We made the mistake of taking some out of town friends shopping in Soho this Saturday. It was insanity. I felt like a pinball bouncing off of people moving in every direction. And forget about ever stopping or you would be trampled by a stampede of people.
Above: I felt like these guys.
I usually like to have some identifying feature that places a photo in central park, such as a building or lamppost, but this one was too pretty to pass up.
I took my father today to get knee replacement surgery at the Hospital for Special Surgery on 70th Street and the East River. This is the place to go for these types of surgeries, as it has the lowest infection rate in the country.
Luckily, the surgery went well and so far everything has gone smoothly.
So in my stupor of waking up on four hours of sleep at 4AM, I decided that it wouldn't hurt to grab my camera. I have been forcing myself to take it everywhere with me and it has turned into a rewarding policy.
It turned out to be a good decision, because the view from the waiting room was absolutely stunning. There were these huge floor to ceiling windows overlooking the East River. The view really helped me to get my mind off the fact that I was in a hospital and my dad was having surgery.
Seats were placed directly in front of each of these windows, and I like above photo because it shows how close your knees get to this expansive view. (And also the theme of the day was knees.) There was definitely no zooming here.
But for me the most powerful image from the day didn't even include the view.
Here are some photos of the restricted south end of Ellis Island taken during the Open House New York weekend in 2007.
The south end holds the remains of an entire hospital ward and staff houses, totaling 29 buildings in all. The area, abandoned in 1954, has been kept in a state of “controlled ruin.”
Renovation projects have begun on some of the buildings in the last few years. It is not sure yet what most of these buildings will be used for when renovated, and it will certainly take a very long time, but there have been talks of creating lodging of some sort.
Left: Housing for patients.
Above: Former staff houses, Below: View from staff house window
I came upon this scene at about 2:30 in the morning on the lower west side. Sleeping under the piles of stuff was an old foreign woman. The Dolce and Gabbana sign added an interesting twist to the photograph, as it looks like it was almost taunting the poor woman under her sleeping bag.
Also, I didn't want to use a flash and disturb the woman so I ended up using the light of a passing car to illuminate the foreground.