Friday, June 30, 2006

Sky Writer

It's that time of year again--time for skywriters. This one above Exchange Place in Jersey City, NJ.

A Second Take

I really like this parking lot and shot it back in AUGUST 2005, too.

Thursday, June 29, 2006

Monday, June 26, 2006

Rainy Days

Garbage bags in the rain...

On a rainy West Street (West Side Highway), looking East...

Sunday, June 25, 2006

Mermaid Parade

Yesterday, I went to the Coney Island Mermaid Parade. Scroll down for more fun...

On my way to the parade, I saw this lively group and followed them down Surf Avenue.

Lo and behold, one of the women was none other than BAMBI THE MERMAID, the 2006 Queen Mermaid, shown here with King Neptune, ABEL FERRARA.

After the parade fun--with the famous Cyclone rollercoaster in the background...

One more look at Bambi's group...

Saturday, June 24, 2006

For Jeanette

To every thing, turn, turn, turn,
There is a season, turn, turn, turn,
And a time to every purpose under heaven

A time to be born, a time to die
A time to plant, a time to reap
A time to kill, a time to heal
A time to laugh, a time to weep

To everything, turn, turn, turn,
There is a season, turn, turn, turn,
And a time to every purpose under heaven

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from The Byrds "Turn! Turn! Turn!"
Columbia Records 1965

Photo made yesterday on private property outside of Rhinebeck, NY

Friday, June 23, 2006

One Times Square

On 42nd Street, and 7th Avenue...take some time, look up...

Closer to 8th Avenue, on 42nd Street...
PS--check out this delicious WEB CAM!

Thursday, June 22, 2006

42nd & 7th

I like all of the visual elements you see in the Times Square area. This shot happens a bit below 42nd Street on 7th Avenue in Manattan tonight (Wednesday) around sunset.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006


The remodeled PATH and subway station at the World Trade Center site sits across the street from the Millenium Hilton. When you come here, do yourself a favor--take the PATH train ($1.50, 3 minutes) just one stop and you will be on the other side of the Hudson River in Jersey City, New Jersey .

Jersey City has great walkways along the river and you need to get away from Manhattan to see Manhattan. As a famous Hilton might say, "it's hot".

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Trinity Church

Here's part of the front of TRINITY CHURCH seen from Broadway in lower Manhattan.
A few years ago, the church got cleaned of its soot coating, but, with the right lighting, you can still catch it in all of its gothic glory.

Monday, June 19, 2006


Similar to yesterday's post but from a different part of Broadway and looking West instead of Up...
You know the RORSCHACH TEST? The ink splatters in which everyone sees something different when they look at them? I wonder what you see when you look at this photo, besides buildings and clouds, if anything.

Sunday, June 18, 2006

Hero Canyon

This is looking up while standing on Broadway in lower Manhattan or "The Canyon of Heros". Many ticker tape parades for returning astronauts or heads of state or local championship teams like the Yankees all happened here.

To many kids, our dad is one of our first heros. Happy Father's Day!
I love you dad!

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Wall Street

I didn't come from a wealthy family but we did okay. Back in the 80's, my dad went to New York City and got to do the whole Wall Street thing. He had a lot of great New York stories from that trip--rude waitresses, crazy cab drivers, the works.

Standing on Broadway and Wall Street tonight (Saturday) I thought about you dad. This one's for you. Happy Father's Day! I love you.

PS--LAST WEEK, I made a Father's Day wish as well.

Saturday, June 17, 2006

Today's Word

"Cornice: the molded and projecting horizontal member that crowns an architectural composition"* and a very New York thing to see on the tops of most apartment buildings. (seen here below 9th Street on 1st Avenue, Friday around 8 PM)

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*Merriam-Webster's 11th Collegiate Dictionary

Friday, June 16, 2006

River Sunset

The sun sets on lower Manhattan's World Trade Center area seen here from across the Hudson River in Jersey City, NJ. The structure in the center left of the photo is a large clock owned by Colgate best viewed from the river or Manhattan.

Keen observers may recognize that the clock also stands at the mouth of the now forgotten MORRIS CANAL.

Thursday, June 15, 2006

Like Rust

Just like rust, graffiti never sleeps in New York City. This wall in Williamsburg, Brooklyn might look better without it but we will never know.

Wednesday, June 14, 2006


A little fun with a fire escape...Here the clouds double as smoke from the pipe...

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Monday, June 12, 2006

Jersey Style

Who says New Jersey has no style? This building stands right on the Hudson River across from lower Manhattan. And, this could be your view:

Sunday, June 11, 2006

Sunday #4

For all of you anonymous lovers of lamp posts out there--you know who you are!

