New York Chlorofluorocarbons Lose To Sounders 3-1.

Posted: May 6th, 2015 | Filed under: The Bronx

The MLS NYCFC vs. Seattle Sounders at Yankee Stadium on May 3:

NYCFC vs. Seattle Sounders, Yankee Stadium, The Bronx, May 3, 2015

The cadence of the “NYC-FC!” chant sort of sounds like “NY CFC!” You think people are rooting for New York Chlorofluorocarbons.

The layout of the field (pitch?) is odd, and they actually add sod to the infield for each game:

NYCFC vs. Seattle Sounders, Yankee Stadium, The Bronx, May 3, 2015

Then celebrating on River Avenue afterward — this was a loss, mind you, and one where the Sounders basically dismantled the defense — who knows what would it have looked like had they won:

River Avenue Between East 162nd Street and East 161st Street, The Bronx, May 3, 2015

Too Soon, Even For A Sandra

Posted: March 30th, 2015 | Filed under: Manhattan

While browsing the inventory of personalized souvenir magnets at Grand Slam New York in Times Square we found this one, which I was surprised they still make, given the name’s current connotation:

Grand Slam New York, 1557 Broadway, Times Square, Midtown Manhattan, March 27, 2015

Zoos And Aquariums Of The East Coast

Posted: March 17th, 2015 | Filed under: Out Of Town, Queens, Staten Island, The Bronx

At some point in your life you visit many, many zoos. Here are some recent visits to zoos and aquariums along the East Coast.

The Philadelphia Zoo is the oldest in the U.S. They have a wonderful primate facility where you can get real close and gawk:

Primate Reserve, Philadelphia Zoo, 34th Street and Girard Avenue, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, October 18, 2013

Primate Reserve, Philadelphia Zoo, 34th Street and Girard Avenue, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, October 18, 2013

Across the river in Camden is the Adventure Aquarium, which used to be owned by the state but which was unloaded to a private entity about ten years ago. There’s a fun shark tunnel there:

Shark Tunnel, Adventure Aquarium, Camden, New Jersey, July 3, 2014

Adventure Aquarium, Camden, New Jersey, July 3, 2014

In Sarasota, the Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium has a great manatee exhibit and a rarely-in-captivity dolphin (which is only there because it was injured and can’t be in the wild):

Manatees, Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium, Sarasota, Florida, November 4, 2014

Dolphin Lagoon, Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium, Sarasota, Florida, November 4, 2014

Closer to home, there is the grand Bronx Zoo:

Congo Gorilla Forest, Bronx Zoo, Bronx Park, The Bronx, June 2, 2013

Wild Asia Monorail, Bronx Zoo, Bronx Park, The Bronx, June 2, 2013

The Queens Zoo is a great little zoo — and I don’t think “little” is a pejorative: there’s something to the idea that a visit to the zoo doesn’t have to be this exhausting day-long slog. The Queens Zoo focuses on animals of the Americas, as well, which is a cool curatorial take. The Buckminster Fuller dome/aviary is a hoot, too:

Aviary, Queens Zoo, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens, September 21, 2013

Andean Bear, Queens Zoo, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens, July 12, 2014

Finally, the Staten Island Zoo makes for a fun trip to the island. The nursery there is fun to see:

Animal Nursery, Staten Island Zoo, Staten Island, June 23, 2013

Also, Staten Island Chuck, who takes down mayors:

Staten Island Chuck, Staten Island Zoo, Staten Island, June 23, 2013