Last night I was invited to a dinner event in Alsace, sorry, Roosevelt Island, NY . The view was absolutely breathtaking as we stood on the rooftop of a building adjacent to the Queensboro Bridge. I have always had a fascination for modern bridges and I have to say New York is the best place to be to indulge on my bridge obsession!
The Queensboro Bridge, also known as the 59th Street Bridge – because its Manhattan end is located between 59thand 60th Streets – and officially titled the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge, is a cantilever bridge over the East River inNew York City that was completed in 1909. It connects the neighborhood of Long Island City in the borough of Queenswith Manhattan, passing over Roosevelt Island. The bridge is flanked on its northern side by the freestanding Roosevelt Island Tramway.
In December 2010, the city announced that the bridge would be renamed in honor of former Mayor Ed Koch from the Queensboro Bridge to the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge. The renaming decision was unpopular among Queens residents and business leaders, and many locals continue to refer to the bridge by its older name.
As for the sports fans out there, the Queensboro Bridge is the first entry point into Manhattan in the course of the New York City Marathon and the last exit point out of Manhattan in the Five Boro Bike Tour.
Finally, the Queensboro Bridge was recently featured in many blockbusters movies such as Spiderman 3 and The Great Gatsby.
So I could not dream of a better subject to photograph and to return to my photo blog after such a long interruption…:)
I rarely take photos of people, but when I do, I always have a preference to shoot people that I know…For may years now I have been blessed to be friends with singer/songwriter Nancy Danino. I must have attended most of her NY shows and last night, Nancy and her talented musicians brought a whole crowd on their feet at the hot East Village music venue Drom. I was really proud of my Nancy and am happy to share these few photos with you. I also invite you to check out her music on http://www.nancydanino.com. Trust me, one of her songs may become the soundtrack to your life…;)
Not only this is a famous song by Diana Ross (produced by Nile Rodgers from Chic) but it is also the beautiful instrument I came across last night at a underground muscial venue called the Red Door, in Chelsea, NY. The day before I had received a mysterious invitation by a friend of mine that told me my presence was imperative at 10:0 pm behind the Red Door, to help find a certain Mr. Tomato! LOL I knew I had to go… The place was a nice surprise, sort of musical venue speakeasy ideal for indie bands and emerging artists, it was a real refresher. The event was also organized as a fund raiser to renovate the place and give it a well deserved second life… And yes, I eventually did find a “Mr. Tomato” who was celebrating his birthday that same evening.
This picture of the Brooklyn Bridge was taken today and is my little hommage to Felix Baumgartner’s mindblowing endeavour! It is also a vivid reminder that everyday regular human beings risk their lives to make ours better as well…
Today, I took my new lens (a Canon super wide angle) out for a stroll and I am amazed by its capabilities. It is as if my vision has been constricted until now. I am now envisioning all the new visual possibilities: the architectural structures, the landscapes, etc. We are going to have so much fun, me & my camera!
I am also going to try and do more black and white. For someone who loves bold colors, it is going to be a nice challenge.
I am starting today with a new building that is still under construction by my home. Stay tuned for much more! and Happy Easter/Passover!
PS: Alas, no bunnies for me to shoot as my dog strictly refused to wear his rabbit ears this year
I have to confess this was the first time I got near Fifth Avenue on St Patrick’s Day. Just like Puerto Rican Day Parade, there are just a few events REAL New Yorkers know to avoid, and St Pat’s is one of them. However, as a photographer, I made it a personal challenge and a matter of “Irish Pride” (aren’t we all Irish today?) to get out and shoot some green people today.
After a few steps up Fifth Avenue (before even getting near by 42nd st.) I already deeply regretted my decision…There was no way I was going to access the middle of the madness with out putting to the test the detachable and non-detachable parts of my camera.
So I turned sharp on 41st and headed East towards Grand Central Station. On Madison I already witnessed my very first “live” brawl…Alas, I was too far to even think of getting anything. Little did I know this was only a warm-up! It is only whenI found a great spot on Vanderbilt and 42nd st (right in front of Grand Central Station) that I started shooting interesting characters and got most of these shots, including my pride and joy: my very first “live” brawl pictures. A traffic officer working near by immediately came to me and asked me “did you get the pictures of the brawl?”. When I nodded with a big smile on my face he kindly said “don’t tell anyone then, or they’ll come and get you!”. At this instant, I almost felt like Woodward & Bernstein when they uncovered the Watergate scandal, at the same time holding my camera much closer to chest.A minute later, another brawl took place a few feet down the street…But the sense of novelty and excitement had already passed.
A friend of mine who is a very talented professional photographer is currently in Paris shooting among other beautiful scenes Parisians kissing and holding hands. Here in NY, I can now tell him that I shoot drunks knocking each other’s teeth!!!! Just lovin’ it.
If you wonder what would be the perfect place to go see the Oscar winning movie “the Artist” in new york, look no further:
Go to the Village East Cinema. Located at 181-189 Second Avenue, it opened in 1926 (coincidentally exactly the year where the movie “the Artist” starts) as The Yiddish Art Theater in the heart of New York City’s Jewish Rialto district. Designed by prominent Brooklyn lawyer and Jewish community leader Louis Jaffe, the historic building was built as an elaborate, 1265 seat live theater for Yiddish theater pioneer Maurice Schwartz. The interior was designed in the Moorish Revival style that was popular in synagogues at the time, and included a forty-foot ornamental ceiling with a spectacular Star of David in the center that is still present today.
In 1992, the theater was restored and converted into the Village East Cinema, a beautiful, seven-screen movie theater. Its sprawling, ornate main auditorium features stadium and balcony seating as well as an oversized screen, and the theater remains one of New York City’s best places to see a film. The upper and lower lobbies of the theater were beautifully renovated in 2006 and feature new concession stands and comfortable couches and lounge areas.
The Village East Cinema features an eclectic mix of programming, from commercial blockbusters to the finest in independent film. In addition to premiering many independent films, the Village East Cinema, which is located 10 blocks north of its sister theater, the renowned Angelika Film Center, frequently continues the engagements of many of the films that open at the Angelika. A true magical place for such a movie.
…Especially when your bus ride to the airport is something close of an episode of “Punked” or “Candid Camera”!
First we waited ten minutes for the bus to open its doors only because the driver was making out in the back with his girlfriend who visited him during his break! Now, THAT’s love! lol
Then, when we finally got in it was over 150 degrees hot in there! Maybe they listened to Nelly?…
Last but not least, the same “world champion” proceeded to text while driving to inform his company there was something wring with his bus! I really had to double check if there wasn’t any candid camera on board!
Anyways, will be back soon to my beloved NY with tons of new pictures to share with you.
In the meantime, be well and don’t text while driving. You now know I have my eye on you