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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Snowfall, in Midtown

Snow, nyc
Photo by myself in Midtown.

Warnings of the impending blizzard was all over the news this weekend. By 5pm yesterday, snow flurries had been coming down for several hours. People were leaving work early and a long line had formed at the bus stop.

Most stores were closed by this point, and there were rumors of the subway shutting down, too.

Nature is not our friend, in New York. Every time there is a large rain or snow storm, the subways get messed up.

Update: Here in Brooklyn, we got about 8-inches or so. My office, like many others, closed for the day. Hooray!

Related posts: Snow on Sixth Avenue, Yellow Cab, Under Snow, and Early Snowfall, in Prospect Park Brooklyn.

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Friday, January 23, 2015

On Skates, in Bryant Park

Bryant Park, nyc
Photo by myself in Bryant Park, around 42nd Street and Sixth Avenue in Midtown.

What better exercise than skating around, with the Empire State Building in the background?

The outdoor rink in Bryant Park is open free to the public 8am-10pm every day, until March 1st. All you need to bring are your skates and fancy footwork.

Yes, it is kind of cold here, but it's not so terrible. People walk around in hats and scarves and long underwear, while knowing that in the grand scheme of things, 'it is not so bad'. That is, we're not suffering through hail, piles of snow or bitter winds. It could be worse.

For the Bryant Park ice rink website, click here.

Related posts: And the Crowd Roared, in Bryant Park, Skating, Under the Empire State, and Skating In-Line, in Prospect Park.

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Portrait of an Artist, on the Ride Home

Artist, nyc
Photo by myself below ground.

On a recent ride home, I spotted a young woman drawing diligently in a sketchbook. From where I sat, it looked to be an array of very detailed serpents.

It was late, much too late to be so focused after a long day of work. I learned that she is a textile designer and uses the ride home to escape the computer screen. 'Drawing by hand, you learn not to be so precious,' she told me, as the train lurched to one side.

She was so kind to pose for a photo. Alas, I regret not asking her name!

Related posts: Portrait of a Barber, in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, Portrait of a Guy, on Sixth Avenue, and Portrait of a Bike Messenger, in Midtown.

The Portrait Series is a once-in-a-while installment, featuring New Yorkers encountered on the street.

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Monday, January 19, 2015

Signs Galore, 32nd Street

32nd Street, nyc
Photo by myself, on 32nd Street and Fifth Avenue in Koreatown.

A very belated Happy New Year from the city! I hope everyone is warm, or at least, warmer than we are. :-)

I was out on lunch break the other day and snapped a photo in Koreatown, the smallest of neighborhoods with the most possible number of signs.

Related posts: Evening, on Sixth Avenue, Outside Sol Moscot, on the Lower East Side, and 32nd and Fifth, in Midtown.

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The Morning Commute and a Rupert Update

N Train, nyc
Photo by myself, on the N Train.

Here we are in the midst of Fall, all bundled in light jackets and jeans. People were immersed in their apps and knitting and books, on the way into work.

Apologies for the spotty attendance. It's been very busy!

Meanwhile, here are a couple shots from a playdate Rupert had with a neighboring girl dog named Roxy. There were a lot of sidelong looks and waggling tongues. Rupert has been doing great. He is enjoying his favorite things - playing ball, taking long walks and snacking on chicken treats.

Rupert and Roxy
Roxy, in the red halter, gives Rupert a look.

Rupert and Roxy
Another look, haha.

Related posts: A Rupert Update, with Friend, On Hipsters and Rupert, Downtown, and Back Home to the Brooklyn Bridge and a Boston Terrier.

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Monday, October 27, 2014

Dusk, on West End Avenue

West End Ave, nyc
Photo by myself around 77th Street and West End Avenue, on the Upper West Side.

Just a snapshot from West End Avenue. Tall, mostly pre-war apartment buildings line both sides of the street.

Like the buildings on Park Avenue and Fifth Avenue, almost all these apartment buildings have doormen. I've never seen a female doorman, by the way, so the term 'doorman' makes sense. Or you could call them 'porters'.

All the doormen I've met are super nice. They are helpful and genuinely caring people. They say hello to everybody coming and going. They know all the kids and all the dogs. At one building I watched a doorman carry an elderly woman down a short flight of stairs, because she was having trouble walking.

Related posts: Manchester House, on the Upper West Side, Glitzy Glam, Outside the Pierre, and Life on Park Avenue.

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Friday, October 3, 2014

On Eighth Avenue, on the West Side

On Eighth Ave
Photo by myself on Eighth Avenue around 39th Street.

You'd be surprised how homely some blocks still are, in New York.

Eighth Avenue is still decidedly un-fancy. There are x-rated video stores and peep shows still, some stores selling inexpensive clothing and pizza joints.

Up ahead on the left, is the hulking Port Authority Terminal, with gigantic green trusses on all sides. Buses leave there for New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and upstate New York.

