At Le Veau d’or, on East 60th Street, from left: Fr. David Kossey, priest of New York's Saint Mary Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Church; Frank Palmer Purcell, known on LiveJournal as arisbe; the former Bishop of the Orthodox Church of Japan, +Seraphim ,also known as seraphimsigrist, and me.
We had just been to the Central Park Zoo to see the snow leopards and the tropical rain forest, and afterward we went to the Rubin Museum of Art to see the recently published “The Red Book,” by Carl Yung, a 9-pound, 416-page volume that costs only $195.
Following the Rubin, Fr. Kossey and I attended an organ recital at St. Thomas Episcopal Church on Fifth Avenue at 52nd Street. John Scott, a veteran of 26 years as St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, is now St. Thomas’s Organist and Director of Music, and performed Symphony No. 1, by Louis Vierne.
Now I must say for the record that this encounter was among the most interesting and enriching I’ve had, either in New York or in Italy. The food at Le Veau d’or was pretty good too. Our waitress was totally charming, as you will see in some of the images below.
Also below the fold I have included a photographic study of Bishop Seraphim. We first met at the shoe department of Barneys, on Madison Avenue. Why there? A better question might well be, why not?