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the walls are coming down..

the walls are coming down..

..same place where i got this, just took a few steps forward.. it’s not a great place to stand if you’re claustrophobic.. πŸ˜‰

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flatironed

flatironed

..quick post, time to hit the sack..

..same place where i got this..

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one beacon court

one beacon court

One Beacon Court (also called the Bloomberg Tower), is a skyscraper on the East Side of Midtown Manhattan, New York City. It houses the headquarters of Bloomberg L.P. in the lower floors and luxury condominiums in the higher floors. It is located at 731 Lexington Avenue between East 58th and 59th streets. (wiki)

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post no bills

post no bills

Madison Equities, headed by Robert Gladstone, emerged in the 1970’s as one of Manhattan’s more adventurous developers, and this is its flagship, a Post-Modem building of considerable originality.

It is also the one of the best New York buildings by Kohn Pedersen Fox, a New York-based architectural firm that since the beginning of the 1980’s has been The best high-rise architectural firm in the nation, although it is far from that firm’s best work, which reflects only the terrible restrictive and inane building and zoning regulations of New York. (more)

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queensboro

queensboro

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tram

tram

..well, what can i say, i’m still sleepy.. πŸ™‚

..this looks like a crossbow, right? πŸ™‚

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empire lobby

empire lobby

..had to take a snap as fast as i could to get this to avoid being jostled by the masses.. πŸ™‚

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grand central subs

grand central subs

..an empty 7 train platform..

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crooked and curved

crooked and curved

..why not take the stairs once in a while..

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trigun

trigun

..that’s a title i took from one of the anime/manga series that i really liked..

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moleman series: conservatory water

moleman series: conservatory water

..y’all know that i like going wide when shooting, so from this, to this, we now get this image up there..

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moleman series: fulton

moleman series: fulton

..well, sad to say, terry h, the dance series is over.. ;D so it’s back to the usual random post..

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moleman series: beaver street

moleman series: beaver street

..a change of pace from all these parade images..

..no beavers here..

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moleman series: flatiron

moleman series: flatiron

..several people looked up to see what i was shooting at, little did they know that i was shooting “it all”.. πŸ™‚

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moleman series: chase plaza (sinkhole)

moleman series: chase plaza (sinkhole)

..captured at the same time and place where i got this.. trying to visualize some ideas that have been simmering in my head for quite some time.. there’ll be more to come from this place.. πŸ™‚

..on a different note, the lakers lost game 3.. argh..

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moleman series: grand central terminal

moleman series: grand central terminal

..shifting gears from “earth week” (those nature-oriented photos i’ve been putting up lately) and going back to the thing i like most, concrete.. πŸ˜€ here’s another take of grand central terminal.. previous one is found here..

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moleman series: chase plaza

moleman series: chase plaza

..i always seem to end my stroll sitting down in this place..

..same place where i shot this using a 15mm fisheye..

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moleman series: st. paul’s chapel (innards)

moleman series: st. paul's chapel (innards)

..from here, let’s go inside..

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moleman series: saint patrick’s cathedral (facade)

moleman series: saint patrick's cathedral (facade)

..what better way for a seasonal easter sunday post than this shot of the saint patrick’s cathedral a la moleman..
..amazing what a few steps and a different angle could do to change how an image looks.. the reason why i had this one tilted so high up is because of the scaffolding surrounding the cathedral, it just doesn’t look right..so for this one, i tried covering it up with light trails which seemed to do the trick.. (i guess)

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moleman series: times square II

moleman series: times square II

..on a whim, here’s another one from the moleman series.. i could’ve named this the sewer rat series.. i think that sounds better.. hmm..

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moleman series: wollman rink

moleman series: wollman rink

..for those of you who are familiar with this place then no explanation necessary.. for those who aren’t (including me.. lol), here’s a wiki excerpt:

Wollman Skating Rink is a public ice rink in the southern part of Central Park, Manhattan, New York City. The rink was opened in 1949 with funds donated by Kate Wollman. Historically, the rink has been open for ice skating from October to April and in the summer seasons is transformed into a venue for other purposes.

The Rink has been used as the venue for several summer concerts. The first annual summer music festival at there was sponsored by Rheingold beer company and opened on July 1, 1966. The Rheingold Central Park Music Festival also took place during the summer of 1967. The first annual Schaefer Music Festival opened on June 27, 1968 and ran each summer through 1976. The first annual Dr. Pepper Music Festival opened on July 6, 1977 and ran annually through the summer of 1980 (the 15th, and last annual music festival held at the Wollman Rink).
Summertime

The venue no longer hosts concerts, but it is still used for public ice skating in the winter and in the summer it houses the Victorian Gardens Amusement Park.

