1-20-14 Unexpected Time Traveler

You just don’t expect to see this in Greenpoint.

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9-20-13 Weekly Photo Challenge: From Lines To Patterns [East River Edition]

This week’s Photo Challenge is From Lines to Patterns.

I could have taken the “2” subway line to Borough Hall to get to Photoville yesterday but given that my work is being shown by The East River Ferry, I though it karmically best to take the Ferry to DUMBO. The first few shots are from the Ferry, the others are from Brooklyn Bridge Park.

Manhattan 30th to 60th Street (approx)

Manhattan 30th to 66th Street (approx)

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Brooklyn Bridge Park

Brooklyn Bridge Park

Night over Manhattan

Night over Manhattan

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As always – some other points of view.

Weekly Photo Challenge: From Lines to Patterns – Long walks and dark chocolate

Weekly Photo Challenge: From Lines to Patterns | Never clip my wings

Weekly Photo Challenge: Lines to Patterns | Winning Shots

Weekly Photo Challenge: From Patterns to Lines | Stories of The Wandering Feet & Mind

Weekly Photo Challenge – Lines – Patterns | Chittle Chattle

Cedar and Forest | photo potpourri

Photoworld 20-9-13 | ~~~ nur ein “Klick” ~~~ ein Kompendium

Weekly Photo Challenge – Lines – Patterns | Just Snaps

Five Dollars, a Dead Cactus and a Leaf | Chronic Nonsense

Weekly Photo Challenge: From Lines to Patterns | Jasper Smits

4-7-13 Smorgasburg

We went to Williamsburg yesterday for the opening day of Smorgasburg.  This is a food flea market (Saturdays in Williamsburg and Sundays in DUMBO) that runs from early spring until late fall.  There is some great food there and people, people, people.  Here are a few.

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2-27-13 Travel Theme: Bridges Redux

“Well, you walk into the room
Like a camel and then you frown
You put your eyes in your pocket
And your nose on the ground
There ought to be a law
Against you comin’ around
You should be made
To wear earphones.”

Bob Dylan

For whatever reason I have been listening obsessively to Bob Dylan’s Highway 61 Revisited and Leonard Cohen‘s Live From London over the past few weeks.  As I thought about Ailsa’s Bridge Theme, it occurred to me that the music I am listening to is a 44 year bridge of time. If you prefer, they are a bridge to 91 years of writing and performance time.

Here are two more of New York’s Bridges.

I believe this is The Manhattan Bridge but it could be The Brooklyn.

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“They sentenced me to twenty years of boredom
For trying to change the system from within
I’m coming now, I’m coming to reward them
First we take Manhattan, then we take Berlin
I’m guided by a signal in the heavens
I’m guided by this birthmark on my skin
I’m guided by the beauty of our weapons
First we take Manhattan, then we take Berlin”

Leonard Cohen

Spuyten Duyvil Bridge (open)

Spuyten Duyvil Bridge (open)

For a different view…http://windagainstcurrent.com/2013/02/25/travel-theme-bridges/

10-29-12 Sandy

I am not sure that I have ever posted pictures I did not take before but dangerous times call for dangerous measures…Thank you for all the messages of concern. We are fine because we live in Morningside Heights but as you can see much of the rest of the city is flooding. I have no pictures from Battery Park but the Harbor and the Hudson are cresting at 14 feet which is 9 feet above normal…

6-7-12 Red Hook

Jade Doskow, the teacher of Urban Utopias, brought the class out to Red Hook yesterday. We walked from Ikea around several areas and then to the pier, before heading back to our starting point. I took the Water Taxi back to the city.

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2-26-12 No Drama Sunday #4

Went to Brooklyn for brunch and to see friend’s new apartment. This is one of their views over the East River to downtown Manhattan…

I was with several real estate mavens, so we stopped one floor below to check out an Open House in a small one bedroom apartment (for sale because of a new baby in the house).  Throw this collection in and who knows how high the bids might go…

Watched the Oscars…no surprises there except that the Academy completed one absurd streak.  8 (Eight!) Harry Potter movies  – 0 (ZERO!!!!!) technical awards – regarding the rest, I do believe that in x years, people are going to look back and say, “really, The Artist won Best Picture? and the french guy won best actor? How very Shakespeare In Love and Mel Gibson (Braveheart) of us.  We won’t mention Best Female Mimic – oops meant Actress.

2-26-11

9-19-11 Ride The Tide

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…

6-13-11 The Northern High Line

The northern end of the The High Line opened a few days ago and I went walking it after work on a beautiful late spring evening. It is a very well thought out urban park.  There are not as many views of the Hudson as on the southern end but still…It also has some amazing views of the city.  I particularly think that the view down 23rd St all the way to the East River and beyond will become a new iconic NYC view.

Katherine joined me after about 30 minutes and after walking the park and admiring the plantings, the views, and the bird house sculpture we went down to the temporary summer bar The Lot under the park at 30th St.  Listened to some Salsa, went to Rainbow City.  I love living in NYC and I do enjoy being reminded why every now and again.  A good time was had by all.

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