Long Island City, NYC
It was the 4th of July 2015. We had a newborn to take care of and we were moving out of our apartment in the morning. We were doing the last minute packing, as we do, and I noticed two barges slowly coming into view and anchoring in the middle of the East River. This was odd, to say the least. Then the people started to arrive, lots of them. Then there was this ship shooting water into beautiful arcs as it traveled down the river. What was going on? Did I miss fleet week or something? Alas, I did not, it was the Macy’s 4th of July fireworks and they were back on the East River after a long time on the Hudson. I was not aware of the change and I can tell you that I did not please my wonderful (but supportive) wife when I started setting up the tripod to take pictures instead of packing up what seemed like the entire apartment! I figured it was a once in a lifetime opportunity. I mean, we had a balcony on the 22nd floor facing the river, we had the perfect view! I ended up taking 150 pictures. There’s another one I really like too, but I think I will save it for another time. For today’s post though, I am sharing one of my favorites. I hope you enjoy it and happy 4th to everyone!
World Trade Center, NYC
I took this a few months before One World Trade Center (left) officially opened. I had been watching the tower go up from a distance for years from my apartment in LIC. This was my first opportunity to see it up close and to visit the 9/11 Memorial. Watching this building come up over the last few years of its construction has been a mix of wonder, curiosity and a rewind back to 2001. I remember the first time I drove into the city after 9/11 and saw the skyline missing the twin towers I had grown up seeing on every trek into the city from the island since the 70s. I remembered going to the observatory when I was a little kid and leaning against the glass and looking down in amazement at how ant-like all the people looked on the street. The twin towers were more than iconic, they were a core part of the NY ethos. Visually, the buildings are new and fresh and have interesting lines and personality and all that, however, I would be lying if I told you that I didn’t miss the old towers.
Long Island City, NY
It’s been a few years since I’ve tended to the site. I mostly blame a hectic life, a newborn, a new company, etc. Blah, blah. The reality is that I hit a creative wall head on and hard and remained parked there. No motivation to take a picture or create anything with the camera. I wasn’t particularly interested in even working on photos I had already taken and liked. Hit. Wall. Splat. I’m not sure why, but a few weeks ago, my motivation started to rise. A tinge if you will, and I was digging the camera out. I resumed keeping an eye out for potential shots. I started planning to take the camera with me more often. Today, I decided to breathe some life into this site. I added a new picture after 2 years and changed the design a bit. I plan on adding some text to each of the past posts, context is important. The motivation is steadily increasing, I should have momentum soon. I’m excited to get out of park and to drive around and capture again.