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New York City 2015

This is a collection of 10 slices of New York City, as seen through the lens of Parker Lasseigne. Parker Writes, “New York City trip with myself and Richard Martinez from the 24th through the 30th of August in 2015. Was the first vacation in some years that I’ve taken, and it proved to be one of my favorites! New York City, as I’m sure many will agree, is a place that needs many weeks, months, if not years to see. We just had a week, so we made sure to make the best of it.” The thumbnails below link to the ten different slices of NYC. Enjoy!

NYC 10: Everything Else

Slice 10:  New York City Trip Part 10 of 10:  Everything Else

Radio City Music Hall

Radio City Music Hall

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Chinatown

Chinatown

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Wall Street

Wall Street

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American Museum of Natural History

American Museum of Natural History

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The Metropolitan Opera

The Metropolitan Opera

The subways

The subways

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The End

The End

NYC 09: Metropolitan Art

New York City Trip Part 9 of 10:  Metropolitan Art

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Saturday morning, August 29th 2015.  I will go right ahead and say it; this is one of the most impressive places I have ever visited.  We explored the museum for about 5 hours… 4 hours roaming around at our leisure, and then 1 hour running around like maniacs trying to catch a glimpse of as much of the rest of the place as possible.  I suppose we should have learned our lesson by now, but most of these New York museums are truly enormous, and should not share a day with any other destinations.  This one probably being the most severe example.  I think we maybe took in about 1/10th of the place, and even that might be too generous.

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Parker with Bacon

Parker with Bacon

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Parker with Dali

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Richard is in Egypt

Richard is in Egypt

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NYC 08: MOMA

New York City Trip Part 8 of 10:  MOMA

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The Museum of Modern Art, Wednesday morning, August 26th 2015.  I made sure to make this the first museum stop on our trip.  And like most stops of our trip, we simply did not have enough time to really soak it all in.  I think we were able to spend about 3-4 hours in the MOMA, but I could have stayed 3-4 weeks.  Such a great space!

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Parker entering Lament of the Images

Parker entering Lament of the Images

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Photo by Richard Martinez

Photo by Richard Martinez

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Richard Martinez

Parker with Van Gogh

Parker with Van Gogh

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Parker with Dali

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My favorite Max Ernst ‘Napoleon in the Wilderness’!

My favorite Max Ernst ‘Napoleon in the Wilderness’!

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NYC 07: Food and Fun

New York City trip Part 7 of 10:  Food and Fun

I couldn’t make my first trip to New York City without stopping here.  Food was pretty good, coffee wasn’t.

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Pizza stop 1 of 4:  Joe’s Pizza!   Our first stop turned out to be our favorite.  Classic New York pizza by the slice.  These guys were turning them out left and right.  As soon as they would put a pie down, the thing would vanish and another would take its place.  And at about 3 bucks per huge slice, it made it very cost effective to overindulge.  I’m a bit sad that I can’t be eating one as I type this.

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Another necessary stop, and don’t let the photos fool you, we weren’t the only ones to think that.

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Pizza stop 2 of 4:  Lombardi’s, America’s first pizzeria!  This was probably my second favorite pizza stop.  We were told a small would properly serve two people.  We still opted for the large and downed that bad boy like we were born to it!

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As a David Letterman fan, I couldn’t help but hunt down this spot to see if I could meet the man.  Low and behold, walked in and he was the only dude there it seemed!  Real nice guy.  I left with a coffee mug, the one souvenir I got myself on this trip.  If you have no idea who the hell this guy is, youtube ‘David Letterman Rupert Jee’ and prepare to enjoy yourself!

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Ok, so this photo probably cranks my geek status up to 11, but in my defense, I didn’t seek it out.  We just passed by it on the way to another destination.  But I did recognize it immediately.  Point being… I don’t care what anyone says, Gremlins 2 is fantastic!

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Pizza stop 3 of 4:  Kreste Pizza & Vino.  While I will put this in third place, I have to say that it’s super close to being second place.  Really fantastic, but not very filling.  The size of the pizzas seemed to be odd to me… too small to really feed two people, but a little too large and pricey to be a pizza for one.  We were still kinda hungry when leaving here, so we went around the corner and ate at Joe’s again.

