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Free Spirit: Weekly Photo Challenge


This week’s WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge is Free Spirit.  This week’s challenge is guest hosted by Strauss Louw.  Louw writes that this theme — free spirit — lends itself to many possibilities for subject matter and composition.   I agree with him.  But, I take exception to his comments that working with film rather than digital allows for more creative exploration and experimentation for a theme such as this.  

I agree that they are different mediums, and they produce different effects, but I don’t think that a particular subject matter — especially one that can be so broadly interpreted — is best suited to a particular medium.  One could just as easily paint a picture (in oil, acrylic, watercolor, egg tempura, finger paints…) and convey the idea of “free spirit”.  They wouldn’t be the same, but I doubt that one is better than the other simply because of the medium.   Of course, if you were to paint, rather than photograph, it wouldn’t be a suitable entry for a “Photo” challenge.

Just my two cents worth, which is worth 2 cents exactly nothing as this is the internet. ūüôā

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I spotted this boy on an unseasonably warm day along the banks of the Hudson, in the Fort Washington area of Manhattan, last Spring.  His mother sat nearby, enjoying the sun while keeping an eye on the child, yet still allowing him to be a kid and to explore.   Here’s to that free spirit in each of us.

Skipping stones

Nearby was a spot where he had been playing, before his attention shifted to throwing stones into the water and watching the splashes.

Rocks and Wheel

Weekly Photo Challenge: Urban


This week’s Weekly Photo Challenge is URBAN. ¬† Guest host, Terrence S. Jones of A Guy with a Camera, describes Urban Photography as providing the backdrop for Street Photography. ¬†Writes Jones: ¬†“[Urban Photography] ¬†is about documenting urban living space and how people adapt their environment to certain needs and vice versa“.

Thinking about Jones’ definition, I first thought it meant that urban photography is more than just architecture or cityscapes; that it must have the inclusion of people in the photographed environment. ¬†I thought about this for a while, trying to think which photo I might have, or might take, that fits this definition. ¬†But, then I started to think of ¬†looking at the function of architecture, the myriad structures that make up a cityscape, and realized that buildings, streets, signs, utilities all represent the adaptations of humans to their environment, the creation of something to fit a need. ¬†And then I thought of a photo that I took a few years ago that I’ve always liked.

Manhattan. 43rd and 8th Ave.

When I travel to NYC, I always find my eye drawn to the numerous, old, faded brick ads, sometimes referred to as ghost signs, ¬†on the sides of buildings. ¬†While I will occasionally see ghost signs in my hometown, I live in a city where there wasn’t a tall building before the mid-70’s. ¬†Not only are newer buildings not typically constructed of brick, but zoning laws, billboards and electronic signs have made this kind of advertisement obsolete.

I am drawn as well to the water towers and tanks on top of the city buildings. ¬†This kind of small water tower is not something that you see in the midwest. ¬† Yet, they dot many urban skylines. ¬†They aren’t pretty to look at but like satellite dishes and electrical wires, they easily fade into the background of everyday life. ¬†With or without graffiti, with or without the peeling paint and rust spots, I find them fascinating structures.

While I don’t know that I can pinpoint what is it that fascinates me about these urban sights, I think it is more than the novelty of the signs and the urban ugliness of the water tanks. ¬†The signs represent a past function, sometimes of the building, sometimes just the faded significance of the signage. ¬†The water tanks are a necessity of urban living spaces. ¬†I have numerous photos of each. ¬†All of these photographs are cityscapes to me, all convey “urban”.

Since I also like photographing shadows, this photo seemed the ideal choice for this challenge: ¬†a water tower, a faded painted brickad, a shadow as the sun set behind me as I walked down 43rd Street. ¬† As I reviewed the set of photographs that accompanied this one, I recalled that I had originally started shooting the Westin Hotel on 8th Ave. ¬†I like the purple, steel-blue, and turquoise windows on the northwestern side of this new building. ¬†Once I realized that the ghost sign was in the corner of the frame, I repositioned my camera to take a much more interesting photo. ¬†Maybe some day when I’m back in New York, I’ll take photos of the colorful Westin that I’ll share on this site.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Merge


This week’s Photo Challenge is MERGE.   Guest-hosted this week by architect and photographer Gary Ng, this week’s challenge is to photograph two things that are normally in opposition, merging them into one work of art.

