Showing posts with label Tel Aviv. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Tel Aviv. Show all posts

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Sarona Park: Summer Music Memories

Fall came late this year. Up to mid-November Tel Aviv weather was unseasonably warm. Sarona park, the newly built shopping and eating commercial park on Kaplan street is attracting people with live events. Up to October local bands put on early evening (7 - 9 PM) concerts. I can't say these were Tel Aviv's finest performers. Yet the combination of a warm night, nice park setting and food all around in this part of town did the trick. The last days of September and early November a German style Oktoberfest turned out to be the last outdoor entertainment event.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Night Time Construction

Night time construction in Givatay'im. Old water & sewer pipes layed out 50 and 60 years ago were not designed for the population density and modern lifestyle. Some say a good problem to have © 2016 - D-A Vider
Israel's central region seems to be always under construction. When you look at the Tel Aviv, Petach Tiqva and Natanya skyline there are cranes somewhere all the time. A few months ago my street was cut with small ditches for new sewer and water pipes. Israel's strong economy and growing population is pushing construction everywhere, even in densely built suburbs.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Tel Aviv Sunset

Tel Aviv sunset from Givatay'im star observatory hill
Tel Aviv is sometimes called "the city with it's back to the sea". Essentially meaning a city on the sea who seems to ignore the beach and sea. While Tel Aviv beaches are not the attraction they used to be, people still go to a high point or the beach at sunset. Some days the sunset puts on a show that is so magnificent, it is hard to beat. While Tel Aviv and most of Israel are drawing people's attention away from the sea, great sunsets on the beach are still amazing. Besides the beach, any hill with a clear view to the west is great. This picture is from one of the Givatay'im hills (the town's name literally means "two hills"). I took this picture with the high rise construction in the east of Tel Aviv's central area. The lower buildings in the front are residential neighborhoods of Givatay'im and Tel Aviv.


Thursday, February 11, 2016

Live on a Green Street

One of Givatay'im's "green blocks" is Shenkin Street. Nice gardening example in this side entrance.
Some new visitors to Tel Aviv and the surrounding areas are surprised by "all the green". Which is a bit strange these days. Maybe twenty years ago, when drip irrigation was unknown around the globe and when the "Green Line" did not have political connotation, that was excusable. But today this is not the case. A big part of Israel's quality of life effort goes to giving everyone the means to beautify their surroundings. While real estate agents do not promote this one factor heavily, apartment seekers favor green streets. In Tel Aviv and surrounding towns, municipalities are investing into "greening" public places and residential streets. When looking for an apartment to rent or buy in Tel Aviv, make the green factor into account. Once you start looking for these hidden gems, you will have a new perspective on Israel.


Thursday, November 5, 2015

"Hilton Park" Sunset Crowd - Saturday Afternoon

Lazy Sabbath afternoon on "Hilton Park" - overlooking sunset on the Mediterranean / Late October 2015

Saturday is Tel Aviv's relaxation day. Despite claims of being a Jewish secular bastion (some claim to the point of hostility), the city does rest on the Jewish Sabbath. Early fall brings warm days, brings crowds of walkers and bikers to the Tayelet (long promenade along the beach). "Hilton park" - once known as Tel Aviv's night-time gay meeting hub, is actually a nice hill overlooking the beaches and sea. On warm calm evenings, this is a spot to appreciate a lustrous sunset.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Live Tel Aviv beach webcam - Sheraton Hotel View

A view of Tel Aviv's beaches from high up on the Sheraton hotel.
Here is a static view in case the video is slow and hard to see in real time (hazy hot day surprised most Tel Avivians, after three days of cool and comfortable weather - 3rd of November, 2015)


Saturday, October 24, 2015

Legal Graffiti @ TLV Central Bus Station #3

Subtle style yet incredible moving, street artists can be as skillful and meaningful as political as any mainstream artists.
This is a third in a series of Tel Aviv central bus station "legal graffiti" series. (see article 1 and article 2) Some of the wall size murals are subtle, hints of something dark or sinister. Interesting how street artists can be as subtle, intentioned and political as mainstream artists. The interesting collection at this hidden spot reveals a wide range of styles. The messages are not always subtle or anti establishment. There are beautiful "Keith Haring" like impressions. This is expected with the western (especially American) influence in the urban gritty lifestyle of Tel Avivians. There are also influenced of Arab and Russian drawing styles. Both a strong component of daily Israeli experience. More "legal graffiti" coming - not just from the central bus station.


Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Visiting Tel Aviv - A Surprise in Building & Quiet

Gail (a visitor from the US) with the Tel Aviv "duck" | © 2015 DAVider

The past few years, maybe going back a decade, Israel has not been a destination for visitors. This is even true to Jewish and Christian visitors who would have considered a trip to Tel Aviv and Jerusalem in the past. There is no getting away from the massive negative image Israel has experienced internationally. But the ones who came to Israel more than fifteen years ago take the stories of fear and violence here with a grain of salt. Gail F (an old friend visiting from the US) found the central part of Tel Aviv modern, lively with shops, cafes and restaurants buzzing, and a great place to see the strong new building trend. Comparing Tel Aviv's expensive Real Estate prices to the ones in San Francisco was just one interesting comment. She is also somewhat surprised by all the construction (building cranes filling the horizon) in the central part of Tel Aviv. For me it's just another point of reference on what we notice daily (but sometime forget). 
What's with the Tel Aviv "duck"? Search "Tel Aviv duck", here is one story in the Forward.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Legal Graffiti @ TLV Central Bus Station #2

Futuristic, robotic funky graffiti mural in the Tel Aviv #Israel central bus station | Copyright © 2015 DAVider

The last post included a picture of a graffiti mural at the Tel Aviv central bus station. While the project as a whole received criticism, overall the station still serves thousands of riders every day. The station serves two large bus companies: Dan and Egged. Dan serves the central region of Israel. Here riders transfer mostly from buses and trains (there is a train station walking distance from the station) to destinations usually 20 to 50 kilometers from the city. Egged buses serves mostly the what is referred to as the "peripheral" regions of Israel, outside the central region (Gush Dan). The lower floors serves as a large mall, with the first floor (essentially the basement below ground) as one large shoe emporium. Yes, we have shoes from as low as $5 flip-flops to mid-range stilettos (this phenomena is worth a series of articles all by itself). The sixth floor is the Dan bus lines center. The seventh floor is the Egged bus line center. The murals, sort of graffiti done legally, are on the seventh floor.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Legal Graffiti @ TLV Central Bus Station

Beautiful mural size "legal graffiti"; Tel Aviv central bus station; 7th floor | 
Copyright © 2015 DAVider

The story of Tel Aviv's "new" central bus station is an interesting one. Tel Aviv's "new" bus station is essentially a neglected and mostly unused "white elephant". Mostly turned into one part bus exchange (not useful due to the neglect of investment in the intercity bus system) - and part outlet and low cost shops mainly catering to foreign workers and young army soldiers. Combination of fast change, with an incredibly fast growth in private car ownership, with slow bureaucratic government decision process, ended up with essentially an outdated central bus station. Located near an old (what Israelis call "THE OLD") open air bus station, makes for a strange and often ridiculed example of the ineptness of Israel's government. Sometimes blamed at the transportation department, sometimes blamed at the ineptness of government to carry out large complex projects. But overall simply and example of what happens in Israel when government (but not only government) stays in one place too long without noticing real life changes. More on this in later posts...

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Jaffa Skyline at Dusk

Jaffa skyline at dusk, a beautiful place with interesting people & places / @ DAVider 2015
Jaffa, the original city on the Israeli coast has been written about since biblical times. Today it's a mix of original residents, hip communities of artists and plenty of restaurants, cafes and clubs. From the Tel Aviv perspective, the skyline is classic. ENJOY!

Friday, October 2, 2015

Frankie's September Moon

Moon rise over Tel Aviv & Ramat Gan, Frankie's Sept. picture @ DAVider 2015

Moon over Tel Aviv, looking east. Aviv tower in Bursa section, Ramat Gan at the right side (silver tubular building).

Monday, September 21, 2015

Tel Aviv High-Rise Construction

New hi-rise buildings in north Tel Aviv still going up fast @ DAVider 2015

Tel Aviv construction is still going strong with luxury apartments leading the sector. Parts of the central region, left undeveloped, are now starting to be filled with high-rise buildings. In areas from Tel Aviv to Petach Tikva, buildings with 24 to 32 stories are planned or under construction. Although the Israeli economic statistics are showing almost zero inflation and zero growth, in the construction sector this is now what we see. 

