Oct 25, 2009

New York Botanical Garden: Autumn

New York Botanical Garden, reflecting pool
reflecting pool  at the New York Botanical Garden
New York Botanical Garden, Japanese kiku, chrysanthemums
Japanese kiku (chrysanthemums) 
New York Botanical Garden, children playing
children playing in Halloween costumes 
New York Botanical Garden, waterfall on the Bronx River
waterfall on the Bronx River within the New York Botanical Garden
Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, New York Botanical Garden
Enid A. Haupt Conservatory at the New York Botanical Garden
New York Botanical Garden, Japanese kiku, chrysanthemums
Japanese kiku (chrysanthemums)
Located in the borough of the Bronx, the gardens encompass several hundred acres, including about 50 acres of native forest traversed by the Bronx River. And it's only 20 minutes from Grand Central Terminal on Metro North! The seasonal flower display in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory this autumn is all about Japanese Kiku [chrysanthemums].

Jul 10, 2009

Summer in the City

Gramercy Park, New York
Gramercy Park dressed in green
Union Square Greenmarket, peaches
Union Square Greenmarket, cherries
Union Square Greenmarket, tomatoes
Gramercy Park, and the Union Square Greenmarket - one is a cool, green oasis (and a very private park), while the other is bursting with the colors of summer's fruit and vegetable bounty, available to everyone in this most public of spaces.

Jun 23, 2009

Around Midtown (Manhattan)

midtown Manhattan, reflections on tall buildings blue sky white clouds
sky reflected in skyscraper's windows
Chrysler Building, reflection
"twinned" Chrysler Building
Chrysler Building, fog
Chrysler Building in the fog
store window display
a favorite window display
Chrysler Building, Lexington Avenue, twilight
twilight on Lexington Avenue, looking north towards the Chrysler Building

Reflections. They are everywhere, but you have to look, stop, take a few steps forward, backward, until you see just which image you wish to capture in that reflection. Twin Chryslers: I'd like to think that I found an exclusive spot [and I'll never tell where it's located], but who knows? Maybe others have found it, too. Take a close look at the window display: J.Crew on Madison Avenue. Very clever - a series of prints of sky/sea/sand are casually displayed; looks really good.

Jun 16, 2009

High Line - section 1 opens

High Line, west side of Manhattan
the High Line is straddled by the Standard Hotel
High Line, west side of Manhattan
old railroad tracks and wildflowers
High Line, west side of Manhattan
part of the High Line has a "viewing" section over Tenth Avenue
High Line, west side of Manhattan, Hudson River
view of the Hudson River from the High Line
IAC building, view from the High Line
IAC building, viewed from the High Line
High Line, flowers
flowers on the High Line
High Line, benches, trees
trees and benches on the High Line
High Line
expansive views on the High Line
The first section of the High Line - from Gansevoort Street to West 20th Street - opened to the public on June 9, 2009. It was an instant success, and became a "must see" part of any New York visit.

May 12, 2009

Chinatown - Street Life

Chinatown, lower Manhattan, street
daily life
Chinatown, lower Manhattan, pagoda visitor's booth
pagoda with dragon visitor's booth
Chinatown, lower Manhattan, shopping
colorful shoppers
Chinatown, lower Manhattan, fish market
fresh fish
Chinatown, lower Manhattan, view of Chrysler building
view of the Chrysler building from Chinatown
Chinatown, lower Manhattan, street life
busy streets
Chinatown, lower Manhattan, colorful store signs
colorful store signs
Everyone's heard of Canal Street, and probably Mott Street. But to really explore Chinatown be certain to wander up and down Baxter, Mulberry, and Elizabeth, and criss-cross Bayard, Pell, Doyers, and Mosco. The latter is a short street between Mott and Mulberry Street that leads to Columbus Park (named after Christopher C. in 1911). This park's site was part of the infamous Five Points area, overrun with gangs and disease during the 19th century.

May 10, 2009

Chinatown - Signs

Chinatown, lower Manhattan, store signs
there are some words in English - tea, special, fish ball, steamed pork bun
Chinatown, lower Manhattan, produce for sale
colorful produce
Chinatown, lower Manhattan, Verizon sign
the Verizon guy in Chinatown
Chinatown, lower Manhattan, foot rub sign
this sign is very clear
Chinatown, lower Manhattan, billboards
Buddhist temple topped with resort "pleasure" billboard
Chinatown, lower Manhattan, back rub storefront
back rub storefront
Chinatown, lower Manhattan, Chinese pharmacy
Chinese pharmacy
   Just look around - any questions as to where you are? The signage all around you spells Chinatown, loudly and clearly. I especially like the Verizon guy. Take a close look at the photograph sandwiched between the two foot rub photos: at ground level is a Buddhist temple, topped by a large billboard proclaiming "worlds of pleasure" at Atlantic City resorts.

May 3, 2009

New York Botanical Garden: in the Bronx, on a rainy day

New York Botanical Garden, Bronx NY
path to a wet bench
New York Botanical Garden, Bronx NY, trees
meeting of the trees
New York Botanical Garden, Bronx NY, white flowers, rain
lovely wet flowers
New York Botanical Garden, Bronx NY, green lawn
expansive green lawn
Go out and take photographs on a wet day! Look at the wonderful greens, which would be washed out on a sunny day. The New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx was a serene, gentle place for a small group of photographers - led by Margo Moss of the New School - to explore.

Apr 19, 2009

Brooklyn Bridge Park: B.C.- before carousel

Brooklyn Bridge, East River
Brooklyn Bridge, and railing along the East River 
Brooklyn Bridge Park, springtime red-breasted Robins
Springtime red-breasted Robins on the lawn
Brooklyn Bridge Park, willow tree
willow tree at Brooklyn Bridge Park (Manhattan Bridge in the distance)
Brooklyn Bridge
Brooklyn Bridge
Brooklyn Bridge Park, willow tree
Brooklyn Bridge Park, willow tree, and empty Tobacco Warehouse (built in the 1870s)

A gray Spring day makes the greenery "pop", and softens the swooping metal of the bridge and railing. I've had to return to this post to add: note the expanse of green grass, and the long hanging branches of a very large willow tree. And notice what is missing from the bridge photo's upper right area - no Freedom Tower, no Gehry building yet visible. Now, there is more pavement and a (lovely) carousel in the park, less grass, and no willow tree.

Mar 17, 2009

New York transportation

New York City, red Smart car
Smart red
New York City, blue Smart car
Smart blue
New York City, yellow Smart car
Smart yellow
New York City, burgundy motorcycle
burgundy and chrome (motorcycle)
New York City, powder blue scooter, red jeep
powder blue scooter, red jeep
Sure, New Yorkers walk a lot, and take subways and buses - but lately there are increasing numbers of Smart Cars spotted around town, the perfect urban 4-wheeled vehicles. And always there are scooters and 'cycles everywhere.