July 23, 2014
The unfinished third section of the High Line Park

The unfinished third section of the High Line Park

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July 22, 2014
Kayaking on the Hudson River before sunset, from Pier 44, just south of the USS Intrepid museum.

Kayaking on the Hudson River before sunset, from Pier 44, just south of the USS Intrepid museum.

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July 22, 2014
Sin Will Find You Out…in Hell’s Kitchen. More specifically, 51st Street, between 8th and 9th avenues…

Sin Will Find You Out…in Hell’s Kitchen. More specifically, 51st Street, between 8th and 9th avenues…

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July 17, 2014
This is about the closest I’ve seen Manhattan from a jetliner’s window.

This is about the closest I’ve seen Manhattan from a jetliner’s window.

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July 15, 2014
It’s hot out, so here’s a photo of a cop car waiting at a NoLita intersection last winter.

It’s hot out, so here’s a photo of a cop car waiting at a NoLita intersection last winter.

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July 15, 2014
The “Cone Club”, as seen on the sandwich board outside of Big Gay Ice Cream

The “Cone Club”, as seen on the sandwich board outside of Big Gay Ice Cream

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July 14, 2014
Smoky streaks, the Brooklyn Bridge on the Fourth of July

Smoky streaks, the Brooklyn Bridge on the Fourth of July

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July 14, 2014
The High Line Lawn at Dark

The High Line Lawn at Dark

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July 13, 2014
A taxi, as viewed from the second section of the High Line Park

A taxi, as viewed from the second section of the High Line Park

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July 13, 2014

Subtle faces around East Village

(Source: Flickr / zokuga)


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July 13, 2014
I didn’t go out and see Manhattanhenge this weekend but earlier this week, got to see a killer partially-cloudy sunset from Brooklyn Bridge Park.

I didn’t go out and see Manhattanhenge this weekend but earlier this week, got to see a killer partially-cloudy sunset from Brooklyn Bridge Park.

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July 7, 2014

So…I didn’t learn until the day after that the East River fireworks show had been moved downriver because of problematic tides caused by Hurricane Arthur, which basically meant that the Brooklyn Bridge tower obscured about 90% of the fireworks show for those of us who waited at the park. Oh well, we still got a nice show. Check out my Flickr album to see the rest of my July 4th photos.


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July 5, 2014

This is the last weekend to see Kara Walker’s, “A Subtlety”, and the insides of the Domino Sugar Refinery in which it is housed, before it is all razed to make way for another Williamsburg luxury condo. The line moves fast and the exhibit is powerful. Definitely a must visit if you can get into Brooklyn this weekend.

The New York Times had a nice piece about the exhibit and the history of sugar refining in New York:

Robert Shelton had never seen the floor of what he always called the sugar house until the day this spring when he returned to the Domino refinery. In the 20 years he worked in its char house, the kilns blasting the temperature up to 140 degrees year round, the mounds of unbleached crystals had never dipped below the seven- or eight-foot mark.

Now he could see it was all gone, and the metal beam at the plant in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, that used to mark the sugar’s high point — it was still caked, here and there, with clumps at least a decade old — came up only to the white sphinx’s neck, maybe her ear. She was that big.

“It almost talks to you; it’s alive,” Mr. Shelton said on Tuesday. “Something just comes over you.”

He was talking about “A Subtlety,” the massive sculpture by the artist Kara Walker, a sugar-coated homage to African-American slave women and to the slave laborers who built the 19th-century sugar trade.

The installation is to close on Sunday. The closer the day gets, Mr. Shelton said, “the sadder I get, because after this, I can never come back here again.”

…This spring, he read that the sugar house was open, and looking for volunteers.

A few other former Domino employees have come by, including his Yonkers supervisor and another man who called “Shelton!” and burst into tears upon seeing him. Mr. Shelton cried, too.

He said he had borrowed his step-granddaughter’s history textbook to learn about the origins of the sugar trade. When a European tourist told him that the Domino plant and all it stood for were built on the backs of slaves, he acknowledged the historical reference, but replied proudly: “I don’t see that we were slave labor here. We got paid well.”

Still, if it were up to him, he would usher more black people through the gates to confront the past. He would force Two Trees, which will develop the Domino complex, to build more affordable housing on the site. He would preserve the sphinx.

“I wish I had money like Rupert Murdoch or Bloomberg,” Mr. Shelton said as he left the sugar house. “I’d put it downtown in a climate-controlled greenhouse. I’d donate it to the city.”

There it would remain forever, he said: a monument to sugar’s story, and to his own.

Read the full story at the Times’ site.


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July 5, 2014
It’s settled: July 4th fireworks on the East River, forever!

It’s settled: July 4th fireworks on the East River, forever!

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July 2, 2014

The bad part about living in Manhattan is you can’t see Manhattan’s skyline when you’re right underneath. The colors after tonight’s big electrical storm were some of the most intense I had ever seen, but I didn’t get many good snaps of it. Luckily, my boss, Rafat, lives in LIC, and so I’m appropriating his photos here.


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