Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Enough of Ground Zero, let's hightail it back up to Chelsea. Hollywood has discovered the block that the gallery where I work is. Last week it was Law and Order : Criminal Intent, and I was hoping to see Vincent D'Onofrio, since I love him. But no such luck. This week it's Gossip Girls, and here are some of their trucks. I did get to say hello to Kelly Rutherford as she passed me on the gallery steps.
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Monday, September 28, 2009
St Paul's is the church that was famous after 9/11 for being open 24-7 for the recovery workers who risked their lives what became known as the pile. A lot of them slept in the pews, and left many trinkets and mementos behind that made up a moving display of their sad world.
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Since St Paul's was built in 1766 and predates the Revolution, some of these tombstones are almost 250 years old. Survived the burning of the city by the British, and in this century, also survived the burning collapse of the Trade Towers and being buried in that terrible rubble.
Saturday, September 26, 2009
Also across the street from Ground Zero on the northern corner is the graveyard at St. Paul's Episcopal Church (the church of Church Street) which was built in 1766. Very odd, in the middle of this incredibly busy urban bustle and construction zone, for there to be this little ancient, by New York terms, cemetery. A lot of old patriots were buried there.
Friday, September 25, 2009
A really big crane at Ground Zero, against a window backdrop. That building covered in blue netting is the Deutsche Bank nightmare. After 9/11, you probably noticed its blackened hulk covered in an enormous American flag. There was quite a bit of drama about whether to tear it down or renovate, and when they decided, years later, on demolition, they discovered it was full of toxic mold and yet more, how do they put it, human remains, so they are slowly taking it apart in Hazmat suits.
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Don't know what this is exactly, but it's near where the PATH station is, so perhaps it's that. As far as the real buildings go, there is such a colossal battle going on between Larry Silverstein who held the lease on the Twin Towers and the city, as well as the state and whoever else is in the thick of it, the buildings may never be replaced. Google it, and if you can figure it all out, you're a better man than I am, Gunga Din.
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Several Ground Zero site cranes in front of the three World Financial Center buildings. Sometimes it's hard to grasp the size of this place, I believe it was sixteen acres, and what was where. Even for me, and I was there all the time, before and after 9/11. This was shot on Church Street just across from the site, the WFC is between it and the river.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
I was down in the Ground Zero area yesterday and took a few pictures before my battery faded. If you remember those Palm Court and ceiling shots with the warped window reflections from a few weeks ago, they were taken in that glass dome at the bottom of this photo. The towers are part of the World Financial Center, which you'll see more of soon.
Monday, September 21, 2009
Pretty soon it will be doing this at 5PM again, in another month or so. Hate when it gets dark that early, not that I'm a big sit in the sun girl, don't like to fry, but it's a drag if it's dark when I leave work, I like to walk by the river when I go home. But that might be nice at night too.
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Saturday, September 19, 2009
This is one of the benches in the little park where I cross the West Side Highway at 23rd Street on my walks downtown. Nice to walk through but a haven for the homeless people who congregate there. They like to sleep on the benches because they aren't divided in half with armrests.
Friday, September 18, 2009
This is downtown between the Christopher and Houston Street piers, in the waterfront park there. Weeds and concrete, who knew they'd make such a pretty picture? Warm and sunny here in New York again, as it should be. Balances out all those sirens and kamakazi bike riders.
Thursday, September 17, 2009
I don't know what this is officially called, but it's basically a little cul de sac along the water front that bends into the seawall. In the upper right corner is the edge of a footbridge that continues in the straight line that the river's edge follows. Confusing, I know, but it is beautiful.
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
This is, in fact, a color image that I took a few weeks ago when the sun was so strong it just burnt all the pigment out of the shot. Don't know how, but it is what happened. Technology is not my forte, I'm more of the intuitive Pisces artistic type than anything else. Hope you like it.
Monday, September 14, 2009
One last photograph from the night of the almost full moon. Here's the Erie Lackawanna tower shot from downtown. A lot of sailboats still out. But not for long, soon they'll be docked inside the Houston Street pier boathouse for the winter season. And it will look like this at 5PM.
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Here's the almost full moon that was following me around a few nights ago, I couldn't decide which to post so I did both. Each shot has the spaceship lamp post. The bottom one has better focus but the top one one has the little bit of a cloud halo. And a star to the right. Oh and that sliver of an airplane as it slides below. Don't know which I like the best, so I guess I'll have to let you decide.
Saturday, September 12, 2009
Just another photograph of another gorgeous Hudson River sunset. If you look closely at that building with the slanted roof, the tip is blue, which changes constantly after dark. I thought I had shot it as fuschia, but by the time the shutter clicked, it did this. And then it went yellow.
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Ah, a Hudson River sunset, in honor of New York's 400th anniversary of discovery. Someone recently blogged about sunsets being corny and trite, I say to them, get over yourself. There is nothing more beautiful in NYC than its sunsets. As close to God, or the Cosmos, as we can get.
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Ducks, there are a number of them left, although the geese are gone. I'd thought I might not mention this, but I saw this article in the NY Post, it's bad for me to read that newspaper, you'd think I'd learn, about the geese. The article said the city had executed, the Post's choice of words, 800 of them! Just for being birds following their migration instincts. On this 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson discovering Manhattan, I have to say, geese were here first. Oh, and that I am really appalled.
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
There's that moon again, a few blocks further south, maybe 10 minutes later. Love it with the cluster of water towers and that wisp of pinkish cloud. I know the full moon in October is the Harvest Moon, anybody know what this month's was? Lazy girl, I guess I could just look it up.
Monday, September 7, 2009
The other night, when I was out taking pictures, the almost full moon followed me around. Here is the first of the shots I took of it, as I was walking downtown. Full in Pisces, which is my sun sign, weird things always happen to me this time of year. Hoping for good ones in 2009.
Sunday, September 6, 2009
Downtown, first of the new images I mentioned last night. Beyond the first pier at Christopher, is my Houston Street pier with the lights and paddle boats. Beyond that is the skyline expanse that includes Battery Park, the Woolworth Building, and the open space over Ground Zero.
Saturday, September 5, 2009
Okay! Pop quiz, for you who have been paying attention. Why yes that is Pier 54 behind the ruined posts and the Erie-Lackawanna tower in the background. I took a bunch pictures tonight that need editing, but they'll be worth the wait. Perhaps I'll start unveiling them tomorrow.
Friday, September 4, 2009
Came across this photo that I took a few years ago from a window in a gallery on the other side of the block from where I work now. It's hard to recognize this because the building on the left hand corner, between the parking garage and the lit up playground, is an enormous highrise that's almost completely finished now. Things change so quickly here.
Thursday, September 3, 2009
So back to Chelsea, I'm sure I'll be going on about Ground Zero again when we get closer to September 11th. There's that High Line, but this section is still under renovation. They were spraying waterproof on the part of it on the block where I work today, what a horrible smell!
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Back to where we started, at the Palm Court atrium. Out beyond those windows and the courtyard is the Hudson River. Really beautiful here, certainly worth the trip if you are in the neighborhood. So many of the tourists go to Ground Zero and just look at the construction, there's so much more to see down there, the Battery, and this place, for instance.
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Help! I can't stop posting shots of the World Financial Center ceiling! Okay, this will be the last one, but hopefully you will understand how interesting these buildings are. I also want to try to stay light as we approach the next anniversary of 9/11. I know it was eight years ago, but sometimes it feels like it was just yesterday. Or last year, maybe.