Day two allowed me to lunch outside. Winter has lingered a bit back at The Cupboard Under The Stairs (where there is no electricity at the moment… I remotely shut down the network of the Mother Ship in the morning).
Just a few sights of the city.
Some might not quite get the connection between “Astoria” and a relief of a beaver in the subway stop.
Ummm… I doubt it.
Some propaganda on the side of a Village Voice paper dispenser.
In the not to distant past I have seen this place depicted in paintings by George Bellows, one in Detroit and one at the Huntington in Pasadena.
Across the street, however, is a fine church, St. George Ukrainian Catholic Church. It was locked, but we went to the rectory and asked if we could see it.
As it turned out, they are Basilians. I lived with them on the Aventine Hill in Rome for a couple summers and a deacon at the parish, too, had stayed there for his studies.
In the evening, off to the Metropolitan Opera with a bunch of seminarians. Something had to be eaten, of course.
The great James Levine conducted! It was Mozart’s “Abduction from the Seminary”.
Today I ran into Fr. Paul Check, head of the great organization Courage. Also, I am heading to Newark. At the Cathedral (one of the great churches in these USA) there will be the first Solemn Mass in decades, as I understand it.