p s e u d o r e a l

Better Than Real Because It's Not.

Sunday October 28th 2012, 3:13 am
Filed under: General

(Oct 6) preed came to town, his first visit since 2007. I didn’t get to spend enough time with him the last time because Billy had just begun his death spiral. This time Paul probably saw more than enough of me. This is that story. <insert Law & Order sound here />

welcome back to new york
Paul came to town

big. metal. earth.
He stayed in the Columbus Circle area

The crazy people were there to greet us

i finally held an event at the atrium
He gave a talk at the Wall St. Atrium

viza identified the deli from the photo of the food
We had lunch at Katz’s. The live entertainment was a family that repeatedly left their baby unattended at the table where it sucked on a mustard bottle.

the future rudolph guiliani bridge
We walked to Brooklyn across the Brooklyn Bridge

eventually to be renamed the mario cuomo bridge
Then walked back to Manhattan across the Manhattan Bridge

where many things are for sale
We made landfall in Chinatown.

mugged in ny, high tech style
Someone in the Bronx who works at the Irish bar he ate at cloned his card to buy a $1000 phone.

Wednesday March 21st 2012, 8:12 pm
Filed under: General

(Sep 11) It is past 9 PM on a Sunday night. I head into the city with the ubercamera for a familiar journey. I really don’t know much about how to use the camera still at this point (and still don’t), but I got some good results. Again, this may be the last time they do The Lights, and the neighbors must absolutely hate the installation. So, although I have to move in a couple of days, I get on the train.

the journey begins
Brooklyn Bridge, 1:15 AM. That brightness in the distance turned out to be The Tribute In Light.

Not only did the clouds defile the view, so did the contractor working on the bridge.

aimed in the direction of the statue of liberty
Despite these unfortunate circumstances, the ubercamera remained uber.

the lady herself
Oh how far my new camera has come from the others.

but there in the distance
At this point, I still wasn’t quite sure they were even on.

A look around… Downtown.

Midtown, Manhattan Bridge, Empire State and Chrysler Buildings. The top of the ESB is in the cloud cover.

for reals
There it is.

obscuration. didn't know it was a real word until i looked it up.
The clouds were unfortunate, to say the least.

imo, more meaningful than the official tributes
Tributes to the dead.

and the area creepily touristy about nine-eleveny
The new station. It is a big yawn, and no longer opens in a convenient spot (for me).

everything is for a reason
I wonder what that’s lit for.

maybe in this same location?
I do some version of this shot every time.

looks like smoke, right?
Phaser attack?

trinity church
This was the only decent shot out of a dozen in this same spot, which I’ve used in the past.

almost there now
One more “it looks like it’s coming from the building” shot.

the source
This one really is coming from the top of the building. This is the parking garage the installation sits atop.

the embarrassing 'freedom tower' is the name no more
The Lights are not actually at the World Trade Center. There, down the block, is the new One World Trade Center.

they're kind of awesome up close
Up close, and personal.

i took about 300 photos
I don’t like this shot so much, but it is the last one I took for the evening, and thus possibly the last one I’ll take of the Tribute In Light.

Tuesday June 02nd 2009, 3:27 am
Filed under: General

(May 16) I needed to go for a walk.

a case of crabs
I was feeling crabby, but I had a better day than these guys.

whatever those signs say
I went to Chinatown.

though what you get for that...
Where you can still get a $5 haircut.

It’s a very interesting neighborhood, and I haven’t seen much of it yet.

i couldn't read a thing
I think this is the neighborhood signpost.

manhattan bridge
As usual, dusk was settling into evening.

This seemed to have captured everyone’s attention.

an ending
The Hong Kong Supermarket had burned down.

Thursday April 23rd 2009, 2:50 am
Filed under: General

I needed to try and come up with some ideas, so last week I went bridge-walking. I ended up walking off at the end of the bridge and all the way home. Only generated one interesting idea.

what else would you call it?
The journey this time, started on the Manhattan side.

the view from above
I find the parts of the bridge over land are actually more interesting views.

manhattan bridge footpath
The one thing you don’t get a good view of from the bridge, is the bridge.

brooklyn bridge, & fdr drive
I like how the light reflects off the water here.

the cheesecake capital of the universe
The bridge portion of his trip “officially” ended not at the gift shop, but at (the outside of) Junior’s.

Monday September 08th 2008, 10:52 am
Filed under: General

(August 30) Visit to the Manhattan Bridge, walking from DUMBO, Brooklyn to Chinatown, Manhattan, continued.


brooklyn bridge over east river
Span of the Brooklyn Bridge

walkway wisdom
More advice from the sages that inhabit the metropolitan area bridges

fdr drive

… you rawr, we all rawr

no, *you* suck.
I’ll bet it says that to everyone on the bridge


chinatown street

graffitti for the benefit of subway riders

none of it in chinese

the view from chinatown

roof graffitti

on the wall

the air isn't white, therefore not beijing
Can you tell it’s not Beijing?

to the bridge!
Almost there now!

green, yellow, red

mr. sparkle!
Homer Simpson says buy something!

on the ground in chinatown
Peking duck? (Peking Pork?)

the end
The end of any adventure. The gift shop.