I thought all day about this challenge and the myriad possibilities, but there was no time to go out on a shoot today.  I thought that I’d look through my archives and find two photos that I could merge together to create a new work.  I tried overlaying images.  I tried a collage of photos.  I looked for two different photos that together could be juxtaposition of meaning or form.   All my attempts landed in the virtual dust heap.

But, as I continued to search through my very unorganized photos from the last year, I stumbled upon some photographs that I took last September on a brief spur-of-the-moment visit to the Morgan Library on a very dreary day.   I don’t remember what I had originally intended to do, but as I headed towards Midtown, I decided that I would go to the Morgan.   As I exited the subway, several blocks away, the sky looked ominous.  I almost headed right back into the subway station because there is nothing more miserable than being caught in the rain in New York, especially when I’ve packed like the tourist I am, wearing clothing that will not dry quickly. Instead, I ran the six or seven blocks to the Morgan, dashing up the steps of the museum just as the thunder started rumbling, lighting flashing, and the downpour began.

Although my intent was to see the Dickens exhibit, I was sidetracked by the marvelous sculpture, The Living Word, by Xu Bing in the Renzo Piano designed Gilbert Court.  The sculpture starts off as a very rooted piece, with the modern Chinese word for ‘Bird’ on the museum floor.  Then, the sculpture lifts away from the floor as if taking flight.  As the pieces rise towards the ceiling, the shapes transform from the modern written word into pictographs of birds.   It is a stunning and fascinating work and I spent a long time taking photographs.

The picture below is one that I marked for deletion.  Since I was traveling, I can only assume that I ran out of time, never finishing the editing.   I think I must have rejected this photo because the focus isn’t right and it doesn’t show off the work of art.   Yet, it seemed the perfect picture for this challenge.  It was the only photo in the series where there is the stark contrast of the vertical lines of the courtyard windows and the diagonal flight pattern of the sculpture’s birds.   In this photo, Piano’s Courtyard becomes a cage imprisoning the sculpture.  The rain-streaked windows blend with the guide wires anchoring the sculpture, and the bit of skyline through the windows makes it look like a box canyon.  These elements merge together, working together to form a sort of harmony between the energy of the liberated, free-form birds and the steel and glass that contain them.

Xu Bing, The Living Word 3

I see this sculpture in a different way now that I have revisited this photograph.  Although the artist has said that the sculpture shows the birds and the words they represent “escaping the confines of human written definition”, in this photograph you sense that there is still a limitation or, at least, an obstacle from which to break free.

You can read more about the work on The Morgan Library website.  Unfortunately, the exhibit closed last October, but there are several photographs of the installation on the site.   I particularly  liked this quote by Xu Bing, taken from the description of The Living Word:  “Buddhists believe …that if you look for harmony in the living word, then you will be able to reach Buddha; if you look for harmony in lifeless sentences, you will be unable to save yourself.’ . . . My work and my method of thinking have been my search for the living word.”

Be sure to check out others’ contributions to this week’s Photo Challenge to see how they interpreted the theme of MERGE.

Weekly Photo Challenge – Sun


Freedom Tower, Sunlit, New York City

Freedom Tower: October 2011

Not the best shot, but it fits the category. No sun here today to shoot something new.

This is part of the Weekly Photo Challenge. To see others, click here.

I had something else in mind for today’s A – Z Challenge, but in case I don’t get back to this today, we’ll file this under ‘R’ for ‘Reflection’, lame though that may be!

Have a great weekend!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Two Subjects


Bridge & Tree

Upstate Manhattan: Bridge and Tree

I found this week’s challenge to live up to its name: challenging! As I scrolled through my photo archives trying to find a photo, I found very few that I considered even approaching the compositional challenge of two distinct subjects. It wasn’t until I went back to nearly a year ago (last Easter Sunday, April 24, 2011) that I found this shot. As I thought about it, I decided that part of my challenge was that, even when I have two different objects, I come to think of them as one, as a tableau. It is difficult for me to separate them, to think of them as different subjects, even if there are different focal points vying for the viewer’s attention. But, I think that this shot does do that. Is it about the tree, still bare in the Spring, not even beginning to show signs of budding while those on the opposite bank are? Is it about the bridge, the towering, looming George Washington, an icon of engineering, an intrusion of steel into the tree-lined Palisades? Or is the shot about both of these things, a juxtaposition of the straight lines of the bridge and the curvilinear lines of the tree? The opposition of the horizontal and the vertical? About nature — the trees and the river — and man’s adaptation of it — an enormous bridge that connects? Is it about a piece of park-like scenery in the midst of the enormous city? I think it is about all of these. Two subjects. Maybe more.

