “Traffic” is a big subject right now in New York. Because it has become a traffic jam a lot of times during the business week. The New York Times had an article about the bicycles and the cars and the accidents that have been happening.

Mayhem on Park Avenue South.

The Times article posted many Comments about the matter. The serious bicyclists are against the cars, namely against the drivers about whom they have serious accusations. The gist of the arguments presented are predictable. The drivers complain about the delivery boys (as well as a lot of regularly bicyclists who tend to think there shouldn’t be any cars). The pedestrians complain about the cars and the bicyclists. And the bicyclists complain about the drivers and don’t give the pedestrians a thought. 

You could lay the blame at any feet, because one also has to beware of pedestrians.  Many individuals, be they walking, driving or bicycling, are not paying attention to where they are and what they are among (people), distracted by their phones or just by their daily unconsciousness. Because there are NO RULES anymore. Many people, for their own interests, DON’T PAY ATTENTION to their lives out among the people. This is the nature of our society in the city today. It does not describe all of us, but it generally describes the day-to-day activity out on the sidewalks and the roadways. 

New York is a city of business. It was founded as a city of business by the Dutch from the West India Company in 1624 and called it New Amsterdam. The British took it over in the late 17th century, and named it after some British king or duke. But it has remained a city of business, for many the center of the world. NOT a city of leisure. So when the mayoral administration decided to close lanes to automobiles (not bikes or buses), thereby making the roads narrowers and unable to accommodate any traffic, we have chaos. And chaos is what the people of New York have had to adjust to.

Meanwhile Halloween was flourishing on Friday on Park and Madison Avenues with lots of little ones getting up for it …

It was also a two-day affair at the Doubles Club in the Sherry-Netherland on Fifth Avenue. At the GHOSTIES & GOODIES party, children under 7 years dressed as brides, bumble bees and ballerinas all while enjoying Daisy Doodle Face Painting, Magic Al’s magic tricks and lots of disco dancing …

The following night, was the adults’ turn at the SPOOKTCULAR SOIREE where Wonder Woman (Wendy Carduner in costume) awarded prizes to: Nicole Noonan and Steven Knobel as Matador and Bull … Lucia Gordon as Nefertiti … Duncan Sahner as Mozart … Marisa Rose and her table of Vikings, and to Maria and Kenneth Fishel for the Best Decorated and Best Costumed Guests.

Among the other guests (costumed or not) were: Barbara and Donald Tober, Daisy Soros, Alexander Lari, Sharon Bush, Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia, Patty Raynes, Paola and Arnold Rosenschein, Chris Cicala, Denise Deluca, Kathy Springhorn, Jenny and Geoffrey Symonds and many, many more.

L. to r.: Duncan Sahner and Wendy Carduner; Prince Dimitri of Yugoslovia.
L. to r.: Nicole Noonan and Steven Knobel; Lucia Hwong Gordon
L. to r.: Alex and Meriel Lari; Daisy Soros.
The Viking Table.
L. to r.: Nicole Miller, Maria Fishel, and Ken Fishel; Paola and Arni Rosenshein.
L. to r.: Sharon Bush and Bob Murray; Donald and Barbara Tober.

Photographs by Annie Watt (Doubles)

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