Manhattan Monday 45 – Library Forecourt

Main entrance, NYC main library.

Main entrance, NYC main library.

 

New York Public Library outdoor reading area.

New York Public Library outdoor reading area.

New York Public Library sitting area.

New York Public Library sitting area.

More about the Stephen A Swartzman building can be found here.

Earlier blog posts about the library can be found here and in the posts just before and after.

Manhattan Monday 24 – Chinatown 3

Random shots taken in Chinatown in September, 2014.

New York City, new camera, Shopping

New York City, new camera, Shopping

New York City, new camera, Photo bombed

New York City, new camera, Photo bombed

New York City, new camera, souvenirs

New York City, New camera, Souvenirs

Sometimes the photographer ends up in the shot…

New York City, new camera, door reflections

New York City, New camera, Door Reflections

Manhattan Monday 22 – Chinatown

New York City new camera

New York City new camera

In September 2014 we walked from Pier 11, under the Brooklyn Bridge, through Chinatown, Little Italy, Nolita,  NYU, and Washington Square Park before succumbing to exhaustion and finding the nearest subway station to take us to the Port Authority Bus Terminal and back to Shawnee on Delaware, Pennsylvania.

New York City new camera

New York City new camera

I loved the outside fire escapes and the bright colours, the Chinese characters and the street life, of which, more to come in future posts.

New York City new camera

New York City new camera

Photos taken with Sony R100III, the second day I owned it.

Manhattan Monday 9

New York City - Empire State Building peeking through

New York City – Empire State Building peeking through

Not all the urban photos from the top of the bus looked better in black and white!  There are about nine shades of orange in the bricks in this picture and four shades of blue to the concrete of the taller buildings around them.

Crossing Henry Street, with the elevated Manhattan Bridge access ramp on the left.

Crossing Henry Street, with the elevated Manhattan Bridge access ramp on the left.

Henry Street, on the lower east side, is part of one of the many Chinese neighbourhoods in Manhattan.  There is no longer just one Chinatown.

Photos taken, as the two previous Manhattan Monday posts, from the top of a double decker bus.

Hong Kong Central and Mid-Level

What would they do with snow?

What would they do with snow?

The central and mid-level escalators were constructed 20 years ago to allow people to commute up and down Hong Kong’s steep hills. There will be more pictures taken from on and around the escalator route in my next three Hong Kong posts.

We decided that riding the escalators would be a good way to see some of the city, but only rode them up. Finding our way down was a little more problematic and less photogenic:

 

Overhead view of the tight fit around construction zones.

Overhead view of the tight fit around construction zones.

The not-so-pretty walk back down the mountain.

The not-so-pretty walk back down the mountain .

Shortly after this underpass we found the Hong Kong Zoo and Botanic Garden, but between the low light and my urban fatigue, I didn’t take any photos!

The not-so-pretty walk back down the mountain, with partner ready-to-pose.

The not-so-pretty walk back down the mountain with partner ready-to-pose.

In a sea of modern high rises, it is the smaller, more architecturally interesting buildings that stand out.

The skyline from mid-level Hong Kong.

The skyline from mid-level Hong Kong.

Amid all the modern high rises, the Christian churches stood out.

Amid all the modern high rises, the Christian churches stood out.

Amid all the modern high rises, the Christian churches stood out.

Amid all the modern high rises, the Christian churches stood out.

Next posts: Street photography and art in mid-level Hong Kong.

Hong Kong by Night

After the harbour light show we walked back to the Metro (called, in English, MTR.)

What are you preparing for?

What are you preparing for?

Large lighted sculpture of cartoon characters. You can see how big they are by the size of the people walking around the edges  of the platform.

Large lighted sculpture of cartoon characters. You can see how big they are by the size of the people walking around the edges of the platform.

We had to walk up a major shopping street to get to the Metro…

A luxury shopping neighbourhood.

A luxury shopping neighbourhood.

