Friday, October 30, 2009

City Views, Country Dreams

Good evening from New York, on Halloween Eve.

As I walked through my neighborhood this afternoon, I could not resist taking out my camera to record more pictures of decorations on a special West Side brownstone'd block. There will be a children's Halloween party along this street tomorrow afternoon.

This lady looks just a little different from the farmers who we normally see at our weekend green markets.

I would wonder if sampling her produce would be wise. Not sure if you can read the poster affixed to the front door. It asks us to Stop Genocide.

This gentleman was standing on the steps of the adjacent house. He makes me rethink the concept of organic.

A bit further down the block I saw this display affixed to a window. Please note that the metal window gates are there to keep more than spirits from entering that home.I fear that this photo might be too out of focus to propery show the fiendish artisty that made the display reality.


What more is there to say ...

Happy Halloween!

29 comments:

  1. What a great spooky post, Frances!! Watch out for the witches and ghosts on Madison Avenue tomorrow!

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  2. amazingly spooky creations - I've started halloween off with a 'boo' thanks to you!

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  3. What superb creations, people must spend hours doing this type of decorating.

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  4. I haven't visited for a while so now I am able to enjoy catching up. I know I would have loved to have seen the Empire State building sporting its colours, so best of luck to your team.

    I would also have loved the exhibition of Japanese textiles. They are such masters at the applied arts, no wonder you found it inspiring. It sounds as if you have earnt your day off, so nice to know that you had time to relax and create.

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  5. Wonderful creations, ideas for next year here perhaps. Local villages do have scarecrow weekends which l guess would be pretty similar though less scary!

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  6. Great post! Happy Halloween! suzie. x

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  7. What a wonderful way to brighten up these autumn evenings no matter how spooky they are. Maybe I'll go carve a mini pumpkin and light a candle in our country window; though I had wanted the squash for roasting with our meal (I suppose I could make soup with the scraped out innards).

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  8. Ooh Frances those figures are positively ghoulish! I have a shiver down my spine now...

    Have a safe, fun New York City Halloween!

    Jeanne x

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  9. Wonderful creative townie decorations in confined spaces, so different from many to be seen on Long Island, for instance, where much is store bought and over done. But all is done for fun, so, so be it!

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  10. I really enjoy your comments that accompany your photos - that's why I always feel I'm by your side as you walk.

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  11. Awesome sightings in the city. Happy Halloween!

    Paz

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  12. Very spooky indeed! I enjoyed my Halloween trip around your neighbourhood.

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  13. Happy Halloween Frances! Jack is becoming afraid of what he will encounter on our walks around the neighborhood. He especially doesn't like things hanging from trees and flapping in the breeze. And even I, occasionally, get spooked.

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  14. I am in awe, these must be the most original and beautiful, inspired Halloween decorations I have ever seen!

    Thank you from the bottom of my heart for taking the time to document your Halloween walk for us.

    Hugs,
    Merisi

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  15. What a tremendous effort people make with their Hallowe'en decorations Stateside. I've come over for the first time from Drawings from Nature and I'm looking forward to reading more of your blog. I like your self(?) portrait in the side bar.

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  16. Fantastic decorations. Far more imaginative than the supermarket tat we see strung up in most of our towns. Lots of lovely carved pumpkin lanterns hereabouts though.

    Today, the 1st, is All Saints Day - - nobody seems to be celebrating that.

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  17. thank you, dear Frances for leaving such a kind comment on my blog.

    Your pictures are very interesting; the concept of Halloween and Halloween decorations is rather an alien one for me. There were All-Saints' and All-Souls' Days but they were rather more celebrated as days of remembrance of those that had died. You'd visit the cemetery, decorate the grave and light a long-burning candle. I think they now have Halloween in Germany too.

    No trick or treaters knocked on our door, we live at the end of a long drive and kids don't bother to come up. And nobody in the village had any kind of decorations to match the ones in your photos.

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  18. What fantastic photo's Frances, even if they are a little spooky.

    People have gone to so much trouble for making those great decorations for the Halloween, thank you kindly for sharing with us Frances.

    xx

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  19. Oh WOW! These are amazing. I love the thought that has gone into these exceedingly creepy displays.

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  20. I love these photographs, they make Manhatten look like a village.

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  21. So, so, wonderful.. Once again I just want to get on a plane and go there! You see everything so fresh and in such an amazing way and then you convey that to the rest of us.. Thank you so much.. And I know I've shared this before, but really, reading your blog is like a mini vacation.. So, so wonderful!!!

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  22. Awesome spooky photos, Frances!

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  23. I missed these somehow Frances. They are just amazing aren't they? x

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  24. Loved these photographs. What a lot of work some people went to. Nice for us to see--even if we live in faraway Michigan!

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  25. What terrific characters, shall now be studying your blogspot with renowned interest as I become a 'town girl' too

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  26. How wonderfully they decorated in your neighborhood with such great care and attention.
    Americans really go all out for halloween, such a contrast to the English who might do a little bobbing for apples.....

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  27. Love the last pic best! We don't have anything like that in our little village and to be honest I don't think I mind too much. As brilliant as though door pieces are they are waaay to spookily real looking for my peace of mind!
    How does one get to sleep with those sitting outside the house? What if their friends turned up?????
    CKx

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  28. Love the last pic best! We don't have anything like that in our little village and to be honest I don't think I mind too much. As brilliant as though door pieces are they are waaay to spookily real looking for my peace of mind!
    How does one get to sleep with those sitting outside the house? What if their friends turned up?????
    CKx

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  29. Bit late for Hallowe'en; too early for Advent. But nice pictures and commentary!

    Hope your having a wonderful time on your "days off."

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