Photoblog with a concentration on interesting things in New York City

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  • Yoga Class
  • Bryant Park Lawn
  • view from 26th Street
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Tour Group Shirts

It’s a common sight to see tour groups in NYC. Often, especially with younger groups, the organizers issue bright shirts to make it easy to spot kids gone astray and make it easier to stay together.

Looking out my window on to 42nd street I frequently see the groups going by. Here’s a photo of a pink group about a week ago and a purple group today.

Happy sightseeing!

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Do we need this many Elmo’s?

As you walk through Times Square on a nice day, you’ll pass many “characters” looking to pose for pictures with people and promptly collect a tip for the privilege. However, it’s competitive out there and now it seems theres no boundaries on how many of the same character can work the same corner or area. Here are a few photos from this past week of just how many Elmo’s there were competing for people’s dollars.

 

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RainyinNYC

It was a sea of umbrellas on my way to Penn Station last night. This is the corner of 7th Ave and 34th street looking South.

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Vintage Bus in Times Square

NY City has a cool program where they bring out old busses and subway trains for the holidays. I’ve included a link to the MTA’s web page about the program.

This bus was stopped right in front of my office, you can see the Spider Man Broadway show across the street. It turns out it broke down here, which gave me a good opportunity to snap a photo with my iPhone. Here’s the info on this particular bus and then the link to the web site. Enjoy and Happy New Year!

Bus No. 2969 – Manufactured by General Motors, this Model TDH 5101 was specifically designed for New York City in 1949, which featured the double-width front door to expedite the loading and unloading of customers.  This bus is known as the Jackie Gleason bus, which the comedian portrayed as the bus driver “Ralph Kramden” in the classic television show “The Honeymooners.”

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Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree

I heard on the news that the tree had been delivered to Rockefeller Plaza, so I decided to walk over at lunch to check it out. Here it is being set in place.

Next photo will be after it’s been lit up!

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Balloon Dog

This guy is outside Rock Center today. A cool $35-55M will allow you to take him home to your house.

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Building Boom Box

Speakers anyone?

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The Tour Bus You May Want To Skip

Saw this bus of tourists go by today…but look closely…I don’t think they’re feeling too well. :-)

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Another Interesting Vehicle

Adding to the collection of weird cars and trucks I’ve seen is this one…anyone know what it is?

 

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Why doesn’t Spidey do it?

This is a photograph of a sign company changing the light bulbs on the sign at the theater where the Spiderman Broadway show plays. I wondered, why do they need a sign company with a bucket truck to change the bulbs? Can’t Spiderman just web his way up there and do it?

 

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The Ride

The bus in the photo is a special tour bus here in NYC. It’s set up so the seats face to the side instead of the front. They are auditorium style and everyone looks out through the floor to ceiling glass windows on the left. If you look closely at the bus, you can see what I mean. 

My new office looks down on to 42nd Street and I snapped this with my iPhone because I thought it was funny that an entire busload of tourists were staring up at my window. Or maybe it’s the McDonald’s sign they were really interested in. :-)

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Tai Chi morning

Spotted this exercise class while walking through Bryant Park Tuesday morning.

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NYC Bike Share

NY is about to launch a bike share program, which is very exciting. These bike racks have been cropping up all over the city over the past few weeks. Here is a photo of one of them empty, since it’s probably the last time you’ll ever see one empty. Bring on the bikes! 

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Yoga Class

Madison Square Park Yoga Class. The famous Shake Shack is in the background to the left.

 

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The Grass is Back at Bryant Park!

All winter long, this area is covered by the ice skating rink and the restaurant. That’s all gone and the grass is back!

 

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Freedom Tower

This is the view of the Freedom Tower from 26th Street between 10th and 11th Ave. This was taken on May 8, 2013.

 

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Just another day in NYC

I think the photo speaks for itself.

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Freedom Tower at Night

This is a photo of the new Freedom Tower viewed from the intersection of Hudson and Franklin Streets. You can see at the top that the spire/antenna mast is going up.

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Fire?

While sitting at my desk in my 42nd Street office, I noticed plumes of black smoke against the gray sky. Sometimes a boiler will belch out a puff of smoke and then it stops. This smoke wasn’t stopping and I thought maybe the building it was coming from was on fire.

So I took the elevator up to a higher floor in my building to see what was happening and the photo here is what was happening. Best I can tell, this is the roof of the building that the Hard Rock and Bubba Gump’s is in. I expected to see the smoke coming from a chimney, not a decorative ball. There’s always something new to see every day in the city.

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Steam

NY has an underground steam system used for heating buildings. You sometimes will run across these orange towers leaking steam into the air from repair sites on the streets. The temperature in the city this week has been in the teens and because it was so cold and the hot air hitting the extreme cold air was pretty cool to see. Here’s a photo…

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