A Night at the New Yankee Stadium

After the zoo, we headed over to 1 E 161st St in the Bronx, also known as Yankee Stadium, to catch a game. This is the new stadium, which opened in 2009. The old stadium is long gone and now a park and parking garage complex. This year is also the farewell tour of Derek Jeter, so we got to see a few ceremonies and get a gateway give away of a very cheap and crappy statue (PC Richards should stick to electronics). They ended up losing, but the fun is always had going to the games and relaxing with people you know. Both of the people with me had never been to the new stadium so that was fun for them. We sat up on the Terrace Level, which is a hike up and down, but less steep to sit in than the Grandstand (I always feel like I’m going to fall off the Grandstand when I stand up).

The view when we first entered the stadium.

The view when we first entered the stadium.

The Boss is remembered in the outfield.

The Boss is remembered in the outfield.

Just in case you didn't know where you were.

Just in case you didn’t know where you were.

Memorabilia is always played on the screens before the game.

Memorabilia is always played on the screens before the game.

Nice bit of artwork for the game.

Nice bit of artwork for the game.

There's the flag.

There’s the flag.

Warming up in the bullpen.

Warming up in the bullpen.

Here comes Jeter.

Here comes Jeter.

Retired numbers.

Retired numbers.

Monument Park (which we didn't visit due to time and crowds) is covered up during the game.

Monument Park (which we didn’t visit due to time and crowds) is covered up during the game.

Time to start.

Time to start.

Yes I have a decent lens for where I was sitting.

Yes I have a decent lens for where I was sitting.

Decent crowd for the ridiculously priced seats.

Decent crowd for the ridiculously priced seats.

These people want to catch a home run ball.

These people want to catch a home run ball.

Cops provide security. One person was removed for interfering with a ball in play.

Cops provide security. One person was removed for interfering with a ball in play.

Seventh Inning stretch entertainment.

Seventh Inning stretch entertainment.

Ready and waiting.

Ready and waiting.

Next week: A short look in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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A Bronx Zoo Trip with Family

I had family in town so we went to the zoo and I took tons of shots. I don’t need to go into detail as I’ve posted about the zoo several times on here. Here are a few for your entertainment.

I have never seen the tiger on the monorail in the pond before.

I have never seen the tiger on the monorail in the pond before.

Why are all of these people staring at me?

Why are all of these people staring at me?

Bats on the ceiling.

Bats on the ceiling.

Zebras chowing down on their lawn.

Zebras chowing down on their lawn.

The curious ostrich.

The curious ostrich.

Yup, there go the noisy children again.

Yup, there go the noisy children again.

I'm hungry.

I’m hungry.

This is a good log.

This is a good log.

Fear me as I flap my wings at you!

Fear me as I flap my wings at you!

Rhino close-up.

Rhino close-up.

The zoo now has Komodo Dragons. This is not a full grown one.

The zoo now has Komodo Dragons. This is not a full grown one.

How many lemurs do you see in this shot?

How many lemurs do you see in this shot?

Baby meal time.

Baby meal time.

Baby sea lion peeking behind the rock.

Baby sea lion peeking behind the rock.

This is my sexy pose.

This is my sexy pose.

Even the babies get loud at the gawkers.

Even the babies get loud at the gawkers.

Do I want to go in here?

Do I want to go in here?

Maybe I'll drink some.

Maybe I’ll drink some.

This tastes terrible.

This tastes terrible.

Lazy tiger.

Lazy tiger.

Napping polar bear with the leg raised in comfort.

Napping polar bear with the leg raised in comfort.

So NONE of you brought me food?

So NONE of you brought me food?

Touchdown for nectar!

Touchdown for nectar!

This is my house. Go away!

This is my house. Go away!

Shelter from the sun.

Shelter from the sun.

Spread them out for the ladies!

Spread them out for the ladies!

I am the noble animal of the forest and I shall stand here and keep watch over your car below me.

I am the noble animal of the forest and I shall stand here and keep watch over your car below me.

Next week: A night at Yankee Stadium.

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Construction and Decay around Hoboken

During my walk through Hoboken, I kept passing various construction sites and abandoned piers. So I took a bunch of shots of them. Enjoy!

The crane is ready but no one is around.

The crane is ready but no one is around.

It's on a hill of rubble.

It’s on a hill of rubble.

Hole in a pier.

Hole in a pier.

Interesting rubble on the river.

Interesting rubble on the river.

Missing sections.

Missing sections.

Something was either on fire or exploded.

Something was either on fire or exploded.

Ceiling collapse.

Ceiling collapse.

Looks like it fell onto the ground.

Looks like it fell onto the ground.

Break out the giant tonka toys!

Break out the giant tonka toys!

A crane is ready too.

A crane is ready too.

That is a lot of damage.

That is a lot of damage.

Next week: My yearly trip to the Bronx Zoo – this time with sea lions and a komodo dragon!

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Sybil’s Cave is Locked up

While on my Hoboken walk along the Hudson, I saw an odd arch across the street so I wandered over to take a look. It’s a landmark called Sybil’s Cave. The cave is a natural spring and is buried under Stevens Institute of Technology Hill across the street from the skate park. Inside the arch is a metal gate that is, unfortunately, locked. There are some benches outside as restaurants have used it in the past. However, the water has since been found to be undrinkable and there are no plans to reopen the cave itself to the public as of this time.

