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Monday is Cat Week: Splendor

Monday is Cat Week: Splendor

It’s week three (or maybe four) of Helena’s first-ever indoor grass patch. I’ve yet to catch her chillaxing on the turf, but the cat-shaped imprint there tells me all I need to know.

 

Pocket Discovery

Pocket Discovery

Cleaning house, donating clothes. Find Vietnamese currency in a suit I haven’t worn for years. Can’t recall how it got there. Maybe my forgotten suits have been getting out more than I realize.
 

(Manhattan)

 

 

Off the Hook

Off the Hook

It’s a little chunky, but I really love my Speck HandyShell iPad case.

The ingenious hinged handle serves three purposes: a handy grip when reading on the subway, a useful kickstand when tabletop bound, and a giant glowing reminder that I AM A NERD when in the kitchen.

(Manhattan)

 

Pit Stop

Pit Stop

An unexpected midday break near Astor Place was a good opportunity for a quiet meal alone to rest and recharge.

It was also my first time eating cold ramen — which, by the way, is awesome.

(Photo taken before my usual liberal helping of hot oil was applied.)

(Menkui-tei, 3 Av & Astor Place, Manhattan)

 

At The Elevators

At The Elevators

How would I describe my personal style? That’s easy: NYC*NERD

(Manhattan)

 

Milford

Milford

I’m a city guy at heart, but after two weeks of shooting in the beautiful Milford area, I can see myself falling in love with the place. I say this even despite the terrifying nighttime onslaught of insects that have left bites all over my body.

(West Harford St, Milford, PA)

 

Up in the Air

Up in the Air

I’m smiling not because I visited the top of three NYC bridges (Verrazano-Narrows, Marine Parkway, Throgs Neck) and saw six peregrine falcon chicks in one day.

No, I’m smiling because I survived being repeatedly dive-bombed by the adult peregrine parents, who were rather annoyed at our presence. Fortunately, nobody got hurt and we tried not to overstay our welcome. Video to come.

Some days, I really love my day job.

(Throgs Neck Bridge, The Bronx)

Update 2013/02/21: And here’s the video, posted 2012/06/01…

 

Night Riding

Night Riding

For a clear-your-head ride, Manhattan’s Hudson River bike path and piers are hard to beat, especially at night.

(West 70 St Pier, Manhattan)

 

Security Made Easy

Security Made Easy

When a security camera is pointed at you, it’s important not to look suspicious.

(J&R Music, Park Row, Manhattan)

 

Brighton

Brighton

(Brighton Beach Boardwalk, Brooklyn)

 

Subway Bagels

Subway Bagels

When I first saw this, I thought it was a pay phone that gave change in bagels. Sadly, it was not.

(Broadway-Lafayette Station, Manhattan)

 

Sharpening Stones

Sharpening Stones

Not only do knife sharpeners still exist, they’re also mobile for your¬†convenience. Awesome.

(11 St & 5 Av, Manhattan)

 

Port Authority Trans Hudson

Port Authority Trans Hudson

A WTC-bound PATH train, as seen from our Penn-bound Amtrak train.

(Harrison, NJ)

 

Meadowlands Monochrome

Meadowlands Monochrome

First snowfall of the year, no photo filters needed.

(NJ Transit train, NJ)

 

The Well-Dressed Bike

The Well-Dressed Bike

In discussions about bike culture, hipsters often get the attention, but the love (and necessity) of cycling is incredibly strong in immigrant communities like Chinatown, too.

I love how the wood add-ons are all about accommodating extra passengers.

(Walker St, Manhattan)

 

Retail Figures

Retail Figures

The night before the U.S. launch of the iPhone 4S, these workers were busy prepping new store displays.

(Apple Store Upper West Side, Broadway, Manhattan)

 

Royal Tenenbaums

Royal Tenenbaums

Wes Anderson, Gwyneth Paltrow, Anjelica Huston, Bill Murray, Noah Baumbach, et al at the tenth anniversary screening of THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS, New York Film Festival.

One of my favorite movies by one of my hero directors. This is pretty awesome.

(Alice Tully Hall, Manhattan)

 

Williamsburg

Williamsburg

(Berry St & North 5 St, Brooklyn)

 
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