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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.

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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

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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.

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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 (!).

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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!

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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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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Outside the Peninsula Hotel

Peninsula Hotel, nyc
Photo by myself on Fifth Avenue, around 55th Street on the Upper East Side.

The Peninsula Hotel on 55th Street is adorned with flags and some gorgeous, ornate architecture.

I took this photo from the back of a cab.

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You might notice that parts of the Peninsula facade project quite a bit over the sidewalk - there are balconies and a rather deep overhang. I'd say the overhang might be 24" deep.

In New York, owners of buildings taller than six floors need to have the exteriors of their buildings professionally inspected every five years. It used to be that the inspectors would look at a building through binoculars, but after several accidents, they now have to go up to inspect facades firsthand.

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Monday, August 25, 2014

Spotted on the Sidewalk, in Sunset Park

Chinatown, nyc
Photo by myself around 55th Street and 8th Avenue, in Sunset Park, Brooklyn.

An older man wheeled his grandson in a little shopping cart. (I'm just assuming he didn't purchase the little boy somewhere!)

Mark and I stopped by Sunset Park, for a dim sum lunch. Not the most comfortable ride, a shopping cart is a sensible choice in the city - it folds up nicely for apartment dwellers, and is very lightweight.

The southern part of this neighborhood is known as Chinatown, in Brooklyn. Restaurants are not limited to Chinese or Cantonese food - there are Malaysian and Vietnamese eateries, too. Meanwhile, the northern part of Sunset Park is home to a large Hispanic population.

Happy Monday everyone!

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Sunday, August 24, 2014

A Charge, Free of Charge

City Charge, nyc
Photo by myself in Bryant Park.

An absolute no-brainer idea of the times - a solar-powered charging station that is free to use. Its solar panel is smartly angled south. I'm sure these exist in other cities too, though possibly not outside?

Currently there are only 45 of these in the five boroughs (Manhattan, Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens and Staten Island).  I'm surprised there aren't more.

For a map of charging station locations in New York, click here.

ps: We've had the least humid August here, ever. Usually it is absolutely unbearable, but this year, August feels like how October 'should' feel.

Is it the same in your neck of the woods?

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Sunday, August 17, 2014

Hanging Out, in Brooklyn

Brooklyn, nyc
Photo by myself on Atlantic and Hicks Streets, in Brooklyn Heights.

Weekend days are quiet in Brooklyn Heights. This is a family neighborhood with some gorgeous older buildings.

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Saturday, August 16, 2014

The Statue of Liberty, in Midtown

Liberty, nyc
Photo by myself, in Midtown.

Nothing is immune to graffiti, round these parts. Not even Miss Liberty herself.

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Friday, August 15, 2014

Looking North, from the Promenade

Brooklyn Promenade
Photo by myself, from the Brooklyn Promenade.

The Brooklyn Promenade is actually cantilevered over the Brooklyn Queens Expressway (what we call the BQE). Here, you can see the walkway and its concrete support underneath. The blue car below is headed east on the BQE, which will eventually get you to Queens.

The buildings are warehouses along the water. There is also a new park called Brooklyn Bridge Park that hugs the Brooklyn shoreline, and some shipping piers that have been renovated into new soccer fields (!). Across the East River lies the southern tip of Manhattan, which includes South Street Seaport and the Financial District.

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