Thursday, December 20, 2012

Facelift

Back in March, I posted this photo of the little townhouse on E 4th Street that stands in the shadow of 52E4.

Evening on E 4th Street

Nine months later, behold!

A clean facade

What do you think?

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Things are looking up

I'm liking the way the World Trade Center is coming along.

One World Trade is decked out in festive red and green:

1 World Trade

Here it is reflected in another building:

World Trade reflection

I can finally visit the area and feel cheerful, something I never thought could ever be possible.

World Trade Center

Previously.

Friday, December 14, 2012

The sun always rises

Here he is again, on a different day, relishing his sunbeam.

Another day, another sunrise

This particular corner (Thompson and Spring) gets a nice big dose of sun in the mornings.  On these cold days, it's especially delightful.  Back in March, 2011, I posted about another man enjoying the sun on this block.
Eyes closed, mouth blissfully smiling, he was the picture of happiness and contentment . . . Nothing was going to tear him from that enchanted embrace. As I walked past, I smiled up at him and he continued to grin at the sun. I continued smiling all the way down the block and when I turned back, a shadow had fallen over the sidewalk and he was gone.
Is there something magical going on at this intersection?

Previously.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

New goodies!

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We're happy to announce we're offering new prints for the holidays and beyond!

First up - metallic photo prints.  These look absolutely fantastic!  Using a metallic photo paper gives the images a shimmery and three-dimensional look. Our normally colorful images look really stunning on this paper.

Also new - aluminum prints.  We've been experimenting with different print methods lately and this one is really exciting.  The images are fused onto aluminum, giving them a first-class finish and rendering them virtually indestructible.  The picture will not scratch, peel or fade.  They're light-weight and come with a hanging mount, so no frame is necessary - just a nail or peg.

Want to be a bit more artsy?  We're now offering canvas prints.  These are photographs printed directly on canvas, which can be hung on a wall just like a painting.

For everything we've got to offer, check out our online Etsy shop or take a look at our Photos For Sale page over there on the right.

Please also like us on Facebook to get shop updates.  We promise not to fill your inbox will junk mail or spam.

And, as always, if there is something you want but don't see, please don't hesitate to contact us as we can always customize something for you.

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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

A series of tubes

It's been over a month since Superstorm/Hurricane Sandy hit the city on October 29, so I decided to check in on the Financial District to see if anything has improved.  One good sign is that the Fraunces Tavern has re-opened, but there are still a lot of small businesses that are closed, and there is a ton of clean-up still going on.

Check out these hose-y things devouring One New York Plaza.  I don't really know what they're used for (Suction?  Air-circulation?  Feeding the mother ship?), but they're everywhere and the generators powering them are unbelievably loud.

New York Plaza

This reminds me of Aliens.

New York Plaza

But nothing can stop the holiday spirit!

New York Plaza

Meanwhile, around the corner on Broad Street...

Sandy aftermath

And, this is the scene on South Street, from Whitehall all the way up to the Seaport, which is also still in shambles.

Sandy aftermath

I guess it's a good time to be in the tube business.

Sandy aftermath

See more tube pics here.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Black Friday

Tompkins Square had its own share of post-Thanksgiving frenzy on Black Friday.  Rats were going for a dime a dozen and, as one hawk sank its claws into a tasty rat snack, an aggressive squirrel (who I'm sure had been camped out all night in anticipation of the holiday bargains), tried unsuccessfully to drive its rival away.

The ballsy approach...
Hawk vs squirrel

Are you nuts?
Hawk vs squirrel

Don't you dare!
Hawk vs squirrel

In the end, the hawk gets back to its rat-spagetti...
Hawk eating rat 

Check out GammaBlog for a great video of the confrontation.

See more hawk photos here

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Thanksgiving leftovers

 After the chaos of Hurricane Sandy and the absence of Halloween, Thanksgiving snuck up on me and I have absolutely nothing prepared!  So, here is a re-post of my trip to the UWS last year to see the inflating of the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade balloons.  Have a great holiday, everyone!

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There are a couple of only-in-New-York things I've wanted to do for a long time.  The first is to see the circus elephants march through the Midtown Tunnel at midnight.  As of yet, I've not mustered the energy to go see this, but I have a feeling this tradition might not last long, so it's definitely on my list of unique things to do.

The other is to see the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade balloons being inflated on the eve of the parade.  And, on the spur of the moment, I decided to check this off my To Do list..

I was stunned to see how many people were gathered around the Natural History Museum, where the balloons come to life - millions!  It was almost like being at the parade itself - being squished and funneled down the sidewalk with what felt like everyone in the city.  The crowd was happy, though, and the positive energy really made it a special experience.

Here is Tim Burton's B. Boy getting ready for his maiden voyage.

B Boy

Almost all the balloons were face-down, by the way.  I assume that's because they fly that way, but it was a bit creepy to see these characters with their faces pressed to the pavement.

Kermit is still looking a little sleepy...

Kermit

As the Energizer Bunny is alert and ready to go.

The scene on 81st Street

Aaa!  Look out behind you!

Smurf

Spidey was my favorite.

Spiderman!

And, I couldn't resist this parting shot...

Spiderman takes one for the team

See more photos here.

