On Tuesday I brought my camera to the office, and despite the 28ºC weather and 96% humidity, I took it out on a walk along South Street from Old Slip stopping at the lower end of Battery Park. I was feeling a bit down on my luck and had hopes that discovery would lift my spirit.
I stopped while this gentleman, Mark Derho, was taking a selfie with his bicycle. We got to talking and it turns out Mark is a successful businessman. He used to work in IT, but also built a successful bicycle shop business. Mark is looking to expand his work with bicycles. He has commissioned a bicycle, built by a friend, which he intends to use in a bicycle rental business in Puerto Rico. I offered to take some photos which he may use in his social media campaign.
Near South Ferry Station, passengers exiting the subway can take a lift up to the ground level.
I found a beer garden, The Beer Garden, which is about a ten-minute walk from Old Slip. Next time I'm in Manhattan (Tuesday or Thursday of next week), I think I'll check it out as well as the Battery Gardens.
Two years ago, when I turned 50, I wanted to wait for the spring (I’m a November baby) to have a picnic in the park with burgers, beers and brats — a growler of Troon (before the lines), a growler of Flounder, and a growler of Conclave, some quality sausage from the Polish market in Trenton Farmers’ Market. New Jersey laws do not allow the consumption of alcohol of any kind in public parks or beaches. I could not find a single park in Somerset, Mercer, or Hunterdon County that would allow beer. So ... I never had the party.
As I walked through the park I noticed the sign offering beer and food at this little cafe. I walked over and talked to the cashier.
Me: Can I really order a beer here?
She explained that as long as I stayed within the confines — there are no walls or barricades at Table Green & Table Green Café — of the area I could drink my beer from the open container.
It seems in New York City the attitude is "Behave like an adult. Control yourself. If you can't, one of these armed folks in blue will help you out". Why can't we have this in New Jersey?
I did not enter the SeaGlass Carousel. What caught my eye was the way the stripes in this person’s dress matched the stripes in the awning.
The young woman on the left, if you look closely you can see that her feet lifted off the ground completely. Just my guess but I assume they were running to catch one of the ferries.
Bike Rent Puerto Rico10th September 2018 at 6:08 PM
Some great professional and an informative blog post.
Come see us in San Juan, Puerto Rico aka "The Enchanted Island".
Khürt Williams5th September 2018 at 1:11 AM
Tuesday Photo Challenge – Backyard by jansenphoto (Dutch goes the Photo!)
Today I worked in Manhattan at the client's Old Slip address in the New York Financial District. As I have done the last few times, I drove for over an hour into Jersey City and parked in the Paulus Hook neighbourhood. The parking deck is a few minutes walk from the Paulus Hook Ferry Terminal. While I don’t enjoy the commute once I am in the New York office I have more options for lunch and exploration than I do at the Metro Park, New Jersey office.As I did on my last commute to the Wall Street I brought my camera, my FujiFilm X-T2, and my only lens, the Fujinon XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR. This is only the second time I have done this since I bought the camera a few weeks ago. It’s a bit of a hassle bringing the camera kit. My TimBuk 2 messenger bag was never meant to carry a camera kit plus all the other things I need for the workday — over the ear headphones, notebook, iPad Pro, snacks, diabetes kits, phone charging kit. It just doesn’t fit well. I managed to squeeze it all but the bag bulked as though the straps would burst. I think it’s time I bought a larger bag.It was lunchtime and I wanted to eat out but with so many options it was hard to make a choice. I decided to walk on South Street and hoped I would find something appealing. Last week I walked toward Battery Park so today I walked in the opposite direction; toward Brooklyn Bridge.Some people say it’s the end of summer but the heat and humidity on this day suggested otherwise. The temperature yesterday at noon was around 32ºC (~90ºF) and the humidity was over 50%.After a few minutes of slow walking, I spotted some trees and umbrellas just under the FDR. I thought it might be another urban oasis — a park under the highway. I was curious but I also hoped it was a restaurant. I crossed South Street at Maiden Lane and made my way over to the area.
Industry Kitchen | FujiFilm X-T2 | XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ 22mm | f/16 | ISO 200Yep, it was a restaurant and a park. I perused the menu at Industry Kitchen but the crab cake caught my attention. The hostess gave me a choice of sitting inside the air-conditioned bar and lounge but despite the heat and humidity, I decided to sit outside where I could observe people and the park. I ordered the crab cake and Camp Wannamango by Harpoon Brewing. Lunch was $34 with tip. But my wife reminded me (we were texting during my lunch) that the view was worth it.
Industry Kitchen | FujiFilm X-T2 | XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ 26.6mm | f/16 | ISO 200After lunch, I explored the backyard of the restaurant — what some may call the South Street Seaport District.Many people were eating lunches they acquired from the street side vendors. It’s a much cheaper lunch and you still get to enjoy the view from park benches and seats.
Enjoying the view. | FujiFilm X-T2 | XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ 44.1mm | f/5.0 | ISO 200
Eating Lunch in the shade | FujiFilm X-T2 | XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ 34.2mm | f/5.0 | ISO 200I was surprised at how many people were out just walking around despite the heat and humidity.
Let's all go for a walk. | FujiFilm X-T2 | XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ 55mm | f/16 | ISO 320
Hornblower Cruises & Events Pier 15 | FujiFilm X-T2 | XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ 20mm | f/16 | ISO 320
Pier 15, East River Esplanade | FujiFilm X-T2 | XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ 21.3mm | f/16 | ISO 320I explored Hornblower Cruises & Events Pier 15 which is both pier and urban lounge. I had an excellent view of Brooklyn Bridge Park but many sunbathers were simply enjoying the sunlight.
The view towards Wall Street. | FujiFilm X-T2 | XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ 23.4mm | f/16 | ISO 200I was starting to feel the warmth but it was time to end the lunch hour and head back to the office. I took a slow walk back down the other side of South Street toward Pier 11.I think it’s exciting what I can discover with a few minutes of exploration in my colloquial backyard.
Ancheer | FujiFilm X-T2 | XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ 34.2mm | f/16 | ISO 1250
FujiFilm X-T2 | XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ 34.2mm | f/16 | ISO 400Backyard: A person's neighbourhood, or an area nearby to a person's usual residence or place of work and where the person is likely to go.
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Mark2nd September 2018 at 6:12 PM
Some great professional-quality B&W pictures, and an informative blog post.
Thanks for the colors versions. Happy to meet and make sure to come see us in San Juan, Puerto Rico aka "The Enchanted Island", aka "Rich Port".
These are the BIKE RENT PUERTO RICO fleet bikes - and we’ll match any advertised bike rental price in San Juan with bikes and service that you’ll like better.
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Mark2nd September 2018 at 6:26 PM
BTW, please add #PriorityBikes and #BikeRentPuertoRico to your post tags so ur friends can find us! 🙂
Khürt Williams15th December 2018 at 10:46 AM
Hi Mark. Thanks for dropping by. I enjoyed our chance meeting and conversation. I added the hash tags you suggested. All the best on this endeavour and hopefully I will soon visit Puerto Rico to see your bikes in action.