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February 29, 2008

Photo of the Day: The F train


The F train, originally uploaded by ultraclay!.

Coney Island, Brooklyn. 2006.
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February 28, 2008

Photo of the Day: Pious


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Museo Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires, Argentina. 2006.
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February 27, 2008

Supreme Thursdays


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I just found this flyer on Bedford. It sounds good. I'm hoping to check it out this tomorrow. ::c::

Photo of the Day: Captain Polonia


Captain Polonia, originally uploaded by ultraclay!.

Polish Parade, Fifth Avenue, NYC. 2007.
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February 26, 2008

Photo of the Day: Credit


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Downtown Brooklyn. 2007.
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February 25, 2008

Mexico City: Viewing the Virgin of Guadalupe


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I know, I still haven't posted about have the stuff we did in Mexico City. Here's my attempt to catch up a bit.

The Virgin of Guadalupe is a big deal in Mexico. The guide who took us out here explained that Mexicans aren't really Catholic, they're followers of Guadalupe. I'm sure this is slightly hyperbolic, but only just so.

Clearly there is much to be said about native appropriation of Christian icons to represent facets of indigenous religions, but I'm trying not to go down that tangent.

Really, I just want to point out that they installed a moving sidewalk underneath the pulpit so visitors and pilgrims can see The Virgin without the obstruction of the clergy.
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Photo of the Day: Pizza Man


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SoHo, NYC. 2007.
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February 24, 2008

11 Spring Street: A Year Later


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Well, it's been more than a year since the Wooster On Spring project, but this is the first time I've really walked by it since the construction started.

It's depressing to think it's just going to be another condo, but at least it had a Grand Closing.
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Photo of the Day: Sunflowers


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Stonehome Wine Bar, Fort Greene, Brooklyn. 2007.
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February 23, 2008

The Met


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I had Monday and friday off last weekend which allowed for some much needed decompressing as well as a lot of exploring and shooting.

On Friday, I took the new camera out to The Met to try out the spiffy new lens Tammi gave me for Valentine's day. It's a 35mm f/2, which was perfect for the Museum's low light. See the photos posted in a set on my Flickr Stream.

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Photo of the Day: Snow Storm


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Sixth Avenue, Greenwich Village, NYC.

February 22, 2008

Winter Storm


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Oy. More snow. This time I was on the road this time out in CT. It wasn't a lot of fun, but ultimately I managed to get home without too much of a hassle. ::c::

Photo of the Day: Central Park Arches


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February 20, 2008

Photo of the Day: Decay


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8th Street, Greenwich Village, NYC. 2008. ::c::

February 19, 2008

Photo of the Day: Meat-Packing


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Meat-Packing District, NYC. 2008.

February 16, 2008

Photo of the Day: Water Taxi


Water Taxi, originally uploaded by ultraclay!.

Apologies for the pun. NYC. 2008.

February 15, 2008

Photo of the Day: Liberties


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February 14, 2008

Photo of the Day: My Valentine


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I dedicate today's photo to my future wife, the beautiful Tammi. I love you, Baby. ::c::

February 13, 2008

Photo of the Day: More Feral Copy Editors


More Feral Copy Editors, originally uploaded by ultraclay!.

San Francisco, CA. 2005.
More Copy Editors Gone Wild. ::c::

February 12, 2008

Photo of the Day: The Met


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Metropolitan Museum of Art, UES, NYC.
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February 11, 2008

Winter Makes an Appearance


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For the first time this season, it actually looked like winter in New York. It was pretty surreal, given that it was sunny when I got on the train and was nearly a whiteout when I got out.

I, for one, haven't particularly missed winter and can happily report that none of it accumulated.

The Recession Special


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In case you hadn't heard (over and over again) the economy isn't doing so hot these days. One of these days the folks who declare such things will have to admit that there's a recession going on. In the meantime, I've taken to shooting the going out of business signs and vacant storefronts that I come across. They're collected on Flickr.

This afternoon, I came across about a dozen vacant spaces on the 3 block strip on 8th Street, right around the corner from Gray's Papaya, the home of the original Recession Special.
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Photo of the Day: Anticipation


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Coney Island, Brooklyn. 2007.
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February 10, 2008

Photo of the Day: Unlit


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DUMBO, Brooklyn. 2007.
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February 9, 2008

Photo of the Day: Shiny


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The Stoned Crow, Greenwich Village, NYC. 2007.
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February 8, 2008

Flickr Stats


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I just found a new Flickr feature called Flickr Stats. Basically it provides analytics data for your flickr stream including which photos got the most views yesterday and what sites refer to you images. It's a pretty cool toy that I'll be wasting my time with for a while, so I thought I'd share.

