Saturday, September 30, 2006

Apple Fun

A fun thing happened on the way to an event hosted by Mr. Smug at the Apple Store SoHo...

Friday, September 29, 2006

Sidewalk Rorschach

You can see so much on the sidewalk, besides the old gum spots, cracks, et cetera...
What do you see?
[ 21st Street in Manhattan ]

Thursday, September 28, 2006

Wednesday, September 27, 2006


A store front on Walker Street in Manhattan's TriBeCa district, near Chinatown...

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Dirty Bubble

Looking out through the bubble covering the entrance to the Grove Street PATH train station in Jersey City, NJ...not so far from the Hudson River...

Monday, September 25, 2006

Push Button

I know what you're thinking, "such high tech, state-of-the-art controls you have in New
York City". Yes, yes, spared no expense!
[on the west side of Manhattan]

Sunday, September 24, 2006


A look at the TEMPERANCE FOUNTAIN in Manhattan's Tompkins Square Park.

Four virtues play a pivotal role and accordingly are called "cardinal"; all the others are grouped around them. They are: prudence, justice, fortitude, and temperance. "If anyone loves righteousness, [Wisdom's] labors are virtues; for she teaches temperance and prudence, justice, and courage."
These virtues are praised under other names in many passages of Scripture. Temperance is often praised in the Old Testament: "Do not follow your base desires, but restrain your appetites." In the New Testament it is called "moderation" or "sobriety." We ought "to live sober, upright, and godly lives in this world."
[from Catechism of the Catholic Church]

Saturday, September 23, 2006

The Shadow

Eyes walking alone,
Lost in looking for something,
The shadow finds me.

[Greenpoint, Brooklyn]

Friday, September 22, 2006

Not a Mirage

Here's looking from a rooftop down upon a rooftop on Hudson Street just above Canal Street...
(Actually, I shot from the 10th floor through a window but it was CLOSE to the roof.)

Thursday, September 21, 2006


Scene of a loading dock area in Williamsburg, Brooklyn...

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Greenpoint Doorway

An overcast day needn't be boring--at least not in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Under the BQE

I shot this around an hour ago under the BQE in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, getting in some photos before the rain hits. Remember: "BQE" = Brooklyn-Queens Expressway...

TriBeCa Rooftop

Here's a look at water towers on a TriBeCa rooftop. We also see the antennae on top of
the old AT&T building (top left).

Monday, September 18, 2006

Holland Tunnel

A view of the mouth of the Holland Tunnel in Manhattan on a beautiful late afternoon...

Sunday, September 17, 2006

Upstate Abstractions

Fun with a leafy tree, part of a house, and a power line...

...and fun with a telephone pole on a beautiful day...[both photos from Rhinebeck, NY]

Saturday, September 16, 2006

No Sitting

Sometimes things simply speak for themselves. It doesn't always take a burning car to
make us stop in our tracks and stare in disbelief. As they say, "only in New York"...

Friday, September 15, 2006

Wall and Van

Sometimes, from a distance, you don't know where the wall ends and the van begins...
This from around 6 PM yesterday on 6th Street in Manhattan...

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Dead 'Brella

Every time it rains, you see the dead umbrellas. I guess $10 doesn't buy the quality that
it used to...And, true, this way, you keep the friendly umbrella vendors in business.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Moon Beams

Twin beams of light seem to converge on their way past the moon and beyond. The beams pay silent tribute to the destroyed Twin Towers of the World Trade Center. A few stars look on...

The haze in the air combined with some camera noise (the film equivalent = grain) from shooting as wide open as I could yielded the above result. The moon "blows out" a bit due
to its being so much brighter than the beams.

A more "normal" view of the beams in lower Manhattan...

Monday, September 11, 2006

Steven A. Giorgetti

flags in morning light

He loved baseball and his family. Married for 18 years, he and his wife had two children--a boy and a girl. If work caused him to miss one of his young son's games, he would call his wife several times throughout to see how it was going.

He worked 20 years for the same company. Like many people, he lived on Long Island and worked in New York City. His office was in Midtown Manhattan.

