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Better Than Real Because It's Not.


Sunday June 30th 2013, 11:56 pm
Filed under: General

(Jun 19) Roosevelt Island is about to get a large dose of change. It’s going to be change they won’t like one bit. It’s inevitable though. Underscoring this, it’s a Bruce Ratner project now, who will co-own the buildings, which come with free land, courtesy of the city. I can’t help but think the city is poor at selling itself to have to give so much away to those who will directly profit from this initiative. The idea that anyone has gotten a piece of Roosevelt Island free just seems scandalous.

the one and only subway stop
Arrival. Deep underground.

hello, manhattan
It is a beautiful place, with a view of the east side.

currently in working order
Aside from the subway, and a bridge to Astoria, the tram is the only other way on and off the island.

goldwater hospital
And then on the other side of the tram bridge… you’re there already.

catch it before it's gone forever
Now you see it… soon you won’t.

chrysler building
A familiar sight

renwick smallpox hospital
The old, and falling down

chisel me here
The new and unfinished

cause of the biggest traffic jams in manhattan
The UN-United Nations

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Wednesday October 17th 2012, 12:26 am
Filed under: General

(Aug 1) The second half of my trip from downtown to Penn Station.

dog urinal
The suburban hydrants are all painted yellow. I like this better.

i love it not
Even the buildings want to be loved

birds are evil dinosaur progeny
How inviting

damaged, though
This undoubtedly is a Jim Power mosaic.

grace church
When these churches went up, they were probably the tallest things around. Today, they seem small indeed.

creepy, yo
Patriotism meets Halloween

this is what amazon.com eats
A relic that will doubtless soon be gone

get your super-expensive produce here!
Passing through the farmer’s market

it sure is shiny though
The statue of Andy Warhol for no apparent reason

no longer the tallest in the city though
Empire, revealed

city rats don't hang out and chill
What have we here?

i wonder who's behind it?
The hoax of the day

but it's cheap to feed
This faux rat probably ended the day stolen

purpleness
Then back to the land of ‘meh’


Tuesday October 16th 2012, 4:46 am
Filed under: General

(Aug 1) A trip to see a client downtown. I walked back up Broadway as I have many times before, knowing this time, like the other times, would be different from any other time.

lollerblades
Seen passing through Jamaica Station… WTF.

probably not
They abbreviate all the bad things. Coincidence?

i've only photographed it a dozen times now
I need to find out what this is

a tower rises again
It’s still a surprise anything ever got started

up broadway
I set out after visiting a client, and passed through City Hall Park

i might have the wrong title/artist
Thomas Schütte
“Memorial for Unknown Artist”

that's a lot of ketchup

oh yes it is
Elmgreen & Dragset
“It’s Never Too Late to Say Sorry”

optimism
Plaques from a simpler time?

serpents strangling priests
Justin Matherly
“New Beaches”

federal plaza
I left the park, heading up Broadway….
Beverly Pepper
“Manhattan Sentinels”

on the other side of the plaza
One more sentinel


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.

bastards
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.

southwest
A look around… Downtown.

northwest
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.


Friday August 19th 2011, 1:36 am
Filed under: General

(Jun 15) This photoblog now bids adieu to the Sony DSC-N2 I bought in a rush to replace the short-lived Sony whatever that came after the Sony Minidisc, which came after the Kodak somethingorother. My main concern when buying the N2 was that Billy was nearing the end of his days.

Also… I have the use of a car. Photographically, this sort of changes everything.

old car
But first, from the phone one night.

just a lot of woods
The park around the corner. Still haven’t figured out what the deal with it is.

adopt-a-fake-pet
Now that St. Vincent’s is closed, I wonder what happens to the monuments?

moo.
“Our milk is fresh”?

at least they're trying to make lemonade from lemons
Construction in the city happens at a glacial pace.



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