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Sunday, March 30, 2008

Looking out at Manhattan

The View from Brooklyn
Photo by myself in Brooklyn Heights, on what's called the Brooklyn Promenade.

The view of lower Manhattan from the Brooklyn waterfront is pretty nice. Out of frame are the number of large historical houses along the water. Norman Mailer is rumored to have lived in the most beautiful one.


For some reason I decided to walk around Battery Park City and the Brooklyn promenade this afternoon to take some photos. I'm not sure why I decided on this plan, since it was about 45 degrees today, with a constant, brisk wind. It was even colder by the water.

Downtown was overrun with tourists milling about the narrow sidewalks. The viewing platform at the World Trade Center and the department store Century 21 were completely packed. Century 21 is known for offering designer clothing and accessories at discounted prices. Be prepared to root around and compete with crowds.

I stepped into Century 21 for a brief moment, then immediately regretted it and skedaddled. The crowds were overwhelming. I wouldn't recommend going on a weekend or during a normal hour.

Now I'm home, with the cat snuggled alongside me on the couch. My stomach is full of spaghetti bolognese. The chill is finally out of my bones.

Life is good.


Kizz said...

It felt inhumanly cold today and I hated it. Just had to get that off my chest.

That same thing happens to me every time I go into Century 21. Every time.

Oh, and you just reminded me of something I want to do with my beloved new camera. If you go down to the bottom of Cadman Plaza, to that ice cream joint between the River Cafe and Bargemusic on a Saturday or Sunday in decent weather you can see, honestly, 50 wedding parties getting their photos take in an afternoon. I totally want to go down there and stake out a seat and get some pictures of people.

Anonymous said...

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Shosh said...

I'd really like to see Manhattan. It's beautiful.

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Anonymous said...

Hi Kitty
I've been truly impressed with your photography. You should put them together and make a coffee table book featuring your work. I love the interesting features of the architecture and the interplay with people; something of which isn't here in the country obviously. Anyways I've rambled enough.
Take care.

Carolyn said...

Thanks for baring the the elements for this great pic.


fishwithoutbicycle said...

Hi Kitty, Tel Aviv lived a few blocks from Century 21, a store I have always hated, however we once popped in after dinner, about 30minutes before it closed and the store was practically ours. That's the only time to go :-)

Kitty said...

Hi Kizz!
Ah...the River Cafe. That's such a cute place. Cozy. Beautiful view. A night view would be really wonderful.
Alas the only time I went was for a wedding reception, lol. It is just so romantic.

Welcome Curly
I adore your site. Beautiful photos!
I'll certainly sign up. Thank you for the alert!

Welcome Midas!
Do come in the warmer months, lol, but before it becomes too muggy. Spring, early Summer and Autumn are the best times.

Hallo JD!
I'm truly flattered and feel I'm just learning about photography and how to look at things.
Thank you for your kind words.

Hi Carolyn
Things feel so much better after moments of discomfort, don't they? I'm happy to oblige

Hi Fish
Wow, what a place for someone to live? Oy.
There's something cool about that area (how historical it is) but something cold about it, too, with how un-neighborhoody it is. Battery Park City, especially freaks me out. I could not get over how many anonymous modern buildings are sprouting up there. Eh.

Jilly said...

Love this photo. That backdrop - stunning - but then Manhattan IS. You've showed it beautifully and in a different way.

Fredrik said...

Sounds like a nice day! Great picture. Would probably work well in black and white too. Your progress is so obvious. Keep up the good work!

sonia a. mascaro said...

LOVE your blog!

I would love to know NY... I wish be there, walking around Brooklyn Promenade! Great photo!

Mo said...

Another great shot.

Kitty said...

Welcome Jilly and thanks!
Frankly, I'd prefer the Rivera, lol

Hi Fredrik
thanks so much for all your photographic support. There's much to learn!

Thanks Sonia and Mo!

Olivier said...

La promenade a faire quand on va a NYC, on a une vue sublime sur la Skyline New Yorkaise.
The walk had to do when we go a NYC, it was a sublime view of the New York skyline.

Kitty said...

Agreed, Olivier
When you're there, you can just imagine how it was when it was originally constructed. People must have walked there en masse, all dressed up after dinner. It really must have been amazing.