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Lucali's

Upscale brick-oven pizzas, calzones & wine served up in a rustic, stylish eatery. I stood in the queue outside Lucali’s, waiting to get on the list to get inside to order. We were in the queue for 90 minutes. The pizza was worth the wait and paired well with the ale from Other Half Brewing. Mukesh was excited. Jeremy started a passionate political debate with New Yorkers waiting in the queue.

Zatar Café & Bistro

On Veterans' Day, my wife's brother-in-law Mukesh, and I spent the day in Brooklyn with my wife's cousin's husband Jeremy, an army veteran.

On Veterans' Day, my brother-in-law Mukesh and I spent the day in Brooklyn with my wife's cousin's husband, Jeremy, a military veteran. Mukesh knew I had the day off and was stuck at home, unable to drive. We had a delicious lunch at Zatar.

Brooklyn Bridge

From DUMBO, we rushed over to the Brooklyn Bridge to walk along the pedestrian path. The scene here was similar to our experience at DUMBO. It was the golden hour, and people were everywhere, walking and using the magic of the light to take selfies and group photos on the bridge. It was too crowded for the tripod. I was worried that someone would trip over the legs. I switched to shooting handheld. I focused on capturing the vibe on the bridge with families and friends enjoying the view.

Designated a National Historic Landmark in 1964, the Brooklyn Bridge is a hybrid cable-stayed/suspension bridge that spans the East River and connects the boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn. With a length of 1,825.4 m, the bridge is one of the oldest roadway bridges in the United States and was the world's first steel-wire suspension bridge and the first fixed crossing across the East River. Designed by German immigrant John Augustus Roebling, the bridge opened on May 24, 1883, over 135 years ago! The bridge has six lanes of roadway with pedestrians and bicycle pathways.

Brooklyn Bridge · FujiFilm X-T2 · Fujifilm XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR
Brooklyn Bridge · FujiFilm X-T2 · Fujifilm XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR
Brooklyn Bridge · FujiFilm X-T2 · Fujifilm XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR
Brooklyn Bridge · FujiFilm X-T2 · Fujifilm XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR
Brooklyn Bridge · FujiFilm X-T2 · Fujifilm XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR
Brooklyn Bridge — FujiFilm X-T2 + Fujifilm XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ (34.2 mm, f/8.0, ISO250), Copyright 2019-01-12 Khürt L. Williams
Brooklyn Bridge — FujiFilm X-T2 + Fujifilm XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ (25.7 mm, f/8.0, ISO250), Copyright 2019-01-12 Khürt L. Williams
Brooklyn Bridge — FujiFilm X-T2 + Fujifilm XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ (55 mm, f/8.0, ISO200), Copyright 2019-01-12 Khürt L. Williams

As the sun waned, we returned to Brooklyn Bridge Park for photos of the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges. I scrambled down the ice rocks to the beach. I slipped a few times. I struggled a bit to find focus in low light near the beach. I was tired, and so were my eyes. I did my best with the focus-peaking feature of the Fuji X-T2.

I have photographed these two bridges before, so I captured a few long-exposure images and called it a night. I made my way, slowly and carefully, back to the park and ventured indoors for a cup of camomile tea. It was a great day. We piled into Loren's white van, and Loren drove back through Manhattan to Penn Station and Grand Central Station to drop off the Connecticut members of our group. Then, it was time for the drive back to Bridgewater.

The Brooklyn Bridge and Jane's Carousel — FujiFilm X-T2 + Fujifilm XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ (16 mm, f/22, ISO200), Copyright 2019-01-12 Khürt L. Williams
Manhattan Bridge — FujiFilm X-T2 + Fujifilm XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ (16 mm, f/2.8, ISO200), Copyright 2019-01-12 Khürt L. Williams