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North America » United States » New York » New York » Manhattan April 17th 2022

I was up early again and headed out to another spot I like in Brooklyn for some more pictures back towards Lower Manhattan, where there are the remains of an old wooden pier in the foreground. It is obviously a popular spot as there were some other photographers there with me. I headed back to the hotel and, unlike after the earlier visit to Brooklyn, the trains were still quiet. It is Easter Sunday and it seems to be the one day (that I know of at least - I've not been here for Thanksgiving or Christmas) that "the city that never sleeps" partially sleeps. The Easter Sunday highlight is the Easter Bonnet Parade from St Patrick's Cathedral. We were not completely sure to expect as parade to us is a line of themed floats moving ... read more
Easter Dog
Marching Band
Lower Manhattan

North America » United States » New York » New York » Manhattan April 16th 2022

I was, again, awake extremely early, but I couldn't face heading anywhere too far away, so I just popped out to the nearby Times Square for some early morning photographs . It's surprisingly difficult to get decent pictures of, given how bright the screens are. I gave it up as a bad job once I had been asked for money once too many times. Given the time in the morning, it was surprisingly busy. My daughter is a Starbucks fan so we went there for coffees and then (sadly) to McDonalds for some breakfast. The lady supervising the seating area was not impressed when we tried to get past with our Starbucks coffees. We then walked along Park Lane to look around some shops, including a browse in Tiffany's (I was justifiably concerned) and the very ... read more
Apple Store
Tiffany & Co.
Turtles

North America » United States » New York » New York » Manhattan April 15th 2022

Despite being exhausted from our late arrival, I was awake very, very early, due to still being five hours ahead on UK time. Furthermore, we like to sleep with the window open for some fresh air, which was a mistake due to New Yorkers' obsession with using their car horns - even in the early hours of the morning. I decided to get up and head to a place in Brooklyn called Dumbo, which is an area between the Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridges. The name is apparently short for "Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass". It is one of my favourite photography locations for early morning (or evening) pictures of the Brooklyn Bridge and the skyline of Lower Manhattan. Whilst inhibited by the lack of sleep, I needed to get my head around the complicated train ... read more
New York Subway
Welcome to Brooklyn
Brooklyn Bridge

North America » United States » New York » New York » Queens August 30th 2021

Though I wrote this email many years ago, I still get excited about the two weeks of the US Tennis Open in Flushing Meadow, NY. This year will allow fans, and the crazy roar of the fans during long rallies. And I will root again for Naomi Osaka. But if you are a tennis fan, you will someday want to make your way to NY in the late summer for this tournament. Just picture George Costanza eating an ice cream on camera, the laughing stock of New York. Who remembers that scene on Seinfeld? Or Jerry wanting to date the deaf lineswoman? My guess, if you are a player who depends on the crowd to pump you up, this year's tournament will be a refreshening return to normal. And I must tell you, walking the grounds ... read more
Four time Grand Slam winner
Visit Carnegie Hall when in NYC

North America » United States » New York » New York » Manhattan July 30th 2021

Check out my prior blog entryfor more information my decision to resume limited and cautious travel, and why we chose New York. We planned to spend only 2.5 days at our destination because we weren't comfortable leaving our elderly cat alone for too long. Looking at hotel prices, I found a surprisingly reasonable rate at the Holiday Inn near Wall Street. The hotels that cater to business travelers must really be hurting with business travel not trending upwards anytime soon. Since we were staying in Lower Manhattan, we decided to focus our activities in that area. For the entirety of our trip, we never ventured north of 31st St except in transit to and from LaGuardia Airport. My first pandemic flight was a little nerve wracking. We flew via Charlotte both ways, and we paid a ... read more
Chinatown
Chinatown
Rooftop Bar

North America » United States » New York » New York » Manhattan July 28th 2021

La regla general es que, después de 10 años en la ciudad, se le considera oficialmente neoyorquino. Personalmente, me consideraba a mí mismo de una manera antes de ese período de tiempo (y todavía lo hago a pesar de que ya no vivo allí). Sé que puede parecer una tontería, pero cuando me mudé al distrito financiero de Nueva York, la ciudad y yo tuvimos un vínculo instantáneo. Hay mucho que amar en Nueva York, sin contar las ratas, los olores y el costo. Pero, sinceramente, ¡todo lo demás es fantástico! Pasé nueve de mis 11 años en la ciudad que nunca duerme viviendo en el Distrito Financiero, o Fidi, como se llama estos días. Yo era un residente de este vecindario cuando no muchos querían serlo. Avance rápido nueve años, ahora es una de las ... read more
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North America » United States » New York » New York » Bronx July 3rd 2020

Nothing stops the annual hot dog eating contest sponsored by Nathan's. Pandemic or not, starving children in Africa, nothing stops this annual event. Would you believe I was talking to my dentist about this? He loves this event! The annual eating of so many frankfurters with competitors url=https://ftw.usatoday.com/2017/07/nathans-hot-dog-eating-contest-2017-4th-of-july-coney-island-how-eaters-train-prepare-crazy-legs-conti-interviewwho actually train ahead of the event held in New York’s Coney Island will go on during Independence Day despite the fact that the coronavirus pandemic is still happening. Joey Chestnut will defend his title on the men’s side after winning four straight titles (he was upset by ... read more
Kobayashi, 6 time winner
Female champ, Miki Sudo

North America » United States » New York » New York » Bronx July 2nd 2020

This blog was supposed to be about our 3-week trip to Ireland and Scotland that we had planned for May/June. That of course was rescheduled due to Covid-19 and the severe travel restrictions. It is tentatively set for October/November of this year, but if the 14-day quarantines are still in affect in Ireland and Scotland, that is likely to get rescheduled yet again. We do have a Plan B and Plan C for out October trip, but Plan B (Southern Driving Tour) has already been scrapped because of Covid. Plan C Autumn in New England, is in the planning stages, but again unless states lift the 14-day quarantine, that is likely to not happen. That brings us to this 4th of July weekend trip. We are in the middle of phase 2 and 3 reopening’s, but ... read more
Tarragon
The General Store

North America » United States » New York » New York » Manhattan April 17th 2020

For those of you who must travel right now, it must be a daunting experience. Fortunately, planes are not full, airports nearly empty, and most of the people you encounter are wearing a mask. I could foresee problems with rental cars, luggage carts, airline armrests, and sick travel related staff and other travelers. How many times have you traveled with somebody coughing and sneezing on the entire length of the flight? And your rental car could be a incubator for the virus, and myriad other things. So, what can you do, besides cancel or postpone your trip? First, I would wear a MASK!!!! Second, change your clothes often. I am guilty of wearing a light jacket several times before washing. Thank goodness for warmer weather. Third, some eyewear is also recommended. This could be reading glasses, ... read more
Dangerous rental car
Poop aid

North America » United States » New York » New York » Manhattan February 16th 2020

Our trip to NYC in February was a quick long weekend and we were on the move the entire time. I am pretty sure we had walked 40 miles or more of the city that weekend. There is just so much to see! Sunday morning we wanted to go south so we took the subway at Penn Station down to lower Manhattan, coming out of the Franklin Street Station in the Tribeca neighborhood. From there we walked south. We walked through Tribeca to Battery Park City, and spent time just taking in the 9/11 Memorial. I feel as if a part of me stayed there. I feel the fragility of our world and I know it makes me more aware of the surroundings of the world we live in today. Freedom isn't free. We must always ... read more
Tribeca
Tribeca
Tribeca




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