Wollman Rink has also been featured in several movies, including Love Story.

Wollman Rink is currently operated by the Trump organization, and is today known as the Trump Wollman Skating Rink. Donald Trump leased the rink from 1987 to 1991. From 1991 to 2001 George Makkos from The Makkos Organization of M&T Preztle, operated Wollman Rink. Since 2001, Wollman Rink has been operated by a joint venture between Trump Organization and Rink Management Services of Mechanicsville VA. Trump completely rebuilt the Rink.

..btw, i’ve recently heard of Enfuse and tried it out with this image.. it’s like HDR but just not quite HDR.. have a go at it if you’ve got time.. it’s pretty cool.. (it stripped my exif data though)

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moleman series: st patrick’s cathedral

moleman series: st patrick's cathedral

..ahh, monday…

..for those of you who haven’t ventured inside the st. patrick’s cathedral on fifth avenue, here’s what it looks like..

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moleman series: wall street

moleman series: wall street

..money makes the world go round, the world go round.. la la la..

..here‘s something funny to watch this monday (and educational too.. i promise.. all that stuff about photographer’s rights etc. etc.)

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moleman series: time warner center

moleman series: time warner center

..ah, monday.. wouldn’t it be nice if you were at the mall now? πŸ™‚

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moleman series: zuccotti park

moleman series: zuccotti park

..whee! the “moleman” won a photo contest.. well, technically, i didn’t win it, someone else did.. but the photo that won the competition was “moleman-ey” / “moleman-esque” (or so i’d like to call it..) check out page 42 of popphoto’s january 2009 magazine.. if you don’t have it, then check it out here.. looks familiar? yep, leslie wargo noticed it a while ago too.. it’s the first and second photos of the “moleman series” taken last october.. and alex’s photo won the grand prize! whee! to alex’s credit, he took this shot last july so he had this idea before i did.. i was just a few months late.. wah!

..and while we’re on the topic of talking about the “moleman”, i’d say my main inspiration for starting the series goes out to archie from whateverland.com whose fishtown photo totally blew my mind and had me looking at NYC thru a fisheye.. πŸ˜€

..now on to the image, taken from lower manhattan’s zuccotti park, this here’s mark di suvero’s 70-foot-tall red steel sculpture Joie de Vivre, which anchors the park’s southeast corner.. it’s northwest corner is decorated by j. seward johnson’s Double Check, a dark bronze sculpture of a man with a briefcase, which sat in the original park for early 20 years and was relocated after 9/11.. i guess i was subconsciously thinking of archie’s spokes & legs shot when i saw this sculpture.. πŸ˜€

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moleman series: one times square building

moleman series: one times square building

..wow, my first post for 2009.. i’m pretty bleary-eyed and sleepy from last night.. so in the meantime, here’s the place where some blokes freezed their asses of watching jonas brothers.. lol..

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moleman series: times square

moleman series: times square

..the times square ball will be dropped down the same time tomorrow as i post this image now.. referencing a clock face, it’ll be at the building located at six o’ clock.. the One Times Square Building.. and the stage where the performers would be is where i stood while taking this shot.. dunno if we’ll be standing there freezing our asses off / watching fireworks somewhere / boozing at a bar / wolfing foodies / sleeping soundly.. i just wish everyone out there a HAPPY NEW YEAR!! πŸ˜€

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moleman series: helmsley building

moleman series: helmsley building

..well, i took a friend out for a stroll around manhattan’s tourist traps so i wasn’t able to get some good shots today.. also, i can’t keep my hands out of my pocket for long periods of time because of the cold.. and so.. (har har) the moleman’s back from the grave..

..this here’s the helmsley building at park avenue.. i passed by this place a while ago and saw that one side of it was under renovation so i thought about posting it here now.. πŸ˜€

..some factoids from wikipedia:

Located at 230 Park Avenue the Helmsley Building is a 35-story building straddling Park Avenue. Before the erection of the Pan Am Building, now the MetLife Building, this building was the city’s dowager queen, lording over the city’s second most prestigious avenue and marking the elegant heart of the city as it was the tallest structure in the great “Terminal City” complex around Grand Central Terminal designed by Warren & Wetmore. The building was designated a New York City Landmark in 1987.

**btw, those aren’t dust spots – or dust bunnies, as i’d like to call them.. they’re just flares from the street lights etc..

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moleman series: st. paul’s chapel

moleman series: st. paul's chapel

..ah, monday.. it seems i’ve been sleeping a lot during the past four days (hence the headaches).. i’m not built for the ‘bum’ life and i wasn’t the slacker i used to be.. hm.. i’m getting old..

