NEW YORK NEW YORK – I flew back from Boston today to JFK hoping to catch up with Maria and an event in Brooklyn. The flight was badly delayed so I missed the event, which I had counted on for my day’s photo activity, so I ended up shooting out of the window of a taxi stalled in traffic in the Van Wyck Expressway in Queens.
Day 3163 of one photograph every day for the rest of my life.
COLLEGE POINT NEW YORK – College point is actually a neighborhood in Queens. It’s out beyond the end of the subway system. It’s a finger of land tucked between the Whitestone Bridge and flushing Bay; Laguardia Airport is just across Flushing Bay. It should have grand exposures to the bay and the East River but large industrial complexes and condo developments generally cut off access to the water. Anyway we had good light so this is what it looks like.
Day 3155 of one photograph every day for the rest of my life.
NEW YORK NEW YORK – I periodically go out to dinner with a group of friends who call themselves the Outer Borough Dinning Society. This evening we went to an Egyptian place in Steinway, Queens called Mombar. It turns out that Steinway Street is called “Little Egypt” – a really interesting area. I got to Steinway Street a bit early to soak up some local color through my lens.
Day 2058 of one photograph every day for the rest of my life.
NEW YORK NEW YORK – I spent most of the day on foot. After taking the tramway to Roosevelt Island I walked most of the length of the island, then across a bridge to Queens, then to the Socrates Sculpture Park on the East River, and finally to a subway stop and back home. The winter light was fabulous – I had a good day of photographs.
Day 1,863 of one picture every day for the rest of my life.
NEW YORK NEW YORK – Late this afternoon I got on the subway and headed for Elmhurst Queens. I’m joining a group of friends for dinner in a Taiwanese restaurant that’s so good that it has no English language sign. You really can’t tell what the name of this place is (unless it happens to be “Parking in the Rear”). Our organizer billed this as the “Best Taiwanese restaurant in North America”. Who would know? It might be. Just the right ambience of families eating off of formica tables. The food uniformly excellent, with the exception of stinky tofu, which to judge from its Wikipedia entry is a Taiwanese specialty. It really is stinky, smelling like a combination of your feet, days old garbage, and excrement.
Elmhurst has been a Taiwanese neighborhood for a long time – since the mid-50s. It’s safe, pleasant and clean. The sidewalks are crowded with Tiger Mom types with strollers. Pretty cool. And in the middle of it there is an old Dutch Reform church – this was the village of Newtown until the late 19th Century. Here are some pictures taken with my Leica Monochrom and my 1959 vintage Dual Range Summicron lens.