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 40 – Historic Seaport

The South Street Seaport  (and here for Wikipedia) is a going concern in Manhattan where Fulton Street meets the East River.  It  includes Pier 17 and buildings around and landward of it. It appears from the website link that it will look very different by 2017.  I must visit again!

South Street Seaport Museum

South Street Seaport Museum

In 2014 there was a museum, some nautical craftwork and a ship, the name of which I did not note. We tend to be walking tourists rather than gawking tourists so we didn’t go into the museum.

South Street Seaport Museum buildings

South Street Seaport Museum buildings

The sign reads: "WORK IN PROGRESS - Figurehead for the ...." and the rest seems to have been rubbed out!

The sign reads: “WORK IN PROGRESS – Figurehead for the ….” and the rest seems to have been rubbed out!

A ship in need of a figurehead?

A ship in need of a figurehead?

On the riverside itself, near the ferry terminal, was this service, positively reinforcing the idea of carrying your own water bottle.

East River water station.

East River water station.

Manhattan Monday 39 – Sneakers

A graphic artist and sign painter at work.

A graphic artist and sign painter at work in Bucketfeet, NYC, 2014.

How about some retail therapy?

A huge selection of colours and looks.

A huge selection of colours and looks.

We ran across an interesting sneaker store called BucketFeet  – with wearable art at reasonable prices – in Manhattan in the fall of 2014.  This specific store does not appear on their website today, so I guess it didn’t last long in Soho.

A bit of background.

A bit of background.

Interesting designs and artist biographies on the walls.

Interesting designs and artist biographies on the walls.

 

Another blogger – My OBT (One Beautiful Thing) posted about this retail trend about a year ago.

Manhattan Monday 33 – Not a bridge

There are other bridges to Manhattan Island including the George Washington bridge over the Hudson River at the northern end of Manhattan.  I wasn’t near enough to get any photos of it.

The other way to cross the Hudson, as I’ve done sitting in a Martz Trailways bus from Delaware Water Gap, is through the Lincoln Tunnel. Well, gee, how do you get a photo of a tunnel? You don’t. But you can get a picture of the concept of a tunnel – one that carries huge amounts of traffic every day, and has a reputation.

 

Waiting to get into the Lincoln Tunnel.

Waiting to get into the Lincoln Tunnel.

You can see the reflection of the bus windows across the sign – but the windows were amazingly clean!

I hope your internet is faster than the Lincoln Tunnel. Mine is not; that’s why I appreciate the sign so much. We don’t have Verizon in Canada.

Manhattan Monday 20 – Celebrity?

I couldn’t resist trying to photograph this scrum of reporters and cameras (and handlers?) around…whoever this is. If anyone knows, please tell me in the comments below.

New York City - Who is this man and why were they interviewing him, on 53rd Street, between 9th and 8th Avenues, on June 10, 2015?

Who is this man and why were they interviewing him, on 53rd Street, between 9th and 8th Avenues, on June 10, 2015?

I took this photo for my second oldest grand daughter Annabelle – but she is too young to be reading WordPress.

New York City - Annabel is on 9th between 53rd and 54th.

New York City – Annabel is on 9th between 53rd and 54th.

PEI Burger Love

For the fifth year, restaurants in this province are participating in a burger promotion for the entire month of April. Sixty of them. Sixty restaurants serving sixty different over-the-top burgers. You’d have to have two per day to try them all.

It’s a good promotion, meant to support beef farmers and provide customers to eateries at a time when business is slow. (Some restaurants survive only because of the tourist trade which lasts from June to October.) Even some chains, like Pizza Delight and Smitty’s have added a burger to their standard fare, but the hamburger chains don’t participate.  Some places that never serve burgers, have one for Burger Love.

Many Islanders make a real effort to eat as many of them as they can.  You can go to the PEI Burger Love web site and rate the ones you’ve tried.  The winning burger and restaurant get a lot of extra publicity out of it.

 

Phinley's Diner 2015

Last year I had four. This year I had my first on April 1 (no fools’ joke) at Phinley’s Diner, the restaurant that won in 2013. Meh. 3/10. Cold bun, overwhelming sauce, boring beef.  Saving 2 and 1 for a terrible one. Don’t think they have a 0/10.

Sucker punch in the flesh.

Sucker punch in the flesh.

