Last month, just before leaving for Pittsburgh, I had to travel to New York City for a meeting. Just like last year, there was a technology show at the Javits Center the day I had to be in the city. Since I didn’t have anything scheduled until dinner, I decided to check out the show.
I normally walk to the Javits Center, but when it’s raining, like it was that day, I always walk. That may sound counter-intuitive, but not to anyone who has ever tried to get a cab in the rain in NYC or who has been stuck in a cab in the rain in NYC. Walking is faster. If it isn’t really faster, it feels like it’s faster.
I was prepared for the rain, I had an umbrella in my car. I put it next to my backpack, so that I would remember it when I parked at Union Station in New Haven. When I got out of my car at the train station, I grabbed my bag, looked at the umbrella, wondered why it was on the seat and then put it on the floor “where it belongs.” Some days, a mind is just a terrible thing.
It didn’t matter. As soon as it starts raining, street vendors on every corner in NY are hawking $3 umbrellas. If you’re lucky, one might even last the whole day before blowing apart. This was one of those light annoying rainy days. Not enough water falling to make you want to put an umbrella up, cause then you have to navigate the crowd of raised umbrellas, but enough to eventually soak you to the bone.
I compromised. I wore my hood while walking and raised the umbrella when I wanted to use my camera. I’ve observed that good photographers are much more concerned about their gear and the quality of the shot, than they are their own comfort.
I took a slightly different route than I took last year, in the hopes of finding a few different doors. Given the end points of this trip, 49th St. and Lexington Ave. to 34th St. and 10th Ave., I have enough zig-zag routes to vary this trip for many years to come. I’ll be retired before I run out of options. Just in case of overlap, I checked last year’s post and deleted any duplicates. I think Norm deducts points for duplicates.
Norm? Who is Norm? Norm is the CEO of Thursday Doors, Inc. Each week, he creates a landing page for door
freaks aficionados from around the world to post their door photos, drawings and descriptions. Take the elevator up to the penthouse, check out Norm’s doors and then look for the blue frog. Click that thingie and voilà – doors!
The doors in the gallery are described, as best as I can remember, research and / or guess.