The Other AppleA
It is just feeling like winter here in New York City. The weather has been so good to us we forgot we were in winter. But every now and then we have some snow and a few severely cold days, and we have to pause and remember, we are not in control. If you are a photographer, the cold weather can really throw you off. But things are still happening and you need to dress yourself and get out there.
Also, you must have a camera with you. If you don’t want to carry a big one, at least have a good camera on your cellphone or carry a point and shoot. You miss every spectacular and money shot you don’t take.
The two photographs you saw above were done with my blackberry camera phone.
Monday was really and one of the photos shows a frozen lake in Central Park. That was just so beautiful I had to capture it. Winter photography is beautiful if you can bear the cold. Central Park by Columbus Circle and West 66th street is a great location to get some awesome shots.
If you are coming to NYC or if you live here, go to Columbus Circle and go to the Apple store. You will love the experience.
Holidays at Rockefeller Center
We are four days into the new year and a few people really gt a few extra days Monday. If you are like those people great! New York City is yours for the taking. There is still time to see the world’s most famous Christmas tree as seen in photo above. Also, while at Rockefeller center you can rent a pair pf skates and get in the rink. It is pretty awesome even if you have to hold unto the rails and make your way around. Rockefeller Center is a major attraction in New York City. Right in that area you have NBC studios and of course, the Top of the Rock and for those who watch Saturday Night Live, there is 30 Rock.
Inside Rockefeller Center there are many stores and even a nice seating area where you can have a cup of Starbucks Coffee and just chat with friends. The subway is probably the best way to get there especially in the winter. The B, D, F and M trains will take you right to Rockefeller Center between 47-50th Streets and 5th Avenue. There is a grand concourse from the subway that will take you right to the skating rink . Rockefeller Center is a lot of fun and it is beautiful as you can see from these photos. All of these photos were taken with my Blackberry Bold phone as I left my professional camera home. The key thing is to make sure you have a camera. At Rockefeller Center you will create precious memories for years to come.
Skating at Rockefeller Center
Well, we are almost at the end of the old year and the start of a new one. Many people can hardly wait for 2012 to end because it was such a rough year. Yes, indeed! What a year! Yet, we are alive and therefore we have to be grateful because it could be otherwise.
Today is supposed to be a snow day in New York City and the tri-state area, according to the weather people. Well, nothing is going to stop New Yorkers from getting out and doing what they have to do. there are so many events planned for today and the weekend overall that it is going to be challenging to get around, but New Yorkers will find a way.
One of the events that is of interest is World Changers Church New York having their inaugural service in their new permanent location at the Paradise Theatre at 2403 Grand Concourse in the Bronx. This is good news as they have been moving around from Madison Square Garden to Manhattan Center, Wamu Theatre, Hilton and Sheraton Hotels, and many more locations in the city. This goes to show that if you have a dream and a plan – do not give up on it. At the proper time it will come to pass.
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It’s 2012 that’s ending- not the world
New Year’s Eve is a bigger holiday than New Year’s day because it is such an amazing thing to know that we lived through one year an dare about to witness the new. So many people started 2012 and many are no longer here, they have passed on. We are still here and while that is cause for celebration, let’s pause for a minute and be thankful we are still here.
Times Square- New York
Times Square in New York City is the place to be for every New Year’s Eve celebration. There is just no place like it. I am usually in church when the ball drops, but, you can still go to Times Square in the day and capture the feeling. People line up in Times Square from early in the morning, as a matter of fact, if you want a good spot to see the ball drop, you need to be there around noon. Follow me on Twitter and you will see the crowds lining up from early on Monday, December 31, 2012.
Times Square Museum and Visitor Center
In Times Square itself you are at the center of the world. Everything is within a stone’s throw from Times Square. So, how do you get there? The best way to get there is by subway (A C E N Q R S 1 2 3 7). If you are a visitor, go straight to the Times Square Museum and Visitors Center at 1560 Broadway, New York, NY 10036. The entrance is located at 7th Ave between 46th & 47th Streets, and you can call (212) 452-5283) if you have questions. Another cool thing to note about Times Square is that there is free Wi-fi so just look for “Visitor Center free Wi-fi” and then connect your tablet or phone. Times Square is just the happiest, busiest place on earth.
If you want to take in a Broadway show while in Times Square for New Year’s Eve 2012 celebration, look for the TKS Booth and get your tickets to Broadway shows. In many instances you can get deeply discounted tickets for some of the most popular shows. In addition, you can do shopping, go to nice restaurants, or just sit in Times square and enjoy all the excitement. Make sure you have a camera, fresh batteries, and a bottle of water. Enjoy Times Square. If you found this helpful, spread the word through Facebook, Twitter and other similar sites, even My Space. Yes!
shuttle Bus connection to J train
The MTA and the Mayor’s Office are really doing a great job in getting people moving in New York City. A major reason for the lack of subway service is sea water in the train tunnels. The shuttle buses are getting people from the outer boroughs into Manhattan. Lower Manhattan has no electricity so the NYP are out in full force directing traffic and preventing looters from breaking into stores.
At the time of writing this post, electricity is back in all of Manhattan. That means subways are up and running and that is good because the lines for gas are getting longer. I spoke with a friend who is a nurse at a hospital in the Bronx and she had been waiting for 2 hours to get gas.
Another friend is saving her gas today so she can have it to attend church tomorrow. The lines are just too long and upon reaching up to the pump people are told there is no more gas.
Yesterday I took my camera and two lenses and headed into Manhattan. Two trains and a bus ride over the Williamsburg Bridge and I was in Manhattan. I don’t see how the NYC marathon could have been run. The streets were crowded with sand bags, Con Ed trucks and emergency vehicles trying to pump water from the subways or cutting down trees that were leaning over.
My first stop was B and H at 9tj and 34thj street. Outside they had two charging stations for cellphones. The two stations were crowded. Inside the store, the crowd was around their Tablet section. People were test driving the iPad Mini and other tablets like the Samsung Galaxy 2 and the Nexus 7. I am doing another post on tablets.
After 34th Street I boarded a bus and headed to lower Manhattan and Battery Park which was a Zone A area and where the East River came ashore and flooded all of lower Manhattan. As a photographer, I ignored one of my own tips and that was to dress warmly just in case. Lower Manhattan was cold and as such I could not get to all the places I wanted to because it was simply too cold. I did get quite a lot and those I will post later today.
There is really so much to say that I am going to have to do this in a series and call it Sandy’s NYC Visit. Let me just say that when you see J and R Music World was closed you know NUC was really hit bad by hurricane Sandy. I passed by City Hall and it was deserted. On a normal day lower Manhattan is buzzing with people, crowded sidewalks and City Hall park full of people and birds. Yesterday, that was all absent save for a few tourists. Sandy’s visit to New York City will always be remembered.
In my next post I will talk about traveling in and around the city and how that is going.
View Wednesday and Thursday’s posts for slideshows on Sandy’s devastation in Canarsie, Brooklyn. I’m happy to report that after contacting the NYC Mayor’s Office, most of Canarsie have their lights back on.
Steel no match for Sandy