A short film about Milton Glaser, the creator of the infamous I Heart NY symbol and his struggle to find love for the city in a trying time.
From May 2017 through yesterday, February 22, 2018, Joy Brown's
(http://joybrownstudio.com) sculpture exhibition of 9 bronze works has been on display on the Broadway Malls of the Upper West Side up to Washington Heights.
This exhibition was organized with the cooperation of the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation and the Morrison Gallery of Kent, CT in conjunction with the Broadway Mall Association (http://www.broadwaymall.org).
These huge sculptures have been a delight to see during the last three seasons. To call them gigantic is an understatement, but that belies the warmth and tenderness found in them. To see them calmly lording over unruly Broadway pedestrian and automobile traffic, always brought a smile.
Evan Fairbanks took his camera to artfully document them, intrepidly, in rain, snow and occasional sunshine.
Here’s my post on the installation of the pieces last May: Joy Brown on Broadway.
This is brilliant. When it warms up I’ve got to remember to check this out.
[via Steve Splonskowski]
Afternoon light on monoliths
Between Lexington and Park Avenue on 42nd Street, Manhattan, New York.
We were about to head into Grand Central to get on the train when we noticed that the light on both the Chrysler building and the two buildings across the street was striking. So, out came the cameras, for me for the first time in the day.
Golden hour is aptly named.
Note: I’ve had it with Adobe going back and forth on Lightroom subscriptions so I’m giving Apple’s Photos a real try. It’s far from perfect but once one spends a bit of time with it and drops the Lightroom comparisons (Lightroom is a much more sophisticated tool) it’s useable and even fun. Time will tell.
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
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.
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).
One World Trade Center reflected (Fuji X100F)
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 (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.
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:
Anne and I plan to eat in one of Ivan’s two restaurants the next time we’re in New York.
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.
Of course, pictures of Ivan and his food are all over Flickr.
Flickr member Dragan shot this great reflection on the upper west side of New York with his Fuji X100F.
This is a fun, New York Times video piece on what it looks like back stage at the Metropolitan Opera at Lincoln Center in New York an hour before curtain. The piece is Alexei Ratmansky’s ballet Whipped Cream performed by The American Ballet Theater.
[via The Kid Should See This]
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?