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Monday, November 25, 2013

Kebab Cart, in Midtown

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Photo by myself, somewhere in Midtown.

A street cart vendor added charcoal to his continuous fire, Friday night, causing a moment of excess smoke. The sidewalks were crowded, and it was just warm enough to walk around comfortably with a light jacket.

This cart sells pretzels, kebabs, hotdogs and drinks. The meats are 'halal', which means they can be eaten by Muslims. There is no shortage of quick on-the-go food in our fair city.

Related posts: On the Soup Station, and Snow, Pizza Truck, Only a Buck, and On Line for Breakfast, in Midtown.


Friday, November 22, 2013

Night View, in Soho

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Photo by myself on Broadway and Broome Street, in Soho.

At night, the streets in Soho are windswept with trash.

Broadway, a long, major north-south street, is pretty empty at night, since the stores there are closed up for the night. Restaurants and bars are located on the smaller east-west streets in this neighborhood.

Alas, it's been a series of late nights for me. I took the photo from a ride home in a cab.

You might be happy to know that the Christmas tree is behind an enormous yellow curtain at Rockefeller Center, and all the decorations are out on Fifth Avenue, already. New York is prepared for the holidays.

TGIF, everyone!

Related posts: Twilight, in Soho, Last Night, in Bryant Park, and Night View, in Park Slope, Brooklyn.


Wednesday, November 13, 2013

The Morning Commute, on the B Train

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Photo by myself on the B train, underground.

The commute on Tuesday morning was business as usual. We've been having chilly weather lately, so everyone is bundled up accordingly.

From this vantage point, it looks like we're a cheerless bunch. You would think that we eat gruel for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Followed by the occasional gruel biscuit for dessert. Ha.

The couple on the far left seem to be husband and wife, (ie; she seems to be speaking to him, and he's not listening!). Many couples commute together, myself and Mark included.

Related posts: Daylight, on the D Train to Brooklyn, The Morning Commute, Underground, and Bundled Up, on the Ride Home.


Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Saluting Veterans, on Fifth Avenue

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Photo by myself along Fifth Avenue, in Midtown.

The Veteran's Day parade marched along Fifth Avenue, Monday. Above, members of the US Air Force in their stunning dress uniforms. We had chilly weather and bright sun.

The parade is perhaps the most subdued of all our parades. There are a few floats blaring music from the 1940's, some marching bands, and the occasional sound of bagpipes.

Most of the parade is unaccompanied by music. Respectful spectators applaud and call out their thanks, while veterans from each generation march by.

I am always very moved on this day. Our applause and cheers are tiny gestures compared to the sacrifice of these heroes. Since the parade is held on a Monday and many people are working, the sidelines are sadly sparsely attended.

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A veteran of the Korean war saluted onlookers.

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An older man held a sign that read 'thank you'. Many people in the crowd shouted their thanks, as well.

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Related posts: The 2011 Veterans Day Parade, The Veterans Day Parade, on Fifth Avenue, and Saluting Heroes Along Fifth Avenue, Part One.


Thursday, November 7, 2013

I *Heart* NY, on the Sidewalk

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Photo by myself, on the street.

This photo is from the recent stash. I am embarrassed to say I don't remember where this was taken.

It could be anywhere. The Upper West Side? Somewhere in Brooklyn? The Lower East Side? These tiny-ish convenience stores are everywhere and they share the same sensibility: ATM inside, lottery tickets posted on the window. random stuff outside.

The 'I *heart* NY' drawn in chalk rings true for all the above neighborhoods. It is all New York, through and through.

It's been up and down here recently. I've been swamped at work. The weather has gone from bone-chillingly cold to nicely autumnal. We have a new mayor. There was a marathon.

Anyhoo, Happy Thursday everyone!

Related posts: Cost was Here, in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, On the Rise, in Park Slope, Brooklyn, and Graffiti, Soho.