A Book Signing in SoHo

I treated myself to a book signing that took me to a store in SoHo I had never been to. That place was Housing Works Bookstore Cafe and the author was Felicia Day. She had written a memoir titled You’re Never Weird on the Internet (almost) that covered her life (so far), influences, and events that led up to her basically taking over the internet. Examples of this would be found at Geek and Sundry, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, and The Guild. For those of you non-internet people, you may recognize her from TV shows such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Dollhouse, Supernatural, and numerous guest spots on various prime time tv shows. You can follow her twitter here – although she has over 2.5 million followers, so I’ll assume you already do.

Knowing her fan base, I was surprised to see very few cosplayers on the line to get in (reservations had to be made, but it was open seating, so the line went around the block – I got lucky and was towards the front), and there were only two, who were in front of me on the line. My luck held out as I got inside and actually got a seat, not just a seat, a DECENT seat. I had emailed the hosts earlier to see if it was ok to take pics and they said it was, so long as I didn’t use a flash. As usual, with camera phones being what they are today, people still used a flash. Ugh. I got a lot of nice shots from my seat and wanted to share with people. These are all done in low light situations as the bookstore was very dark and only had a few stage lights for the interview section. Enjoy!

One of the only cosplayers. She became very popular on the line while we waited - her counterpart showed up just as we were going in.

One of the only cosplayers. She became very popular on the line while we waited – her counterpart showed up just as we were going in.

One of the workers at the bookstore introduces the author and the interviewer.

One of the workers at the bookstore introduces the author and the interviewer.

Of course she enters and takes a pic/video of the crowd.

Of course she enters and takes a pic/video of the crowd.

Many laughs to be had through the night.

Many laughs to be had through the night.

Author Lev Grossman handled the interviewing duties for the night.

Author Lev Grossman handled the interviewing duties for the night.

She has a point here.

She has a point here.

Flattering laughter.

Flattering laughter.

There may have been some snark.

There may have been some snark.

Make a weird face, i will catch it on camera.

Make a weird face, i will catch it on camera.

She was very passionate about everything she talked about.

She was very passionate about everything she talked about.

The front of the bookstore.

The front of the bookstore.

The back of the bookstore, including stage and cafe for food and drinks.

The back of the bookstore, including stage and cafe for food and drinks.

I got my book signed!

I got my book signed! And her editor was kind enough to take this pic

Hard at work signing away.

Hard at work signing away.

Next week: I wander around the East Village for awhile in the brutal summer sun.

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A Long Walk Along the Brooklyn Navy Yard

For anyone who works in film and TV in the NYC area, inevitably you will work on a production that is based out of Steiner Studios. While it is a large and fantastic studio to work in, it is not located near any subway stops. By this, I mean it is a good mile to the nearest one(s). As it so happened, last month I had to go out there for a fitting, so I brought the camera with me to document the long walk from the F train stop at York St. This walk takes you along the borders of the Brooklyn Navy Yard. You cannot just walk into them and start taking pics, so everything is taken from outside the yards. By the end of this round trip I walked more than 5 miles, as I was a crazy person and opted to walk back to Manhattan over the Brooklyn Bridge instead of riding the subway for one stop. Foolish yes, but I got my exercise for the day.

Starting at York St, we get this lovely bit of wall art inside a fenced in area.

Starting at York St, we get this lovely bit of wall art inside a fenced in area.

A run down area of Brooklyn, but it's going through the early stages of gentrification.

A run down area of Brooklyn, but it’s going through the early stages of gentrification.

Coming up on the navy yard.

Coming up on the navy yard.

A very impressive mural has been painted by the local school.

A very impressive mural has been painted by the local school.

The southern entrance to the shipyard.

The southern entrance to the shipyard.

Overgrown vines cover abandoned areas of the navy yard.

Overgrown vines cover abandoned areas of the navy yard.

This sign has been there for quite some time.

This sign has been there for quite some time.

Looking in on the actual working area to see the sign.

Looking in on the actual working area to see the sign.

Bldg 92 which houses the history museum of the shipyards themselves.

Bldg 92 which houses the history museum of the shipyards themselves.

Looks like someone tried to ram this gate.

There were lots of these gates. This is the one in the best condition.

Looking into the shipyards.

Looking into the shipyards.

Peeking through the fence.

Peeking through the fence.

Back at the castle entrance.

Back at the castle entrance.

Heading towards the Brooklyn Bridge.

Heading towards the Brooklyn Bridge.

The sun shines through the clouds.

The sun shines through the clouds.

One of the few times I wasn't surrounded by people.

One of the few times I wasn’t surrounded by people.

The southern tip of Manhattan and the sun.

The southern tip of Manhattan and the sun.