..same place where i shot this..

A chapel of the Parish of Trinity Church, St. Paul’s was built on land granted by Queen Anne of Great Britain, and Andrew Gautier served as the master craftsman. Upon completion in 1766, it stood in a field some distance from the growing port city to the south. It was built as a “chapel-of-ease” for parishioners who lived far from the Mother Church.

Built of Manhattan mica-schist with brownstone quoins, St. Paul’s has the classical portico, boxy proportions and domestic details that are characteristic of Georgian churches such as James Gibbs’ London church of St Martin-in-the-Fields, after which it was modelled. Its octagonal tower rises from a square base and is topped by a replica of the Choragic Monument of Lysicrates (c. 335 BC).

Inside, the chapel’s simple elegant hall has the pale colors, flat ceiling and cut glass chandeliers reminiscent of contemporary domestic interiors. In contrast to the awe-inspiring interior of Trinity Church, this hall and its ample gallery were endowed with a cozy and comfortable character in order to encourage attendance. (more)

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moleman series: herald square

moleman series: herald square

..remember the “daffy” building in old fart reflections? i finally got to know what it’s called, as seen in the photo, it’s called the One Herald Center..

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moleman series: rockefeller vortex

moleman series: rockefeller vortex

..today was supposed to be a follow-up to yesterday’s experimental shot.. well, since it’s all new to me, there’s some chance it’ll fail, and fail it did.. let me play around with this first and i’ll share some nitty gritty details about it later.. πŸ˜€

..anyhoo, the moleman’s back and he’d like to give a shoutout to michael paulison for writing about this series.. i’m glad he liked it as much as i did, i hope you do too..

..taken from the same spot where i got this, and this..

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moleman series: noguchi cube

moleman series: noguchi cube

..have you ever wondered how Pikachu feels like when being sucked into that red pokeball..? my guess is that it somehow looked like this.. pikachuuuu.. πŸ˜€

..excerpt’s credit goes to nyclovesnyc.blogspot.com, as taken from blueofthesky.com

..you can find more about Isamu Noguchi and his art here..

The bright red painted steel of Isamu Noguchi‘s Red Cube stands out in strong contrast to the blacks, browns, and whites of the buildings and sidewalks around the sculpture. Located to one side of a small plaza in front of the BROTHERS HARRIMAN (previously HSBC) building on Broadway, Red Cube is surrounded on three sides by skyscrapers, the height of which draw a viewer’s eye upwards. The sculpture itself adds to this upward pull, as it balances on one corner, the opposite corner reaching towards the sky. Despite its title, the sculpture is not actually a cube, but instead seems as though it has been stretched along its vertical axis. (this one looks like it was stretched in all axes)

Aside from it’s striking color, Red Cube also stands out from the surrounding architecture in that all of its lines are diagonals, whereas the buildings are made up of horizontal and vertical lines. Additionally, the sculpture is balanced somewhat precariously on one corner, while the buildings, by contrast, and solidly placed.

Through the center of the cube there is a cylindrical hole, revealing an inner surface of gray with evenly-spaced lines moving from one opening of the hole to the other. Looking through this hole, the viewer’s gaze is directed towards the building behind, tying the sculpture and the architecture together.

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moleman series: rockefeller center (reprise)

moleman series: rockefeller center (reprise)

..i’ve been looking at Peter Lik’s site and got curious about film.. since i haven’t the time & resources to try it out, i went for the next best thing.. since i’ve had my grubby hands on a “film” plug-in that i haven’t tried out yet, i decided to play around with it on my “digital darkroom”.. two-strip(ped) or two-color(ed) and GAF 500.. i wasn’t able to gather any info as to what GAF 500 is, but i like how it turned out.. πŸ˜€

..taken in Rockefeller Center, closer to the GE building, there’s the skating rink down south..

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moleman series: brooklyn bridge

moleman series: brooklyn bridge

11/09/2008 10:00 PM

..i’m a bit bleary-eyed from the buffet i ate.. *burp* i think i see a pentagram.. hmm.. better get to sleep..

..this one was obviously taken at the brooklyn bridge.. early morning too, so i was among the few pesky tourists around the area..

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moleman series: itt building

moleman series: itt building

..the first fisheye photo i’ve seen that impressed me most was a shot of this place.. ever since then, i’ve also wanted to shoot it with a fisheye, but i just can’t remember where it was.. turns out, it was close by one of my photo haunts.. on broad & south william street (financial district).. so here it is..

