Philadelphia Observations

I learned about Philadelphia in elementary school. It was the birthplace of America, where the Declaration of Independence and Constitution were drawn up, homeplace of Benjamin Franklin and Betsy Ross among others. Philadelphia is the sixth largest city in the U.S., and is without a doubt, my favorite east coast city next to New York. It has a very large Wikipedia entry which is my way of admitting I don't know Philadelphia very well. Continue reading "Philadelphia Observations"

Dante Park

I was setting up at Lincoln Center (after midnight) and got booted so I took these shots across the street at the small park across the street. This was a couple weeks ago before the spring leaves came in. Yesterday, I watched the movie, Fair Game, which is a not very fictionalized account of the Valerie Plame affair. I'm both amused and disgusted with reviews in various places that say the movie is complete fiction and the reviewers trot out all the fake GOP talking points (i.e., Plame was a CIA secretary) and rant about how anything with Sean Penn isn't worth watching because he is obviously a communist. Anyway, Ms. Plame in the DVD commentary says at one point: "Look at that! Great shot. Whole lotta nothin.'" She's talking about a desert shot in the film but for a second, I felt a little vindicated in my aesthetic.

Fire on 109th Street

Hook and ladder fire truck outside a fire on 109 St, NYC, Jan 2, 2011 This happened on January 2nd of this year. It was a while since I last emptied out the photos from my camera. The fire was out within 20 minutes and it looks like damage was mostly limited to one or two rooms. Here's to NYC's Bravest! On another note, I setup a friend's new business with a WordPress website. (So far, we're using the default theme design but we'll be doing a redesign at some point.) If you need a dog walker or a cat sitter in Essex County, New Jersey, check out 4 Paws Pet Services!

Snows of 2010 and 2011

Just in time for 60° F. weather on Friday and probably the last melting of New York's winter (fingers crossed), here's a gallery of night snow images. None are particularly great but you get the idea. Obviously, the most dramatic are the first batch from post-Christmas blizzard. Despite some glitches, New York continued to function fairly well after around 57 inches fell this season. I think I got the dates right for the others but the date stamp on my camera got messed up after the batteries died at one point.