Lots of cables.

Lots of cables.

Fun with metalwork.

Fun with metalwork.

The sun is setting.

The sun is setting.

Finally back in NJ and ready for a rest.

Finally back in NJ and ready for a rest.

The sun shines nicely on downtown Manhattan as it sets behind me.

The sun shines nicely on downtown Manhattan as it sets behind me.

Next week: I went to a book signing, so some pics of the event and author.

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Birds and Other Animals (but mostly birds) Around Morningside Park

To wrap up these posts on Morningside Park, let’s take a look at the animals that live in the park. There is always an egret (or some type of heron/loon) at the pond in the park, as well as some stray cats and turtles. As is usual when I am watching birds or animals that can do many things that make an interesting image, I took a TON of pics. Here are some of my favorites.

This is my home and you are a guest in it - so regal.

This is my home and you are a guest in it – so regal.

Looking like a painting.

Looking like a painting.

Momma and baby ducks!

Momma and baby ducks!

Look at the baby ducks!

Look at the baby ducks!

Another duck came and stood right next to me while I was shooting. No fear. Like squirrels in Union Square.

Another duck came and stood right next to me while I was shooting. No fear. Like squirrels in Union Square.

Time for a stroll.

Time for a stroll.

Looks a bit nicer in b&w. At least to my tastes.

Looks a bit nicer in b&w. At least to my tastes.

A new local to lord over the pond.

A new local to lord over the pond.

Bird on a rock.

Bird on a rock.

I am unsure what type of bird this is, but it liked to pose there.

I am unsure what type of bird this is, but it liked to pose there.

Cleaning time.

Cleaning time.

Close up on cleaning time.

Close up on cleaning time.

Cat on a rock.

Cat on a rock.

Nap time on a rock under the trees.

Nap time on a rock under the trees.

I kinda love how this one came out.

I kinda love how this one came out.

Walking through the pond.

Walking through the pond.

The black bird takes a swim (only time I caught it surfacing).

The black bird takes a swim (only time I caught it surfacing).

Painting edit with the reflection.

Painting edit with the reflection.

Turtles eating the bread kids threw at them.

Turtles eating the bread kids threw at them.

Why are you throwing Subway bread at us?

Why are you throwing Subway bread at us?

Take off!

Take off!

Turn in the air.

Turn in the air.

Coming in for a landing.

Coming in for a landing.

Standing in the reeds.

Standing in the reeds.

Take off part two.

Take off part two.

The cats sit and watch.

The cats sit and watch.

The baby ducks return.

The baby ducks return.

Love the light play on the ripples.

Love the light play on the ripples.

Huddled in the reeds and watching.

Huddled in the reeds and watching.

It sees something.

It sees something.

Time to eat!

Time to eat!

If you look closely you can see a small fish in its beak.

If you look closely you can see a small fish in its beak.

Next week: I had to go out to Steiner Studios, so a walk along the outside of the Brooklyn Navy Yard.

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Stop Bullying Art Piece from LEAP

While walking in Morningside Park, I came across this very decorative table/bench set up. It was covered in various artwork and is part of the LEAP student public art program. Rather than talk about it, here are the images I took of their piece about bullying. It is made of oil paint pens, acrylic paint, and canvas paper. The teaching artist was Susan Woldman and the teacher was Alix Delincis.

The plaque at one end of the table.

The plaque at one end of the table.

The above reads as follows: Do not bully me. Instead let’s be friends. Let’s have respect and come up with peaceful solutions. Let’s be nice to one another. This artwork is part of a 10-park citywide exhibition by students in 10 schools as part of LeAP’s Public Art Program 2015. For information on Learning through an Expanded Arts Program (LeAP) please call 212-769-4160 or visit http://www.leapnyc.org.

The full table.

The full table.

Close up of half of it.

Close up of half of it.

The other half of the table.

The other half of the table.

It has a very reflective surface.

It has a very reflective surface.

From the other end.

From the other end.

The plaque at the other end of the table.

The plaque at the other end of the table.

Next week: The birds of Morningside Park.

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Carl Schurz Memorial in Morningside Park

As we saw last week, I passed by a staircase in the middle of Morningside Park and didn’t head up it in the entry. Here is a look at what I found at the top of that staircase, which started with what looked like a castle. It was actually the 116th St entrance to the park. At the entrance is a seating area and a statue of Carl Schurz. It was designed by Karl Bitter and built by Henry Bacon in 1913.

This is a lot of stairs.

This is a lot of stairs.

Others go much faster than I do.

Others go much faster than I do.

A side path that leads away from the "tower."

A side path that leads away from the “tower.”

A very prestigious staircase at the top of the first section.

A very prestigious staircase at the top of the first section.

