16-05-24 A Bit Of The Work Of The Last Week

A photograph is a secret about a secret. The more it tells you the less you know.

Diane Arbus

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11-6-13 A Walk Around Flushing, Queens, New York City

Saturday The ICP Boro Walks hopped on the 7 train as Siobhan Landry led a walk to the new Brooklyn: Queens! (If you read the New York Real Estate sections at least).

Siobhan filling in the troops

Siobhan filling in the troops

Queens Borough Walk

Queens Borough Walk-2Queens is touted as being one of the most ethnically diverse places in the world. With over 100 different countries represented in its population, that makes sense to me.

This church billboard gives a small taste.

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We walked through Flushing to reach our first stop.

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Our first stop was the Voelker Orth Museum and Victorian Gardens. Their Mission Statement:

“The Voelker Orth Museum, Bird Sanctuary and Victorian Garden, through the experience of an immigrant family’s 1890s home, preserves and interprets the cultural and horticultural heritage of Flushing, Queens and adjacent communities to engage their ever-changing populations.”

The caretaker, I believe his name is Woodley (the only problem with being the wrangler on the Boro Tours is I occasionally miss introductions and names, my apologies), gave our group a very interesting tour of the newly renovated and reopened home.

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After that we headed off to the park and area around The Queens Historical Society.

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Then off to the Bowne Street Community Church.

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Queens Borough Walk-13As we walked to Main Street, the heart of Flushing and the heart of Queens Chinatown, we ran into this young lady who had some interesting ideas on The “holy land”, The USA, Persia and god.

Queens Borough Walk-16Queens Borough Walk-17Then we hit Main Street and spent some time wandering awhile.

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Then it was off to dinner at Hunan Kitchen of Grand Sichuan for a delightful (if cramped)meal.

11-2-13 Weekly Photo Challenge: Eerie (All Soul’s Day Edition)

And the early dawn cracks out a carpet of diamond
Across a cash crop car lot
filled with twilight Coupe Devilles,
Leaving the town in a-keeping
Of the one who is sweeping
Up the ghost of Saturday night…

Tom Waits

The photo challenge this week is Eeeeeeeeeerieeeeeeeee. When I first saw it I thought it said Erie as in Canal and Lake but nope!

I have a number of photos that could fit the bill but the request was specifically for shot this week and black and white and since it is All Souls and since we did a Boro Walk today I decided to get funky with the iPhone and a few apps.

After the photo we will have links to a few other points of view.

You never walk alone

You never walk alone

Other views of the theme.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Eiree – Or at least it was at the time! | Pursuing The Void

Weekly Photo Challenge: Eerie | Creative Mind

Portal into the beyond | Beyond the Brush Photography

WordPress weekly photo challenge: Eerie | Milka Pejovic

Weekly photo challenge: eerie | Continental Breakfast

Weekly Photo Challenge: Eerie | Rainbow Photography – Scotland

Weekly Photo Challenge: Eerie Dead Stuff and Los Muertos | my cyber house rules

:: WP Weekly Photo Challenge: Eerie | Belo Horizonte daily photo

Eerie | de Wets Wild

Eerie, Airy | Love in the Spaces

Weekly Photo Challenge – Eerie | PhotoBeast

weekly photo challenge: eerie | Musings of a Random Mind

Weekly Photo Challenge : Eerie | The Lovely Photog

8-30-13 Weekly Photo Challenge: Sea

This weeks challenge is: “SEAWhat kind of emotions does the sea or ocean make you feel? Do you remember the first time you went in the water? Had a wave crash on you? Felt the sand burn your feet? Do you feel more peaceful around water? Do you hate the beach? What’s the most interesting thing about the sea for you?”

To state the obvious, this is one I could spend the week on (and just may do so).

For my first view let me take you back to January 13, 2011. 6:46 PM. 4 degrees above zero. Wind chill -13. Battery Park, snow piled high. For the second time in 170 years. all three Cunard Queens are in a port and departing for…?

