Saturday, September 6, 2014

Trump Plaza - Atlantic City Beach

What's happening in Atlantic City is sad to watch. In the early 1900s this was a popular family-friendly summer resort for people along the NE corridor. By the mid-1900s those summer vacationers found other places to go and Atlantic City was dying a slow death. In the 1970s Atlantic City reincarnated itself by converting the oceanfront resorts to casinos, extending its life for a while. But now the casinos are dying, unable to compete with new casinos that are popping up elsewhere in the NY/NJ/PA/CT area, that are closer and easier to get to.

Three Atlantic City casinos closed already this year - The Atlantic Club closed in January. The Showboat and the 2-year old Revel both closed a few days ago, right after the Labor Day weekend.

The hotel/casino at the far right of this photo, Trump Plaza, is closing later this month. I had the opportunity to spend a couple of long weekends at Trump Plaza over the past 2 years, including the July 4th weekend this year. On the news yesterday there was a report that the Trump Taj Mahal casino has notified state authorities that it may also close soon. It's estimated that somewhere between 7,000 - 8,000 permanent jobs will have been lost in Atlantic City this year.

Atlantic City, NJ
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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

East River Seaplane

A seaplane in the East River between Manhattan and Queens. 
2014-Aug-24.  Stuyvesant Cove, Manhattan.
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Monday, September 1, 2014

Catching Up... Snow - Snow - Snow

I know it's crazy to be posting photos of snow and ice in September - but I've got some catching up to do, starting with photos of some of the 57.4" of snow that NYC got this past winter. I think this was the 5th highest snow total for NYC over the past 145 years!

Snow - Branches - Ginkgo  
Lower East Side, Manhattan.  2014-Feb-3
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Ice - Branches - Ginkgo
Lower East Side, Manhattan. 2014-Feb-4
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Snowy Branches
Lower East Side, Manhattan. 2014-Feb-3
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 Samuel Dickstein Place
Lower East Side, Manhattan.  2014-Feb-4
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 Togo - at Seward Park
Togo seems right at home in the snow at Seward Park. The real Togo was was a sled dog who led a team pulling medication across snowy Alaska to fight a diphtheria outbreak in the early 1900s. The sculpture was designed by Shelly Smith Curtiss.
Lower East Side, Manhattan. 2014-Feb-8
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