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A quick google search while walking around Chinatown showed that Prosperity Dumpling had the highest Yelp rating of any listed restaurant, and by a pretty wide margin as I remember.  Didn’t really knock my socks off, but was overall real good.  On top of that, the food was dirt cheap!  I thought I was reading the menu wrong at first, but in the end I think it was about 3 bucks for 8 dumplings and a soup.

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On our last night in New York, we decided to hunt down some real New York cheesecake and enjoy some wine.  We were informed that Junior’s Restaurant was the place to go for our local cheesecake needs, and boy did it satisfy!  One slice could have easily served both of us, but we unwittingly got two.  I consider this the best kind of mistake you can make.

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While we were in town, they were having a week of test shows for the new Colbert Late Show.  Now I wish we would have made time to catch one.  I would have thought it impossible to come in after Letterman, but Colbert has seemed to really soar pretty quickly in his run.  He’s really made it his own!

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Didn’t catch a show at Carolines comedy club, but had always heard of it, so it was cool to swing by.

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Pizza stop 4 of 4:  Rizzo’s Fine Pizza.  So this would have to be my least favorite of the 4 we went to.  But just to clarify, it was still terrific.  So in a case like this, I would think ‘least favorite’ only means so much.  I will say this for them, absolutely hands-down the best customer service we had on our whole trip.  This was something the city didn’t seem to specialize in much, to say the least…  But at Rizzo’s, at the first mention of the fact that we were from out of town, they threw a free slice at us that we were told we had to try.  And when we were done having pizza, they came at us with a free dessert, saying that they were so pleased that we came to them when there are so many pizza choices in town to choose from.  How cool is that!

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NYC 06: Green Spaces

New York City trip Part 6 of 10:  Green Spaces

Central Park proved to be our one missed opportunity on this trip…  I think we entered the park on 3 different occasions, but usually just to fill time, and only whenever it was convenient to do so, with none of the stops being all that substantial.  But I figure if you’re trying to explore New York City in any sort of thorough way, something is gonna have to get short changed.  If not many things.  So this is me saying “Sorry Central Park, maybe next time.”

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Short stop in Bryant Park, along with another quick stop.

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The High Line on Thursday afternoon.  This was the one time that the so called New York summer heat started to get to me.  Still has nothing on Texas.

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The Cloisters on Friday afternoon.  We mostly stuck to exploring the grounds and didn’t really venture into the interior.  The day was moving pretty fast, and I was dead set on taking sunset shots around the Brooklyn Bridge Park area which was all the way across Manhattan.  That last shot of trees with the setting sun is actually around the corner from the  Brooklyn Bridge Park and the Brooklyn Heights Promenade.  We were losing light pretty quick.

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NYC 05: Coney

New York City trip Part 5 of 10:  Coney

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photo by Richard Arnold

The morning of Friday, August 28th 2015 was to be our day for Coney Island.  After a surprisingly short subway ride, we arrived at our destination at about 8:00 AM.  At first it seemed a bit foolish to go when it would be so deserted and with none of the amusement park rides going.  But it turned out to be a pretty good turn of events…. It was in fact pretty desolate with just a handful of folks jogging and hanging out at the shore. But after all the hustle bustle of the city life, this was ideal!  Along with the beautiful weather and blue skies, this was a great way to take in this fun little spot.  Waited until Nathan’s (the original) was open so that we could pick up a hot dog and fries before heading out.  I don’t count myself as a hot dog fan, but wow!