Taken with a Canon Rebel XSi, ISO 100, 55mm, f/22, 1/40 EV -2. I was just starting to learn how to use my camera in creative mode when I took this, but still relying mainly on the camera to select the settings. I wasn’t surprised when I checked the exif data that I shot this in Aperture Priority mode. I have no idea why EV was set to -2. Likely I had changed it for a previous shot and forgotten to adjust it afterwards. And I can’t believe that even with IS, I didn’t have more camera shake at 1/40. I would do this shot so differently now.

Be sure to check out other entries in this week’s Weekly Photo Challenge.

Likely won’t be blogging any more today, so I’m going to use this as today’s entry in the A to Z Blogging Challenge: M for Manhattan. I could use so many other photos to talk about one of my most favorite cities to visit, but I think that this one illustrates one of the things that I find fascinating about New York: it’s variety. Without the George Washington Bridge, this shot could be many places and nothing would identify it as being in Manhattan. I love the green spaces in NYC. Although they aren’t as plentiful as one might like, they are a respite from the concrete canyons most are likely familiar with from photos of New York.

This post is part of the Blogging A to Z Challenge. Today’s letter is M. Thanks for stopping by. Please leave a comment and let me know what you think. You can find other A to Z participants by clicking on the graphic. You’ll find an index of all of my A to Z blog posts here.

“A Magical Garden in the Sky”


Those who know me well know that my favorite city is New York. It is truly a city like no other. I love the vitality of the city, but every urban space needs an oasis. The other night, a segment on the Charlie Rose Show was a feature on The High Line, NYC’s new oasis in the sky that combines a gathering place and nature in a urban environment, making use of an old industrial rail line.

Watch this: Charlie Rose – High Line Nov 2011

I had the opportunity in August to spend some time near sunset walking the 1.5 mile High Line. I was enchanted by the park. It will be a place that I will return to often when in NYC. Maybe in the Spring, with my camera, in daylight.

Billboard and City Vista from the High Line

Recently, I came across this list of the top 100 public spaces in the US. The High Line is #12 on this list. I’ve been to 15 of the places on this list. I thought at first that perhaps that was because I am drawn to gathering places, as I didn’t search out any of these because they were a public space. But, I think that is what a great public space is: a space where people naturally gather because it is inviting, open, accessible, and, to some degree, exists not because of itself, but because of its purpose, its functionality.

>Suggestions?


>One has 4 days in NYC, Fri – Mon. Already scheduled: Play Sat Evening (Hamlet), musical on Sunday afternoon (South Pacific), and the Met Opera on Monday evening (Le Nozze de Figaro). What are your suggestions to fill my days?

Please note, the following are not on any list that will be considered: Empire State building (unless it is to laugh at the fools who take video pictures of a stationary building. It doesn’t move, people!), Statute of Liberty, the Circle Cruise, staring at the empty pit that was WTC (I’ve taken the PATH too many times and it always saddens me to see it), eating overpriced oysters at Grand Central Station, congregating at Rockefeller Plaza during the Today Show, seeing real buildings where fake people supposedly lived (cf. Sex & the City tour), touring the Intrepid or strolling purposelessly through the blaring, sense-numbing, migraine-inducing wreck that is Times Square. In other words: I’ve been forced to do the tourist stuff too many times and am looking for other things to do. Suggestions involving good food or things of beauty always considered.

>Not at all James Bondian


>Saturday morning, as I sat in Catherine’s kitchen drinking coffee and watching the fog slowly lift to reveal the magnificent cathedral of St John’s the Divine, the phone rang. It was her friend Taradina, who I had the pleasure of meeting while in NYC on business last year, calling from Senegal.

Catherine told her that I was in New York to meet someone from Germany, along with some NY-area people, none whom I had ever met in real life.

Really? Sounds rather James Bondian she said with a giggle.

Well, I didn’t have to get any sort of combo driving-flying-boating spy vehicle to arrive at the rendez-vous point. There were no secret passwords or handshakes. I simply walked out the door and around the corner to the designated spot, The Hungarian Pastry Shop. I didn’t even have cool boots and an umbrella a la Diana Rigg. The Avengers was always more my thing than Bond. Not that anyone would ever mistake me for Diana Rigg — or a spy.