..the international telephone and telegraph (itt) building, a 35-story, 433-foot high tower, was built by buchman & kahn for garment district developer abraham lefcourt as the lefcourt exchange building in 1928. it was almost immedately bought out by itt, who commissioned louis s. weeks to add an addition that dominated the entire block. the southwestern entrance has a mosaic dome depicting commerce uniting the hemispheres with electricity..

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moleman series: african burial ground

moleman series: african burial ground

..a memorial at the african burial ground national monument honors the memories of the estimated 15,000 africans buried at the approximately seven-acre site in the 17th and 18th centuries.. created by haitian-american Rodney Leon, the noticeable structure is a highly polished wall of granite which is called an “ancestral libation chamber”, which serves to physically, spiritually, rituistically and psychologically define the location where the historic re-internment of remains and artifacts of 419 africans has taken place.. it’ll also serve to acknowledge the site as a “sacred place” where thousands of africans are currently buried..

For all those who were lost
For all those who were stolen
For all those who were left behind
For all those who were not forgotten

**that’s my “snout” at the bottom part of the frame, i didn’t bother removing it as proof that i was “in” the shot.. πŸ˜€

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moleman series: charging bull

moleman series: charging bull

..saw this on the frontpage of amNY, “Bullish or Foolish?”.. the article that accompanied that headlineΒ  pertained to people still investing in stocks even though the market was down..

Charging Bull (sometimes called the Wall Street Bull or the Bowling Green Bull) is a 3,200?kg (7,000 pound) bronze sculpture by Arturo Di Modica that sits in Bowling Green park near Wall Street in New York City.

The sculpture depicts a bull, the symbol of aggressive financial optimism and prosperity, leaning back on its haunches and with its head lowered as if ready to charge.

The sculpture, one of the city’s most photographed artworks, has become a tourist destination in the Financial District. It has also come to be an unofficial symbol of the Financial District itself, and it often appears in the local news media to punctuate stories about optimism in the financial market.

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moleman series: grand central terminal

moleman series: grand central terminal

..the moleman is back with new fun stuff..

..i really had fun playing around with this lens, it’s a challenge too because you get to see things in a wider, different perspective.. of course i planned what i wanted to shoot but i had to look around & turn around to see if it’ll look good, most of the time i had the camera stuck to my face as i did that weird dance to see firsthand what the effect would be.. of course i got weird looks from people around me but that’s what i like about nyc, most people don’t give a s**t..

..this here’s grand central terminal, shot from the west entrance..

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moleman series: bottom of the rock

moleman series: bottom of the rock

..if you’ve been to the Top of the Rock, then you’d know that this is the “bottom” of the rock.. this is where you shell out $$ to pay for a great view.. the view’s better than Empire State’s though..

..this is where i got this..

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moleman series: columbus circle

moleman series: columbus circle

..and it’s monday again, i’m pretty much recharged, slept most of the time this weekend, i’m raring to go..go back to work, that is.. πŸ™‚

..here’s another from this fishy series, shot from the 59th Street subway exit, underneath the Trump International Hotel & Tower’s Globe.. and that’s the Time Warner Center up the stairs..

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moleman series: park avenue

moleman series: park avenue

..walking down the middle of Park Avenue amidst these skyscrapers, the untrained eye would most definitely wander around these buildings..

  • 8 o’clock – 277 Park Avenue – current home of J.P. Morgan & Co. Investment Bank

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    moleman series: villard houses

    moleman series: villard houses

    ..if you’ve been watching Gossip Girl on the CW, by looking at this you would know that this is the hotel where Serena Van Der Woodsen (Blake Lively’s character) stayed when their UES apartment was under renovation..

    ..not familiar with that show? then here’s a better explanation.. πŸ™‚

    ..this is the NY Palace Hotel’s facade, previously called the Villard Houses, bought by Harry Helmsley in the 1970s and was declared a landmark by the Landmarks Preservation Commission, both wings belong to non-profit organizations and to read more click here..

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    moleman series: liberty

    moleman series: liberty

    ..it’s funny that i’ve been posting images of NYC but have nothing about the Statue of Liberty..

    ..up until now.. here ya go..

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    moleman series: rockefeller center

    moleman series: rockefeller center

    ..shot in the unholy hours of the morning, when tourists and workers flock around & walk the hallowed canyons of manhattan.. here’s the ‘morning version’ of this shot..

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    moleman series: fifth avenue (night mode)

    moleman series: fifth avenue (night mode)

    ..flip off a switch and voila, no lights! magick!

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    moleman series: fifth avenue

    moleman series: fifth avenue

    ..to start off with the “moleman” series, here’s Fifth Avenue, shot from “below” Atlas, a 45 feet sculpture created by Lee Lawrie, a famous architectural sculptor..