Friday, September 11, 2015

Skies Clearing - Still Hot

4th day of haze, dust storms from Syria (north east) bring fine dust and hot weather © A Vider 2015
Why write and photograph Tel Aviv's hazy skies? That's not an important issue, most people are not concerned about bad weather a few days a year. It's the strange sense of being mildly irritated from missing great late-summer weather that's the news. Not really news, as much as an observation with regard to change is preferences. Because Israel is such a great place to live, weather wise, somehow this is an issue. In Tel Aviv we expect hot summers, but not intolerable (this is not the Libyan Sahara or the Arabian desert of Qatar). Strange how Tel Avivians take for granted the weather, and then when it turns hazy for three days, it becomes a news item. Just one indication of something we enjoy and sometimes take for granted.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Haze Continues in Tel Aviv for Second Day

The second day of haze continues to engulf the city slowing down traffic and irritating residents. The dust storm, coming from the north east, originating in Syria is odd for this time of year. Health authorities warn residents with pulmonary conditions to stay indoors and avoid strenuous activity. A few Tel Avivians took to wearing paint masks in the hope of some relief. This duct storm took everyone by surprise, with sunny and warm days through August, everyone expected clear weather.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Pizza from Olivery on Iben Gvirol - Tel Aviv

Frankie and Jerry just visited a great Pizza joint on 137 Iben Gvirol street: Olivery. This is what Frankie had to say:
The  pizza came from  Olivery . It was amazing and was part of a business lunch including appetizer  and drink under  Nis 60. It was more than enough for two and we brought  home for dinner.  Was asparagus  had veggies and great cheese plus ham and an egg on top. An Italian  restaurant.  With very nice  help. We would go back for sure!
Contact Olivary at 03-544-6076, open 12:00 Noon to 0:30AM. Call ahead to reserve a table on busy occasions or when a larger party is coming. ---  ENJOY! Read More...

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Preparation for Gay Pride Tel Aviv

Gay Pride site, Tel Aviv municipality: the events include a parade and a fair
At one time, Tel Aviv was considered THE destination for gays to vacation. From Scandinavia and Germany, to Turkey and Egypt, they came. Especially in the summer months. From countries less tolerant to public display of affection (holding hands to kissing) to countries where the weather simply did not make walking on a summer evening a pleasant experience. The image of Tel Aviv as a gay vacation destination has faded. But the tolerance and acceptance is continuing to grow. Tel Aviv certainly is not going to be the "escape" city San Francisco served in the 1980s, but it is considered the most likely place a gay couple will choose to live and work. This weekend, June 12, there will be a gay pride parade and an event at the Charles Chlor park on the beach. 4 short links:

    Gay Tel Aviv guide    ||     Ha'aretz event schedule    ||    Facebook Parade    ||    JPost Article

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Frankie Nany's Monthly Moon Shot - June Moon

June is here with it's heat and clear skies. Once again Frankie Nanny is capturing a great big moon over north Tel Aviv skyline.


Truck De-Luxe - New Meat Bar-Rest - Lost in Translation

Truck De-Luxe, a new "mostly meat" joint opened just off Dizengoff circle (Ben Ami 11) recently. A review in the JPost last week got us interested. The location is a bit off-the-beaten-track. The menu resembles (or tries to imitate) 60s to 70s American greasy spoon truck stop, with a burger named "trailer trash".  But other than the American theme, the limited menu and overall result misses in a big way. This joint is getting a low rating with "lost in translation" label. For all three diners, the portions were small, service fair and overall cooking and presentation below the average for a central Tel Aviv bar-resto. #TelAviv #Burgers #DiningOut

Friday, October 17, 2014

Tel Aviv Named 2nd Sexiest City on Earth

Poster on trendy shop in Dizengof Center (cir. 2009)
 From Space News site: -- the article says:

Tel Aviv is the second sexiest city on Earth, at least according to a new ranking released earlier this month.
Gan Hahashmal, an area of the White City, was given the spot on Thrillist’s Top Ten Sexiest Neighborhoods on Earth. Tel Aviv fell behind only Rio De Janiero’s Ipanema neighborhood, which took first in the ranking.
“Israel’s renowned for its gorgeous citizenry, having produced the wonders that are Bar Refaeli and Gal Gadot, but Tel Aviv in particular serves as a crossroads of international and domestic hotties,” writes Thrillist.
“Add in the fact that the city’s population is overwhelmingly single, and you’ll start to see how a hip neighborhood like Gan Hahashmal — with its public garden, late-Ottoman-era houses, and cutting-edge boutiques — can be a hotbed of sexy people doing sexy things.”
Tel Aviv also beat out New York’s SoHo, Milan’s Quadrilatero della Moda, and Montreal’s Le Plateau-Mont Royal, which ranked third, fourth and fifth, respectively.
Other areas to make the top ten list include neighborhoods in Sydney, Buenos Aires, Barcelona, Paris and Tokyo.
It’s been a good month for Tel Aviv. On October 9, a local bar, Tel Aviv’s Imperial Craft, was likewise named the best bar in the Middle East and Africa.