September 12, 2016
Train In/Out: Fairfield, CT
Miles walked: 7.5
Camera: Olympus OM-D E-M1 with m.Zuiko 17mm f1.8, m.Zuiko 12-40mm PRO
I explored Hell's Kitchen today. This area goes from around 57th to 34th from 8th Avenue west to the Hudson River. I will apologize ahead of time...this was not a very exciting Magic Monday. Not many people out and about in Hell's Kitchen. It was a nice enough area, a boatload of restaurants and mostly residential. I was surprised there were not more people milling around, but I think it's an area that is more hopping at night. There were some neon signs I would have liked to have photographed at night, perhaps on a future visit. I've had less than exciting Magic Mondays before, and with 16 left on the journey, there will probably be a couple of more non stellar days. But one friend did say to me, a dull day in New York City is still better than a good day in Connecticut. Ha ha.
Must be Italian. ;)
A princess on a mission.
Favorite people of the day.
A piano in the sky.
My slightly droopy mood was partially because it was the day after 9/11. Always a difficult time, but I think a bit more so this year because of my new attachment to the city. I could envision much better what it must have been like the day it all happened and the following weeks. It's beyond impressive that the 9/11 area looks as nice as it does now. Still, the memory of it all will be with all of us forever.
This was a fresh memorial outside of Engine 54 / Truck 4. A candle was burning on the right.
A note left by a visitor from the U.K.
Later in the day Engine 54 drove by heading back to the station.
Now where did I leave my liquid nitrogen tanks...
Clearly this guy felt strongly about something. I had to look it up when I got home. People are upset that Staples has opened post office locations inside their stores and they are staffed by Staples employees, not official postal workers. StopStaples says that postal workers are highly trained to protect our privacy and that people working for $8.55/hour are not qualified and are taking away good paying jobs for postal workers.
I live in a small town in Connecticut and our post office (satellite office) is staffed by employees of a local quarry/construction company. Before that, our post office was literally in a closet in the entry way of a tiny barber shop in town. Now you have a better idea of how exciting my town is. I wonder why I like NYC? :)
Info on the Stop Staples movement: http://stopstaples.com
I didn't need to charge my phone, but if I did, I was all set.
This looks like two things to me: 1) Like a FedEx truck threw up 2) Like a very long day for a FedEx employee
A Google search revealed they sell lollipops! Now what did you think they sold?
From their website: Weed World Candies launched in 1999 with the goal to get Marijuana & Hemp legalized and industrialized. We tour the country in a fleet of "loud" vehicles promoting the legalization and decriminalization of marijuana.
Our product strains include Bubble Kush, O.G Kush, Strawberry Cough, White Widow, SkyWalker Kush, Purple Urkle, and A.K 47 to name a few.
Their website also says: "Open 7 days a week, 420 days a year"
420, 4:20, or 4/20 (pronounced four-twenty) is a code-term that refers to the consumption of cannabis, especially smoking cannabis around the time 4:20 p.m. and smoking and celebrating cannabis on the date April 20 (4/20 in U.S. form).
Mops on break. Two of them need to get a room.
When I researched Hell's Kitchen, I saw this sign come up in my Google search so I had to seek it out.
On one side it says "Sin will find you out"...
On the other side it says "Get right with God".
And right across the street I saw this which made me laugh. The S actually started spelling a word that went down the window, but I had fun making it look like BS. I think my boredom with the day was making me a bit punchy.
I have two. I love them so much. One is crazy.
Fresh From Hell. Ha!
A photoshoot going on. A tad creepy.
The architecture in Hell's Kitchen was nice. Lots of brownstones. Reminded me a bit of the Harlem area I explored a few weeks ago (going to Harlem again soon!).
Let's explore the deep, spiritual meaning of why I saw a bag of pinecones on the roof of a car...do send me your theories in the comments box at the bottom of the page. I'm all ears. :)
More non-household "litter". Nice of them to place it so that you can still throw things away.
I thought this was a joke. I had no idea you can get padlocks that you control with your phone.
I Googled Psychic Reena. Apparently she gives a good reading. For $5, she'll read your palm. For $15 she'll read Tarot Cards. Maybe I'll go back. Still haven't found the Merlin guy again. I want to get at least one psychic reading during 52 Magic Mondays.
Maybe if I was drunk I would understand Shakespeare? Perhaps that's the key.
This was pretty cool. An old school that had separate Girls and Boys entrances.
Hey, that's me in the reflection! This was above me on some kind of overpass that led to the Port Authority bus terminal.
So just after I snapped a pic of Zoo Crew, Miss Peacock walked right by me!
To quote Napoleon Dynamite, "I like your sleeves..."
An Italian Greyhound. He was about an inch wide. A bag full of nerves but very sweet.
This was how I was feeling about today's journey...move along, nothing much to see here. :)
St. Michael's church.
Post office building on 8th avenue. I did not realize how mammoth it really is.
So the construction guy who's looking at the camera says to me as I'm walking, by minding my own business, "get any good pictures"?
Reflection of the project the construction guys were working on.
Ran into a college student carrying this beast. It's a medium format Asahi Pentax from the 60's. It weighs 5+ pounds! I loved the wood grip. I gave him my card, maybe he will email me, he said it would be fun to collaborate on something.
My favorite window! Didn't get anything spectacular today. After standing facing my usual way waiting for people to walk by, I turned around to face the other way on this window for the first time. This lady immediately walked up. No one else super interesting came by. To be continued...
In this one, she has a hand growing out of her eye on the right. Probably needs more deep, spiritual analysis of why.
I took this because it reminded me of a funny / not-so-funny news story. There is a guy going around NYC with pruning sheers chopping off people's self sticks as they are taking a picture of themselves. No joke, someone is doing this.
Here's the video of him: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JcLXfow2jEk
FYI! Here's a picture of the new skyscraper going up next to Grand Central.
And that ends my exploration of Hell's Kitchen. I think it was an educational Magic Monday! We learned about Stop Staples and the post office controversy, and that someone has been selling lollipops since 1999 all in the pursuit of legalizing weed. After another 16 weeks of 52MM, you'll be ready for your turn on Jeopardy.
I created another video slideshow to music the other day. This one covers Weeks 26 - 27 around 4th of July. You can watch it here (it will be on the small side), or click the link to go to YouTube. It's a better experience when you see it on a larger screen.
Watch full screen on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RXQvFemxG5Y
All the music slideshows accessible from this page: http://52magicmondays.com/video-slideshows
Until the next Magic Monday (which will be on a Friday next week...Photoville is back in Brooklyn and I'm going to check that event out).