Photo by myself in Hell's Kitchen, on Ninth Avenue around 44th Street.
Memorial Day weekend marks Fleet Week in New York. US Naval ships and crafts from other countries dock along the west side, this time of year. Sailors usually stroll the streets in groups near 42nd Street.
Here, a member of the US Navy in white, takes in the city with a member of the US Marine Corps, in beige and blue.
I used to work near 42nd Street on the west side. Around Memorial Day, I'd see sailors from other countries walking around. Most were from Britain, I believe, and walked around in their white uniforms with dark socks pulled up to their knees.
I always looked on this time of the year fondly. The military men and women stood out so obviously from us civilians, and it was nice to see them milling about on the sidewalks, enjoying the city.
Mark and I were on the west side today for lunch, and we spotted a few uniformed officers, who were probably American. For whatever reason, there didn't seem to be as many uniforms as in past years.
There were long lines along the West Side Highway, which runs along the edge of Manhattan, by the Hudson. Visitors are allowed to board some of the ships docked there. There was also a small group of people protesting against China, on behalf of Tibet.
Hell's Kitchen has loads of wonderful, affordable restaurants. Let's hope these fellas didn't spoil their pristine uniforms.
Other posts about Tibetan protests in New York: Peace to All and Tibetans of the World Unite.
For the New York Fleet Week site, click here.