Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Shadow Lurker

Taken in front of the 225 Broadway-Transportation Building near the Financial District in Lower Manhattan.  Obviously taken several months ago when winter attire was required.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Flats Fixed

Who can resist quirky storefronts?  I know I can’t!  Obviously, at the corner of Park and Franklin; this is an area in which three neighborhood of Brooklyn meet.  Those neighborhoods are Clinton Hill, Williamsburg, and Bedford Stuyvesant.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Stay Dry Tunnels, Stay Dry

Battery Park City is one of those Zone A locations that are looking at a mandatory evacuation in preparation of Hurricane Irene.  Given its location, the Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel stands a chance of being inundated with water as the storm progresses.  Lets hope the pumps don’t protest their working conditions.  As someone who uses the subway system as their primary means of transportation, I wish the same for those tunnels as well.

Indoor Parking, Precision Pricing


Because underselling the $8.25 guys works every time. For some reason, this parking garage reminds me of a parking garage in Indianapolis, Indiana. Taken near Brooklyn Heights.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

My ‘Pretty’ Street

I tend to be a rather private person so I avoid posting online those things that are of a personal nature. With that being said, I definitely do not post content indicating my place of residence, in case one of my ‘raving stalker fans’ may be lurking in the darkness ;) I post photograph of locations all over the city, but available time has been scarce as of late so in an attempt to deliver new content, I have taken to the Hannibal Lecter strategy of coveting what I see everyday…In this case, my own street.

Without disclosing exactly where, I will describe the vicinity. I reside in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Bedford-Stuyvesant. The section of the neighborhood that I live is in the far northwest corner where it borders Williamsburg (to the north) and Clinton Hill (the the west). I have seen realtors market property in this area as being in either neighborhoods to avoid the whole Bed Stuy [do or die] image. Regardless of the spin, I live in Bed Stuy. The neighborhood is in transition and my street is no different. My block consists of brownstone and tenement stock that have been rehabbed, the photo directly below was taken from my stoop.

Such is typical of a dense neighborhood, one block is completely different from the next. The next block contains old industrial properties that have been converted into lofts with a few areas that still contain light industry. The buildings are well utilized by graffiti artists.

The next block is mainly retail, this shot was taken on garbage collection day-eve; case closed on the ‘rats the size of cats’ mystery that are frequently seen at night. Its quite a surreal sight to be walking home at night to see rapid, mobile, masses inside closed garbage bags, or garbage cans that wobble as if they are in some kind of eccentric orbit with about five tails sticking out of the top.

Welcome to NYC retail after dark, opaque, graffitied, gates rule the landscape. From what I hear, there is an initiative to ban these things [citing safety and law enforcement concerns], but I’m not for sure.

Forget Ikea or some other urban home store, a real man needs only a few dozen of these to furnish his place…

Monday, August 22, 2011

Urban Country Club

Workshop theme country club?  Being that I have yet to attain the tax bracket status to join a county club, I have only preconceived notions of the archetypal ilk; operation of a band saw is definitely out of the question.  Luckily, this place isn’t a country club, but a bar, which, for better or worse, I have a much better fit.  Taken on Metropolitan Avenue in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Pre-Disney-esque 42nd Street

Its still around, it just got shoved over towards 8th Avenue and a few bells and whistles added.  Near the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Midtown-West.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Standardized


Along with Highline, which passes under in the shot, the Standard Hotel has become an icon for the Meat Packing District. I'm a big fan of the Highline, but I'm a little critical of the architecture of the hotel. While others may differ, in my opinion, it looks like a 1970's concrete government building with a little glass added for effect.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Drugs! Drugs! Drugs!

I’ve been so busy lately that I haven’t been able to do any new photography in quite a while, so here is a stock photo taken from early spring in Greenwich Village.  I’ve been fiending for a shot of something lately, with my camera that is.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Sunset Subway

Yes, Yes, I know, I post quite a bit of these subway shots.  The New York City subway system is my primary mode of transportation, and its facilities tend to be low hanging fruit.  With that being said, this is the entrance of the Jay Street-MetroTech (formerly Jay Street-Borough Hall) in downtown Brooklyn.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Stop at Sheepshead Bay


Yet another body of waster in the New York City area that carries a charming name. This stop is located on the Brighton Line that eventually terminates at Coney Island.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Maps and Shopping Bags

Attention!  Oversized maps and credit cards at the ready!  Let the tourism commence!  Taken near the corner of 43rd and 8th, between Times Square and the Port Authority Bus Terminal.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Alien Caviar and Chained Bikes

My street is not always pretty, but its always interesting.  The creator of this piece is a street artist that goes by Willow.  This shot was taken a few doors down from my own apartment in Brooklyn.

Monday, August 8, 2011

The Golden Nostrand

The title of this post sounds a little like some of that frat boy slang you would see somewhere on urbandictionary.com.  Innuendo building aside, this station is located at Fulton and (you guessed it) Nostrand Avenues in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn.  One distinctive feature of this station is that express platform is on the upper level while the local is on the lower; as far as I know, this is the only station in the system with this configuration.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Bored, Waiting to Board

Piss, bleach, garbage, unhinged bums, delayed J trains, and excessive heat…The Chambers Street Station near City Hall has a little bit of something for everyone on a late Saturday night.  Pay me no mind for I feel a little ornery on this night…