Landscape Street

Friday July 9, 2010

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – In the late afternoon I took a walk Riverside Boulevard, the extension of Riverside Drive south from 72nd Street. The street may actually be called Trump Place between 66th Street and 70th Street. I was attracted by an article in the New York Times to the effect that the American Institute of Architects has designated the buildings along here as the 6th ugliest buildings in New York. What I found is that the southern extension of Riverside Park is now mostly completed, and is sensational. I’ll be back there. But for today the entrance to one of the buildings, 100 Riverside Boulevard, not one of the Trump buildings.

100 Riverside Boulevard

Hasselblad H3D 39.

Icon Landscape Urban

Tuesday July 6, 2010

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – A truly beastly day. We’re suffering under a record heat wave in the Northeast. I sought refuge in the shade of the plaza of Lever House and shot passers by against the backdrop of Hello Kitty. Not a good day to be outdoors.

Leica M9 with 28mm Summicon lens.

Landscape Small town

Monday July 5, 2010

NEW MILFORD, CONNECTICUT – I decided to drive back to New York early. The light in New Milford was interesting so I stopped to photograph. One of the grandest buildings on the green of this slightly troubled town is the Lillis Funeral Home. Here’s a link to the iMortuary entry for Lillis: Lillis Funeral Home.

The Lillis’s are evidently a prominent New Milford family.  A Google search identifies a Deputy Chief of Police named Lillis; the town has a Lillis Road; the school board was housed in the Lillis Building which is now apparently abandoned.

I’m going to go out of my way to collect mortuaries over the next few months.

Lillis Funeral Home

Hssselblad H3d 39 with 35-90mm lens.

Landscape Street Travel

Wednesday June 30, 2010

QUITO ECUADOR – We’re back in Quito getting ready for the flight home. I woke up early to capture the city waking up in lovely light. The man near the center of the frame is wheeling his shoeshine stand toward Plaza de La Indepenencia where he will set it up for the day.

Shoe shine man

Leica M9 with 28mm Summicron


Monday June 28, 2010

SAN PABLO DEL LAGO ECUADOR – The cemetery near the Hacienda Cusin, a lovely inn.

Leica M9 with 24mm Summilux.

Landscape Religion

Thursday June 24, 2010

QUITO ECUADOR – The space above the a side isle in the Basilica del Voto Nacional in Quito. Wikipedia includes the following description:

“The basilica is the most important work of Neogothic Ecuadorian architecture and is one of the most representative of the Americas. It is the largest neogothic basilica in the New World. The building is noted for its grotesques in the form of native Ecuadorian animals, such as armadillos, iguana, and Galapagos tortoises.

“The Basilica is 140 meters long and 35 meters wide. It is 30 meters high in the sanctuary, 15 meters high in the votive chapels, 74 meters high in the transept, and 115 meters high in the two frontal towers. In the sanctuary, there are 14 bronze images representing 11 apostles and three evangelists. In the crypt, there is a pantheon containing the remains of several heads of state.”

Leica M9 and 50mm Sumicron Asph. Three images stitched.

Landscape Travel

Wednesday June 23, 2010

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – This was a travel day, starting in the morning at LaGuardia and ending the day in Quito, Ecuador, via Miami. This out of the window of a taxi on the way to LaGuardia. The Bridge is the Triborough Bridge – at least that’s its historical name and what most New Yorkers call it. It was officially renamed the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge in 2008. Here’s a short excerpt from the Wikipedia entry on the bridge:

“Construction had begun on Black Friday in 1929, and the Triborough project’s outlook began to look bleak. Othmar Ammann’s assistance was enlisted to help simplify the structure. Ammann had collapsed the original two-deck roadway into one, requiring lighter towers, and thus, lighter piers. These cost-saving revisions saved $10 million on the towers alone. Using New Deal money, the project was resurrected in the early 1930s by Robert Moses and the bridge was opened to traffic on July 11, 1936.”

Here’s a link to the Metropolitan Transit Authority’s page on the bridge: RFK Bridge

RFK Bridge

Leica M9 and 35mm Summicron Asph.

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