Walking and Wandering Along the Highline

A few months ago I worked on a film and was presented with a view I hadn’t seen before. Since I was there on film purposes, I didn’t have my camera with me (I don’t like to leave my camera alone in holding with a ton of people I’m just meeting that day). I had an audition that left me a ton of time afterwards this past month, so I took a walk back over there and then just continued down the length of the high line.

An interesting skyline behind Port Authority.

An interesting skyline behind Port Authority.

I probably don't want to know how much these apts cost.

I probably don’t want to know how much these apts cost.

There is a big to-do at the Javits.

There is a big to-do at the Javits.

Fun with shadow and light.

Fun with shadow and light.

Clouds over the Hudson.

Clouds over the Hudson.

Looks like a chair lift from the ski slopes.

Looks like a chair lift from the ski slopes.

Looking downtown along 11th Ave.

Looking downtown along 11th Ave.

That is a lot of uhauls.

That is a lot of uhauls.

This mural is still there (and people seem to be selling prints of it on the highline. Weird).

This mural is still there (and people seem to be selling prints of it on the highline. Weird).

Some sculpture.

Some sculpture.

Fun with clouds and some weird looking buildings.

Fun with clouds and some weird looking buildings.

Someone decorated their fire escape.

Someone decorated their fire escape.

Chelsea is looking weird.

Chelsea is looking weird.

This one is just odd.

This one is just odd.

Cafe in the dark!

Cafe in the dark!

Building bridge.

Building bridge.

One of the old piers.

One of the old piers.

A rooftop bar along the highline.

A rooftop bar along the highline.

More glass and steel architecture.

More glass and steel architecture.

Odd sculpture (there were several of these all grouped together.

Odd sculpture (there were several of these all grouped together.

The southern end of the line.

The southern end of the line.

A sheltered bike rack.

A sheltered bike rack.

Next week: The city is dressed for the holidays and I took a few pics in midtown during a lengthy walk.

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Some more B&W Shots

I have been busy and unable to attend interesting places to take shots of, so here is a return to the black and white photos I started earlier in the year.

A covered alley in downtown Manhattan can look very creepy.

A covered alley in downtown Manhattan can look very creepy.

Music in the park.

Music in the park.

Playing up the contrast and color exposure can make an overcast day look like a nightmare-ish storm.

Playing up the contrast and color exposure can make an overcast day look like a nightmare-ish storm.

So much texture.

So much texture.

A white dress helps with composition.

A white dress helps with composition.

Animals are always fun with black and white since it brings out their fur.

Animals are always fun with black and white since it brings out their fur.

Fun with contrast.

Fun with contrast.

This also hides the mesh overlayer nicely.

This also hides the mesh overlayer nicely.

Turtle!

Turtle!

Next week: I killed some time after a meeting going to an area of Manhattan I had seen during a film shoot, then onward down the length of the Highline.

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2015 Calendar Info

As I have done the past few years, I have a calendar design that is up for sale this holiday season. The first one is $25 and each additional is $20. I accept payment through paypal under the email nsantasier@gmail.com. I would need addresses and phone numbers when you order (the phone number is for the post office to call if they have a problem with deliveries). If you prefer to not use paypal, then you would have to mail me a physical check. To do so, you would have to email me either through the above email list or through the link on my about page or through our facebook page.

The prototype arrives (taken with my phone).

The prototype arrives (taken with my phone).

Hanging on the wall (taken with my phone).

Hanging on the wall (taken with my phone).

January - June

January – June

July - December

July – December

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2014 Autumn in the North of Central Park

After climbing the hills to the forts, I went down into the lower areas of the Loch in Central Park. It’s a favorite area of mine, mostly because it is nowhere near as heavily travelled as the southern portions of the park. Since I have covered this area a bunch in the past, let’s just jump to the pics!

The sun is at a fun angle for shadow effects.

The sun is at a fun angle for shadow effects.

Get this at the right angle and the sun just fills the colors.

Get this at the right angle and the sun just fills the colors.

Going down the stone stairs into the Loch (not my usual way of entering).

Going down the stone stairs into the Loch (not my usual way of entering).

The Loch in all its glory. Had to deal around another photographer who kept putting leaves in the water to try to get them to spill over the edge - they weren't putting in enough leaves to get the effect.

