5 Views of the Statue, 3 of the Tower, and other odd angles on NYC & Environs

Liberty 2Syline from Reservoir

OK, so I figure if off-angle shots of SF seem to have appealed to  enough of my viewers a few weeks ago, I’d finally put up the grab-bag of odd shots from NYC and its region which couldn’t be made to fit in that last entry from Storm King. What you’ll see here are shots from a flat, gray day in Red Hook, which used to be a rather gnarly neighborhood when I lived in Brooklyn. It now seems to be hipster central, and has a few big box stores (most of these were shot in and around the Ikea parking lot), which were not yet permitted inside the 5 boroughs by the time I went west in the late 90s. These shots include some odd views of Verrazano Narrows Bridge, the Statue of Liberty, and the lovely new One World Trade Center building. Some people are calling it, in classic American let’s-use-terms-without-considering-what-we-mean-by-them manner, freedom tower. I never quite get which freedoms that kind of folks mean, since they’re always wanting to take away my own freedom to disagree with the foreign wars they like to start start (or to take away my friends’ freedom of choice in matters of reproduction or of life & love partner) – but hey, who ever expected words to actually mean something?!

Tower 3

Pano Paterson Great FallsPaterson Great FallsLiberty 3

OK, off that soap box for now. Other things in this entry: the impressive Great Falls at Paterson, NJ; a couple shots from the reservoir in central park; and pond scum at a wonderful bird haven in northern NJ. Paterson began its life as an important and powerful mill town, driven by the force of these waterfalls and the river that creates them. Its manufacturing glory days are long since past, but these falls, like the history of the Erie Canal which I’ve been visiting & will document later here on the blog, remind me of how the country was built and grew and prospered in our formative years.

I’ve noticed a lot more views and viewers on the blog recently, and I want to thank viewers both new and old for your interest. I hope you’ll come back, and I hope you’ll leave comments and let me know what you’d like more (or less!) of. Ciao.

Paterson Great Falls - Top Pond Scum Can Be Lovely

Pond Scum Can Have ShadowsPaterson Great Falls w FlagVZ BridgeSelfie 2Tower 2South-looking skyline at Sunrise

 

2 responses

  1. Hope

    Who would have thought NJ had such natural beauty. I would have like to have seen the falls before the Europeans arrived!

    August 7, 2014 at 07:36

  2. Stephen Brockmann

    Hi Paul, fun pictures as always! One of these days I’m going to get to see the Great Falls in Paterson!

    August 8, 2014 at 06:52

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