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Today…I decided to be a tourist. I usually don’t go to the big “must see” tourist locations in town unless we have out-of-town guests but I said to myself, “hey it’s a beautiful late afternoon, my tasks are done for the day, what should I do?” I don’t do the Statue of Liberty…it is too depressing and ironic to go through all that security to visit the symbol of freedom. I know…let’s check out The Empire State Building!
Fun Fact: The building is 102 stories and from start of excavation (January 22, 1930) through opening (May 1, 1931) took 15 months approximately 17% of the time the new World Trade Center (104 stories) will take.
“The sun was warm but the wind was chill. You know how it is with an April day.”
- Robert Frost
It was that kind of day in NYC. On the sunny side of the street, it was mid spring. On the cloudy side, mid-March.
I saw some odd things today…
some truly odd things…
but, by far this was the weirdest…
“Velvet Ropes” and a bouncer? To get into Ben & Jerry’s?
A story accompanies the post today, written by Andra Watkins, author of The Accidental Cootchie Mama. Andra has spent the week writing “Stories About My Father” and asked me to participate today. She has written a truly lovely story. Please follow this link to experience both pieces of the work. I suggest you read the story first and then come back here to view the slide show. Thanks to Andra for inviting me to contribute in a small way to her work.
Did the round trip to Staten Island today to get a different perspective on the mouth of the river (and to shoot the Statue of Liberty). Boy was the perspective different.
I don’t know if every ferry now gets a Coast Guard escort but we had one coming and going. Seems an awful waste of money and more designed to frighten the citizens of the US than in protecting anything.
But the water running past the ferry was calming…
and I loved looking up the river mouth to the GW Bridge.
After that I swung by the Urban Farm at the Battery and then visited the Occupy Wall Street encampment (Occupy Wall Street Facebook Page) since it was the one month anniversary – I hope to have a separate post about that up by the end of the day.
I took 281 pictures today in the space of a three hour tour…
Admittedly some were for a new side project I am working on about the Lady in the Harbor but still…
I figured I would run another slide show, particularly since the East River, where the tour started, was jammed with police and Coast Guard boats and we saw the President’s Helicopter landing just south of the South Street Seaport but then I thought – three days in a row of not being able to find the right picture to express the day?
How far I have strayed from the initial impulse. I then realized that of the 12 or so blogs that I subscribe to (all found through Postaday2011) 6 are in the process of changing up their game.
1: Is trying a new format in hopes of being more open, involved, interesting, exposed…or something else in that area.
1: Has started a new blog for a specific journey they are taking.
3 and 4: Have simply vanished – despite both of their final statements being something along the lines of …”be back soon.”
5 and 6: Have decided that posting once a day is taking the fun out.
In reality, the only two blogs I read regularly that seem to keep a laser focus are:
1: an infertility blog, the pain, the ridiculousness of the process, the insensitivity of much of the world, and the reactions that spontaneously arise towards the loudly fertile;
2: a blog about a lifelong (seemingly) spiritual quest.
I am quite certain there are many others on many topics but these are the two I know. Both have in common dedicated seeking of a specific idea or event, a need that penetrates down to the bone.
The sample size is actually too small to mean anything but I do find it suggestive.
In any event, out of 180 possibilities (the rest were of the Statue of Liberty and are for another time), which I cut down to 15, which Abigail then cut down to 5, today’s view of the Hudson…
Another day of precipitation. Rain today. One of the great things about this winter from the perspective of photography is how many varieties of gray we are seeing. It is almost as if while I am shooting color the world is in black and white. To demonstrate my thesis I will be posting two versions of a picture today. One version will be digitally converted to Black and White. Can you tell which is which?
A fascinating thing about the Hudson is that of course, it is an estuary for just under half of its total length.
I will figure out how to embed these links soon…