Sunday #3

Moments ago on the New Jersey side of things...

West Side Crane

Plenty of construction going on here in the city, as you know. This crane works a few blocks north of Columbus Circle in Manhattan.

Back home in Alaska, my dad used to work construction during the winter, when he wasn't commercial fishing. Starting at 9 years old, I fished 10 summers with him. Back then, I didn't want to be on the boat because I wanted to play baseball. Too bad fishing and baseball happened at the same time. Now, I am glad for that fishing experience and all the remote places we visited.

Happy Father's Day, dad! I love you.

Sunday Conversation

For months I have been wanting to take this shot. But kept pondering the sign-- "CAMERA USE PROHIBITED"
Anyway, I finally took the shot and post now the photographic evidence. Did I break the law? You decide...

Saturday, June 10, 2006


With so many tall buildings in Manhattan, one can play with that space between things, or "negative space". But, in the city, negative space is a positive thing.

PS--check out my Guest Posts over at JETTING THROUGH LIFE

Friday, June 09, 2006

a Winged Passion*

...a Winged Passion woke, and, one by one
dreaming in marble all the castle lay,
there fell upon the night, like angel's tears,
like some gigantic ghost-flower born of night,
the syllables of that mysterious prayer,
blossoming in white towers to the moon,
soft sighed the passionate darkness to the tune
of the unearthly sweetness of a rose
swam upward from the troubled heart of May.

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* All apologies to e.e. cummings [ "Of Nicolette" ]

Thursday, June 08, 2006

St. Mark's Place

So, down on St. Mark's Place, you can see just about anything, see?

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Shadow Fun

New construction brings new sidewalks with new cement, then, new landscaping, and, then, some shadow fun.

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Contest Results for "Write the Caption"

1. "Cloud Grammar: Apostrophe."

2. "Clouds, they are nothing but trouble."

3. "Puffy the cloud fish was casually floating around and got zapped by the evil scientist A.T.T's apparatus conveniently disguised as a highrise in New York City. A.T.T was trying to make it rain, in order to cool the ambiant air of the current heat wave that was making the rash on his face so ever more prominent, due to his heavy sweating. His old air conditioner, in his sealed-off laboratory, was dying on him and exhaling cool air, only once in a while, in deep, choking breaths. The poor thing sounded like some sort of troll with a bad cough or Darth Vader on a good day."

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Tuesday, June 06, 2006

TriBeCa Cloud

Dark clouds over Canal Street and below...Dr. Frankenstein left town so we don't see sparks flying between the antennae of the ATT building (left)...just kidding!

I shot this yesterday afternoon around 2 PM...Oh, and, of course, "TriBeCa" stands for the area known as the "Triangle Below Canal".

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"Write the Caption" Contest

Write a caption for the above photo. Post your caption in the comments.
My team of writing specialistas will select the best. Winner will receive 300 BlogExplosion credits.
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Thanks! We have one winner! "Honorable Mention" to "mexicanchick" from Mexican Chick Online for the first "6/6/6" reference. Check back tomorrow for the winning captions.

Monday, June 05, 2006


Here's a more common view of the Bronx--Yankee Stadium. In this one, we see part of the visiting team's batting practice. If you come early to the game, you can watch it, no extra charge. You must come really early to see the Yankees, though, since they practice first.

Happiness is...

A back yard in the Bronx...

Sunday, June 04, 2006


University Church, Fordham University, Bronx, NYC

University Church, built in 1845, on the campus of FORDHAM UNIVERSITY in the Bronx.

Here's a look at a stained glass window depicting St. Luke.

And, if you went to school here, this could be your view from the dorm.

Looking south, you can see the Empire State Building over the tops of nearby buildings on Fordham Road and beyond.

Saturday, June 03, 2006

Downtown Magic

Downtown we find a nice arrangement of New York City pictorial elements for our viewing pleasure, even some clouds. Enjoy!

Extra--check out my Guest Post today over at PLEASE MAKE RICE. I LOVE YOU!

Friday, June 02, 2006

Tower Canyon

With tall buildings on both sides of narrow streets, New York City offers plenty of chances to see canyon scenes like this one.

Sorry, when I took this one, I was in "Run & Gun" mode, so, I'm not quite sure where this is. Heh. But I know it is in the teens (streets) somewhere below 14th Street in Manhattan, not far from Fifth Avenue.

Thursday, June 01, 2006

Black Lights

Not really--just an overcast late afternoon in midtown Manhattan.