New York City

Dance in the Real World

The New York Times has a dance documentary channel on youTube: Dance In The Real World which is brilliant.

Here are two of the five up there now:

Dance in Trinidad: Moko Jumbie on 9-Foot Stilts

Dance in New York City: The New Vogueing Scene

Note: I have and love the movie mentioned in this one: Paris is Burning about the vogueing and ball scene in New York City.

[via The Kid Should See This]



New York City.

My iPhone says we walked over nine miles in New York yesterday. Not sure how accurate that is but we avoided subways and walked a big loop from Grand Central to B&H, the Rubin Museum (great Steve McCurry show there), down to REI/Soho to shop for a new pack for Tom, and Keste’s pizza in the Village, then back to Grand Central.

On the way I took a few shots of this “climber” or maybe “hanger” on the alley wall of a building in the Village.

All the way everyone in New York was either gearing up for the big snow coming, or gearing up for a night of partying before the big snow coming. Either way, we were glad to get on the train home and get back to our respective houses before it hit. I’m guessing it will start snowing up here in Connecticut later this morning and we won’t get all that much today. This climber is probably getting blasted about now.

7 train, uptown

7 Train, Uptown (Flushing Bound), at Flushing - Main Street Station 2015.01.27

My flickr contact NYC Subway Rider has posted this excellent image of two men on a New York subway taken with his Panasonic LX7.

This image is processed using an HDR (high dynamic range) technique which I’m not usually a fan of, but I think this photographer is handling it perfectly. Yes, his images seem pumped up, but the nature of the images lends itself to this kind of processing. I’ll be posting more of his work in the future, I really like it.

Manhattan in Motion

This excellent time lapse video of New York by Josh Owens was put online in 2011 and I saw it then but seeing it again this morning on PetaPixel got me thinking.

This video has in it the stuff I love about being in New York, even as a still photographer. A number of the shots in the video are high up (in various hotels) and move out so that the viewer sees both a close view of a building with the movement of the city street in the same frame. One of these shots shows people moving around in an office (high up) and street movement at the same time.

One of the many things I love about going to New York is experiencing what my wife calls “whiplash of the senses.” She too has come to appreciate and enjoy this feeling of going from our quiet life in a small Connecticut town to the relative multi-sensory chaos that is New York.

This video allows the viewer to feel safe with calm music and slow pans as various views of the city move from day to dusk to night. Great stuff and it works well for me as I sit by my woodstove in rural Connecticut.

Watch this on the biggest screen you’ve got, keep the sound in the background. Enjoy.

Images of New York City

Never-Seen-Before Photos of New York City

NYC’s Department of Records announced today the debut of an online photo database, containing 870,000 vintage images of New York City from the 19th and 20th centuries – free for all of us to look and enjoy (and buy prints!). It took 4 years for them to make it happen – from choosing the images, develop, scan, upload and add description and keywords. Amazing work.

I’m not sure these have never been seen before, some of them look familiar, but they’re fantastic images of old New York City.

[via Gedas Girdvainis]

Ground Zero

Looking at the World Trade Center site

New York City. A group of us went into New York yesterday and one person wanted to see ground zero. I must say that besides helping a friend move out from Battery Park City right after 9/11 I’d not been to the site. it’s a fascinating thing to see with an incredible amount of construction activity going on.

There are tours and lectures going on all the time and I must say, I thought I knew a lot about what happened that day but the lecturer had lots of interesting facts I didn’t know.

The building going up in this picture is the Freedom Tower which is about 10′ smaller in cross section than one of the original World Trade Center Towers.

Construction at ground zero