A Life in the City

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Archive for July, 2011

Construction Workers at Lunch

Posted by alifeinthecity on July 27, 2011

27 July 2011// 18th Street  12:19pm  CMQ_0259

1/500th at F5  18mm ISO 400

These guys have their space set up.  A table scrounged from a dumpster, plaster buckets to sit on.  This appears to be a daily ritual for them, a bit of formality at their meal time.  It was a warm day and they enjoyed their lunch in comfort and the shade.

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Flat Iron Building

Posted by alifeinthecity on July 27, 2011

26 July 2011// 5th Avenue and 23rd Street  5:59pm  CMQ-0032

1/500th at F11  18mm lens  ISO 400

A New York City Landmark, said to be the first “skyscraper”.  It was made possible by Mr Otis’ invention of the safety brake for elevators.  Even with the 18mm lens it is hard to find a spot to get it all in without also including to many other things.  I waited for the light to be in my favor and stood in the street.  I love the light at this time of day.  The sky doesn’t overexpose and there is shadow detail.

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Smoke Break – Man in Green Shirt

Posted by alifeinthecity on July 26, 2011

                                                             26 July 2011// Lower Broadway    8:44am     CMQ_9964

1/500       f/3.5       18mm lens        ISO 1600

I saw this man having a smoke with his morning coffee on Lower Broadway.  There seem to be fewer and fewer smokers these days and the ones that are left are being pushed to the margins.  I am glad that I don’t smoke anymore, but even after ten years I still find myself thinking every now and then about how nice a cigarette would be….

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Window Washers at Battery Point

Posted by alifeinthecity on July 26, 2011

26 July 2011// Battery Point     8:32am      CMQ_9944

1/500     f/9.0     29mm lens    ISO 400

                                                              26 July 2011// Battery Point      8:31am       CMQ_9943

1/500    f/6.3      62mm lens     ISO 400

This morning I spotted these two window washers enjoying a moment before starting work.  They were not paying attention to the view here, I wonder what the view is like 40 stories up on a window washing scaffold.

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NYPD in Times Square

Posted by alifeinthecity on July 23, 2011

22 July 20011// Times Square   10:18pm                                        CMQ_9703

I went up to Times Square last night, after the sun had set…it was still hot.  It was very crowded and as always, there was a police presence…I saw this officer watching the crowd with the neon behind him….thanks officer!

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Con Ed Worker

Posted by alifeinthecity on July 22, 2011

22 July 2011//West 14th Street        8:20am                                        CMQ_9646

I passed this man getting ready to go down in a manhole…The temperature was already very hot and getting hotter…104 degrees today in Central Park.  I wonder how much hotter it was under the street?  Con Ed must have done a good job because we did not lose power on this hottest day ever….

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The Bull

Posted by alifeinthecity on July 22, 2011

22 July 2011//Bowling Green   7:20am                        CMQ_9632

There are over 12,000 pictures of this bull on Flickr…but it is still a cool shot.  Usually when I am here there are so many people posing or snapping it is hard to get a good shot.  This morning it was already over 90 degrees and was heading for 104…a new record.  I guess the heat kept everybody away.  By the way, The Bull is in Bowling Green, not Wall Street……

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The Ferry Terminal Sign

Posted by alifeinthecity on July 22, 2011

22 July 2011//Staten Island Ferry terminal       7:13am        CMQ_9618

Blue sign and a blue sky…

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View from the Ferry

Posted by alifeinthecity on July 22, 2011

22 July 2011// Staten Island Ferry   7:04am                       CMQ_9606

The sunrise view from the ferry…..

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Woman on the Staten Island Ferry

Posted by alifeinthecity on July 22, 2011

22 July 2011// Staten Island Ferry   7:00am         CMQ_9598

On the return to Manhattan.  It was already over 90 degrees on the way to 104…a new record.  The breeze made it bearable during the ride.  All of the regular riders were busy with their papers, their phones, oblivious to the incredible view…

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