The Pastry Shop has more of a college vib than some sort of secret service haunt in a Rive Gauche cafe, a Monaco casino, or hookah bar in Marrakesh: cramped, crowded, oddly matched tables and walls covered with literate graffiti, flyers for happenings at nearby Columbia, ads for people selling dog-walking services or organizing one’s apartment, people busily scribbling in notebooks or typing on laptops, or just chatting with friends. As I walked in, I only glanced for a nanosecond at the delicious baked goods in the display case. To walk past this is an act of courage for most sweet-tooths. I immediately spotted a table at the back with 6 people looking expectantly at each person who walked in the door. I immediately recognized Emily from pictures on her blog and Hobgoblin because I remember him writing once that he wore his hair in a ponytail. Then I saw Charlotte, who has also posted pictures of herself on her blog. Immediately I was introduced to them and to Dorothy, Marcy, and Becky.

We each had some sort of delicious baked good — I had an apricot linzer torte & a cup of tea, perfect for a foggy, grey day — and commenced talking. Hobgoblin and Dorothy know Emily and Becky. Emily, Becky and Marcy know each other through professional contacts as well as their blogs. Charlotte and I were the ones who hadn’t met any of the others in real life. After a bite to eat, we were off to the Strand with its 18 miles of bookshelves. Charlotte wanted to see some of the city by walking, but the 7 miles to the Strand was a bit too far. We walked for a bit and then took taxis. I appreciated that everyone was understanding that I, feeble-footed as I still am from my accident last year, couldn’t walk very far.

The Strand is one of those overwhelming bookstores that any booklover can’t believe they’ve landed in. There are books on tables, books stacked on the floor, books on shelving up to the high ceilings — on 3 floors. It is one of those places where you don’t find books; they find you. My advice to anyone visiting the Strand – unless you have about a day & half to spend there — is that you have a plan for 2, maybe 3 sections, that you want to browse. I immediately hit upon a section of travel essays and picked up two books, a translation of Guy de Maupassant’s Afloat, and The Search for the Pink-Headed Duck: A Journey into the Himalayas and Down the Brahmaputra by Rory Nugent.

The de Maupassant book is described as a merging of

fact and fiction, dream, polemic and documentation in a wholly original manner. Humorous and troubling stories, unreliable confessions, stray reminiscences, and thoughts on life, love, art, nature and society….

The Pink-headed duck is about a journey through India, which appears to have much to do with India, and only a little to do with a bird that hadn’t been seen in a half century. How could I pass up either of them?

But my real find of the day was found on a remainders table between fiction, literary biography and poetry: a book reproducing William Blake’s illuminated poems, Songs of Innocence and Experience, with transcriptions and commentary on each of the individual plates. When I showed it to Catherine that evening, she said (as anyone on the business side of publishing might), This is expensive paper. I don’t know why they used it in the signatures that are just text, yet they were too cheap to use colored end papers. As a lover of books, of poetry, and of art, who first discovered Blake’s paintings as a young college student wandering through The Tate, I don’t care how unprofitable such a book might be; I just care that it is a marvelous book, beautiful to hold and to read. I even like the two brown ribbons, for page marking both the plate and the corresponding commentary, that match brown fabric on the spine of the book. It is lovely. Although heavy, I carried it aboard the plane today so that I wouldn’t chance the airlines loosing it.

After The Strand, we had a late lunch. If you read Dorothy’s blog today, you may have wondered about mimosas and mac ‘n cheese. They don’t really sound like they’d go together, but they mixed well with good conversation and an intermittent commentary on the 80’s music that was playing. It was fun spending time with the other bloggers. As Dorothy wrote today, it does feel a little strange to meet people in real life who you know only through their blogs. It is like you know them, but yet, you only know their on-line persona, one aspect of their lives. I wasn’t surprised by anyone though. I think that each is very similar to their online voice. I am glad that I had the opportunity to meet them. If you don’t know any of these bloggers, go to their blogs now and meet them online.

PS — I also discovered the real-life name of Dorothy & Hob’s pseudonymous dog, Muttboy. All I’ll say is that it is fitting, although I will always think of him as Muttboy.

