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Thursday, November 30, 2006

Reindeer from space

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S'more tables

Along with the usual popcorn and hot dogs, the Bronx Zoo has a make-your-own s'mores area where you cook the marshmallows yourself. Neat idea.
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Empty space

A rare look behind the construction wall on that huge lot at N4th in Williamsburg. This place just screams roller rink to me. Or something. Seems a shame that it just sits. Last activity in there was the removal of huge cranes that were afixed to the ceiling.
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Color shift

When I looked back at the Time Warner Center I thought either I was going crazy or the glass had somehow changed the color from when I was just inside the building. In fact, the colors slowly change.
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No more

Wow, I didn't realize the degree to which they were going to gut this place.
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Monsignor's closed!!

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We noticed it was shuttered over Thanksgiving and a few days later the real estate sign went up. I have to assume the taco place that worked out of the back is also closed. That's a real shame. Now comes the time to hope/dread what goes in there. Will it be a cool place like some of the other corners of the park (Luncheonette, Mamalu, er... Turkey Nest) or will the Dunkin Donuts/Baskin Robins trend that just went in a block away spread to this corner with another chain restaurant?

Subway love

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It looks like he's giving me the evil eye, but actually he's looking at the approaching train. I snapped this just before the train pulled in.

Reading room

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42nd Street

Parking pattern

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43rd and 2nd/3rd. Across from all those rental car places.

Monday, November 27, 2006

Decking the halls

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That's outside Paragon Sports on 18th.

Hasidim on the field

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It never fails that when someone comes to visit they mention seeing Hasidic guys playing softball down the street. I stood and watched them play for a while and despite the fact that they play in collared shirts, they're about as normal as you can get. At one point the base runner going home ran around the catcher who was blocking the plate. The catcher didn't have the ball, but because the runner left the baseline, the defense argued that he was out. A screaming fight of passion and rage ensued, but in the end, it was just softball. As a consession, the runner went back to third and the game played on.

'7 Berry' already tagged

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Meanwhile, this thing is going up so fast, my progress photos are outdated before I can put them up. Last week's steps:
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Above, see all that light in the back? Is there a courtyard in there?

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Kate's (no longer un-marked) Brooklyn Joint

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Previously here.

Letting it hang out

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South 2nd St., Williamsburg

Guardian angel

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This is probably too dark to post, but I think the idea still works.
(Prince, I think, near Broadway.)

Nuts 4 Nuts

As I find myself taking more photos at night, I'm loving the lighting in the Nuts 4 Nuts carts. The short flourescent bulb over the service window creates a little proscenium. I almost expect to see a puppet show in there. Of course, the challenge is to take the picture of the vendor without freaking him out.
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