In tropical and sub-tropical countries, orchids abound. But to a northerner, seeing them in flower boxes or growing wild, it seems very exotic.

Urban flower pots in a hot climate.

Urban flower pots in a hot climate.

This photo was taken before the light show as we walked back down from Victoria Peak (previous post) to get the Star Ferry (previous post) back to Kowloon.

In many cities I find the surname of my kids, and think they may appreciate a photo.

In many cities I find the surname of my kids, and think they may appreciate a photo.

Monochrome Macau

Here’s a selection of photos from Macau which, I thought, looked better in monochrome.  The better to show off the smog in the first two photos.

 

In the waters around Macau

In the waters around Macau

Another view from Mont Forte

Another view from Monte Fort

On Fort Monte with a view of Grand Lisboa Casino and Hotel in the northern half of Macau,

On Monte Fort with a view of the Grand Lisboa Casino and Hotel in the northern half of Macau.

 

The facade of St. Paul's with those lovely striped stairs resulting from the Black and White conversion.

The facade of St. Paul’s with those lovely striped stairs resulting from the Black and White conversion.

Senado square.

Senado square.

My partner and I decided to forego the temptation of the casinos in Taipa, and the swimming pool at the hotel, and walk into the commercial centre of Taipa. At the pharmacy below we finally found aspirin, which we had been unable to figure out how to buy since Shanghai! It wasn’t quite dark, but it was smoggy and the buildings were tall so the lights are already on. The boys??? Well, make up your own mind.

In the 'city' of Taipa in the northern half of the island which makes up the bottom half of Macau.

In the ‘city’ of Taipa in the northern half of the island which makes up the bottom half of Macau.

Macau – Street Scenes

Below St. Paul's facade

Below St. Paul’s facade

The photo above gives some idea of the tourist traffic in and around St. Paul’s facade.

The following two photos are of the narrow street leading from the remaining facade of St. Paul’s to Senado Square.

On the tourist route between St. Paul's and Senado square.

On the tourist route between St. Paul’s and Senado square.

On the tourist route between St. Paul's and Sedano square.

On the tourist route between St. Paul’s and Sedano square.

The layout of the tiles in Senado Square, in the middle of the touristy area of Macau, gave a tromp d’oeil feeling of an uneven plaza.  The ground is perfectly level but even the pictures are deceiving.  I don’t know if the phone holder is taking a ‘selfie’ or a shot of the plaza.

Senado Square

Senado Square

Senado Square

Senado Square

 

This next “street photo” was taken in Zhuhai near the Fisher Girl, similar to a photo from a couple of posts ago, except that a beggar has been added to the scene.  We did see beggars at some tourist sites, but not very many.

 

Zhuahai

Zhuahai

The following photo is an orphan, not having any relatives in any other post.  We thought the red jacket might have belonged to Mao (?)

In Coloane between our hotel and Taipa. This building may have been part of the "City of Dreams" but there didn't seem to be much life around it.

In Coloane between our hotel and Taipa. This building may have been part of the “City of Dreams” but there didn’t seem to be much life around it.

And finally, a shot of an ad for a CANADIAN English language school. It was a bit of a surprise to me to learn recently that in Prince Edward Island, Canada, where I live, the most-spoken language after English and French is Chinese. After thinking about it for a while, I’m not really surprised at all!

In the 'city' of Taipa in the northern half of the island which makes up the bottom half of Macau.

In the ‘city’ of Taipa in the northern half of the island which makes up the bottom half of Macau.

Riverside Zhongshan

Nothing on the agenda. How nice just to wander.

Zhongshan 2013

Our hotel in Zhongshan was near a pedestrian bridge over the river – which we crossed. We found a trade fair (no photos) and a clean peaceful neighbourhood. One wonders where all the people were.

Zhongshan 2013

Zhongshan 2013

The building design was modern but ordinary.

Zhongshan 2013

A working man and his boat

Zhongshan 2013

Next Chinese post: Street photography – aaah there are some of the people.