J.P. Chan 

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10/10

10/10

I found myself surrounded by shouting Taiwanese from New Jersey and was instantly transported back to my childhood.

(Mulberry St & Mott St, Manhattan)

 

Broadway & Houston

Broadway & Houston

I’m shooting time-lapses at the busiest corner in Soho and…

– The biggest rat I’ve ever seen hops past me and into the veggie stand on the corner. The rat was literally rabbit-sized. The only witnesses were myself and two teens standing next to me. And all the three of us could say was “shit…”

– A very scuffy-looking middle-aged guy was picking up cigarette butts around the subway entrance and putting them in his pocket. He noticed my camera and asked if I was shooting a “still sequence.” I said, “Yes, I’m doing a time-lapse.” He then asked if I was “getting releases” from the passerby that were in my shot. I replied that releases weren’t necessary since nobody could be personally identified in this kind of shot. He nodded in agreement and said “I know” as he walked off.

All this happened in just the first ten minutes here at this corner. In a city that’s always moving, it’s worth taking the time to just stop and watch every now and then. Because you might find that there’s whole ‘nother city to discover.

(Broadway & Houston St, Manhattan)

 

Anytime

Anytime

(43 St & Madison Av, Manhattan)

 

Sudden Downpour

Sudden Downpour

It’s no fun to get caught in it, but it’s always awesome to watch fierce rain in NYC.

(Avenue B & 11 St, Manhattan)

 

This View Is Free

This View Is Free

I’m surprised how many New Yorkers have never been on the Staten Island Ferry, especially considering that it’s free and super-easy to get to.

Fortunately, I’m not one of those New Yorkers. But I feel bad for them.

(Andrew J. Barberi Ferryboat, Staten Island Ferry)

 

Climbing

Climbing

(130 West 42 St, Manhattan)

 

Snow Day

Snow Day

(West 124 St & Frederick Douglass Blvd, Manhattan)

 

Sin Signage

Sin Signage

If you’ve got something important to say, best say it in neon.

(52 St & 8 Av, Manhattan)

 

Exhibit A+

Exhibit A+

So it turns out my favorite museum on the planet is probably even cooler behind the scenes than I imagined. At tonight’s Gizmodo/io9 Tech Tweetup at AMNH (Twitter: #AMNHTweetup), we were treated to a short tour and talk with the folks developing the technology behind some of their latest exhibit.

Among the fascinating revelations: AMNH custom-builds their own multitouch surfaces for exhibits because, as one staffer put it, the off-the-shelf stuff “gets destroyed by ten year-old boys in like five minutes.”

Awesome.

(American Museum of Natural History, Manhattan)

 

West 70

West 70

(West 70 St & Broadway, Manhattan)

 

Magic Hour

Magic Hour

The sun was setting spectacularly over Manhattan in the distance. But it couldn’t compete with the dancers in Sunset Park last night.

(Sunset Park, Brooklyn)

 

191 Tunnel

191 Tunnel

(191 St Subway Station, Manhattan)

 

The Very Best

The Very Best

(Mister Softee, 44 St & 5 Av, Manhattan)

 

Final Bows

Final Bows

(30 St & 7 Av, Manhattan)

 

Lamp/Bear

Lamp/Bear

Not as soft as he looks, but still cuddly.

(Untitled [Lamp/Bear] by Urs Fischer, Park Avenue, Manhattan)

 

Public Transit Displays of Emotion

Public Transit Displays of Emotion

Ted Hughes’ Birthday Letters is magnificent, but hard to read on the train. I picked it up for the first time in years this morning and wept on the 3 train. Missed my stop too.

Lest you think this display of emotion happens rarely, just yesterday I cried laughing on the 2 train. I was watching THE FOOT FIST WAY on my iPad. I think spit may have flown out my mouth and onto someone sitting nearby. Hopefully on clothing, not mouth. Sorry, ma’am.

My utter lack of “street face” is a bit embarrassing, but this kind of escapism sure beats getting annoyed by fellow passengers on a crowded train. Transcendence on the daily commute is not easy to come by.

 

Fruit Cart

Fruit Cart

Shot this from inside a bank. I love these fruit carts even though I gotta admit I never buy from them.

I wish the reflection weren’t in the photo, but I’ll rationalize that it adds to the moment somehow.

(48 St & Madison Av, Manhattan)

 

iParish

iParish

A very subtle bit of street art. Nice work, dude.

(Apple Store Upper West Side, 67 St & Broadway, Manhattan)

 
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