Unfortunately for him, on September 11, 2001, Steven A. Giorgetti had a meeting at the World Trade Center. That fateful morning, he died there, one of the many victims of the coordinated terrorist attacks. He was 43.

[otilius photo: Morning Flags, taken 9/11/2006]

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Cart and Bags

This scene happened in Williamsburg, Brooklyn but could occur anywhere in New York City.
For something different, visit Ted's blog Drivin Barefoot. Have fun!

Saturday, September 09, 2006

Mail Truck

Bored with my attempts at photography? Visit Ted's blog Drivin Barefoot. You know, some folks might nickname him "The Mushroom", since he's such a fun guy. (Rim Shot optional)

Friday, September 08, 2006


This auto parts store on McGuinness Boulevard in Greenpoint, Brooklyn has a full-size car
on the roof and ranks as one of my favorite sites from the ol' neighborhood. For whatever reason, I admit now to never having purchased anything there, even though I appreciate
the effort on their part.

PS -- For something different, visit Ted's blog Drivin Barefoot.

Thursday, September 07, 2006

In the Light

Usually, in the sporting world, when a ball is said to be "in the lights", it means that a
player trying to catch the ball cannot see it because of its being in the same line of sight
as stadium lights. Well, this baseball really is in the light. Kids these days...

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Lousy Weather?

Driving over the Williamsburg Bridge, I took this shot of Manhattan (featuring the Empire State Building). As always, the beholder defines the beauty.

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Goose Bumps

You may remember this location from the film THE GODFATHER. You know the scene,
when Pete Clemenza says to the guy who just killed Paulie in the car, "Leave the gun...Take the cannolis."

In the last several months, I have driven along this road within Liberty State Park many times (twice yesterday). I have often wanted to shoot the scene but the light or whatever would always be a bit off. For example, yesterday, I stayed inside ALL DAY when it was nice outside and, once I finally got to the park, the clouds in the late afternoon made everything too dark. Today (Monday) had the same weather as yesterday but I got outside much earlier, since the Yankees didn't play until the evening. LOL! Anyway, I went again to the park.

Just like yesterday, I first walked along the Hudson River walkway taking pictures. This time, though, the sun shined almost the entire time, only briefly blocked by moving clouds. After the walk, as I drove out of the parking lot to go home, the GODFATHER scene came into my mind and I decided to try for the shot before calling it a night.

I drove over to the area and parked. After walking to the right spot, I lined up my framing and snapped the shutter. The camera saved the capture--and the battery died. "Oh, well,"
I thought, "I got it or I can come again."

Once I got home, I liked the resulting photo. However, I don't always remember character names, et cetera, so I looked up the film at Guess what? The actor Richard Castellano who played Clemenza was born today--September 4th--in 1933 in the Bronx. Of course, I had no idea beforehand. Happy birthday, Mr. Castellano--R.i.P.

Monday, September 04, 2006

Bayonne Beam

We had such a beautiful day yesterday, mostly sunny with some puffy clouds off in the distance. However, I stayed inside all day watching Andre Agassi lose his final tennis match and the Yankees beat the Minnesota Twins. Finally, I got outside and drove over to Liberty State Park in New Jersey for a nice walk along the Hudson River. The park offers great views of NYC across the river and close proximity to the Statue of Liberty.

During the walk, the clouds moved in. On the way back to the car, I looked to the southwest towards Bayonne, NJ and saw this single beam of light breaking through the clouds.
The Truth is Out There.

Sunday, September 03, 2006

Construction Form

A peek through temporary scaffolding offers a different look at new construction in Greenpoint, Brooklyn...

Saturday, September 02, 2006

Finger Paint

"there are pictures in my head no palette can match
ideas you have never seen
when I was six, I could not let go
I can let go now
and let the devices be

I cannot explain the creations that come
when you are gone to the world
and all its machines
to leave the brushes at our feet
cover our world in dreams"

from Finger Paint by Cassandra Crone
Copyright ©2006 Cassandra Crone
[ otilius photo: Greenpoint, Brooklyn bus stop... ]

Friday, September 01, 2006

Active Driveway

Things don't look very active at the moment but think twice before parking there.
The cost of a ticket and towing stings. [ On Kenmare Street in Manhattan... ]