April 9, 2005
Has anyone noticed the odd little mosaic of the bat hat at the 23rd St. N & R? Does anyone know the story?
The station is decorated with blowing hats, an homage to a time when the Flatiron Building (which is just outside) was the one of the tallest buildings in town. Back then the building's triangular shape and exposure to 2 broad Avenues caused great gusts of wind to blow away hats (and blow ladies skirts up over their heads). The windiness gave rise to the term "23-skidoo" which described the hotfooting women covering their skirts and men chasing their hats. As the other buildings grew in size, the winds vanishished, but the term 23-skidoo stuck around until the 60's. But again, I digrees, so what's the deal with the bat hat?
I'm not sure what was going on here:
Tall skinny buildings like this, like frighten me a bit:
Always nice to see the Statue of Liberty on the way home:
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Our baby is 4 months old today. He took his shots smiling. Literally. I felt proud. Tough little bastard.