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Better Than Real Because It's Not.

Monday November 10th 2008, 5:03 am
Filed under: General

(October 10) Having avoided them for fear of death from age eight until last year, Tony has developed quite a thing for the apple since discovering they don’t trigger his food allergies. With that in mind, we set out on a quest for pommes.

espresso, tony style
According to Tony, you’re looking at the only espresso on the east coast worth drinking.

tony wasn't having any basket nonsense
After a false start, we found apples to pick from trees (and not baskets).

they remind me of plates my mother had also
The more I look at these photos, the more they remind me of my childhood.

these are the eating kind
Of course the wild apples of my childhood weren’t fit to eat, but they looked vaguely similar.

apple trees as far as the eye can see
Apples everywhere. Despite the brisk business, it’s hard to believe they make enough now for the year.

tony's reached apple nirvana
Tony’s so happy he almost exploded.

nice view
It’s quite a view to have from your backyard.

us route 209
All I could think was “Who is Peg Leg Bates?

hal killer
This pothole took out the mighty Volvo.

Tony was just relieved no apples were harmed, though two tires were blown out.

Hah hah hah. The hook up, eh? Not quite what springs to mind.

thomas j. watson sr. graffitti

apples aplenty
The haul.

Friday October 03rd 2008, 11:57 pm
Filed under: General

(September 11) This year, I had the same camera as last year, but in the end I decided to go take some photos again this year, and Viza was looking for an excuse to get out of the house, so he came along with me. In the third year I’ve been around to see the lights, I already know that the ideal forecast is party cloudy, and this year we were lucky.

fire station memorial
Outside the fire station on Carroll & Bond

From the Gowanus Canal

Viza and I wait for the subway

a moment in time
I literally heard this scene calling out to be photographed. Is that how it works for people with talent? I’ve always wondered.

ground 0
Seven years later, there’s still a whole lotta nothing here

lit-up front


blank walls = blank minds
The sages of the World Trade Center speak to us

from the base

from behind the trees

Sunday September 28th 2008, 1:00 pm
Filed under: General

(September 6) I had never been to Astroland in Coney Island, and on the day before it is apparently this this time for reals, closing, I decided to go get photos. In the rain. I thought there was something apropos about the remnants of a large storm blowing through at the end.

The Cyclone and the Wonder Wheel have landmark protection and will remain. Not sure how that’s going to work out.

ferris wheel
Wonder Wheel

whipping winds
Down at the beach

Back on the boardwalk

happy trippy trash
I shared the boardwalk with maybe a half dozen other people.

fireman ride
This is probably where Tony_M went to play as a child.

sell short!
Oddly enough, I ran into the architect of the US economy for the past 30 years. You’d have thought he had more important things to do right around now.

saturn 6
The rocket to somewhere, but not back to here.

very, very near
The end is near.

but, will there be balloons?
As previously noted, the gift shop marks the end of the event.
And so thus ends our tour of of world famous Astroland on the Coney Island boardwalk.

hot dog hq
Heading back to the subway, I passed what I think is the Nathan’s mothership

And their Countdown to Gluttony

F track
Exit, Coney Island

rain, rain, go away,...
Back out into the rain on Smith St.

orange zinnia, no relation to orange crush
I suppose the rain is good for something

This cone has known better days. I understand how it feels.

oh the smell
Somehow, really don’t think the Gowanus Canal has any chance of being non-toxic any time in the foreseeable future.

Saturday September 27th 2008, 8:02 pm
Filed under: General

(September 3) The parts of my life that generally go off without a hitch are those whose dates and times are well established long in advance. Primarily these are Python workshops and Dorkbot meetings. This month they were on consecutive days.


sam pluta
One of the presenters is a shape-shifter.

canal street: the remake
After Dorkbot, I finally got a replacement shot for an image I’d put into masthead image rotation. I liked the original shot, but I’d taken it from the wrong angle, and it had a fuzziness that I grew not to care for.

raindrops keep falling on my head...
Cue the Burt Bacharach, hurricane season is in full swing.

Speaking of rain…

Friday August 22nd 2008, 6:00 am
Filed under: General

bowery on the j
Bowery Station on the J.

brer rat
First time I’ve ever seen a rat on the platform itself.

subway somethingorother
This probably leads to The Penguin’s lair.

essex st station


The woman on the right stepped in front of everyone when the train stopped at Canal St.
She then stepped over a stroller with a baby in it and cut off an old woman trying to exit the train.
I nominate her for worst person in New York City.