Trey Ratcliff New York PhotoWalk

When Scott told me a few weeks ago in a private message on Twitter that Trey Ratcliff might be coming to New York to host a photowalk, I was ecstatic. I made sure that my afternoon schedule was cleared so that I could hop the train from Princeton Junction to the World Trade Center. I knew it was going to be a crowded affair. Trey is a well-known popular photographer.

We met up on Courtland Street near the World Trade Center, but the first group to arrive were chased off by the police, so we regrouped around the block. I thought this was strange behaviour by the police until I realised we standing in Occupy Wall Street territory and a few hundred people with cameras might have seemed like "trouble".

We slowly made our way down Broadway. Trey would stop, set up his tripod and teach. I find it incredible how much he can do for the community of photographers. I assume he must have been tired after hopping off a plane from New Zealand but never showed it. He remained patient and gracious. We stopped for a bit in Bowling Green before finally making it to the waterfront at Battery Park.

I hung out and chatted with photographers from New York and New Jersey.   I discovered some of them, like Daryl Meek, lived less than ten miles from my home and made some new contacts. Later in the evening, a small group of us snuck away to Ulysses' on Peal Street for some food and drink. I didn't get the chance to talk to Trey directly because the group was just too large, but I had a great time.

Tuesday 14 August, 2012 | Nikon D40 | AF-S DX Nikkor 35 mm f/1.8G
Tuesday 14 August, 2012 | Nikon D40 | AF-S DX Nikkor 35 mm f/1.8G
Trey Ratcliff and Scott Wyden Kivowitz | Tuesday 14 August, 2012 | Nikon D40 | AF-S DX Nikkor 35 mm f/1.8G

Central Park

We had a wonderful time in Manhattan today at the American Museum of Natural History. The kids also wanted to visit Central Park so after a few hours in the museum we exited onto West 81 Street. We all love watching the Penguins of Madagascar cartoon show, so I think Shaan and Kiran just wanted so see the place where the Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private have their adventures.

The weather was just perfect and given that most people were either at work or engaged with Easter or Passover, the area was not crowded. We walked a few of the trails around park for about an hour before heading home.

May 3, 2011 - Times Square

I was in Manhattan again today for the second day of the IANS Forum. The multiple exits at Penn Station confused me. I travel to New York infrequently, so I don’t have a preferred route worked out. Today, I exited somewhere near 37th St. and walked towards 7th Avenue before realising my mistake. I had wanted to take the same path on 5th Avenue that I took the previous day. I corrected my path, which took me directly toward Times Square.