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NYC 04: Times Square Insanity

New York City trip Part 4 of 10:  Times Square Insanity

This slice represents at least 3 different stops.  Times Square became our go-to spot for entertainment whenever we were tired of walking every which way, and just wanted a place to park ourselves and people watch.   Plenty of material here folks, to say the least…  I loved the energy of this place!  Also, I don’t think I had ever actually seen a selfie stick before, and suddenly there was a sea of the things.  And about 5 costumed Spiderman guys (as opposed to non costumed Spiderman guys?…).  In addition to other potential days, I know we stopped in Times Square on Monday, Tuesday and Friday.  Enjoy!

photo by Richard Arnold

photo by Richard Arnold

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photo by Richard Arnold

photo by Richard Arnold

NYC 03: The Architecture

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Entrance to Manhattan Bridge

Entrance to Manhattan Bridge

Columbus Circle

Columbus Circle

Columbus Circle

Columbus Circle

The Guggenheim

The Guggenheim

The Guggenheim

The Guggenheim

Flatiron

Flatiron

St. Patrick’s

St. Patrick’s

St. Patrick’s

St. Patrick’s

St. Patrick’s

St. Patrick’s

St. Patrick’s

St. Patrick’s

Grand Central

Grand Central

Grand Central

Grand Central

Grand Central

Grand Central

Grand Central

Grand Central

Grand Central

Grand Central

Grand Central

Grand Central

New York Public Library

New York Public Library

New York Public Library

New York Public Library

New York Public Library

New York Public Library

One World Trade Center and Memorial Area

One World Trade Center and Memorial Area

One World Trade Center and Memorial Area

One World Trade Center and Memorial Area

One World Trade Center and Memorial Area

One World Trade Center and Memorial Area

One World Trade Center and Memorial Area

One World Trade Center and Memorial Area

One World Trade Center and Memorial Area

One World Trade Center and Memorial Area

One World Trade Center and Memorial Area

One World Trade Center and Memorial Area

Atlas Statue - Rockefeller Center

Atlas Statue – Rockefeller Center

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NYC 02: Lady Liberty

New York City trip Part 2 of 10: Lady Liberty. On Thursday morning, August 27th 2015, we arrived at Battery Park at 8:00 AM to take off by way of the Statue Cruises ferry line towards the Statue of Liberty.  We also had the choice to explore Ellis Island, but we had to skip that stop due to the rest of the schedule for the day.  Battery Park in the early morning hours proved to be a very peaceful and relaxing spot.  This would have been a stop I would have liked to return to at some point on one of the other mornings to just stroll about, enjoying the view of the bay, but this didn’t happen.  As a side note, we almost got on the wrong ferry that morning… Turns out there’s the Staten Island Ferry Terminal in addition to the Statue Cruises ferry, both in entirely different parts of the park.  I’m not really a morning person, so luckily I somehow realized what we were doing before boarding the wrong vessel.  So just FYI.

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View of Ellis Island

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Photo by Richard Arnold

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NYC 01: Views of the Apple

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photo by Richard Arnold

New York City trip with myself (Parker Lasseigne) and Richard Martinez from the 24th through the 30th of August in 2015.  Was the first vacation in some years that I’ve taken, and it proved to be one of my favorites!  New York City, as I’m sure many will agree, is a place that needs many weeks, months, if not years to see.  We just had a week, so we made sure to make the best of it.  Lots and lots and lots of walking;  feet were starting to hurt on day two…. but had to make nice with the pain and just continue on.  Too much to see to ever slow down.  Flew into the city with Jet Blue without having to make any connections.  Jumped on the E train taking us right to our hotel, the Pod 51 at 51st and 3rd Ave.  I cursed my luggage a few times, which had taken a toll on my back, got the cameras ready and we were off!  I foolishly planned this trip to not be about photography, but to just be a tourist and enjoy the sights and the city.  That plan lasted about 32 minutes at most.  The city turned out to be even more photogenic then I thought.  Luckily for all you slice lovers, the camera pretty much stayed on…

The photos in these slices are not going to be presented in date order.  We actually doubled back and returned to certain spots on several occasions, usually for the purpose of getting day and night shots of certain areas.  If presented in date order, I think the whole thing would come across too erratically.  So please sit back and enjoy 10 slices of New York!

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First stop will be the Empire State Building.  We made this the first stop on our second day (Tuesday the 25th).  We went right at opening time to avoid the normally long lines.  Got there about 8:30 that morning and made it up pretty quickly.  Seeing the view for the first time was pretty dang impressive, so much so that we returned here later that night for some evening shots… and to just enjoy the beautiful sights some more.


