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Monday, April 29, 2013

Outside Casimir, on Avenue B

Casimir, Alphabet City
Photo by myself on Avenue B and 7th Street, in Alphabet City.

It used to be that you never ventured into Alphabet City, because it was dangerous and filled with homeless drug addicts. You might visit Avenues A and B in daylight, but people spoke of 'Avenue C and D' in hushed tones.

Now, near Tompkins Square Park, there are bars open to the street and little stores. There is a farmer's market outside the park every weekend, selling fresh produce from nearby farms.

I wouldn't say the area is totally spic and span. It's still rough around the edges. Mark, Rupert and I were there on Sunday, enjoying a sunny, breezy Spring day. It was quiet around 11am, with people still waking up.

I haven't been to Casimir, a small French restaurant, but Mark has and says it's great. It's gotten good reviews online. For their website, click here.

Related posts: Casimir, on Avenue B, A Quick Game, in Tompkins Square Park, and Waiting, in Alphabet City.


Friday, April 26, 2013

Last Night, in Bryant Park

Bryant Park, nyc
Photo by myself, in Bryant Park.

The lawn at Bryant Park is all set for the summer - all grown in and freshly mowed. The main branch of the New York Public Library sits at the east end of the lawn.

I took this photo last night. As you can see, this space is well lit. Several strong lights sit on top of a tall office building across the street on the west side, behind where I'm standing.

On Monday nights during the summer months, free movies are played outside. The lawn is packed with people. Usually people go very early to stake out their spots.

Edit: To my horror, I posted another very, very similar photo a month ago, before the grass had grown in. Egad. You can see it here.

Related posts: Dusk in Bryant Park, Under the Canopies in Bryant Park, and Free Flicks in Bryant Park.


Thursday, April 25, 2013

Street Corner, in Midtown

corner, midtown
Photo by myself, somewhere in Midtown.

The street corners in the mornings can be crowded, with people waiting impatiently for the light to change.

People usually creep off the sidewalks and into the street, which is kind of dangerous. Thankfully, the only accidents I've seen involve cyclists, not cars.

The light is streaming down the street, as it does every morning. Ah, the canyons of the city.

Related posts: Street Crossing, on Fifth Avenue, Crosswalk, at Prince Street, Soho, and Waiting, in Times Square.


Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Big Bird, in the Flatiron District

Giant bird, nyc
Photo by myself around 23rd Street and Broadway, in the Flatiron District.

A giant bird made of giant nails stood near the Flatiron Building, the other day. He carried a giant flower in his giant mouth.

The bird is 12-feet high, though he looks much taller. He weighs a hefty five tons.

Occasionally there is art in the open area near the Flatiron Building. Most of the time, the space is filled with tables and chairs. The open triangle is formed by the intersection of Fifth Avenue and Broadway, which runs on a diagonal.

This photo is from the stash. The bird was removed a couple days ago (!). I think I took this photo from the car.

For more about the sculpture, click here.

Related posts: Giant Bird, on Broadway, Giant Head, in Madison Square Park, and Charging Through Wall Street.


Monday, April 22, 2013

Outside Cafe Cluny, in the West Village

Outside cafe cluny, west village
Photo by myself on West 4th Street in the West Village.

A quaint view outside Cafe Cluny, in the Village.

All you need are a couple of wooden benches, an old-fashioned bicycle, and a flowering tree and there you have it.

Usually I don't like to include parked cars in my photos...or the ghostly blur of someone walking by. But this image fits my concept of living in the Village. Little streets. Little cafes and restaurants with awnings.

I was walking around there the other day and I've finally mastered the art of 'not getting lost' in that neighborhood. After more than 10 years of living here. There are random diagonal streets and having been brainwashed by the grid, you wind up going in circles.

I've never dined at Cafe Cluny, though I've heard of it. It's gotten good reviews online.

For the Cafe Cluny website, click here.

Related posts: Cozy Interior on Perry Street, in the West Village, Streetside, in the Village, and Outside a Smoke Shop, in the Village.


Friday, April 19, 2013

On West Fourth Street and a Rupert Update

West 4th Street, nyc
Photo by myself on West 4th Street, in the Village.

Flowering trees are suddenly abloom, all over the city.

Cherry and magnolia trees are bursting, right now. A couple are located in front of these quaint brick rowhouses in the Village.

Rupert is doing fine. I haven't posted about him in a while, but it's been business as usual. He plays fetch constantly and is just enjoying life.

One of Rupert's favorite treats is yogurt (!). I often give him a taste of my Greek yogurt at breakfast. It is mildly hilarious because he usually gets some on his bottom lip...and because his lips are black, it's quite visible. He has no clue it's there.

With yogurt on bottom lip

Finally, everyone's been saturated by the news in Boston. We can now breathe easy, now that the last bomber has been captured. Thank goodness.

Apologies for the late post today!

Related posts: Back Home to the Brooklyn Bridge and a Boston Terrier, On Hipsters and Rupert, Downtown, and Roaming Free, in Prospect Park, Brooklyn.


Thursday, April 18, 2013

Getting Inked, in the Village

Inked, nyc
Photo by myself, on West 4th Street in the Village.

A man was getting a sleeve tattooed the other night, in full view of the sidewalk.

It was still light out, so unfortunately there is some reflection of the parked cars on the street. I think this would be eliminated with a polarizing lens.

Related posts: Working Under Bright Lights, at the Wooster Street Social Club, Tattooed Man, in Herald Square, and Daredevil Tattoo, on Ludlow Street.


Wednesday, April 17, 2013

The New York Times Building, All Lit Up

NYT building, midtown
Photo by myself, at 41st Street and Seventh Avenue, in Midtown.