>Winter Hat


>A few years ago, I left home on a sunny early spring day for a business trip. It was unseasonably warm, the kind of warmth that makes you realize that winter really has been that long and makes you hopeful that the warmth will stay. It was a quick trip – just two days – and the weather forecast was all about how warm it was suppose to be for days on the Eastern seaboard. And so it was, for most of my trip.

As I dragged my small roller bag from the train station into the office at the start of my last day, having already checked out of the hotel and confirmed car service to LaGuardia for early afternoon, I noticed that it was starting to sprinkle. No problem, I thought, I don’t have to be walking about in this, and I’ll be home this evening to spend a restful weekend.

Thinking one will get home on time is the curse of frequent business travelers.

Within an hour one of my colleagues, seeing the suitcase in the corner of the conference room, asked: You’re not staying? You didn’t keep your room?

I looked puzzled.

My flight was cancelled at 6 am this morning, due to weather he said. I’m leaving tomorrow.

No, I checked in for my flight when I arrived at the office. Just a few minutes ago, I added as if to convince myself that he was wrong. Must have been a mechanical problem with the plane.

I looked out the window. I saw nothing but a dim, light, greyness hanging over the Hudson. When you can’t see Manhattan from across the river, you’re in trouble.

Within minutes, my cousin C and my husband both called me, C to offer her sofa and my husband to say that he didn’t think I would make it home. No, I reassured them. The flight was still on.

Within minutes, all three airports in NYC had been closed. There wasn’t a snowball’s chance that I would get through to the airlines, although there was suddenly plenty of snow everywhere.

I made arrangements for the car service to pick me up at 5:15, rather than 2:30. No need to drag my luggage to the Upper West Side on the subway, I thought. I went back to work.

Sometime during the afternoon, locked inside a conference room, the stranded travelers and those who only had a short distance to go home, decided to continue to work as long as we were stuck there. Our project had a deadline and we had been given bonus time. I cancelled the car service and continued to work. Somewhere around 7:30pm, we decided to call it quits for the weekend.

I had tried all day to call the airlines, but only received a fast busy. Nevertheless, I told my co-workers that I would join them via conference call on Monday morning. I’m sure I’ll get out of here tomorrow, I said, oblivious to the current weather conditions outside.

I packed up my laptop and notebooks, grabbed my suitcase and a box I needed to bring home with me, and headed to the door. As I walked outside, I realized that I might have underestimated the snowstorm. First it had rained. Then it sleeted for a few hours. A few inches of heavy wet snow had been piled on top of the ice glazed streets. As I stepped off the curb onto the cobblestones, I knew it wasn’t going to be easy crossing to the PATH station. A few steps and suddenly I was knee deep in a water-filed pothole. Bad enough that my shoes — an impractical pump – had already filled with snow, but now my slacks were wet too.

I continued on, grousing under my breath, that I never should have given up the car service and should have left a few hours earlier. I knew I had no chance of catching a cab after the short train ride across the Hudson. As I waited nearly 30 minutes for the next train, I was just short of shivering from my now wet clothes.

As soon as the train left the station, I realized that I wasn’t on the train I normally took. Not a problem, I assured myself, I can still get to where I’m going from the other station. It was only a matter of taking a different subway line; I had done it before. Had the weather been nice, I could have walked a few blocks and caught the train I had originally intended, but the other was a workable option, so that’s what I did.

Except I didn’t know that the train made different stops after a certain time of night, so I couldn’t switch where I wanted. Still, I had been on the NYC subways enough times to know my other options. I switched trains where I knew I should, and without a delay, caught the next train.

But, it was now after 9pm. Track repairs had been scheduled. I sat on a track between stations for another 25 minutes. My hair was wet; I had no hat. My slacks were wet. I was toting a heavy briefcase, a box of manuals that I held with a plastic handle that cut through my hands, and a roller bag that suddenly seemed more suited for a 3 month tour instead of a 2 day trip. My fingers and toes were numb. I sat in the subway car, watching water pour down the sides, never wishing more that I was anywhere but where I was. I puzzled why there was so much water; it didn’t occur to me that it was the melting snow from the streets above. Was there really that much snow?

As I waited for the subway to begin moving again, I debating whether I would make one more train switch. I was tired. I didn’t want to walk up any stairs carrying the baggage that I had. Yet, there was a nagging voice in my head that said that I should. Had I stayed on that subway line, I would have had to get off at a stop that I had only been to once, about three years before. I knew the walk to my cousin’s apartment wasn’t long, but I figured there must have been some reason why I always took the 1/9 train.

