365 Project: Greenwich Village brownstone – New York City (September 23, 2013) #newyork #picsoftheday

A quaint window garden from a Greenwich Village brownstone. Manhattan is bathed in sun, clear blue skies and warm temps. It’s a great time to be in New York! 🙂

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365 Project – 311: Thinking of Governor’s Island, New York and Point Pleasant, New Jersey – Jersey Shore (November 6, 2012)

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These photos were taken just a few months ago. Nora and my husband were on the road around Governor’s Island, which was completely submerged under water by Hurricane Sandy. The photo of Aaron on the roller coaster and Nora pushing Evan in the stroller were taken at Point Pleasant, New Jersey, at the Jersey shore. That ride and that boardwalk were all washed away by Sandy. 😦

When Hurricane Sandy hit my first thoughts were of my family and friends back east, who fortunately fared well. They experienced power outages but, since they were inland their homes were spared from flooding. I also thought of Governor’s Island, which we just visited this past August, remembering the hurricane that hit in 1976 which I thought was going to sink our island. Fortunately, our little fortress of an island survived being submerged under water but, she incurred many fallen trees from the strong winds. Oh, but, they were such beautiful, old chestnut trees. 😦 But, Point Pleasant, on the Jersey Shore, did NOT fare so well. The boardwalk got washed away, along with those rides, shops and eateries. (Here’s a link to a post showing us walking the boardwalk, the kids on the rides, and having our first taste of a frozen custard from Kohr’s.)

I was grateful for our first Jersey Shore experience in August of this year but, now that it’s gone, I appreciate it even more. I’m so sorry for all those affected by this devastation but, am confident in the resiliency of New York, New Jersey and the many other cities that have been hit by Hurricane Sandy. And, we can help by donating to the Red Cross or to food banks in those areas.

ONE DOLLAR CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE
I learned yesterday that just $1 can provide five meals. Here’s a link to the American Red Cross. Give what you can to help our friends and family in need.

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365 Project – 255: Remembering 9/11 as the Freedom Tower continues to rise from the ashes (September 11, 2012)

Shutter Speed: 1/50, Aperture: F/1.4, ISO: 800

I’ve posted several photos of the Freedom Tower from our summer visit to Manhattan but, thought I’d post another one in remembrance of 9/11. Here’s a night scene at Washington Square, full of locals, tourists and talented troubadours,  feeling safe and secure with the illuminated Freedom Tower growing beautiful, strong and tall in the background.   New York City is such a vibrant, incredible city and it’s  inspiring to see its amazing recovery after 9/11.

The Freedom Tower reminds us of what was lost,  but, also lifts our spirits by symbolizing the resiliency and spirit of New York City and our country.

Check out my other posts featuring the Freedom Tower:

* Remembering the World Trade Centers from Governor’s Island and the Freedom Tower
* The Freedom Tower from Castle Williams – Governor’s Island
* Biking on Governor’s Island…and the Brooklyn Bridge
* Day 4 – New York City (American Museum of Natural History, Babbo, Washington Square
* Day 2 – New York (Governors Island)

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365 Project – 225: The Shake Shack in Madison Square Park (New York City) (August 18, 2012)

Shutter Speed: 1/160, Aperture: F/2, ISO: 1600 – original shot with AUTO white balance

Shutter Speed: 1/160, Aperture: F/2, ISO: 1600 – edited original in Lightroom, warmed up white balance +15

I think the original photo, shot using the AUTO white balance setting is too blue. I added warmth by sliding the white balance setting to the right (more yellow) +15. I like the second, edited photo better. What do you think?

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365 Project – 223: Beneath the Empire State Building (New York City) (August 16, 2012)

Shutter Speed: 1/60, Aperture: F/11, ISO: 200 – FLASH

Shutter Speed: 1/200, Aperture: F/6.3, ISO: 200 – FLASH

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365 Project – 222: Lunching with the Statue of Liberty – color or black and white? (New York City) (August 15, 2012)

Shutter Speed: 1/60, Aperture: F/16, ISO: 200 – black and white

Shutter Speed: 1/60, Aperture: F/16, ISO: 200

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365 Project – 221: What the Freedom Tower and demolishing Bldg. 877 means to me… – Governor’s Island, New York City (August 14, 2012)

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This is a storytelling photo for me because of growing up in Building 877, which is one of several delapidated military housing apartments slated for demolition. As a kid, I was unaware of the rundown state of these apartments, I just knew it was home and our unit had “cool views” of the city. Looking at the railing on top of 877 I remember Good Morning America, with Joan Lunden and David Hartmann, filming the 1976 Bicentennial Tall Ships celebration on the roof .  I also just remember walking amongst throngs of visitors, including our relatives we invited onto the island for the big event, and feeling so lucky we lived there.   They called these apartments  “the projects” but, I have nothing but fond memories of living really close to our neighbors, which I thought was fun, feeling safe playing and exploring all over the island, hearing taps at dusk, walking with my best friend around the entire island (~ 5 miles around) in 30 minutes,  and having access to Manhattan just a short ferry ride away across the Buttermilk Channel.  This photo also triggers bittersweet memories, seeing the new Freedom Tower, replacing the view of the World Trade Centers which we saw from our living room window.  But, this picture also makes me feel hopeful for the future, with the Freedom Tower looking beautiful and strong, my daughter swinging high and free symbolizing the security and joy she feels in her life, and the site of Building 877 soon making way for a new park which will be made accessible to all.  This photo captures history in the making and days gone by.

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365 Project – 220: Manhattan and Freedom Tower from Castle Williams (Governor’s Island, New York City) (August 14, 2012)

Shutter Speed: 1/100, Aperture: F/16, ISO: 200

Here’s another view of Manhattan, from the top of Castle Williams on Governor’s Island. Whenever we saw airplanes or even helicopters in the sky, I couldn’t help but think of 9/11, especially while looking at the Freedom Tower under construction. And, again, here’s another cannon aimed at Manattan, poised to protect New York City’s inner harbor, back in the early 1800s.
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365 Project – 219: Biking on Governor’s Island…and the Brooklyn Bridge (New York City) (August 13, 2012)

Shutter Speed: 1/1600, Aperture: F/6.3, ISO: 400

Without a doubt, Governor’s Island grants you incredible views of New York City’s major highlights, from the Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building, the under-construction Freedom Tower, Ellis Island, the Brooklyn Bridge, and more. Biking the island is a kid-friendly activity you should definitely add to your bucket list. 🙂

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365 Project – 218: Governor’s Island and the Statue of Liberty (New York City) (August 13, 2012)

Shutter Speed: 1/2000, Aperture: F/7.1, ISO: 400

Erected between 1807 and 1811, Castle Williams on Governor’s Island was created to protect New York City’s inner harbor. See the cannon pointing towards Manhattan, while the beautiful Statue of Liberty gazes peacefully towards the island? I grew up with that view of the Statue of Liberty from our Governor’s Island military housing. It was a privilege. 🙂  Click here for more about Castle Williams.
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