Ruth Zavitsanos

March 5, 2014

Traces of Love

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Everywhere I turned were traces of love from memories that had been tucked away in my mind. Now they were flourishing upon arriving in New York City. Like the windows on the skyscrapers found there, I have a clear view of these times spent while walking around this city’s streets.

Many shows from Man of La Mancha and Little Foxes to Jersey Boys and Kinky Boots

Many shows from Man of La Mancha and Little Foxes to Jersey Boys and Kinky Boots

For birthdays and other celebrations, growing up in a nearby suburb of NYC, my family and I often took in popular Broadway shows, famous food establishments, exciting sights, and stylish shopping adventures.

Winter skaters at the Plaza

Winter skaters at the Plaza

My mother and I would stroll along 5th Avenue, sometimes with our Easter bonnets, other times our winter coats or blazers. We always discussed our impressions of the store windows. As a young girl, I found myself thinking “Rhoda” would appear and give us the real “lowdown” on what we were looking at in the display. I’m sure “Rhoda” would’ve liked this one.

This one is a real eye catcher don't you think?

This one is a real eye catcher don’t you think?

Often we’d share one of the enormous sandwiches at Carnegie Deli and then go to Lindy’s for a slice of authentic New York cheesecake. On a chilly night, my father usually bought a bag of hot roasted chestnuts from a street vendor, a satisfying treat while walking back to the parking garage. When I worked in NYC and was on a budget nothing beat Ray’s pizza.

Can you say KNISH, Blintzes and Reuben with a side of deli pickles.

Can you say KNISH, Blintzes and Reuben with a side of Deli Pickles.

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Still famous

Still famous

Carriage rides or a walk through Central Park adds a feeling of serenity after navigating through city streets with screaming sirens and honking taxi drivers.Central Park

Some people say it’s a dirty city. I look around and find visions of elegance.The Plaza Hotel
elegance clock
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Perhaps one of the best things I captured with my camera is more than just a clock, but time standing still. Or, sights that take me back in time. And, some are new. How can this be? Tell me what you see.

Currently on Broadway!

Currently on Broadway!

I found this in Penn Station. They work, too!

I found this in Penn Station. They work, too!

Looks like the 80s to me!

Looks like the 80s to me!


Classic Stage Door

Classic Stage Door

I hope you enjoyed this photo journal. I’m fortunate to still get that invigorating and warm feeling every time I emerge from Penn Station via a stress-free Amtrak ride. Lastly, I know I’m guided to all of these wonderful sights and every person I come in contact with brings me a story to consider. Mostly, I smile. And, it’s definitely easy to spread a smile. It may not last long in fast-paced NYC but it is appreciated. This last time the frigid temps made it hard to smile. But, when I told the street vendor as I paid for my scarf and hat, “It’s too cold to bargain. I hope you sellout of everything.” His runny nose, watery eyes and grateful nod said it all.DSC06278

St. Patrick's Cathedral

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