I made the switch at the last minute and regretted my decision as I waited on an empty platform, watching several trains move through the station without stopping on the other tracks. Finally, a train stopped, and I hopped aboard. Within a few minutes, I was at the stop I needed. I’ll be inside in a few minutes, I thought. I only had to get up the stairs with the suitcase.

Once on the street, I realized that I my challenges were not over. The snow had turned to a sharp wind-driven ice, falling heavily and quickly, each pellet stinging you as if you were in a desert sandstorm. I had two blocks to walk. Two blocks to pull a suitcase through slush the consistency of pea gravel.

Snow and ice accumulates under the wheels of a roller bag, just as it does the wheels of your car. 40 lbs propelled by ice covered wheels may be less treacherous than a 1 ton car on icy roads, but it is not much easier to navigate.

As I got to C’s building, the door was open, so I didn’t have to ring. (Her super would be at least one full blog post and it would explain why this could happen under his watch!) I got on the elevator and made my way to her apartment. There was a chef who got on the elevator at the same time. He had flour on his shirt and his checked chef’s pants and he smelled like garlic. I wanted to follow him when he exited at the 5th floor. I’m tired, cold and hungry. Will you make me dinner? I wanted to say.

When I got the C’s, I was exhausted and out of breath from walking so hurriedly down the street, trying to get out of the elements as quickly as I could.

Why didn’t you call me? she said. I would have helped you carry your bag. I knew you would have a miserable trip, so I didn’t have the heart to tell you that the elevator was broken.

It’s fixed now, I said. Had it been broken, I would have stayed in the lobby and slept in a corner. I don’t think the super would have noticed, and I don’t think his noisy kids would have kept me awake!

After I had changed clothes, had a cup of tea to warm up, and a glass of wine to wind down, the 2 hour trip didn’t seem so bad. I laughed at how ill-prepared I was with the only clothes that I had: a Spring-weight jacket, heels, no hat, no gloves.

When I finally reached the airlines around noon on Saturday, the first flight available was Tuesday night. Somewhere over the next three days, I managed to find a pair of gloves and C gave me a hat. My clothes dried and I felt better about being stranded. By the time I was ready to leave Tuesday evening, I had worn the hat — a beige, brown and red cloche — several times. C said it looked like it was made for my head and that I should keep it.

I don’t live in a city where you walk outside much in the cold weather, so the hat doesn’t get much wear, sometimes just a few minutes in the car. But, whenever I go to NYC in the winter, I wear it. It is a perfect hat for the subway: easy to take off without messing your hair, not so hot and heavy that you can’t leave it on. I’ve come to think of it as my New York hat.

Last Sunday, as I prepared to go outside, I realized that it was cold. I grabbed my hat and gloves. The air was not only cold, but it had that heavy, November feel to it that tells you that winter is about ready to knock on your door, announcing that Fall is over.

I’m flying to New York in a few days to spend time with some friends (and meet some bloggers too!). The hat will be making the trip as well.

Last winter, I was in an elevator in New York. There was a little boy about 2-years old in a stroller. He looked up at me and pointed. Nice hat he said.

It is.

>Manhattan


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My favorite drink (for Charlotte who asked), this one from The Four Seasons The Ultimate Bartenders’ Guide:

I like mine “sweet & neat” — sweet vermouth & no ice.

Four Seasons Manhattan
2/12 ounces rye whiskey
1/2 ounce sweet vermouth
Maraschino cherry for garnish
Pour into mixing glass. Add ice & shake. Strain into glass & garnish.

If that isn’t sweet enough, there is this version:
Sweet Manhattan
2 1/2 ounces rye whiskey
1/4 ounce sweet vermouth
1/4 ounce maraschino
1/4 maraschino cherry for garnish
Pour into mixing glass. Add ice & shake. Strain into glass & garnish.

Or another variety:

Hudson River Cocktail
2 ounces whiskey
1/2 ounce dry vermouth
1/2 ounce orange juice
Combine in mixer, add ice, shake, strain.

Looking forward to meeting Charlotte, Emily, Hobgoblin & Dorothy, Becky & Zoe’s Mom next weekend in — where else? — Manhattan.