Sunday, February 12, 2006

Nor-Easter 2006,

Now this is officially a whole lot of snow, perhaps even qualifies as a "whack" of the white stuff. It has been reported to be over 22 inches in central park - the second highest single snowfall on record in The City. We went out to play in it nice and early, finding Washington Sqare filled with revelers old and young.

There are a few large cement hills in Washington Square Park. Their lack of apparent usefulness or pleasing aesthetic place them in the category of the type of public art which causes some citizens to question whether pubic art is a really necessary. Well, it was great to see them put to a good use today.

Sunday, December 11, 2005

Even though the snow came and went quickly, it made for a beautiful day to escape the shopping madness of midtown manhattan and relax in Central Park.

In this digital age, where digital snapshots and the technology to alter and play with them are so common that we take them for granted, a certain ethic emerges where one feels the need to disclose when a picture is doctored. You will for example get quite a backlash on flickr if you try to pass off photoshopped photos as un-photoshopped photos. Then on the other hand, when you bring them far enough away from reality as this one - you don't even need to mention it.

Friday, December 09, 2005

The cold sky has a special look about it and New York at this time of year provides plenty of cold sky.

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

A perk of living amongst the fabulously wealthy is that they have very very shiny cars. This combined with good light and great elevations makes for great photos.

I recently learned that “elevation” is an architecture term of art commonly used to impress one's friends, family, and readers. It refers to a building's facade. More precisely:

"A drawing of the walls of one side of a building, either interior or exterior, with all lines drawn to a scale to show true vertical and horizontal dimension; also used in reference to the vertical plane of a building, as in the 'west elevation'."

For the uninitiated, this is a great Google hint. This definition came from Google definitions. If you simply type "define: elevation" for example, into Google it will give you multiple definitions of the word - super useful.

See? You can lean something from reading My Soho Life after all.

Monday, November 21, 2005

I generally insist that everyone who comes to visit me in New York walk around Spring and Prince streets with me on a weekend. Not to buy anything; just to wander through the posh shops, be inspired by innovative design and take in the fair-like atmosphere on the streets. Each of these shots was taken this past Sunday while wandering in Soho.

Vendors in New York won a constitutional challenge enforcing their right to sell their artwork (and books) in the streets. They claimed that to deny them the permission to sell on the street was to deny their right to Freedom of Speech under the First Amendment. Many people thought this was a facetious argument at the time.

I think that, just from this random sampling of shots, it’s clear just how much people expressing themselves add to the character of a neighborhood and that selling art and similar goods truly is a form of expression.

See this Wiki on Freedom of Speech

This crazy huge warehouse space on Broadway near 8th would make the perfect apartment for me - don’t you think? A little drafty but it could fit a decently large widescreen TV and I wouldn't have to go outside to play soccer.

Sunday, November 20, 2005

Nature in midtown Manhattan:

Union Square the other day was a cornucopia for the senses:

These handsome gentleman kinda scared me - they looked like they knew how to make a person disappear:

Did anyone else know that this is what Brussel sprouts look like - in my opinion they look much better than they taste - no matter how you cook them.

I tried to 'preserve' this beautiful sunshiny day with my photos - sorry couldn't resist the pun!

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

In the posher areas in soho, even marble isn't considered worth recycling. Frivolous but beautiful.

If you need to heal your conscience check out this great enviro-site.

Leave a comment and tell me which of these 2 photos you like better.
and it seems all the more absurd to declare Xmas as begun on such a beautiful sunny autumn day.

they lit the Xmas lights the other day, seems too early to me.