More to climb still. Also a pink tree.

More to climb still. Also a pink tree.

Up the short staircase.

Up the short staircase.

The statue stands on the edge.

The statue stands on the edge.

The top of the memorial.

The top of the memorial.

Some nice benches to sit on, but no shade.

Some nice benches to sit on, but no shade.

Looking down on that side path we passed on the way up.

Looking down on that side path we passed on the way up.

Looking out over the city.

Looking out over the city.

Some relief carving that was typical of early 1900's NYC art and architecture.

Some relief carving that was typical of early 1900’s NYC art and architecture.

The statue centerpiece.

The statue centerpiece.

Looking up at it.

Looking up at it.

A bit closer.

A bit closer.

The letters used to be copper, but were changed during restoration in the 1930s.

The letters used to be copper, but were changed during restoration in the 1930s.

Looking back down the stairs into the park.

Looking back down the stairs into the park.

Back down we go.

Back down we go.

A parting look back up the stairs.

A parting look back up the stairs.

Leaving the staircase behind.

Leaving the staircase behind.

Next week: A look at a school piece of art in Morningside Park.

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A Hot Sunny Day in Morningside Park

I had to be up in Morningside Park for a client, so I got there early to explore the park (something I’ve never really done). The park has a lot of stairs in it, so I was a little tired by the end. The different levels create an interesting feel in this mid-sized park in the northern section of NYC (just a bit northwest of Central Park).

I started at the north end and worked my way down, with a few side trails to see things that peeked my interest.

The northeast entrance.

The northeast entrance.

Flowers and bees!

Flowers and bees!

Another one! They were very popular.

Another one! They were very popular.

Lots of rock hills and boulders in this park.

Lots of rock hills and boulders in this park.

Some of the many stairs in the park.

Some of the many stairs in the park.

A weird shaped tree.

A weird shaped tree.

There are a lot of signs for rules in this park.

There are a lot of signs for rules in this park.

Apts along the east side of the park.

Apts along the east side of the park.

Trees growing through rocks.

Trees growing through rocks.

I played around with the tint on this one to show off the sunlight.

I played around with the tint on this one to show off the sunlight.

More rules.

More rules.

A very unkempt basketball court.

A very unkempt basketball court.

The court needs weeding.

The court needs weeding.

Apts behind the court.

Apts behind the court.

Where does this staircase lead? (hint: check back next week)

Where does this staircase lead? (hint: check back next week)

Another weird shaped tree.

Another weird shaped tree.

We used to eat these growing up.

We used to eat these growing up.

Interesting color.

Interesting color.

A good tree to sit under.

A good tree to sit under.

This is a drinking fountain.

This is a drinking fountain: the Alfred Lincoln Seligman Fountain.

Close up of the fountain.

Close up of the fountain.

The faun and the bear.

The faun and the bear.

The full fountain.

The full fountain.

The staircase by the fountain.

The staircase by the fountain.

It's quite picturesque.

It’s quite picturesque.

And now the area with no shade by the lake.

And now the area with no shade by the lake.

The water looks very green.

The water looks very green.

Sit on the stairs in the shade.

Sit on the stairs in the shade.

The side walls of the west side of the park.

The side walls of the west side of the park.

Stairs and garden on the east side.

Stairs and garden on the east side.

The stairs out of the southeast corner of the park.

The stairs out of the southeast corner of the park.

Next week: What was at the top of that large staircase in the middle of the park?

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People in the Tourist Spots

After an audition, I decided to wander through Times Square (something I RARELY do) and head down to Washington Square Park to people watch. Here’s a few of the images I took. You’ll notice a trend of people constantly looking at their phones.

First of many shots with people staring at their phone.

First of many shots with people staring at their phone.

Showing off the red of the TKTS booth. Also, look a phone!

Showing off the red of the TKTS booth. Also, look a phone!

I'm already tired of the phone addictions.

I’m already tired of the phone addictions.

Street performer bow.

Street performer bow.

Should probably fill this hole in the middle of Times Square.

Should probably fill this hole in the middle of Times Square.

Notice the kitten.

Notice the kitten.

New Orleans style in Washington Square.

New Orleans style in Washington Square.

Wanna feed some birds?

Wanna feed some birds?

Fear the rulers of the birds.

Fear the rulers of the birds.

Let's play in the fountain!

Let’s play in the fountain!

Even rollerbladers must rest.

Even rollerbladers must rest.

Interesting instrument choices here.

Interesting instrument choices here.

The hat placement made this shot.

The hat placement made this shot.

Would you like to buy a monkey?

Would you like to buy a monkey?

A sign of summer.

A sign of summer.

Next week: A trip into Morningside Park.

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