Celebration, fireworks, excitement, really cold shooting, frozen cameras, frozen fingers, frozen toes, frozen nose. All three Queens head down The Hudson River and into the Harbor from whence they will go off to the sea.

The river flows
It flows to the sea
Wherever that river goes
That’s where I want to be
Flow river flow

Roger McGuinn

Weekly Photo Challenge - Queen mary-2

As always – a few other POV


Shadow Self | Broken Light: A Photography Collective

Weekly Photo Challenge: Sea | Stephen Chapman

Weekly Photo Challenge : Sea | Journey Called Life …

Weekly Photo Challenge: SEA | Flickr Comments

Weekly Photo Challenge: Sea (Crystal Cove) | skpfoto

Weekly Photo Challenge: Sea | Books, Music, Photography & Movies : my best friends

Weekly Photo Challenge: Sea | Captured With My Phone, iPhoneography

Weekly Photo Challenge: Sea | six degrees photography

Weekly photo Challenge – Sea | The numpty with a camera and a laptop

Weekly Photo Challenge: Sea | Sitting on the Porch

Jurassic Coast, Dorset, England | Life through a Lens

Weekly Photo Challenge: Sea | Long delays possible

Weekly Photo Challenge: Sea | Ohm Sweet Ohm

The Cure | Beyond the Brush

Weekly Photo Challenge: Sea | Eat, travel, photograph

Weekly Photo Challenge: Sea – Mumbai Rains Sea Adventure | The Moonshaker

6-3-13: Boro Walk: Jackson Heights, Queens

There’s a hold up in the Bronx,
Brooklyn’s broken out in fights.
There’s a traffic jam in Harlem
That’s backed up to Jackson Heights.
There’s a scout troop short a child,
Khrushchev’s due at Idlewild
Car 54, Where Are You?

If you grew up in the US and are of a certain age you recognize the lyric above. It was the first time I ever heard of the neighborhood known as Jackson Heights.  (FYI: Before 11/22/63 Idlewild was the name of John F Kennedy International Airport.)

This past Saturday we took the final ICP Boro Walk. It was to “Exotic Jackson Heights” and  Kevin Downs, an excellent photographer – check out his work, HERE! – and quite the raconteur led the walk.  He was ably assisted by yours truly.

We started at 4pm at ICP, hopped on the 7 train and stayed in Jackson Heights until 10pm. Among other locations, Kevin took us to a good and very inexpensive pool hall, and the barber shop where he gets his hair cut. Jackson Heights is an extremely polyglot neighborhood as I believe these pictures will reflect.

Come walk with me. (Click on any image to enlarge)

Travel Theme: Secret Places

Ailsa’s – Where’s my backpack? – Travel Theme of the week is Secret Places.

One of my favorite places in the five boroughs is 5Pointz.  It is a worldwide graffiti mecca that has been in existence since 1993, I believe.  The work on display there is incredible. The building covers a full city block near PS1 and just off the 7 train line. However, if you want to see it you may need to move fast. Currently this 8th wonder of the world is scheduled for demolition – Landmark set to be demolished – in 2013 in favor of yet more upscale condos …just what New York is begging for…

If you live in NYC, please contact any and all of your local politicians to see if they will commit to help save 5Pointz!

2-18-12 From Mexico To The Middle East

Today, Katherine and I took a road trip.  Naturally we started with lunch.  We went to Tortilleria Nixtmal in Corona, Queens…It seems that it is the only place in the five boroughs that makes its own masa. The tamales were heaven.

Then we moved on to the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge

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Then the sun came out

As the refuge closes at sunset we moved on to Jacob Riis Park…It was really too dark to shoot but since when has that stopped me…

They went in up to their knees

As we exited Riis we drove through Fort Tilden

Then it was across the Marine Parkway Bridge (a drawbridge that went up just before we crossed) and off to Bay Ridge in Brooklyn to eat at Tanoreen just about the best Lebanese/Palestinian/Middle Eastern food in the city.