You can find it under the 'You' menu, right below Your Favorites.
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Photo of the Day: Preoccupied


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Kyoto, Japan. 2007.
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February 7, 2008

The Biggest Loser? The Knicks


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Last night Eric and I went out ot the Garden to watch the Knicks lose and then eat Korean food. Everything went according to plan, the Knicks gave it up in the last few minutes and then we stuffed ourselves at Won Jo.

The game was actually pretty exciting, since they were playing another really bad team. Apparently the Pacers were also coming in on a long losing streak. It was a battle to see who was the biggest loser. The answer, of course, was the Knicks.

I've never been to a pro Basketball game before, so I found the entire experience interesting. What struck me was how small the court looked.

Inititially, we felt like our seats were really close, then during a time out the cheerleaders and other entertainers came out on the court. With dozens of normal sized people on the court, the space looks a lot bigger.

I'm think that baseball could learn from this. The upper deck would provide a much better view of the game if the athletes were 10 feet tall.

Something to think about...

Photo of the Day: Alley-oop!


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Red Lion, Greenwich Village, NYC. 2007.
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February 6, 2008

Photo of the Day: Go-Go


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Last Exit
Atlantic Antic, Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn. 2007.
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February 5, 2008

Super Fat Tuesday


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Let's not forget that tonight is also Mardi Gras. I will be going out to celebrate after I do my citizenly duty, when I get back to Brooklyn.

Sadly, this image is the most 'New Orleans' photo I could track down today. Clearly, I need to make a trip back there. I've been wanting to visit again for some time. We'll see when I manage to fit it into the schedule - and the budget.
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Saturday at the Brewery


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Saturday I decided to celebrate my return to Brooklyn by heading out to Williamsburg and having some beer. Hardly an unusual event, but I just wanted to d something familiar and relaxing.

It has been years since I took the Brewery tour, so I headed over there to try out some new brews out. The place was packed, so I skipped the tour but I did try these two Brewmaster's Reserves:

The Bright Golding Ale was light in color and body, but with an unexpected kick of hops and effervescence. It would make a great session beer, I think. I could certainly drink it all day.

One taste of The Extra Brune reminded me that it's been a while since I've tasted an Abbey Ale. The powerful fruit flavor takes me back a few years to the time when I first started drinking this style of beer. The caramel shade belies a deeply fruity body.

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Super Tuesday


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The big day is here. In just a few hours, nearly half the country will begin voting in the biggest primary in history.

We'll see how decisive the results are.

I, for one, will have to haul ass back to Brooklyn from up here in CT. I'm definitely going to do it though. I mean, who knows when I'll have the opportunity to participate in an election like this again?

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Photo of the Day: Seltzer Bottles


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Buenos Aires, Argentina. 2006.
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February 4, 2008

Photo of the Day: Bourbon


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Cheers.

Spike Hill, Williamsburg, Brooklyn. 2008.
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February 3, 2008

Photo of the Day: Kick


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Red Hook Ballfields, Red Hook, Brooklyn. 2007.
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February 2, 2008

Photo of the Day: Blow


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Washington Square Park, Greenwich Village, NYC. 2007.
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February 1, 2008

Aspen: Montagna's Hot Rocks


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This was probably the most interesting dish I had in Aspen. I had it in the front room bar at Montagna, the restaurants at The Little Nell Hotel, the menu included many small plates for the "Aprés Ski" period. (For the record, "Aprés Ski" is one of the most pretentious terms ever, but is pretty much accepted as a part of the Aspen daily schedule.)

The shrimp and chorizo skewers were served with a heated river stone on a bed of banana leaves, cinnamon sticks and star anise. The shrimp was par-cooked and could be placed on the rock as long as you want in order to achieve the perfect amount of char.

Also on the "Aprés Ski" menu, were a number of ceviche dishes like the scallops below:

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In the back bar, I had the tomato-braised meatballs topped with a creamy polenta sauce. I was surprised by the strong tomato flavor, infused in the meatballs. It was a great dish, if totally overpriced at $15 for 4 meatballs.

Montagna
675 E Durant Ave
Aspen, CO 81611
(970) 920-6330

Soggy Shake Shack


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FYI: Even on a crappy, rainy day, there were a dozen people waiting for their Shack Burgers. I'm going to have to call in my order next time. ::c::

Photo of the Day: Red Robot


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A picture within a picture. That would be Marni and her old camera.
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