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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.