Tuesday Photo Challenge – Backyard by jansenphotojansenphoto (Dutch goes the Photo!)
What we find in our backyard…

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 work day — 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 lunch time 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 @ 22 mm, f/16 , ISO 200

Yep, 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 @ 26.6 mm, f/16 , ISO 200

After 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 @ 44.1 mm, f/5.0 , ISO 200
Eating Lunch in the shade—FujiFilm X-T2 + XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ 34.2 mm, f/5.0 , ISO 200

I 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 @ 55 mm, f/16 , ISO 320
Hornblower Cruises & Events Pier 15—FujiFilm X-T2 + XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ 20 mm, f/16 , ISO 320
Pier 15, East River Esplanade—FujiFilm X-T2 + XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ 21.3 mm, f/16 , ISO 320

I 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 @ 23.4 mm, f/16 , ISO 200

I 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 @ 34.2 mm, f/16 , ISO 1250
be—FujiFilm X-T2 + XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ 34.2 mm, f/16 , ISO 400

Backyard: 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.

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Lift by jansenphotojansenphoto (Dutch goes the Photo!)
Bringing us up higher

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.

FujiFilm X-T2 + XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ 20 mm, f/5.6 , ISO 200
FujiFilm X-T2 + XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ 55 mm, f/5.6 , ISO 200
FujiFilm X-T2 + XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ 42.7 mm, f/5.6 , ISO 200
FujiFilm X-T2 + XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ 44.1 mm, f/5.6 , ISO 200
Near South Ferry Station—FujiFilm X-T2 + XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ 37.6 mm, f/5.6 , ISO 200

Near South Ferry Station, passengers exiting the subway can take a lift up to the ground level.

Near South Ferry Station—FujiFilm X-T2 + XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ 55 mm, f/5.6 , ISO 200

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.

The Beer Garden—FujiFilm X-T2 + XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ 16 mm, f/5.6 , ISO 200

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.

Table Green Café—FujiFilm X-T2 + XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ 55 mm, f/5.6 , ISO 200

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?
Cashier: Yes.

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?

Table Green—FujiFilm X-T2 + XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ 23.4 mm, f/5.6 , ISO 200
Table Green—Table Green—FujiFilm X-T2 + XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ 55 mm, f/5.6 , ISO 200
FujiFilm X-T2 + XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ 55 mm, f/5.6 , ISO 200
SeaGlass Carousel, State Street, New York, NY—FujiFilm X-T2 + XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ 24.2 mm, f/5.6 , ISO 200

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.

Statue Cruises—FujiFilm X-T2 + XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ 55 mm, f/5.6 , ISO 200

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.

Do you know where you\’re running to?—FujiFilm X-T2 + XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ 55 mm, f/5.6 , ISO 200

New York City, New York, USA
 

Before we left Belmar, Bhavna reminded me that Beach Haus Brewery is located on Main Street. I could not resist. I had to visit.

It took us longer than we expected to get to the brewery. Bhavna thought that we should drive down the length of Ocean Avenue but I wanted to use Apple Maps. The mapping software took us on what felt like a circuitous route. However, we arrived at the correct spot. Apple Maps had taken us along a more scenic route along Shark River.

From the outside, we could see the inside. The brewery is all glass. The inside is decorated in an understated industrial style with stained picnic tables along one side.

Beach Haus Brewery—FujiFilm X-T2 + XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ 24.9 mm, f/3.2 , ISO 200
Beach Haus Brewery—FujiFilm X-T2 + XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ 22.7 mm, f/3.2 , ISO 200

Our friendly greeter explained some details about the brewery and told us to head upstairs to the tap room.

Beach Haus Brewery—FujiFilm X-T2 + XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ 29.2 mm, f/3.2 , ISO 500

The retail area offered some brewery swag for sale.

Beach Haus Brewery—FujiFilm X-T2 + XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ 16.5 mm, f/3.2 , ISO 200

A group of men were off to one side finishing up what appeared to be a craft ale tasting party.

Beach Haus Brewery—FujiFilm X-T2 + XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ 55 mm, f/3.2 , ISO 640

Our friendly tap room attendant, Nick, greeted us and showed us the names and the style of ales available to drink.

Beach Haus Brewery—FujiFilm X-T2 + XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ 28.3 mm, f/3.2 , ISO 200

I continued to explore the brewery with my camera. The second floor was decorated similarly to the first floor. More bench style seating. We could see the outdoor rooftop patio but did not go outside. Something to explore on our next trip in late summer or early fall.

Beach Haus Brewery—FujiFilm X-T2 + XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ 28.3 mm, f/3.2 , ISO 200

I had a flight of the following:
* Test Dept.™ New England IPA (Mosaic and Citra)
* Test Dept.™ New England IPA Featuring Huell Melon And Mandarina Bavaria Hops
* Test Dept.™ New England IPA (Merkur & El Dorado Hops)
* American Pale Ale (unfiltered With Mosaic And Citra Hops)

I also tried a sip of the Test Dept.™ – Grapefruit Radler that Bhavna had in her flight. I loved the radler and the mosaic and citra New England IPA. We got a six pack and four pack to take home.

Beach Haus Brewery—FujiFilm X-T2 + XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ 55 mm, f/4.5 , ISO 200