Hey everybody, it is Saturday night. The Hayfoot went to the U.N. to do some work this morning which left yours truly on his own. I went to a smallish toy soldier in far out Queens. As you might imagine the city was loaded with crowds two weeks before Christmas Eve. Here are a few pics.

I love these old gloss sets. The story of these miniatures is as fascinating as the history they represent.

Santa was there in his red coupe.

Playsets from the 1950s and 1960s

The battleship Missouri was built at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, where the ironclad U.S.S. Monitor had been constructed eighty years earlier. I have not yet had a chance to visit the Building 92 Museum, which  opened on Veterans Day. We’ll probably visit this winter. Expect a full report.

It’s all a great excuse to go to my favorite, if out of the way, bakery.

Finally it was back on the train and the city. Overall, not a bad way to spend a Saturday. Now if you’ll excuse us we’re going to cut into that apple crumb pie.