Saturday, 30 April 2011


At the very end of this wing, to the left, they have the newspapers and magazines, including international press. Can you imagine coming here to read the newspaper every day?

Friday, 29 April 2011

New York Public Library

One of the buildings I could not see last time was the Public Library. This time, thanks again to the rainy weather, it was the perfect occassion to spend some hours in this magnificent building and institution. We actually joined one of the tours to get a glimpse of the history of the Library, which is now turning 100 years old and looking great.

The photo above is a stitched photo (as given away by the usual ghosts) taken from one of the lateral staircases. While I was there a couple of young german ladies asked me to take a photo of them (with their camera). Their English was not that good and they were surprised when I explained in German that the photo would not come out that well because of the difference between the dark staircase and the bright background. I´m always tempted to start touching the settings of other people´s cameras (not much appreciated) or directly offer to take the photo with my camera and send it later by e-mail. 

Plus I would not even think of spoiling such a great view placing my face in the very front, although admittedly their face was way nicer than mine...

Wednesday, 27 April 2011


Museum of Modern Art, what a great museum to spend a whole morning. And not to forget, what a great shop they have. I could buy most of the presents in one go. Definitely nice.

In a way, it was good that it was raining as otherwise I would have not seen it. And not only seen it, I could also take photos (!). As it stands, they are advanced enough to make a distinction between photography and flash photography. I still remember the Joan Miró museum in Barcelona and their absurd rule on photography and then you come to the MoMA in New York and photos are allowed pretty much everywhere and to anything, including paintings from Picasso, Dalí, Matisse, Miró, etc.

Thursday, 21 April 2011

Ground Zero April 2011

I took a similar shot back in 2009. The Liberty Tower (far right) could not be seen yet.

Tuesday, 19 April 2011

Under the bridge

This is the view from under the Brooklyn Bridge (on the Manhattan side). I also did a video while driving through the bridge from Brooklyn. Question is, does a low res video fit into a mostly-photography blog?

Friday, 15 April 2011

View from the Top of the Rock (ii)

I was surprised at how many lights there are in Central Park at night. Not that I would dare to enter anyway...
The daylight panorama view is here.

Wednesday, 13 April 2011

View from the Top of the Rock (i)

We arrived on Thursday evening and after checking in and dropping the rental car, we went for a walk. It was so cold that we ended up looking for hats! Eventually we decided to go up to the Top of the Rock, aka the GE building, and have a look at Manhattan´s skyline at night. Once up there I spotted this, which reminded me of the background of my current blog template.

Taking photos while it is drizzling just above zero on a windy night is bad enough. Finding that the photo is not properly focused or simply not sharp because of the 1/2s hand-held shot is worse. By the way, tripods are not allowed and I, in my wisdom, decided not to bring the monopod to this trip. But more on that later...

Tuesday, 12 April 2011

Pier in Manhattan

The weather was quite bad, cod and rainy for most of the day, not quite what I would have liked to have for a photo tour in Manhattan. The only advantage is that there were no tourists around to spoil the photo...

Sunday, 10 April 2011

Museum of Modern Art - New York

I guess you have made it when you have a photo exhibited at MoMA, even if just one. Except that I visited the museum on April Fools´ Day...

Never mind, I´m still young (sort of)

(the original photo has just an empty wall, but I took the photo because I like how the levels are connected through the atrium)

Saturday, 9 April 2011

Road under Brooklyn Bridge

This time I arrived at New York driving from Connecticut. Instead on entering Manhattan from the north, I decided to take a detour and enter through the Brooklyn Bridge. It actually cost me some more time as traffic was quite bad, but it was worth it, plus I got to drive all the way up to Central Park fighting avoiding taxi drivers.

Tuesday, 5 April 2011

Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges, NYC

I just spent a couple of days in New York, so you can expect a decent amount of photos on the next few weeks on this theme..