The Loch in all its glory. Had to deal around another photographer who kept putting leaves in the water to try to get them to spill over the edge – they weren’t putting in enough leaves to get the effect.

Playing around with the effect I used on my Gapstow image that came out so well.

Playing around with the effect I used on my Gapstow image that came out so well.

The base of the waterfall is brown. Weird.

The base of the waterfall is brown. Weird.

Those concrete blocks at the top are new and part of some refurbishing in the park.

Those concrete blocks at the top are new and part of some refurbishing in the park.

Shot from above.

Shot from above.

So funny how a simple turn of a camera can change the whole feel of an image.

So funny how a simple turn of a camera can change the whole feel of an image.

Leaves along the path.

Leaves along the path.

Autumn leaves all around the ravine rustic bridge.

Autumn leaves all around the ravine rustic bridge.

Red leaf.

Red leaf.

My favorite spot of the area between the loch and the pool.

My favorite spot of the area between the loch and the pool.

Just seems like a better view in horizontal.

Just seems like a better view in horizontal.

Looking back at the Glen Span Arch.

Looking back at the Glen Span Arch.

This kinda works in either set up.

This kinda works in either set up.

An excellently placed bench.

An excellently placed bench.

So many colors on the water.

So many colors on the water.

Look at that orange.

Look at that orange.

I love this hidden bench.

I love this hidden bench.

Looking back as I leave the park.

Looking back as I leave the park.

The willow in autumn.

The willow in autumn.

Next: I’m going to take next week off due to the holidays, but before then, I shall post about the calendar I designed and am selling online before Thanksgiving.

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A Fort in Central Park

There was one area of Central Park I have NEVER been to, so on a nice warm autumn afternoon I decided to fix that. This area can be found in the northwest corner of the park and is part of an old fort at the top of the tallest spot in the park. Fort Clinton is part of a network of installations that were used as lookouts during the Revolutionary War as well as the War of 1812. While most of the remaining sections of the buildings are found just south of Harlem Meer, hidden in the trees of the west side of the park is a building called Blockhouse No. 1. While Ft Clinton and Nutter’s Battery are undergoing restoration, Blockhouse is hidden in the North Woods and left to relative obscurity. It took some wandering for me to even find it.

We will start on this dirt path into the woods.

We will start on this dirt path into the woods.

Stumbled on a paved path.

Stumbled on a paved path.

Up a hill and through the trees we come upon it.

Up a hill and through the trees we come upon it.

Tiny staircase to a very small doorway.

Tiny staircase to a very small doorway.

Through the doorway (it's locked).

Through the doorway (it’s locked).

Nature is trying to take the hilltop back.

Nature is trying to take the hilltop back.

The western wall.

The western wall.

Clouds are rolling in.

Clouds are rolling in.

The sun shows off the colors in the wall.

The sun shows off the colors in the wall.

It's right on the edge of the hill.

It’s right on the edge of the hill.

The blockhouse.

The blockhouse.

I wouldn't recommend climbing that ledge.

I wouldn’t recommend climbing that ledge.

The sky makes for a nice image.

The sky makes for a nice image.

Black and white makes it a bit spooky.

Black and white makes it a bit spooky.

Looking up the hill to the fort.

Looking up the hill to the fort.

Next week: Some other autumn images of the area after leaving the fort.

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The High Line is Completed (for the most part)

A few months back (September 21 to be exact) the northern most section of the High Line was opened. This completed the park and let it stretch up to the Jacob Javits Center. This means that the High Line itself stretches from 34th street in the north down to Gansevoort street in the south. I walked over from an audition to check out the newly opened section and entered through the 26th street entrance. It isn’t fully completed, but it’s open and you can get an idea of the possibilities for the area. Unfortunately, it ends on 34th street where there are all of the Megabuses with massive lines and crowds. So that part is a nuisance.

My entrance staircase.

My entrance staircase.

Coming up on the new section.

Coming up on the new section.

The new section begins under a building that has been under construction since the first section opened.

The new section begins under a building that has been under construction since the first section opened.

Looks like there are going to be some stores added into this section.

Looks like there are going to be some stores added into this section.

The old tracks look nice and work as paths.

The old tracks look nice and work as paths.

Lots of the High Line style benches.

Lots of the High Line style benches.

Benches, benches, so many benches.

