Photo by myself in the subway station on the Upper West Side, at 81st Street and Columbus Avenue.
Located in front of the Museum of Natural History, this subway station is decorated with playful tile mosaics of animals and insects. Downstairs, the platform is lined with bronze bas-reliefs of dinosaur fossils.
Not often enough, subway art reflects the location of the station.
It's a short week this week since July 4th, Independence Day, falls on Friday. There will be fireworks set off from various locations along the East and Hudson Rivers, between Brooklyn, Manhattan, Roosevelt Island and New Jersey.
I will forever associate July 4th with sweltering humidity and crowds of strangers.
One year in particular is burned into memory, where a group of us waited for eons on an overpass along the East River. There were quiet territory wars between us and the people around us, while sweat and beer poured liberally.
Mark and I aren't sure what we'll be doing for the 4th yet, but I salute those who plan to stand in a crowd.
Click here for a guide showing where the excitement will be, this 4th of July.
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