Photo: "Trail of kisses..."

The sun left a trail of kisses on the surface of water through the small curtain of clouds that hung over Battery Park earlier this past evening.

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Had a great time at +Trey Ratcliff 's photowalk earlier this evening. I took this shot as the group set up to watch the sun set (and sunset) at Battery Park with my phone. My regular camera is being looked at since it died a small death last week (a post about my camera adventures is coming up soon!). I love challenging myself with my phone though especially when it comes to editing my phone photos with all the various apps I dabble with.



New York Photography: Battery Park Pier at sunset.



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Tags: #nyc   #newyorkcity   #photography   #newyorkcityphotography   #sunset   #landscape   #batterypark   #pretty   #photowalk  
Photo: "Urban mirages..."

In the bright afternoon light of the sun, the city squints its eyes momentarily.

Buildings emerge from their slumbering shadows and streets glisten.

It’s during this momentary squint that every sun gleam and distant figure on each sun-kissed street flicker in and out of view: urban mirages filtered through the eyes of the city.

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I just wanted to share that this past weekend for the first time ever I had a request for and sold a visual print of one of my pieces of writing to accompany a print . I have never been so happy!

I get really excited every time I sell a print but to sell a piece of writing is something I consider really special because my words are so intrinsically linked to my photography (and vice versa). Many thanks to the wonderful customer!



New York Photography: Soho street.



You can view this post along with information about purchasing prints of this image if you wish at my site here:

http://nythroughthelens.com/post/23037975417/soho-street-in-bright-afternoon-sunlight-new-york


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Tags: #photography #nyc #newyorkcity #newyorkcityphotography #city #urban #manhattan #street #writing #prose #soho #sohonyc #architecture #sun
Photo: "Suspended..."

Summer’s memories sit suspended like words caught in the throat of winter: stifled, muffled utterances barely able to escape in the form of speech.

But in the wide open expanse of dreams, words take flight.

Summer’s memories break through shards upon shards of branches making their way past the ice-kissed lips of winter conjuring up the outline of buildings and cityscapes on the condensation of winter’s frozen breath.


New York Photography: Central Park in the winter.



You can view this post along with information about prints of this image if you wish at my site here:

http://nythroughthelens.com/post/19066099231/summers-memories-sit-suspended-like-words-caught

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Tags: #photography #prose #poetry #writing #snow #winter #newyorkcity #nyc #centralpark #centralparkwinter #landscape #beautiful
Photo: "Brownstone envy..."

I had severe brownstone envy when I was younger. Growing up in Queens (another borough of New York City), I visited Brooklyn frequently and the brownstones found in Brooklyn tugged at my heart. Their ornate doorways were flanked by enormous and extravagant stairways and every window seemed to be a frame encapsulating an enticing painting.

There wasn’t anything that came close to these beautiful works of architecture where I grew up in Queens. Watching the Cosby Show fueled my envy of course. I had no idea at the time that the exterior shots of the Cosby’s brownstone were shot in Greenwich Village and not in Brooklyn Heights where the Cosby’s fictional residence was located (why they did this is beyond me since Brooklyn Heights has some of the most beautiful brownstones).

All I knew was that these masterpieces of architecture just seemed more ‘New York City’ than any of the buildings I grew up surrounded by.



New York Photography - Cobble Hill, Brooklyn.



You can view this post along with information about purchasing prints of this image if you wish at my site here:

http://nythroughthelens.com/post/21852804104/cobble-hill-brownstones-on-a-cloudy-day-brooklyn

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Photo: "Times tells its own tales..."

480 Brunt Street is a Civil War-era storehouse located in the Red Hook Waterfront Historic District in Brooklyn.

Red Hook, located in Northwestern Brooklyn was settled in 1636 by Dutch Colonists who named the area Roode Hoek (red point) after the red hue of the soil and because the area jutted out into the water. Due to its waterfront location, ships from all over the world would dock at Red Hook to exchange cargo and make repairs for well over a century. When many of the shipyards were relocated in the 20th century, the area fell was marked by significant urban decay.

The building in this photo, known as the Red Hook Stores, was built in 1869 by the builder William Beard. Beard, who was an Irish immigrant made millions via his building and railroad empire. At the end of the Civil War, New York City was receiving such a large amount of goods that Manhattan could not handle all of the cargo. Brooklyn’s waterfront became the alternative and warehouses like this one played a crucial role in offloading cargo like grain, cotton, hemp, jute, indigo, leather, fruits, tobacco, vegetables, cocoa beans and coffee. This building now houses a Fairway Market and apartment residences. The beautiful iron shutters that give this warehouse building so much charm were initially built to protect the precious cargo stored in the warehouse from the elements.

The decayed trolley cars which sit in the foreground also have an interesting link to the past. In the 20th century there were many trolley lines that criss-crossed the Brooklyn landscape serving as transportation for residents. The trolleys were in use until the 1950s. To celebrate the trolleys that would have been seen here for many years, these trolleys were acquired and put in front of the Red Hook Stores permanently. They aren’t from New York City originally though. The trolley cars were acquired from Boston and Oslo and were repainted to match the original color scheme of the trolleys that would have been found in Brooklyn in the beginning of the 20th century. Worn by time and natural elements, they are beautiful examples of urban decay.



New York Photography: Urban decay in Red Hook, Brooklyn



You can view this post along with information about prints of this image if you wish at my site here:

http://nythroughthelens.com/post/18905029796/red-hook-stores-at-480-brunt-street-red-hook

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Tags: #photography #history #urbandecay #decay #nyc #newyorkcity #redhook #brooklyn #trolleycars #warehouse #writing #postapocalyptic
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"Suspended..."

Summer’s memories sit suspended like words caught in the throat of winter: stifled, muffled utterances barely able to escape in the form of speech.

But in the wide open expanse of dreams, words take flight.

Summer’s memories break through shards upon shards of branches making their way past the ice-kissed lips of winter conjuring up the outline of buildings and cityscapes on the condensation of winter’s frozen breath.


New York Photography: Central Park in the winter.

You can view this post along with information about prints of this image if you wish at my site here:

http://nythroughthelens.com/post/19066099231/summers-memories-sit-suspended-like-words-caught

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Tags: #photography #prose #poetry #writing #snow #winter #newyorkcity #nyc #centralpark #centralparkwinter #landscape #beautiful

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