Coming from the church of St. Brigid – St. Emeric this procession in honor of the Peruvian saint Martin de Porres took a glacial pace around the block. Men dressed in purple took turns lifting and swaying this apparently very heavy devotional object decorated in gold and silver. Martin was the illegitimate offspring of a nobleman and a former slave, born 1579. He was canonized on May 6, 1962, by Pope John XXIII. Sunday May 5 was the last day of his 50th anniversary year. He is the saint of interracial harmony. Amazing music from Banda Armonia del Peru, which seems peppered with some jazz hipster session players.
Another illustration for my tree map. The Hornbeam tree on the east side of the park was one of the first trees in the park that caught my attention at the start of this project. What struck me is the inflorescence, the green leafy flowery thing on the right in the illustration. It stays with the leaves throughout the entire season. I don’t yet know its function.
Update: I’m currently thinking that the cable is not frayed. It is an illusion from the restricted point of view. See below.
I’ve called 311 about this. What do you think. Does this cable look damaged to you. The elm tree next to the Krishna Elm has been drastically leaning for a long while. At one point two cables attached the two trees, supporting the leaning one on the east. Right now there is only one cable, and it looks frayed to me. The tree if it fell could possibly injure people sitting on the benches.
Taking a close look at a photo I took of the other side of the cable, the side attached to the Krishna Tree, I’m thinking that the cable is not frayed. I think what looks like fraying in the other photo is actually wire lashing on the cable. You can see it in this photo. The cable must be threaded through the eye, bent back and lashed back to itself with this wire. It’s the end of the lashing that looks like fraying in the first photo. But it still seems precarious to only have one cable supporting the great weight of this tree leaning over often occupied benches.
Yo Soy 132 is a Mexican protest movement centered around the democratization of the country and its media. It began as opposition to the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) candidate Enrique Peña Nieto and the Mexican media’s allegedly biased coverage of the 2012 general election. The name Yo Soy 132, Spanish for “I Am 132″, originated in an expression of solidarity with the protest’s initiators. Wiki
I’ve been keeping my eye on the top of WTC1 from my East Village window. The top of the spire is supposed to be hoisted up soon. I haven’t noticed this happening yet, but I haven’t been that vigilant. I did notice about an hour ago that the crane on the left was leaning out and had its cable all the way down. I thought the hoisting might happen soon, but now as you can see, the crane is upright and the cable is retracted. The wind right now are from the south at 5 MPH. Do they need dead calm to do the job?
WTC1 shot from the East Village. Hoisting up the top pieces of the spire was scheduled for today, but the weather prevents.
An uncredited photo on Imgur of the top of the spire.
An icon I made today for my tree map of Tompkins Square Park. There is a new tulip poplar tree in the dog run, its leaves have just appeared. This illustration emphasizes their shape and vein structure. The map is going well. I will post an update soon. I’ve been extremely busy keeping up with all the Spring activity, photographing close-ups of all the emerging leaves on just about every tree in the park. I haven’t shared many of them on the web, it’s taking all my energy just keeping the photos organized.