It’s a given that there are always people “waiting” in the subways for the next train.
Finding something to photograph “on the water” is not difficult to do in New York so after giving a lot of thought to it, I asked Mike to drive up to Croton-On-Hudson to the Croton Gorge Park so I could photograph the New Croton Dam. We had several days of rain while we were in New York so I was hopeful the spillway would be overflowing and the water below gushing with mist. Although that was not the case, I did enjoy seeing and photographing this beautifully designed dam. More information about the dam can be found here: http://parks.westchestergov.com/croton-gorge-park and beautiful photos of the dam with overflowing water can be seen in Rick Sammon’s website here: http://ricksammon.com/croton-on-hudson-workshop/ Rick lives in Croton-On-Hudson and he visits the area often. He has given workshops at my photo club in Chattanooga on two occasions and was the person who told me about the Croton Gorge Park.
Although weather did not cooperate by giving me the beautiful blue hour lighting which I have grown to love, I simply had to stop by One Beacon Court, 151 East 58th Street, a/k/a The Bloomberg Tower, for a photo op as I was “looking up” from the courtyard. When I say, “a photo op,” that is exactly what I got because after taking only one photo I was approached by security and informed that the property owner does not allow photos to be taken of the buildings on the property. In a very polite manner, he said I was welcome to take photos from the sidewalk, which I did, but the photo I managed to take from inside the courtyard was much more interesting. Just to name two, Beyonce and Brian Williams have pads there.
Prior to my recent visit to New York in August, I searched various publications about the homeless population and the life of a homeless person in New York. One article (http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/nyc-homeless-prefer-streets-violent-shelters-article-1.2564370) did not paint a pretty picture of life in a shelter in NYC and as a result it was stated that the people would prefer living on the streets, or in the parks or subways. As I walked along a small park at Alight Street and Varick Street, I saw what I think is confirmation of that fact. Being careful to use an aperture wide enough to disguise his face, I saw this young man restfully sleeping in his hammock tied at the head to a tree and at the foot to an iron fence at the sidewalk area. Walking alongside the fence for a better view, I saw his personal belongings (worn walking shoes and an umbrella) on the ground beneath him. Unfortunately, these “Street Scenes” are common.
Welcome to the Little Red Lighthouse located alongside the Hudson River and underneath the George Washington Bridge. “A Fairy Tale,” entitled The Little Red Lighthouse And The Great Gray Bridge, was written in 1942 and I have always wanted to visit the lighthouse on one of my trips to New York. Because of this week’s theme, Mike and I made the effort to hike down the steep path in order to visit it. I am so glad as there were families with picnic baskets and little children with wide eyes and who I imagined had read the book. The book is available through Amazon and would be a nice present for your children and/or grandchildren. If you plan to visit The Little Red Lighthouse, please note that we chatted with security, who told us it is not a safe place to be after dark.