New York is:

exciting, crowded, bewildering, dirty, cool, crowded, sophisticated, rude (honestly lady, you can move your pack so I have an extra millimetre or so of room), awe-inspiring, crowded, smelly, easy to get around, impossible to get around, tall, magical, crowded (but not in SoHo), frantic, impossible – exciting.

And we went with Martha, and met lovely Lily for ‘Friday Margeuritas,’ which I feel might best not become a Sprigge fixture…

Funny moments: when the man on the subway told John that Houston in NYC is pronounced House-ton, when after 34 years he had, for the first time, pronounced it Hews-ton (rather than Hoos-ton, which makes my teeth grind).

Anyway. Here we are:


outside the Metropolitan museum (you can see serious walking in NYC on Facebook). Some of what we saw there:

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(the wonderful El Greco. The tear on the face of the Madonna).

Us again, now at the other Met to watch Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet:

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People-watching before the ballet

People-watching before the ballet

The site of the World Trade Centre: 3,000 people died on 9/11. How many have died since then, as a direct or indirect result? The footprints of the original buildings make up two of the deepest man-made fountains, lives sucked into the earth, by water not fire.

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We stayed in SoHo (south of Houston – don’t read out loud…):


View from the hotel

View from the hotel

SoHo fire escapes

SoHo fire escapes

in Washington Square Park

in Washington Square Park

The High Line park is on the track of an old abandoned elevated railway – a wonderful green space, a long lazy Saturday walk (, a great Olaf Eriasson scheme called ‘the collectivity project’ (see, a lego-building constantly-changing sculpture (yes the guy who did ‘the weather project’ at the Tate Modern (


John contributing to ‘The collectivity project’

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A pretty weird (British) sculpture/ fountain

A pretty weird (British) sculpture/ fountain

And finally, a sign that made me laugh out loud (we didn’t submit to temptation)(on either front):



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