New York Times Building was lit up, Tuesday night. The elegant tower is located just steps from Times Square.

This building is sheathed in white porcelain tubes, which create a screen. The real windows are set back behind the screen. All sunlight is indirect and the air conditioning doesn't need to work as hard.

We've been having really lovely weather these days - coolish and sunny. All the flowering trees in Central Park are heavy with blossoms. Spring has sprung!

Related posts: Dusk, in Bryant Park, Washington Square Park, at Dusk, and The Empire State, at Dusk.


Tuesday, April 16, 2013

The Freedom Tower, at Dusk

down sixth avenue, nyc
Photo by myself on Sixth Avenue around Perry Street, in the Village.

Looking South down Sixth Avenue, you get a clear view of the Freedom Tower, at One World Trade Center.

The exterior is nearly done, and the building is scheduled to open later this year. Designed by the architectural office Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, it will be the tallest building in the US, at 104 stories.

In the foreground is the canopy for the Village Vanguard, a well-known venue for live jazz.

At this writing, the bombings at the Boston Marathon finish line yesterday are still under investigation.

I grew up outside Boston and watched the marathon almost every year, since we lived a few streets away from the route. The race always marked Spring, and a welcome day off from school.

My thoughts are with New York's sister city. After hearing the news, I noticed that helicopters started circling Midtown. Boston is about five hours away by car.

Related posts: Remembrance at the World Trade Center Memorial, Remembrance at the World Trade Center, and At the Foot of the Freedom Tower.


Monday, April 15, 2013

Posing with the Statue of Liberty, in Midtown

Statue of Liberty, nyc
Photo by myself, somewhere in Midtown.

There are mini Statue of Liberties sprinkled throughout the city, for the occasional photo-op. This one stood outside a souvenir store in Midtown.

Related posts: Lady Liberty, in the Distance, Statues of Liberty, in Midtown, and Greetings from New York.


Friday, April 12, 2013

The Chrysler Building, on Skin

Chrysler Building tatt, nyc
Photo by myself, on the Atlantic-Pacific Street subway platform, in Brooklyn.

Perhaps one of the coolest tattoos I've seen.

I noticed a young woman with her legs crossed on the commute into work, Thursday. She got out at Atlantic-Pacific to change trains, and for the split second that we were on the platform, I asked whether I could take a photo of her tattoo.

Of course, a moment later, the train arrived. And I completely forgot to ask what I really wanted to know - how long did the tattoo take to create? and...why that building?

Though I might not ask the second question, since I love the Chrysler Building, too.

Happy Friday, everyone!

Related posts: The View Down 42nd Street, in Midtown, 42nd Street, and Working Under Bright Lights, at the Wooster Street Social Club.


Thursday, April 11, 2013

Signs on Third Avenue

sidewalk, nyc
Photo by myself, around 17th Street and Third Avenue, near Union Square.

Signs and old storefronts make up a lot of each street. Not everything is brand-spanking new here, thank goodness. You can get free newspapers in the colored plastic bins on the sidewalk.

Third Avenue is crowded with dry cleaners, grocery stores, specialty stores and the like. Most of the time, there are apartments on the upper floors.

Stores are usually located on the north-south running avenues, and the majority of brownstones and apartments are located on the narrower streets.

Related posts: Death Before Decaf, in Brooklyn, Seeking Help, on the Upper East Side, and Lit Up on Fifth Avenue.


Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Sunshine, 38th Street

38th and 8th, nyc
Photo by myself around 38th Street and Eighth Avenue, on the West Side.

Don't be fooled by the glum faces and jackets. Spring has sprung!

We've had a blast of incredibly unseasonably warm weather in the last few days. It reached 73F (22C), Tuesday afternoon, which felt sultry.

People walked about wearing big silly grins. So. Not. New York.

Apologies once again for the sporadic posts.

Work has been demanding and my little Leica has been on the fritz. I've had to either lug around my Canon 40D with its huge lens, or use my little Canon point and shoot, which doesn't work so well.

The good news is, the Leica is getting repaired. I can't wait til it's back in my little hands!

Related posts: Street Crossing on Fifth Avenue, A Moment, on Fifth Avenue, and It's Fleet Week, on Sixth Avenue.


Friday, April 5, 2013

Thursday Morning, Below Ground

subway skateboard
Photo by myself on the subway.

A fine illustration of a lion's head was on the underside of a skateboard. I saw this Thursday morning, on the way to work.

You'd think that commuting via skateboard would be the best thing ever in the city. You're free of the crowded sidewalks, and carry the board around easily.

But the percentage of skateboarders is surprisingly low. Most people hoof it to and from the subway. A small group bike to work, some live close enough to the office to walk, and a very, very lucky few take cabs. Or they don't work at all.

By the way, the Times wrote recently that many pedestrians and cyclists are hit by cars when they are using crosswalks, and when they have the right of way(!). It is a scary fact.

For the Times article, click here.
Happy Friday everyone!

Related posts: Daylight on the B Train to Manhattan, In the Darkness, Below Ground, and On the Morning Commute, Underground.


Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Night View on Fourth Avenue, in Park Slope

Park Slope, nyc
Photo by myself on Fourth Avenue in Park Slope, Brooklyn.

The graffiti, roll down doors and cars in desperate need of a wash. Home sweet home.

It's surprising that parts of Park Slope look this scruffy. Not all of it is filled with gentrified brownstones.

Coming back to the grind from sunny California and daily walks on the beach was not easy. It was a wonderful reunion though, with our little dog, Rupert.

Happy Wednesday, everyone!

Related posts: Graff Attack, in the Meatpacking District, The Urban Art Form, Downtown, and Alarmed, in the East Village.