Previously.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Lonely seaport

I've always loved the Seaport at night as it's dark, quiet and mysterious.  All the old buildings and cobblestone streets make it easy to imagine the city as it was back in the 19th century.

Lonely Fulton Street

The Seaport was hit hard by Hurricane Sandy.  Two weeks after the storm, electricity is back on, but the area is still in the dark.  A light on here and there reveals the destruction to all the ground floor businesses and residences from South Street up to Water Street:  windows boarded up, trash piled on the sidewalks and in the gutter, dumpsters in abundance...

Seaport storefronts

A woman gets out of a cab on Front Street and her jaw drops.  "I had no idea!" she exclaims.  She'd spent the days since the storm helping hurricane victims at the Jersey Shore, only to return home and find her own home devastated.

Seaport storefront

A stillness saturates the shadowy blocks. The only signs of life emanate from Jeremy's Ale House, which miraculously survived the storm.

Alone at the Seaport

Recovery is well under way and I've heard some businesses may return in 3-4 months.  In the mean time, you can show support by donating to the Seaport Museum, which is a fantastic resource for learning about the city's early history and evolution as a world-class port.

See more post-Sandy Seaport pictures here.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Sandy vs. Jeremy

Down at the Seaport, the mess left behind by Hurricane Sandy is still being cleaned up, and will be for some time.

Hurricane Sandy aftermath

The only business I found open in the area today was Jeremy's Ale House. Jeremy's has always been something of a disaster, so perhaps the flooding didn't make that much difference...and I say this lovingly because I consider it the dive of dives.  So, if you're near the Seaport any time soon, do go in and give them some support.  They're going to need it as it will be quite a while before the neighborhood is rebuilt.

See more photos of Sandy's aftermath here.

Previously.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Nor'easter

Enough with the storms already!

Still reeling from Hurricane Sandy last week, a nor'easter was really the last thing we needed two days ago.  With people still without electricity, heat and hot water, Winter Storm Athena wasn't welcome.  Fortunately, the damage caused was minimal compared to Sandy and the snow is already gone.

Here are a few scenes from my trudge home from work Wednesday night.

6th Ave at Broome:

Nor'easter

Vesuvio playground:

Nor'easter Athena

A tree felled by Hurricane Sandy:

Nor'easter Athena

Blinding snow on E 5th Street:

Nor'easter Athena

See more photos here.


Monday, November 5, 2012

Sandy, queen of darkness

Ugh.

What a storm.  I have to say, Hurricane Sandy was unlike any other storm I've ever experienced.  I expected a lot of wind and rain, but as the storm slowly moved into the city Monday night, I admit I was a bit disappointed that it didn't seem all that dramatic.  That evening around 5pm, I shot this video on 2nd Avenue and St Mark's, which shows how seemingly dull Sandy appeared:



About an hour later, the intensity picked up and it got dark quickly, so I decided to head home.  Even then, you can see in this video of my walk to First Avenue that things are still not that unusual - there were strong gusts of wind, but more blowing rain than anything else.



But, by then it was already too late.  Sandy was sneaky and deceptive.  Flooding from the storm surge had already begun and the power would go out two hours later and last almost five days.  And, the nights in between each of those days were the darkest I've ever known.  I've concluded there is no darker place than the city without its lights.

Here we are looking west on 6th Street at Avenue A (that's the Cherry Tavern on the right):

Looking west on 6th St

This is First Avenue and 6th Street, which is normally illuminated by thousands of Christmas lights in the Indian restaurants (as seen at the end of the video above):

Looking SW on 1st Ave 

Gem Spa, which was actually open for business:

Looking SW on 2nd Ave

I thought St Mark's between 2nd and 3rd Avenues was the darkest block.  I couldn't see a damn thing along here and it was frightening to walk down this street. 

Looking SW on St Mark's Pl

A truly spooky Halloween night on 2nd Avenue at 7th Street:

Looking NW on 2nd Ave

All these photos were taken around 6pm, not long after sundown.

You can see more photos of the hurricane and aftermath here.

So, now we prepare for a nor'easter due to hit in two days.  People are still without electricity, heat and hot water.  It's encouraging to see New Yorkers pulling together and helping each other out, but the loss and devastation is still so heart-breaking.

Everyone out there, stay strong, warm, positive...and we will persevere.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Stay safe!

As we await the arrival of Hurricane Sandy, please stay safe and strong! See you on the other side...

Friday, October 26, 2012

Everybody panic!

There are reports of a Frankenstorm (Hurricane Sandy) headed this way to destroy us all this weekend.  Is it true, or just a bunch of hype?  Who knows, but better get over to Key Food on Avenue A and buy up all the pork and beans just in case.

As we await the end of the world, let's remember the last time this happened when Hurricane, er...Tropical Storm Irene blew into town.  As I recall, that was one of the best Saturday nights to be in the East Village, as it was blissfully quiet and devoid of the usual obnoxious weekend party people.

Here is some highly dramatic video of the storm pummelling First Avenue that night:



But, seriously folks, be careful out there.  New Yorkers have a history of being too blasé in the face of danger.

Case in point:

Halloween City

Batten down the hatches!

Monday, October 22, 2012

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

A little salt in the honey

To my Honey, I'll croon Love's Tune...we'll be cuddling soon.

Honey

Aww....

Wait a sec, what does that butterfly say?


















Oh.

Welcome to New York.