Christmas is around the corner. Time to drop some serious “equipment” dough. lol.
This is the Westin in Times Square, the striking colors are brought about by multicolored glass skin contrastingly striped to evoke the movement of traffic on uptown and crosstown streets.
I was browsing through my library to post whatever nonsense I thought was worth posting while chatting with my good friend Sezzy when the mouse hovered over this image. Somehow, this image and her post’s title sort of looked like a good match. Don’t ask me why.. What makes sense to me probably won’t make sense to you. To each his own. G’Night..
The title sounds like some techy gizmo thingy right? Or some random shiny acronym that I made up? Actually, it’s the kind of metal that clads the spire of the Chrysler building.
“Enduro KA-2” metal is an austenitic stainless steel developed in Germany by Krupp and marketed under the trade name “Nirosta” (A German play-on-words for “nie rost”, meaning “never rust”)
The Irish Government’s Office of Public Works commissioned a Famine Ship Sculpture, entitled “Arrival” by artist John Behan, which the Taoiseach was presented to the Secretary General of the UN, Kofi Anan, in December 2000.
The bronze sculpture, measuring some 7 metres in length and 8 metres in height, is a variation on the National Famine Memorial at Murrisk, Co. Mayo, on the West Coast of Ireland. In place of the heavily symbolic skeletal rigging at Murrisk, the human element in the UN sculpture is represented by survivors of the trip disembarking in the United States of America. A total of some 150 figures was cast in bronze, the majority on deck, with a small number descending the gangplanks.
The sculpture was cast at a foundry in Kilmainham, Dublin 8. Sculptor, John Behan is one of Ireland’s leading artists, his work is included in collections owned by, amongst others, President Clinton, Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, Placido Domingo and the late Samuel Beckett.
This sculpture was created by Silvio Russo and was a gift by the Arab women to the women of the world. The artist has shaped this gift in the form of an abstract image of a number of women, each of whom is holding out her hand to the next. This image then becomes transformed, with great artistic perception, into a radiant sun with its rays and warmth extending in all directions.
A bronze statue donated by the Soviet Union to the United Nations on 1959. It was sculpted by Evgeniy Vuchetich to represent the human wish to end all wars by converting the weapons of death and destruction into peaceful and productive tools that are more beneficial to mankind
My wife saw this hole while we were walking around Washington Heights. The fading sun enhanced the concrete’s texture making it look like a lunar surface.
From Beyond is an album by the death metal band Massacre that I used to listen to when I was in high school.
This graceful water tower, located in Manhattan’s Highbridge Park at 174th Street, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It has been a visual landmark on the heights of Manhattan overlooking the Harlem River since 1872. The tower was not part of the original Croton Aqueduct. It was added to serve the growing number of residents in the villages of north Manhattan, which were at an elevation higher than the Croton Aqueduct.
Viewing the interior of a tower-like structure such as this for the first time is a thrill! As for the climb.. well that’s a different story.
This is the second spiral staircase leading to the top of the tower. I ascended the stairs out of curiosity but found nothing of interest. I was a bit hopeful that I could at least get a more spectacular view than the one on the tank room but it was a dark windowless chamber. I wonder what it was used for?
Upwards and Uninterested is a song by a death metal band Napalm Death.
Still OHNY weekend, a few blocks north of manhattan and the weather cleared up considerably for us. From atop the Highbridge Water Tower, this is the view of Harlem River. You could see the tower’s shadow in the lower right corner. The bridges are the Alexander Hamilton Bridge and George Washington Bridge.
The annual OHNY weekend gives access to several places in the five boroughs that would normally be closed to the public. Of course St. Patrick is not one of those places because it’s open to the public most of the time. This photo was taken on top of the Rockefeller Center Rooftop Garden.
It’s the first day of OHNY 2007, and the first time for us to join, unlucky for us the weather was a bit overcast and gloomy. To the left is St. Patrick’s Cathedral, the view was fantastic not unlike viewing St. Patrick’s from below we had a different perspective of the cathedral along with fifth avenue. To top it off, peering over Rockefeller Center Rooftop Garden there was a parade going on so the short wait was worth it.
In a few months, the building in the middle (Saks Fifth Avenue) will be adorned with lights for the holidays.
Read about it.
This is my rendition of an urban mountain range.
Aww.. poor bird.
Three days barely passed and here I am shooting at anything I find interesting. Luckily, we were invited to my aunt’s place in New Jersey and had the opportunity to go to Atlantic City. While taking a walk along the boardwalk, we parked our behinds and took a break. Three days, ain’t enough to make you a “bird man” (bird photographer). As far as I know, bird shooting requires some serious equipment but we chanced on a few birds and enticed them with some crumbs for a li’l bit of impromptu bird shooting. But I guess feeding time is not the best time to shoot them because they get so frisky, most of the shots I got were blurry. I kept thinking.. “Quit moving, dammit!”