Clock at Grand Central Terminal

This shot of the iconic clock at Grand Central Terminal was one of the first ever from my Panasonic LX-3.

According to Wikipedia:

The 18-sided main information booth — originally the “information bureau” — is in the center of the concourse. Its attendants provide train schedules and other information to the public;[40] in 2015, they fielded more than 1,000 questions an hour, according to an MTA spokesman. A door within the marble and brass pagoda conceals a spiral staircase down to a similar booth on the station’s Dining Concourse.

The booth is topped by a four-faced brass clock that may be Grand Central’s most recognizable icon. The clock was designed by Henry Edward Bedford and cast in Waterbury, Connecticut. Each 24-inch (61 cm) face is made from opalescent glass, now often called opal glass or milk glass. (Urban legend says the faces are actually opal, valued by Sotheby’s or Christie’s between $10 million and $20 million.) The clock was first stopped for repairs in 1954, after it was found to be losing a minute or two per day.

Along with the rest of the New York Central Railroad system’s clocks, it was formerly set to a clock in the train dispatcher’s office at Grand Central.[45] Through the 1980s, they were set to a master clock at a workshop in Grand Central. Since 2004, they have been set to the United States Naval Observatory’s atomic clock, accurate to a billionth of a second.

For more information (e.g. including its use in movies) on the clock see New York’s Most Famous Clock.

A Perfect Present for my wife

I’ve mentioned in a number of earlier posts that my wife loves blue and white china. She collects it and also administers a group on Facebook devoted to it.

I recently came across the perfect present for her. Presently it’s available on ebay, which is also the source for this picture and ebay user samprivet.

He also has a red one similarly based and a Zorki 4 as well as another blue one based on a Fed 3.

I’m tempted!

In the UN Garden

My wife in the garden at the United Nations (where we both worked) probably around 1979. The garden had a spectacular collection of cherry trees, I believe donated by the government of Japan.

The United Nations recently went through a major renovation. While the building was being re-modeled a significant number of offices and conference rooms had to be relocated and of course space is very much at a premium in mid-town Manhattan. Temporary buildings had to be built in the gardens.

According to an article in the New York Sun entitled One Cannot Tell a Lie: U.N. May Fell Its Cherry Trees:

When the environmentally oriented United Nations launches its ambitious building-refurbishing project next month, dozens of stately cherry trees, among others, will have to be cut down, the man charged with executing the renovation plan, Michael Adlerstein, said yesterday in an admission reminiscent of young George Washington’s “I cannot tell a lie.” The $1.876 billion Capital Master Plan renovation project is scheduled to be launched May 5 with a ground-breaking ceremony for a temporary building that will house conference rooms for diplomats during the six-year construction period. The temporary conference building will be erected in the well-manicured gardens of the northern portion of the U.N. campus, an area known as the North Lawn, where rows of trees were planted 30 years ago among rare artistic artifacts and perennial and annual flowering plants.

Secretary-General Ban has raised environmental issues to the top of the U.N. agenda and made them a central theme of his administration. Yesterday, Mr. Ban said “global warming” was one of the issues he planned to discuss with Pope Benedict XVI, who is scheduled to visit Friday. Mr. Ban is Korean, and many in the region he hails from cherish the short-lived cherry blossom season and travel to areas where the trees are abundant to adore the blooms.

The cherry trees in full bloom yesterday under the U.N. flag are doomed. As the temporary building is being erected on the North Lawn, “25 out of 300 trees will have to come down, including cherry trees,” Mr. Adlerstein acknowledged yesterday.

Most likely taken with a Minolta Hi-Matic 7sii, my first serious camera given to me by my wife around this time.