Thursday, November 30, 2006

Unlit 2006

The Christmas Tree at Rockefeller Center tonight before the lights turned on...It's Christmas time, once again, in the city!

Tuesday, November 28, 2006


Beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Here's a peek at one of New York City's favorites: DE ROBERTIS on 1st Avenue in Manhattan.

Monday, November 27, 2006

Partly Cloudy

Afternoon light in a TriBeCa* much for the blue sky of the morning!

*TriBeCa = Triangle Below Canal Street in Manhattan

Sunday, November 26, 2006


A lot of the fun of driving out of the city is going to or through little towns. This cafe window reflects some of the downtown area of White River Junction, Vermont. If you ever get near there, do stop in...

Saturday, November 25, 2006

Big Wheel View

So, maybe the hotel where I stayed in New Hampshire for Thanksgiving didn't inspire THE SHINING. Though from New England, maybe Stephen King needed to go 2/3 of the way across the USA to Colorado's Stanley Hotel in order to come up with the idea of a winter caretaker losing his mind at a remote haunted hotel, et cetera. No matter. I submit to you my version of the view from Danny's big wheel...

NOTE: the double doors down the hall were only added in recent years.

Friday, November 24, 2006

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Razor ESB

This photo combines some of my favorite things: razor wire and the Empire State Building.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Two on Tuesday

Cotton puff clouds make a good background for this lamppost at Park Row and Spruce Street, not far from the Brooklyn Bridge.

I like the surreal look to this midtown Manhattan composition on Sixth Avenue.

Monday, November 20, 2006

Razor Wire

Not necessarily a blessing but something that I have grown to like in a weird way--razor wire! Reminds me of "home", as in Brooklyn, NYC...

Sunday, November 19, 2006

High Rise Sunset

Looking over the Metropolitan Museum of Art towards Columbus Circle and beyond...

I consider the chance to shoot from this apartment a blessing. A friend of mine had access and invited me. Without his help, this and several other photographs I made at this location would not exist. Cheers, M.G.!!


Saturday, November 18, 2006

Saturday Extra

Buildings reflect other buildings in Manhattan...

Telephone Pole Fun

Composition with a telephone pole in Williamsburg, Brooklyn...always a pair of shoes up there, too!

Friday, November 17, 2006

TriBeCa Shape

We've had some great clouds lately. Here they spice up the sky over TriBeCa in Manhattan...

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Lower Manhattan

Near Broadway in Lower Manhattan, not far from the World Trade Center site, we see many different styles of architecture all together.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

City Block

Here we see one block of Madison Avenue, from 89th Street at the bottom (south) to 90th Street. The large white vehicle in the left lane is a stretch Hummer limo.

Monday, November 13, 2006

Puddle Building

How deep is a puddle? Beyond the physical depth of the water, reflections on the surface offer fleeting glimpses into the pavement, like windows to another reality.

Sunday, November 12, 2006

2 point 2

For 2.2 million dollars (US), this view could belong to you. Once again, we see the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir in Central Park but now from 36 floors above the ground.

If you want to make an offer, I have a bridge downtown for sale as well.

Saturday, November 11, 2006


A view from the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir in Central Park...Here we stand on the south end looking toward apartment buildings on Central Park West.

Happy Veteran's Day! Thank you to all veterans for your service.

Friday, November 10, 2006

Window Scene

Hard to tell what might be happening outside a restaurant window on Bedford Avenue in Williamsburg, Brooklyn...

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Overcast ESB

Different weather but the same great building--the Empire State Building and its environs...

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

HBO Reflection

The steel and glass HBO building reflects the ongoing construction from across Sixth Avenue in Manhattan.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Monday, November 06, 2006

About Me

I am an Alaska Native living in and around New York City since 1994 (mostly in northwest Brooklyn). "New York Nitty-Gritty" began on August 3, 2005 and has over 1,400 posts to date.

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Chrysler PM

Looking east from the corner of Fifth Avenue and 42 Street in Manhattan, we see the Chrysler Building in afternoon light.

Sunday, November 05, 2006

Sunday Extra

For a treat on Sunday: a slightly different look at the ESB than the one published yesterday...

Calm Before Storm

On Manhattan Avenue in Brooklyn, we see the calm before the storm--before the NYC Marathon. The blue dashes mark the course for the runners.

Another shot of the empty race course on the day before the race...

Saturday, November 04, 2006

Keep Standing

The sign says "No Standing Anytime" but I hope the Empire State Building keeps standing for a long, long time. And, I will stand and watch for as long as I can, too...

Friday, November 03, 2006


I hear beyond the range of sound,
I see beyond the range of sight,
New earths and skies and seas around,
And in my day the sun doth pale his light.

A clear and ancient harmony
Pierces my soul through all its din,
As through its utmost melody--
Farther behind than they, farther within.

[from INSPIRATION by Henry David Thoreau]

Thursday, November 02, 2006

ESB Reflection

A couple blocks north of the Empire State Building, we get a nice reflection. Enjoy!

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Afternoon ESB

A peek at the tip top of the Empire State Building from Sixth Avenue...

Hydrant Story

Knowing that one must park a minimum of 15 feet from any fire hydrant adds to the story here. How do you see it?