Shepard Fairey is known world wide for his unique style of street art. We’re lucky here in NYC that he’s done a few pro installations, one of which is pictured here. It’s located at Broome Street and Bowery in SoHo.
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.
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.
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.”
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. :-)
This is the view of the Freedom Tower from 26th Street between 10th and 11th Ave. This was taken on May 8, 2013.
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.