The burger is called Sucker Punch (compare promo poster with the real thing), and you get your dessert with the burger, the gum-filled sucker which has been shoved in the top to hold the burger together. Extras on toothpicks are a standard item on a burger love burger.

Can anyone tell me what language is on this sucker wrapper?

Can anyone tell me what language is on this sucker wrapper?

Yesterday at lunch at Cedar’s Eatery I split their Shawarma Burger and a side of Fattouch salad with my partner. More like an 8/10, it included shawarma spice-infused beef AND chicken shawarma with pickled turnip on the toothpick.  Sorry no photos.

There are favourites emerging on Facebook already!  Like this one from Piatto Pizzeria and Enotica: 7oz. Island Beef Infused with Soppressata Salami and House Seasoning, Bacon Onion Jam, Maple Goat Cheese, Jalapeno Roasted Garlic Aioli, Smoked Caciocavallo Cheese, Baby Arugula, and Hot Banana Peppers on a Ciabatta Bun seasoned with olive oil, garlic, oregano, salt and Grana Padano, and garnished with a Soppressata Salami Wrapped Pepperoncini Pepper.  Is your mouth watering yet?

I’ll probably post one or two more burger love updates during April….

PS Photos taken with my iPad and edited a bit in Lightroom.

My neighbourhood in B&W

Winter on the farm.

Winter on the farm.

“Mon pays, ce n’est pas un pays, c’est l’hiver”
Gilles Vigneault

Now that I have a more portable camera, I often take it when going for a walk in the neighbourhood. There are farm fields around us and farms nearby.  The Seal River is the pure white swath in the photo below.

Farm fields in snow.

Farm fields in snow.

The margins of the rivers provide shadows and angles, water and ice, reflections and dried grass.

A rising tide floats all ice.

A rising tide floats all ice.

And geese. A photographic challenge every year. There are about 3000 of them in the river overnight each night.

Catch them landing with the setting sun making their bellies glow? Not this day. But I’ll keep trying. The day these were taken most of then came back when it was almost dark. These were the early arrivals.

Stealth fighters coast in to land.

Stealth fighters coast in to land.

Can you find the one walking on water?

Landings reflected in the Vernon River.

Landings reflected in the Vernon River.

More walking on Water.

More walking on Water.

Keep watching for more geese. I got carried away last weekend.

Point Prim Lighthouse

Point Prim lighthouse glass.Another reflection/refraction of Orwell Bay and the Northumberland Strait.

Point Prim lighthouse glass.
Another reflection/refraction of Orwell Bay and the Northumberland Strait.

The view from the top.

The view from the top.

As fall finally settles into my bones on PEI, and since I offered a teaser about Point Prim Lighthouse in my last post, here are some more reminders of summer on Prince Edward Island.

Restaurants come and go at the end of the Point Prim road; this one has lasted for two years: The Chowder House.

 

Chowder House

Chowder House

You may have seen barns or sheds, particularly in North America, with one side covered with old license plates. I much prefer this colourful recycling of plates.

Imaginative signage!

Imaginative signage!

Inside, you are spoiled for choice. You can find PEI oysters and mussels all over North America.

PEI Oysters.

PEI Oysters.

Yummy bar clams.

Yummy bar clams.

View from the deck.

View from the deck.

Next post: back to Quebec City.

 

 

Hong Kong Street Photography #2

Little Italy? in Hong Kong?

Little Italy? in Hong Kong?

These are photos of streets with people as the decoration, rather than the type of street photography which focuses on people with their urban environment as setting. Nonetheless the presence of people in the photos is what makes them interesting.

The lads in the bucket were acting up when we went by,  but this photo doesn't capture it!

The lads in the bucket were acting up when we went by, but this photo doesn’t capture it!

On the street where we looked for lunch, half way up the escalators.

On the street where we looked for lunch, half way up the escalators.

Below are a couple of colour versus black and white comparisons. The more I convert photos to black and white, the more I want to do more of it.

Debris-catcher-enclosed building and vendors encroaching on the street.

Debris-catcher-enclosed building and vendors encroaching on the street.

Black and white: Debris-catcher-enclosed building and vendors encroaching on the street.

Black and white: Debris-catcher-enclosed building and vendors encroaching on the street.

Hardware store with working area on the street.

Hardware store with working area on the street.

Black and white: Hardware store with working area on the street.

Black and white: Hardware store with working area on the street.