Photographer is fascinated with mirrors on other side of garage entrance. Wonder what he finds so interesting...is it the reflection?
Monday, May 31, 2010
Sunday, May 30, 2010
Outside Grand Central Terminal on the hot Memorial Day weekend, two tourists consult their maps and argue which is the best way to get somewhere...
In the concourse inside leading to the main hall of the terminal, other tourists are entranced by a Svarowski Crystal display themed around "Sex and the City 2" ( that paean to mindless materialism)...
Saturday, May 29, 2010
On a hot, muggy Memorial Day weekend, Murray Hill has aspects that take on a kind of bleak look...
Friday, May 28, 2010
Just two photos today-- first one of church courtyard that is hard to photograph ( never any light, for one thing) -- a lot of ornate buildings on East 29th Street.
Second is a rerun of photo of me and Sioux Oehler Mclane from high school...
Summerset Players production of "Li'l Abner"-- me as Senator Jack E. Phogbound and Sioux as "Stupefyin' Jones."
Thursday, May 27, 2010
Guess the New Church on East 35th Street has had a problem with people smoking in the garden...
It was funny, just after I took the picture of the No Smoking sign, man arrived to sweep up garden.
Nothing like a tidy garden...
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Scorching hot day for May--feels more like August--people flock to a street fruit vendor, paying about half of what they would pay at a Manhattan supermarket..( I only buy fruit from the street stands now)..
On 35th Street: Met Evelyn( who works in my building) and Sandra ( who lives here) -- Evelyn and me and Evelyn and Sandra pose in front of St. Vartan's park.
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Rather non-descript old apartment building is the real Stanford White one...( circa 1889)...at 35 East 30th Street, a co-op called the Nottingham .....office building looks like what people expect a S. White building to be.
In fairness, the 1889 building ( gee, what a lot of work must have gone into keeping that building functioning properly over all these years...one co-op on sale for $2 million in the building ( nothing that grand-- it's just that we are, after all in Manhattan)-- ad says electrical connections have all been updated. That's a relief.
Store window has Tiffany-like lamps and carpet samples...this photo makes me wish I had a polarizing filter for my camera or that the camera had a polarizing element built into it ( it is a Samsung, and they boast about their technology, so why not?).
Monday, May 24, 2010
A man fell to his death when his balcony collapsed under him at Co-op City lately, prompting the City to tell people not to go on their balconies until they have been checked for safety.
A lot of balconies, like these, look sort of shaky... these have been patched up as you can see.
The Clover Deli at 34th and Second is another one of those very old ( for this neighborhood) stores....
Saturday, May 22, 2010
Familiar smiling face on weekends belongs to Janette, hard working lady who has another job during the week...
Janette grew up the daughter of a career soldier and doesn't think the experience did her any harm.
She is a partisan of the Bronx and very proud of all the progress that has been made in turning the borough around...
Yes, here is Kool Blog restaurant which I was able to photograph during a gap in traffic...guess there is nothing that special about this place yet I like the name.
Friday, May 21, 2010
There are a lot of interesting shop signs on the local stretch of Third Avenue...
One I really wanted to get-- the "Kool Blog" restaurant-- is situated so that it is just about impossible to get an in-focus shot of the sign without getting run over by traffic on Third Avenue.
Love My Soup is self-explanatory..
The Bravest refers to the motto of the NYC Fire Department...so this is a " Firemen's Bar."
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
This man on sidewalk has just lost his balance crouching down trying to get just the "right shot" of the Empire State Building...
As I have noted, could get a shot like this every day if I just waited around long enough.
"Modern" Calder-inspired ( I guess) furniture in shop window on 34th Street...doesn't appeal to me, I could never get into it, so to speak.
Finally, an independent pharmacy of the kind whose numbers are dwindling rapidly as we get another CVS, Rite Aid, Walgreens and Duane Reade on every other corner.
Monday, May 17, 2010
Another grab bag of photos this time: First, building next to Empire State has interesting glass arches...wonder if were ever modified after it was built...
Second, photo of me and friend named Sioux Oehler McLane in a 1963, end -0f-high-school summer stock production of "L'il Abner"--we are Senator Phogbound and Stupefyin's Jones...the group was called Summerset Players and I ought to google it to see if it still exists...
Sunday, May 16, 2010
Banners in Midtown announce nycgo.com--which turns out to be a pretty interesting website on NYC places and activities-- oriented towards tourists but useful for locals as well.
Sunday finds this office building plaza empty....Monday afternoon, it will be chaos as the students stampede out of Norman Thomas High School, which is in the building.
Have a friend whose brother went there...wonder if he knows yet who Norman Thomas was ( or cares).
Saturday, May 15, 2010
Balmy spring evening brings people outside to enjoy the weather, sightsee and hang out..
First, my neighbors Craig and John sit over at St. Vartan Park boundary and hang out, probably discussing activities involving the Tenants' Association of our building....Craig is the Chair of it.
Know pedicabs are proliferating in Midtown but this is first time I have been able to get a shot of one...
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Another grab bag of Midtown snapshots:
Bald mannequins with sunglasses on Fifth Avenue,
Apartments that had not seen daylight in scores of years do again after building next door is set back from street, and Paddy Reilly's bar poster extols the merits of Guinness...
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
"Dig We Must" used to be Con Ed's catchphrase ( now they use the silly "On It!" with an upturned thumb....yeah, they are probably " on it" like BP is on the Gulf of Mexico crisis.
Always wondered where this "French Cleaners" cliche came from in NYC--notice this place has "French Nails" too-- yes, another Nail Salon!