Next up will be the ‘Top of the Rock’ observatory on the top of the Rockefeller Center.  We went here on Thursday the 27th.  The plan was to get there around midday to snap some daytime shots, and then just stay for sunset and evening as well.  We got there around 5:30 and promply learned our lesson as to why to avoid these places in the middle of the day… Line was pretty sizable and it probably wasn’t until close to 6:30 that we were actually up there.  Was packed up there, but the view made up for it all!  Was glad to spend the rest of the day up there.

And finally we have the Brooklyn Bridge, along with the Brooklyn Bridge Park and the Brooklyn Heights Promenade, all of which are in walking distance of each other.  This was the afternoon and evening of Friday the 28th.  This part of the slice actually consists of an embarrassing mistake on my part.  We headed out to this area because I was trying to find the famous location used in Woody Allen’s ‘Manhattan’, the image that is usually used on all the posters.  And as I found out while walking around the area, this was not the place…  Great views of the city, just not the one I was looking for.  Oh well, it was still a really great spot, and I was glad to get to walk along the Brooklyn Bridge itself.

Random New York, NY

by Lindsay DeBlieux / December 2005

Join guest contributor Lindsay Campbell on a tour of New York City. Highlights include Central Park, Ground Zero, the Statue of Liberty, Times Square, and others.

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New York City (2004)

In 2004 my friend James came up to Philadelphia for a visit. We planned a very typical touristy day trip to New York City, hitting all of the major sites. These are images from that excursion.

EMPIRE STATE BUILDING

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TIMES SQUARE

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STATEN ISLAND FERRY

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MORE RANDOM NYC SHOTS

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NYPD Playing Solitaire

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Niagara Falls

Waldo, Detroit, and Niagara: Part 3 of 3.

We drove across southern Ontario from Sarnia, through London, Woodstock, and Paris, to Niagara Falls on the Queen Elizabeth Expressway (QEW). I’d like to think that I had some idea, but really, I had NO idea how big Niagara Falls was. And what was immediately impressive was the size of the mist cloud created by the falls. In this photo you can see the mist peaking over the top of the falls. Typically, the cloud was much higher than this, sometimes twice as tall as the falls, and wherever you stand in the park you get sprinkled. (This creates a catch-22 where you are in an amazing natural setting, yet you can’t take photos because the air is saturated with water-mist. I, and many other tourists, braved the mist and took photos anyway.) By the way, if you get a chance to visit Niagara Falls, visit the Canadian side. It is clearly the side to be on.

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I don’t know why in the world anyone would want to drop a dime into one of these telescope machine things. Everything you need to see is RIGHT THERE!!

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This section of the falls is called Horeshoe Falls. Half of it is in Canada and the other half is in the US.

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This is a view of the Horeshoe Falls from the Maid of the Mist boat tour. The mist cloud makes it nearly impossible to see the entire waterfall at once from any angle.

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Again the Horshoe Falls… here we see the US side.

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US Horshoe again…

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Here we see the Rainbow Bridge which crosses from Canada to the US. Just before the bridge is another section of the American falls (and if you look at the bottom of the photo – a REAL rainbow!)

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The Maid of the Mist boat tour… Angela and I totally enjoyed this tour. It wasn’t very expensive at about $9.00 a head. You even get a rain coat! (and it comes in handy when the boat is under the deluge of Niagara Falls)

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This is the Skylon Tower… We didn’t have time to take this ride, but here’s what the brochure has to say: “Niagara’s highest and most spectacular view – 775 ft. above the falls. The awe-inspiring view will take your breath away. Ride one of our exterior glass enclosed elevators to the indoor/outdoor Observation Deck. Visit our award winning Revolving Dining Room or Summit Suite Buffets. Experience SkyQuest… an interactive playground for all.”

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Besides what you’ve seen thus far, Niagara Falls has tons more to do. The commercial side of the falls offers: Marineland, a butterfly conservatory, Dinosaur Park Miniature Golf, Movieland Wax Museum, a haunted house, Ripley’s Believe It or Not, Guinness Book of World Records, a Fun House, a Mystery Maze, Marvel Super Heroes Adventure City an Imax Theater, and Canada’s only indoor skydiving facility. But that’s all folks. Time was of the essence and we had to hit the road.