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:
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.
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.
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?
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.
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
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.
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.
My flickr contact Roy Savoy took this great picture of the main reading room at the Manhattan branch of the New York Public Library with his Ricoh GR II.
My flickr contact Roy Savoy posted another excellent image taken with his Ricoh GR II at the Women’s March in New York City.
My flickr contact Roy Savoy posted an excellent image from the women’s march in New York City.