Monday, August 29, 2011


Although Hurricane Irene lost some of her punch just before hitting NYC, she still managed to cause significant damage which included at least 650 uprooted trees in NYC. About 7 of those were at Grand Street & FDR Drive, where one tree swallowed up and destroyed a bus stop shelter.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Monday, August 22, 2011

Water Taxi

The New York Water Taxi sailing down the Hudson River, between Manhattan and Jersey City. It seems like a fun way to see the sights.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Midtown Peek

Peek at the Empire State Building and the midtown skyline between two Lower East Side apartment towers

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Under the Willy-B

Underneath the Williamsburg Bridge, taken from the Manhattan Side of the East River.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Old Railroad Bridge

I recently came across what remains of this old railroad bridge in the Hudson River at Riverside Park near W. 69th Street. The bridge was formerly a transfer bridge on the New York Central Railroad, allowing rail cars to transfer onto barges to cross the river. This site was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2003.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

No. 1 Train

Southbound #1 subway train leaving the 125th Street & Broadway station in Harlem. The train comes up for air at this one station, then quickly heads back underground. According to the folks at NYC, "Broadway at this point is in a deep valley and the transit designers had a choice of a viaduct or deep tunnel with steep grades at either end. They chose a viaduct to allow the subway to remain relatively level."

Monday, August 15, 2011

Sunset & Moonrise

View from the East River Promenade (Lower East Side) around sunset on Friday. The hi-rise buildings across the river are Northside Piers and The Edge in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Old Pier

Abandoned pier near the Brooklyn Bridge, adjacent to the old Fulton Fish Market.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Civic Center Skyline

Civic Center buildings framed by Frank Gehry's 76-story apartment tower (left) and the seemingly windowless Verizon building (right). There are some windows in those black recessed strips running up and down the sides of the Verizon Building. The Gehry tower (8 Spruce Street, aka Beekman Tower) is now renting and is the tallest residential building in Manhattan - in fact, tallest in the western hemisphere.

Thursday, August 4, 2011


An eye-catchng building in Williamsburg - South, Brooklyn

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Gretsch Building

Another shot from the Williamsburg Bridge - Brooklyn Side. The graffiti on the nearby rooftop caught my eye. It's big and bold and I like it! But, There's another story here. The large building in the background looks a lot different than it did 20 years ago, when it was a rundown old former factory of the Gretsch Musical Instruments Company. Like other companies, Gretsch abandoned Williamsburg and moved elsewhere. But, Williamsburg has seen a renaissance recently with an influx of young, affluent residents. The Gretsch Building, which still has "Gretsch Building No. 4" painted at the top, has been converted to luxury apartments.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Subway Tracks

Two views of of subway tracks from above. First: way below ground at 168th Street, Washington Heights, Manhattan (where you need to use an elevator to get to the platform). Second: high above the East River on the Williamsburg Bridge, between Manhattan and Brooklyn [click photo to enlarge]

Monday, August 1, 2011

East River - Downtown Skyline

A view of the East River from Corlears Hook to the downtown Manhattan skyline. The green area in the foreground is the southern end of East River Park at Corlears Hook, where the river makes an almost 90 degree turn. The building that looks like it has a rabbit ears antenna on top (far right skyline) is One World Trade Center (aka Freedom Tower) under construction.
[click photo to enlarge]

Friday, July 29, 2011

Boardwalk Empire

Filming HBO's Boardwalk Empire near 511-513 Grand Street, Lower East Side

Friday, July 22, 2011

New York Bay

Ships anchored in New York Bay near the Verrazano Narrows Bridge which connects Staten Island with Brooklyn [click photo to enlarge]

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Neighborhood Garden

Garden at the Seward Park branch of the NY Public Library, Lower East Side, NYC

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

FDR Drive

Two views of the FDR Drive, which runs up the east side of Manhattan. First at Corlears Hook on the Lower East Side, where the road is at ground level and residents need to use pedestrian bridges to get to the waterfront. Next, at 81st Street on the Upper East Side where the road was built on two different levels (one for each direction) with a promenade on top.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Statue of Liberty

Sometimes, even us natives do touristy things!

Monday, July 18, 2011

Freedom Tower

Another look at Freedom Tower (aka One World Trade Center) being built at the site of the old WTC.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Court Square

Taken through a not-so-clean window from the new transfer point between the elevated station on the 7 Train and the underground station on the G/M/E Trains at Court Square in Long Island City, Queens.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Splotch 15

Splotch 15 - by Sol Lewitt ("Structures") - on display at City Hall Park, along with many of Lewitt's other works

Monday, July 11, 2011

African Burial Ground - National Monument

During construction of a new federal office building in the early 1990s, remains of over 400 African Americans were discovered, dating back to the 1600s-1700s. The remains were eventually reinterred at this site, close to where they were originally found. This is at Duane Street near Broadway, near City Hall

Friday, July 8, 2011


We had some heavy downpours yesterday afternoon.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Lower East Side Cityscape

I'm pretty sure I've posted a similar view before, but another year... another camera... different results with a hint of HDR applied. This is looking uptown at the eastern half of Manhattan - from Grand Street, Lower East Side.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Swatch Train

This subway train on the Lexington Avenue line is a giant Swatch ad on wheels, covered with colorful ads from end to end.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Two Bridges

Manhattan Bridge (left) and Brooklyn Bridge (right) converging as they approach Brooklyn

Thursday, June 30, 2011


Echo, by Spanish artist Jaume Plensa, towers above the sunbathers at Madison Square Park.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Caliente Cab

A couple of snaps from outside the Caliente Cab Company restaurant in Greenwich Village - love that Studebaker Taco Taxi parked outside!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

East River Frolick

Some dude managed to climb over the railing and down onto a small beach-like area of the East River in the shadow of the Brooklyn Bridge. Seeing someone splash around here is not an every day sight.

Monday, June 27, 2011

The Stonewall Inn

The Stonewall Inn on Christopher Street in Greenwich Village, all decked out for yesterday's annual Pride Parade. Stonewall is considered by many to be the birthplace of the gay rights movement in the USA. This year the parade took on special meaning with Friday's passage of a law legalizing same-sex marriage in New York.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Louise Nevelson Plaza

Louise Nevelson's sculptures are featured prominently on the plaza that bears her name. This is Maiden Lane & William Street, in the heart of the financial district. I shot this thru a store window while taking shelter from the rain.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Freedom Tower Rising

Looking west on Fulton Street towards the World Trade Center site where, 10 years after the terrorist attack, the new Freedom Tower is finally taking on some height!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Stuyvesant Cove

Small patch of moss-covered rock and sand extending out into the East River at Stuyvesant Cove around East 18th Street. The tall buildings on the other side of the river are in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Monday, June 20, 2011

LIC Apartments

Recent high-rise residential construction in Long Island City - taken from the Queensboro Plaza subway station.

Friday, June 17, 2011

School Crossing

Outside a Lower East Side public school near the intersection of East Broadway and Grand Street.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

City Harvest

City Harvest at work "rescuing food for New York's hungry"- pedaling past Union Square Park. Taken thru the window of a bus.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

FiDi Canyon

One of the narrow canyons of concrete & steel that wind through the financial district. This is William Street looking towards Wall Street.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Monday, June 13, 2011

Two Entrances

Two building entrances, only about 2 blocks apart. The first has seen better days - Hotel George Washington - saved from demolition by preservationists. The second looking mighty fine - Gramercy House - a beautiful art deco apartment building.