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.