Category Archives: New York City

Top of the Rock, etc.


Just the usual pre-Christmas goings-on at Rockefeller Center.

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Building Hudson Yards

On the job at Hudson Yards, the mammoth West Side development in New York City. You can walk right up to the construction site on the Highline, a few blocks east of the Hudson River. As the developer’s web site says: “Hudson Yards is the largest private real estate development in the history of the United States and the largest development in New York City since Rockefeller Center. The site will include more than 18 million square feet of commercial and residential space, state-of-the-art office towers, more than 100 shops including New York’s first Neiman Marcus …”  etc. There goes the neighborhood. Click here for the developer’s viewpoint. Or here for more.

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New York City’s busy Hudson River Park promenade on a late August day. Across the river, New Jersey: Hoboken, and the growing high-rises of Jersey City.

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In the City, Greenpoint

DSC_2447copyW1Family strolling on a Thursday night, Greenpoint, Brooklyn, NYC.

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Penn Station, iPhone

236copyWNYC’s Penn Station, iPhone 4s.

It’s no secret that newer iPhones take decent pictures. The best part is that a smart phone is a camera you have with you most of the time. It’s a trick to keep the lens clean and clear though. A case helps avoid scratches and a piece of plastic electrical tape can keep the pocket lint off the lens, as long as you keep the sticky part of the tape off the lens and as long as you don’t lose the tape in your pocket, which you will.237copyW

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NJ Pass Under

DSC_4635WEBWhat you can see out the window of an Amtrak train between Manhattan and Newark, NJ.


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Same-Day Wash

Same-day wash, Bushwick Avenue, Brooklyn, NY.


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9/11 Memorial

The National September 11 Memorial opened to the public on 9/12/11, although it’s not finished. Above, One World Trade Center, also known as Freedom Tower, rises toward its planned height of 105 stories (1776 feet), to be completed in 2013. Below, detail of one of the two pools/waterfalls that mark the sites of the original Twin Towers. By January more than a million people had visited the site. Information here and here.


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The Flatiron

The Flatiron Building at 175 Fifth Avenue in Manhattan attracts photographers because of its unusual wedge shape (like an old flatiron from the days when irons were chunks of iron that had to be heated up before they were used to press clothing), because of the iconic 1904 Steichen photo, below, left, next to mine from a similar angle, and because of many other artists’ attempts to capture its arresting shape, as in this week’s New Yorker cover, below. Built in 1902, it is considered one of New York’s first skyscrapers. The elevators ran on water pressure. It sits on a triangular block — the shape of which was the origin of its name — with its prow pointing to the intersection of East 23rd Street and Fifth Avenue, across Broadway from Madison Square Park.  If you get there on a sunny morning, you can sit on the benches in the triangle opposite and watch the sun slip behind it. If you turn north, you see the Empire State Building. The area around it is called, naturally, the Flatiron District. Nearby, across Fifth Avenue, is Eataly, the 50,000-square-foot Italian food extravaganza.




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Renaissance Portraits

I was back in New York last week, so I’ll have a bunch of urban posts over the next few days — from Fifth Avenue in front of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, above, to Bushwick Avenue in Brooklyn, the 9/11 Memorial and some stops in between.

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