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Personal – New York City Day 8

Alright,

It’s offically been a week, I still have both kidneys and I have not taken a subway the wrong direction. Currently winning over here folks.

Today’s adventure started at my new home stop of Jefferson St. on the L Train.

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I than made my way to the B+H Photo mothership store.

Good.

Lord.

Yes.

For those that don’t know this is like Santa’s workshop for Photographers. Literally walked in, stood there in the doorway until a sales associate asked if I was “okay”. I was speechless. I’m pretty sure they have more staff in that store than the entire schlock of BC camera stores combined. Crazy.

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Just your average NYC parking lot, all about the density over here.

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Next stop Central Park, which is HUGE by the way. I walked through it for an hour and only got a 1/3 of the way through (those of you who’ve walked with me can appreciate how far this is as I move at a pretty good clip).

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This would just make Gord Hauka jealous, couldn’t even fit them all in my frame!

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Huge freaking lake in the middle of the city.

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Finally found some frisbee to play in Prospect Park, didn’t bring my kit so jean shorts and sneakers it was… In my defence I mad two huge sky D’s and a hip high foot block on some unsuspecting schmo. Wednesday’s at 5pm and Sunday’s at 2pm you’ll find me here again.

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Central Park and Prospect Park share the same divided roadway plan, lanes for people and bikes going both ways across two traditional car lanes. MUCH more spacious than the seawall.

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Personal – New York City Day 7

Alright,

Lack of posts, I know. Been searching for a place to anchor down in all weekend and yesterday I finally moved from Bed Stuy to my new place in Bushwick, Brooklyn. It’s more so the Main/Fraser St area in Vancouver, lots of cool little shops and a young population. Perfect place to spend the next month and a half.

As for today’s adventure, I started off by popping into Shio Studio to say hi to Sophie Kuller, the wonderful studio manager there. The building is very much like 1000 Parker St back in Van. Lots of artist spaces in a 4 storey building.

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Afterwards I headed down into Manhattan to check out Madison Square Park. After last weeks 27 degree 76% humidity day, it was great to step out of the subway into a freshly rained on park.

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Of course you’re not allowed on the grass, it’s all fenced and just to be looked at…

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Right beside the park they had a pop-up eatery setup in between two of the Main St.’s. Lots of cool little shops showing off their culinary skills and serving beer and wine in basically an outdoor cafeteria. I’ll be back!

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Last but not least I “hiked” up to the infamous Grand Central Station (anything more than 6 blocks in New York is a cab trip, not walking distance). Grand Central is very busy but with all the space you don’t feel it as much as you do on the sidewalks of New York.

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Personal – New York City Day 2

Alright,

Today was another walk/travel heavy day. Gotta schtap that, tomorrow I’ll take a break… said the man with 8 jobs…

Anyhow, this is where things started today Kosciuszko Station right by my place in Brooklyn (no, no, I don’t know how to pronounce it either).

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I then walked over to the 9/11 memorial. It was kind of hard to get a scale of things having never been to New York before but this is where the towers used to be.

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Yes, New York has some crazies too. The oddest thing though is the police equipment, check out the scissor lift tower thing in the background. The Google search for those interested.

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Right behind crazy magoo above we had a mormon (I’m guessing) choir. NEW YORK BABY!

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Cool Architectural detail to reduce (guessing again) air conditioning/cooling costs in the summer. It was 27 degrees and 75% humidity today, yup!

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Flip side of the panels.

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Street art. Enough said. Perhaps this artist was inspired by my lack of housing situation on Monday… I’ll deal with that tomorrow.

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The Highline, it was my top of list item when I came to New York and I got there on day two. For those of you who don’t know it’s a converted subway track that is now a greenway. Cool. As. F***.

Yes, I assume children read this blog. KEEPING IT CLEAN FOR THE KIDS PEOPLE.

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View from the highline of a typical New York Street;

  1. Tons of traffic
  2. A sidewalk is closed
  3. Something is under construction
  4. There is brick
  5. A taxi is being… dutch (for the kids)

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For lunch I could not resist a BBQ place called the Smokeline on the Highline (full disclaimer, I just wanted to be able to blog that sentence).

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Pulled Pork with pickled cucumber and a side of sweet corn. That’s all the food groups, right Mom?

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Awesome seating on the highline.

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Highline artist.

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Walking to Times Square now, THIS is what I had imagined NYC to be like. People chock-a-block. The only reason there is that space in the bottom of the frame is beacuse a 6’5″ german wielding a camera is about to inhabit that space.

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Times Square, even busier than that street corner. Found some quiet space on this random theatre seating in the middle of it all.

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Home again back in Brooklyn, it’s funny how 30 minutes on the M Train can change your landscape in this dense city (victory note, have not gotten on the wrong subway/the one going the wrong way…yet).

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