New York

Views from 1 World Trade Center

Uptown view

Manhattan from 1 World Trade Center

Looking directly north up Manhattan which is thirteen miles long. The George Washington Bridge (on the left) which crosses the Hudson River is about ten miles away.

The new construction on the west side just left of the George Washington Bridge (in the frame) is next to the High Line.

You can see the Empire State building uptown and the Washington Square Arch (Greenwich Village) in the green park closer in.

In the far distance on the right side of the frame is the Whitestone Bridge which connects the Bronx with Queens (Long Island). A bit further right (and out) is the Throgs Neck Bridge. Beyond those bridges, on the horizon is Connecticut (where I live).

The white vertical, windowless building face on the right (East River) is the United Nations Secretariat building.

Downtown from that on the East River is a large group of low, red apartment buildings which is Peter Cooper Village and Stuyvesant Town.

City Hall and bridges

City Hall and bridges

This is looking east, north east.

The bridge furthest north (left) is the Williamsburg Bridge that connects Manhattan with Queens (Long Island). The middle bridge is the Manhattan Bridge and the bridge furthest south (right) is the Brooklyn Bridge which connects Manhattan with Brooklyn, the first bridge to span the East River and one of the oldest, large suspension bridges in the United States. Walking across the Brooklyn Bridge is a great thing to do.

On the Manhattan side of the Brooklyn Bridge is City Hall and City Hall Park (to the right of the sign: Emigrant Industrial Savings Bank).

The large buildings closer to the river and bridge are city and federal courthouses and offices.

The right side of the frame is the northern tip of the financial district including Wall Street. My shot down there didn’t work out because of sun on the window.

The other side of the river all the way to the horizon line is Long Island, right right side of the frame is northern Brooklyn, most of the frame is Queens.

The back/right of the horizon line is Kennedy Airport and beyond it the Atlantic Ocean.

There’s plenty more detail visible here and over time I’ll change this caption as we find things. Feel free to ID buildings in the comments.

Freedom Tower reflections

One World Trade Center reflected

One World Trade Center reflected (Fuji X100F)

Manhattan, New York.

My long time Flickr friend Dilip Muralidaran, who I’ve known since my first years on Flickr (2004-2006) but have never met, told me he was going to be in New York and he’d never been there before. So, we met up and had a great day of it. He wanted to get up in a big building and since both of us had never been up in One World Trade Center (the new Freedom tower) I thought that would be a good thing to do.

I’d been up in the twin towers (original world trade center) numerous times so being up this high on the tip of Manhattan wasn’t new to me. Still, it’s a thrilling thing to do.

The views are terrific but the experience is ruined (IMHO) by too much commercial up-selling (trying to pry more money out of tourists).

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One World Trade Center reflected (Fuji X100F)

Old and new

Old and New (Fuji X100F)

This shot is a reflection of the tower from the window of the 9/11 museum just south of it and includes an image of the original World Trade Center. I found it more photogenic in reflected shots than strait on.

New York Harbor

New York Harbor (iPhone 8)

This is the first shot I took out the observatory window and given the reflection on this side I was worried all our images would have issues. This is the only shot that had a lot of reflections, taken with iPhone 8. I kept this shot because the patterns on the water, the ships in the harbor, and the Statue of Liberty make for a very nice image, even with the people reflected in the background.

Ivan Orkin

My friend Edward told me about an episode of Chef’s Table on Netflix about Ivan Orkin, a ramen cook with a fascinating life story. The food aspect of the documentary is great but his story is even better. Nice Jewish boy from Brooklyn becomes most famous ramen chef in Tokyo, Japan by putting a little schmaltz (Yiddish: chicken fat) in his traditional Japanese cookery. Brilliant.

If you stream Netflix give it a go:

Chef’s Table, Season 3, Episode 4: Ivan Orkin

Anne and I plan to eat in one of Ivan’s two restaurants the next time we’re in New York.

Ivan Ramen

He’s also got a book out that includes his story and the complete recipe for his shio ramen dish, including his ramen noodles with rye flour.

Ivan Ramen on iBooks

Ivan Ramen on Amazon

Of course, pictures of Ivan and his food are all over Flickr.

Reflections on the High Line

Reflections on the High Line

High Line, New York.

I was in New York a few weeks ago and walked the High Line with an old friend who hadn’t seen it since it was first opened. It was packed as it is almost all the time now and incredibly, there is more new construction going on there than I’ve ever seen before.

At some point one would think that the city won’t be able to absorb any more high end rentals (think Shanghai) but who knows?

Thousand-Pound Bronzes on the Upper West Side

Thousand-Pound Bronzes on the Upper West Side

New Yorker staff writer Paige Williams came to the installation of Joy Brown’s sculpture on Broadway but weren’t sure if the Talk of the Town piece she was working on would make it into the magazine. It did, and hopefully it will bring even more foot traffic to Joy’s amazing work.

I did watch her frantically scribble on her notepad when the driver of the flatbed transporting them down from Bethel, Connecticut said: “I could’ve drove here naked and nobody would’ve noticed.” I thought it might be the lead, I was off by a paragraph.

Joy Brown on Broadway

Figures on a flatbed

Figures on a flatbed

Broadway, New York City.

My good friend Joy Brown has been making large bronze castings of her ceramic sculpture and is having a show of them in New York City. Joy has been traveling to China to work with a foundry there for many years and these finished pieces were shipped to the US in a large container by ship and arrived a few weeks ago. There will be a sister show in China opening in a few months.

Forklift on Broadway

Forklift on Broadway

Thinker in crosswalk

We pulled an all-nighter last night helping with the installation which was done by a great outfit out of Bethel, Connecticut: Mariano Brothers.

We started at 10:00 pm and finished at 3:00 am. There were two flatbed trucks, ours with four pieces starting at 72nd St. and working north, the other starting at 168th St. and working south.

Mother and child at 72nd St.

Mother and child at 72nd St.

Many of Joy’s friends came from all over the country and they were joined by a crowd of curious and supportive New Yorkers. It was quite a scene although after midnight as we moved up town only the core group remained.

Tomorrow, Wednesday May 17th there will be a formal “opening” at 11:00 am at the 72nd St and Broadway installation. The show will be up for at least six months, maybe longer. Each setting has a map showing the location of each of the sculptures. It’s a bit of a hike to walk the whole thing but there’s a subway line running under Broadway and the pieces are near enough to stops so they can be easily gotten to.

I’m pooped!

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