Related posts: Puppy Dog Eyes, in Bryant Park, Walking the Dog, While Pedaling, and Maitre D's, on Broadway.

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Seen, on the Upper West Side

Sculpture, UWS
Photo by myself around 72nd Street and Broadway, on the Upper West Side.

What looked like a seeing eye dog and a man stood outside the subway station Tuesday night.

After a moment, the man looked at me and asked, 'Is it real? I don't see it breathing.' Meaning was this a real dog? Alas, no. I'm not sure what it was, so I'm labeling it 'art'. There was no obvious sign of an artist.

The dog drew the attention of people walking by. There is a lot of foot traffic outside this subway station.

After a minute, the man took out his phone to take a photo.

Sculpture, UWS

Related posts: Manchester House, on the Upper West Side, Walking the Dog, While Pedaling, and Maitre D's, on Broadway.

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Getting Around Traffic, in Midtown

Biking, in NYC
Photo by myself, in Midtown.

There is so much traffic in the city these days, getting around town is very frustrating.

Just getting down the street can be torture. I've spent many a cab ride with the cab driver ranting and raving and shaking a fist at the sky. Ha.

The only good thing about gridlock? Cyclists can weave ahead of the traffic jam.

Related posts: Summer Streets, on Park Avenue, Custom Bikes in the Village, and On NY Bike Tours and Real Housewives.

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Monday, September 1, 2014

Critters, Streetside

Guy with critters, NYC
Photo by myself at 42nd Street and Vanderbilt Ave. in Midtown.

A man unloaded his companions, in front of Grand Central Station at rush hour.

From left to right: a black cat, three guinea pigs, a dog and another dog. The first dog is a little difficult to see because of the loud (animal-themed) prints.

My fianc├ę Mark pointed out that not all the animals in the photo are real. There is a stuffed animal on the bottom bunk, below the guinea pigs. No doubt that the top bunk is the preferred spot.

I have mixed feelings when I come across people who have pets or children with them on the sidewalk, but I stopped to give the man a couple dollars.

I was surprised by the proximity of guinea pigs to cat. The guinea pigs were nearly motionless, whether because they were afraid or just hanging out (they looked very relaxed to me). A few seconds later, the man reached into a carrier and brought out several parakeets (!).

Related posts: Cat on a Leash, in Midtown, Odd and Colorful Birds, in Bryant Park, and The Hua Mei Bird Garden, in Chinatown.

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Saturday, August 30, 2014

Amid Tall Buildings, Near Bryant Park

Outside Bryant Park, NYC
Photo by myself, around 42nd Street and Sixth Avenue in Midtown.

Above, the universal stance used when taking a picture of a tall building with one's phone.

There is a glut of tall, glass buildings along Sixth Avenue. Behind me, Bryant Park provides a welcomed relief from all the pavements and other hard surfaces. You can see some of the park trash cans, painted light green and resembling plant life.

There is no lack of food stuffs, food kiosks and food carts. You will never go hungry here, as long as you have a buck or twelve.

On the left, a kiosk for 'Wichcraft, a chain of restaurants owned by Tom Colicchio, one of the judges on Top Chef. The 'wich' part is from 'sandwich', as in 'high end sandwich with a mix of snazzy ingredients'.

It's Labor Day weekend, in the States. Everyone is enjoying an extra-long weekend. Hooray!

Related posts: Death Before Decaf, in Brooklyn, Casimir, on Avenue B, and Colorful Eats, at Kelley and Ping, in Soho.

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Friday, August 29, 2014

Courtside, in Flushing Meadows, Queens

US Open 2014
Photo by myself from Center Court at Flushing Meadows, Queens.

I had the good fortune of attending the US Open, Thursday night. Above, fans craned their necks to watch the match between Andy Murray (Great Britain) and Mattias Bachinger (Germany).

It was blustery and very cold up in the stands, but below on the courts, the players were sweating. The competitive play means you don't know who you will wind up watching until the day of the match. Murray, ranked eighth, wound up winning three straight sets. He will face Andrey Kuznetsov of Russia, next.

The men were followed by a game between Eugenie Bouchard (Canada) and Sorana Cirstea (Romania). Bouchard won the first set but lost in the second in a tie break. It was so cold by that time, we had to leave (along with about half of the crowd!). Very few people were physically or psychologically prepared to sit outside in what felt like 60 degree weather, with high winds.

I had an excellent time and will follow the remaining of the games on tv. Flushing Meadows is a relatively short train ride away from Manhattan. Ticket prices range from affordable to insane.

Check out the US Open website, here.

US Open 2014
A snapshot from the Murray match. Murray is on the opposite side, in blue.

US Open 2014
Dozens of tables are out for folks to enjoy all the different food vendors. In the background, the big screen cycles through matches being played on the various courts.

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