History on a plaque.

History on a plaque.

The archway.

The archway.

Some spots for lunch.

Some spots for lunch.

There's the gate.

There’s the gate.

Yup, locked.

Yup, locked.

It's a large hill behind it.

It’s a large hill behind it.

Kind of stands out a bit.

Kind of stands out a bit.

This is what it looked like from across the street.

This is what it looked like from across the street.

Next week: I walked by a few different construction sites and damaged areas. That always makes for an interesting look.

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Walking the Hudson in Hoboken

Having lived in the area for close to 10 years, I decided to actually take a walk along the Hudson River in Hoboken. It was a hot summer day, but I got my exercise in, saw some sights, and got a bunch of fun images of the area. The walk started at the 9th St Light Rail stop and went down to Sinatra’s house, then over to the river, and back up to the Lincoln Harber Light Rail stop. It was a good walk that kicked my butt.

Apparently there was a festival here the day before.

Apparently there was a festival here the day before.

Sinatra's birthplace. I did not take a picture of the plaque on the ground as a dog had recently visited it and blessed it.

Sinatra’s birthplace. I did not take a picture of the plaque on the ground as a dog had recently visited it and blessed it.

His house is now a parking lot.

His house is now a parking lot.

The back of Our Lady of Grace church.

The back of Our Lady of Grace church.

The front of Our Lady of Grace.

The front of Our Lady of Grace.

The bandstand in Church Square Park.

The bandstand in Church Square Park.

Someone lost their luggage.

Someone lost their luggage.

A creepy alley in Hoboken.

A creepy alley in Hoboken.

Another church before we reach the river.

Another church before we reach the river.

Baseball with the city in the background.

Baseball with the city in the background.

Hello NYC.

Hello NYC.

A lovely boardwalk covers Hoboken along the Hudson.

A lovely boardwalk covers Hoboken along the Hudson.

Fun with clouds.

Fun with clouds.

Lots of places to sit.

Lots of places to sit.

A memorial to ships.

A memorial to ships.

Nicely placed ESB.

Nicely placed ESB.

Abandoned tracks for old shipping.

Abandoned tracks for old shipping.

More scenic seating.

More scenic seating.

That is one colorful train.

That is one colorful train.

A shady park for shelter from the merciless sun.

A shady park for shelter from the merciless sun.

Anyone want a boat?

Anyone want a boat?

Next week: We come across Sibyl’s Cave.

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Morningside Park for some Shakespeare

I had a last minute trip into the city to help with the last performance of Romeo and Juliet I had worked on earlier in the summer. They were now performing in Morningside Park, so I had to head up there. I had never actually been in the park itself, just walked by it a few times to get to other places (St. John the Divine, Columbia University, etc). So I got to take a bit of a walk through the southern section of it on a bright sunny day.

Arriving at the southeast entrance of the park.

Arriving at the southeast entrance of the park.

Down the steps we go.

Down the steps we go.

Less steps than Bethesda Terrace.

Less steps than Bethesda Terrace.

St. John the Divine overlooks the ball fields.

St. John the Divine overlooks the ball fields.

The bathrooms are locked.

The bathrooms are locked.

A scenic pond in the park.

A scenic pond in the park.

A black crane in the pond.

A black crane in the pond.

Cats hunt along the pond.

Cats hunt along the pond.

Turtles along the pond.

Turtles along the pond.

That's a lot of turtles.

That’s a lot of turtles.

Viewing the pond from the north.

Viewing the pond from the north.

A shady staircase and a sculpture.

A shady staircase and a sculpture.

This is also a water fountain.

This is also a water fountain.

The stairs on their own.

The stairs on their own.

The street lamps are nicely designed in this area.

The street lamps are nicely designed in this area.

The white crane arrives.

The white crane arrives.

Ok, fine, I won't land there.

Ok, fine, I won’t land there.

Surveying his domain.

Surveying his domain.

Watching the show from the trees.

Watching the show from the trees.

A cat is hunting the crane.

A cat is hunting the crane.

Next week: A walk along the Hudson River in Hoboken.

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A Summer Sunset Over the Shakespeare Garden

I went to the first Shakespeare in the Park show this year but got there early, so I wandered around the Shakespeare Garden as the sun started setting. I’ve covered it in the past and I wasn’t planning on taking pictures, but the effects of the setting sun were just too good to pass up.

Light shines through the trees onto the path.

Light shines through the trees onto the path.

The sundial awaits.

The sundial awaits.

The sun lights only a section.

The sun lights only a section.

Usage of sun rays.

Usage of sun rays.

Spooky angles.

Spooky angles.

Looking up to the dial.

Looking up to the dial.

Wide open and drinking in the sun.

Wide open and drinking in the sun.

Sun setting behind the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre.

Sun setting behind the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre.

The staircase is hit with light.

The staircase is hit with light.

The stone staircase.

The stone staircase.

Light sprays across the walkways.

Light sprays across the walkways.

Next week: The southern side of Morningside Heights Park.

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