Walking the High Line While Looking at the Eclipse

On August 21st, I traveled, from Staten Island into Manhattan, to try to see the Eclipse from the High Line, because I thought that might be an interesting place to see it from.  I walked the High Line from 23rd Street to 14th Street.  Many other people had the same idea as me.  These are a few of the photos I got. The Eclipse wasn’t too great from NYC.  It looks like the moon in the sky, but actually, it is the sun being covered by the moon.

The Best Shot of the Eclipse I got.


New Apartment building as seen along the High Line
Walking along the High Line
People on Street Looking at the Eclipse


Weekly Photo Challenge: Vibrant


When I think of vibrant, I immediately think of Southern California and their colorful vegetation (pink cactus above)  and houses.  Below are few photos of vibrant structures in Venice, California.

House on the Venice, California Canals.  Venice is a suburb of L.A.  The canals were originally built in the early 20th century to mimic the canals in Venice, Italy
House on the Venice, California, Canals
Life Guard Station on Beach in Venice
Life Guard Station on Beach in Venice

Weekly Photo Challenge: Converge

Convergence of lines  in Architecture. Buildings  that are based on the triangle.

Transamerica Building in San Francisco
Freedom Tower, NYC
Freedom Tower, (before it was completed) NYC

For a better photo of the completed World Trade Center (Freedom Tower), click here.  This photo on Pinterest shows just how much of a triangle it is.

Weekly Photo Challenge: From Lines to Patterns–Part II.

I couldn’t leave this topic alone without including Frank Lloyd Wright, my favorite all-time architect, whose work exemplifies ‘Lines to Patterns.”  These are photos I took at the Frank Lloyd Wright Room at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Looking into room from outside the FLW designed window. Notice the guy on the other side. (funny!).  Lamp designed by FLW.  FLW designed all the furniture that went into his designed houses, and placed it where he thought it should go.
Window Detail. Is this lines to patterns or what!
Inside FLW room in the American Wing at Met.
Inside FLW room in the American Wing at Met.

New York City on the Hudson River

Something just happened that inspired me to make this post:  While on Pinterest, which I’m presently consumed by, I found these fantastic architectural drawings by this architectural firm in Greenwich Village called:  Giuliano Fiorenzoli Architects.  These are the most beautiful architectural drawings I have ever seen.  I decided to make this post to which I will add, by and by, photos of New York City along the Hudson, even though I already have many on other posts.  The value of Pinterest is finding new things that would never have found otherwise.

Manhattan Meets the Hudson River–an architectural drawing by Giuiano Fiorenzoli
New York City along the Hudson River–photo by Gayle Alstrom (6/2012)–This photo was actually 4 photos combined to make a panoramic.
NYC City View from Hudson River
Another shot of NYC from the Hudson. The trees are Riveside Park in Morningside Heights.
Battery Park on the Hudson
The Westside on the Hudson

An Architectural Cruise up the Hudson River

Last night through an organization called Open House New York, I took an architectural tour up the Hudson River on a beautiful cruise ship called the Hornblower.  The ship left from Pier 40, which is on the Hudson at Houston Street, then travels up the Hudson past Morningside Heights to almost the George Washington Bridge, then turns around and returns to Pier 40.  On the way back, the ship’s guide points out  and gives lots of history concerning the important buildings on the New Jersey side of the river.

Lower Manhattan with Unfinished New World Trade Center Building

In my video the narration didn’t come through good so I eliminated it, but I still hope someone might enjoy it.  Below are a few photos I took.  You might notice that I have a thing for sailboats.  It’s just that I think that sailboats around Manhattan add so much to the overall landscape.

This is the Morningside Heights area of New York City as seen from the  Hudson River.  Morningside Heights is located above the Upper Wise side.  These institutions reside in the Morningside Heights area:  Columbia University,  Barnard College, the Manhattan School of MusicBank Street College of Education, “Grant’s Tomb“, the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine,  Riverside ChurchUnion Theological SeminaryJewish Theological Seminary of AmericaInterchurch Center and St. Luke’s Hospital.  The trees are Riverside Park.
Grant’s Tomb (left) and The Riverside Church in Riverside Heights in the borough of Manhattan

The Riverside Church is an interdenominational American Baptist and United Church of Christ church famous for its elaborate Neo-Gothic architecture and its history of social justice. John D. Rockefeller built the church with his own money for Harry Emerson Fosdick (May 24, 1878 – October 5, 1969), a famous 20th-century Baptist Minister, to preach in, because Rockefeller was such an admirer of his.

Top of Empire State Building
From rear of cruise ship going up the Hudson river.  Manhattan on the left and New Jersey on the right.  Between the two is where the Hudson meets the Atlantic Ocean.

After the cruise, I took the Staten Island Ferry back home to Staten Island.  It’s very hard to take a night photo with a hand-held camera, without it turning out blurry, from a moving boat . I think the only reason this photo came out this clear was because the boat was moving straight back from the shore and not horizontally to it.  Also, I balanced my camera on the boat’s railing.  My camera is an upper-end point-and-shoot (Nikon Coolpix P-100).

My New Year’s Day 2012

Since this was the first day of the year, a holiday, I wanted to do something that I would enjoy–that’s feasible I mean. I decided to go to Central Park, eat lunch at the Boat House, and then walk around and take some photos along the way. I didn’t get any earth-shattering photos, but it was a beautiful day considering it’s winter in NYC. The Pond in Central Park had water in it, which it never does in the winter, although there were no model boats, probably because no one expected it to have water in it at this time of the year. It was warm today, considering it’s winter–around 50 degrees–and sunny with no wind and few clouds. Anyway, below is a video I made and some of my photos. I added the Gershwin background music to try to make it more exciting.

You will notice that it doesn’t look like all that many people in the park, but I think because it was New Years, people get going later in the day. As I was on the bus going home, the streets in Midtown and downtown were extremely crowded. People in the park seemed bored. There was a squirrel in a tree and many people–including me– were crowded around taking photos of it as if that was some big thing.  Not very many street musicians out in the park.  Perhaps they were taking a holiday, too.

Happy New Year from Central Park!