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I snapped a couple of shots when I was walking to the subway last night. I would like to get more into night photography in general, as I think Manhattan lends itself well as a subject of night photos. I am also looking forward to the light starting to come back, as I hate walking out of the office into night time. Sometimes, if the work day was busy I may not have left the building at all, the whole day. If I leave work then and its dark out if feels really depressing, like the whole day is passing you by. Although on the plus side, while it is dark I can take night shots!


Castle Clinton

Today I am going to explore Castle Clinton, seated deeply withing the beautiful Battery Park.  Another oddly warm winter day topping out in the high 50’s, it should be an excellent day for it.

A brief history of the Castle :

    Castle Clinton or Fort Clinton, once known as Castle Garden, is a circular sandstone fort now located in Battery Park at the southern tip of Manhattan Island, New York City, in the United States. It is perhaps best remembered as America’s first immigration station (predating Ellis Island), where more than 8 million people arrived in the U.S. from 1855 to 1890. Over its active life, it has also functioned as a beer garden, exhibition hall, theater, public aquarium, and finally today as a national monument.

Thank you Wikipedia.  And off we go.

2:17, out the office door.  Setting off at a brisk pace towards Battery Park.

2:22 Arrive in Battery Park.  A lot of people walking around, enjoying the warm winter day.  If every winter was like this one people in this city would be a much happier bunch.

2:25  I help some tourists take photos with the harbor in the background.  They are from Spain and excited to chat for a minute with a native.  Shooting some of the downtown skyscrapers is definitely fun.

2:32, I make it over to Castle Clinton.  Not all that much to see, the kind of thing one would do well to dedicate like 20 minutes too tops.  Still having said that, an interesting part of NYC history for sure as it was the first point on immigration into all America for a time.  Maybe some of my own ancestors passed the gates here.


2:40, Wrapping up here.  Great day for a walk, cool Castle to walk through.


2:55 Back in the office in under 40 minutes.  Until next time!






Dog Day

Although my blog  is centered on lower Manhattan where I have my lunch time escapades, every week I would like to throw in a feature I call “Dog Days”.  About 4 months ago I adopted a rescue dog. This has been an interesting life experience.  The dog has a few behavior issues that we are working on.  She is also a very powerful, high energy dog.  Before you get a dog you think “I won’t mind getting up extra early to spend time with my dog!” In reality getting out of bed an hour earlier every day with the dog was, I will admit it, a struggle for me.  But something started to happen.  Every morning on our long walk, we would see the sun come up over the ocean.  Somehow, I went from feeling bitter about my shortened night sleep, to feeling that this hour in the morning is the best part of my day.  The only part of the day that really belongs to me. I still may not exactly be flying out of the bed, but once I am out there, I am loving it.  Especially since we have had such a warm winter. It also really inspired me to take more photos.  I try and bring the camera down a few times a week and snap pictures of the sunrise. The entire experience has made me coin this as “The Year of The Dog”.  I don’t know much about Chinese Astrology, and I have no idea if this is actually the year of the dog. But I think at least once a week I will post one of the pics here.