Benches, benches, so many benches.

Not much protection from the sun here. Also a bridge of sorts.

Not much protection from the sun here. Also a bridge of sorts.

Looks like the start of a garden area.

Looks like the start of a garden area.

I have no idea what this is.

I have no idea what this is.

Another section not done yet (they were actually working on it while I was there).

Another section not done yet (they were actually working on it while I was there).

Looking into the train yard below.

Looking into the train yard below.

This could use some work.

This could use some work.

Either an attractive ruin or an eyesore. Opinions vary.

Either an attractive ruin or an eyesore. Opinions vary.

Wooden benches and very harsh sunlight as we approach the Hudson.

Wooden benches and very harsh sunlight as we approach the Hudson.

Made it to the Hudson and the West Side Hwy.

Made it to the Hudson and the West Side Hwy.

Another interesting wooden bench set up.

Another interesting wooden bench set up.

This section to the west of the train yard had a high fence for some reason, unlike the rest of the extension.

This section to the west of the train yard had a high fence for some reason, unlike the rest of the extension.

Interesting steel work and the Intrepid way off in the distance.

Interesting steel work and the Intrepid way off in the distance.

It's the final curve as we come to the Javits Center.

It’s the final curve as we come to the Javits Center.

And we made it to the end.

And we made it to the end.

A map of the whole line, including various entrances.

A map of the whole line, including various entrances.

Next week: The only place in Central Park I had never been to: Fort Clinton.

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Climbing the Cathedral of St. John the Divine

I went on a trip to the Cathedral of St. John the Divine to climb it with untapped cities – who have already posted some of my pics, along with others, of the event here. The tour takes about an hour and is slightly claustrophobic as the stair case is a circular staircase that is inside a buttress. So for a larger person, like me, it can be a little tight at times. Also, if you have issues with heights, you may have some trouble on this tour. I had a slight attack on the first stage (which is the longest climb by stairs) but after I got past that, I was fine. My group consisted of people of all ages, so yes, if you feel you can do roughly 12 floors of stairs, then you should give this a try.

This is the door into the stair well.

This is the door into the stairwell.

Up in the Triforium, looking out into the nave.

Up in the Triforium, looking out into the nave (already above the phoenix art piece).

The windows are getting closer.

The windows are getting closer.

Occasionally there are windows in the stairwell.

Occasionally there are windows in the stairwell.

Yes, we are outside walking on the lower portion of a flying buttress.

Yes, we are outside walking on the lower portion of a flying buttress.

Looking up at the buttress and windows.

Looking up at the buttress and windows.

Heavy doors at various stages.

Heavy doors at various stages.

Welcome to the clerestory - you are standing on the portion of a flying buttress that is inside the building.

Welcome to the clerestory – you are standing on the portion of a flying buttress that is inside the building.

Nice and close to the windows now.

Nice and close to the windows now.

Looking down at the triforium.

Looking down at the triforium.

Looking through the pillars and ribbed vaulting to see other windows.

Looking through the pillars and ribbed vaulting to see other windows.

Some ribbed vaulting on the ceiling.

Some ribbed vaulting on the ceiling.

Through the fake windows to a real one.

Through the fake windows to a real one.

We enter the attic - above the clerestory and ribbed vaulting.

We enter the attic – above the clerestory and ribbed vaulting.

Lots of steelwork holding up the roof.

Lots of steelwork holding up the roof.

Light is coming in from the roof.

Light is coming in from the roof.

It kind of looks like a sewer.

It kind of looks like a sewer.

Stay on the path or fall 12 floors. Yikes.

Stay on the path or fall 12 floors. Yikes.

Welcome to the roof.

Welcome to the roof.

Our tour guide shills some bags while demonstrating the various sections of our climb.

Our tour guide shills some bags while demonstrating the various sections of our climb.

Stone gutters.

Stone gutters.

The window that let light into the attic.

The window that let light into the attic.

Looking around the roof level.

Looking around the roof level.

Our view of the Peace Fountain from the roof.

Our view of the Peace Fountain from the roof.

Leaning on the banister for a more centered shot.

Leaning on the banister for a more centered shot.

Back down the spiral staircase we go.

Back down the spiral staircase we go.

Next week: they finished (for the most part) the extension of the Highline. So let’s go take a look.

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