The Famous 21 Club Burger
After the recent program was over and the group we were hosting left town, we stayed in the city for the weekend to recuperate. Some flights didn’t depart until mid afternoon so by the time we saw everyone off and changed hotels, it was time for a very late lunch. Just a few blocks away from our hotel was the iconic 21 Club and since neither one of us had ever been, we decided to go try their famous burger. Who knew we were in for a special treat, and I don’t mean just the burger.
It’s All About The Light
I was in New York City recently, preparing for an upcoming trip where I will be the photographer for a group of company employees who will be going to Wall Street to ring the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange. The short trip is action packed and every move has been carefully choreographed to ensure the maximum “bang for the buck” and photo opps. As a photographer it’s essential to know where you will be and at what time of day so you can plan for the type of light that will be available in each location.
I shot a series of photos of the Chrysler building that was prominent in the skyline view from our hotel. The photos from our sight inspection trip will later be used for a variety of items. In this case, I chose this photo to be used for the luggage tags that will be sent to each of the trip’s participants. (more…)
July 4th Fireworks in New York City
This year, since July 4th fell on a Wednesday, it seemed the perfect opportunity for a long weekend trip. And, since a trip means photo opportunities, I wanted to choose a great place to photograph fireworks. The choice was easy – New York City, of course! Macy’s presents the largest fireworks display in the country every year. Done deal, NYC here we come!
A big part of what separates a true photographer from anyone with a cell phone is (more…)
Where the Stars Eat
As I mentioned in an earlier post, I was recently asked to accompany a group of corporate executives to New York where they would ring the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange. I was documenting the trip and helping to make it as much fun as possible.
It was quite an amazing experience being on the floor of the Stock Exchange. The history, energy, and hundreds of millions of dollars that are made and lost every day was a thrilling experience for me. I was not allowed to use flash (more…)
Hot Time in The City
When the temperature reaches 104 in Times Square and the sidewalks measure 147 degrees of heat radiating up in your face, outdoors is really not the place to be. On a recent trip to New York City, the heat was so intense that any respite from it was indeed welcome. Unfortunately all too many of the taxis in NYC don’t exactly offer much in the way of air conditioning.
The main focus for this trip was shooting photos of the group I was accompanying as they rang the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange. Most of the three day program was indoors so the temperature (more…)
Chelsea Dresses Up
It is so refreshing to see a city as vibrant and full of life as New York renew itself and remain the center of the universe from so many perspectives. The restaurants are cutting edge, technology is invented and some of the most creative minds in the world live there. As the world’s population increases and demographics shift, New York has done a wonderful job of going with the flow, instead of trying to swim up stream like so many other cities do.
Chelsea and the Meat Packing District are prime examples. It wasn’t long ago that Chelsea was anything but (more…)
Lunch at Carnegie Deli
It was lunch time in The City and the rush was on for a seat in the deli. This may not have been the most attractive presentation of any meal I have eaten, but it was my first time at Carnegie Deli and I was jumping in with both feet. A classic Reuben sandwich. Two pieces of rye bread, what had to have been nearly an entire pound of corned beef, sauerkraut and plenty of Swiss cheese melted over the top with Russian dressing on the side. I had always heard that the sandwiches are large enough to split, but I had no idea this single sandwich, served open face, would cover an entire dinner plate.
The corned been was so tender you could cut it with a fork. The flavors were amazing. Now I know what all the fuss (more…)
Making Lemonade from Lemons
One of the problems with being a photographer and traveling to a specific location with a particular shot in mind is that you either have to do a lot of homework to insure that the scene you shoot will be what you want it to be, or play a little Russian roulette. I was in NYC in February for just one night and I wanted to shoot the downtown Manhattan skyline from Brooklyn, shooting across the East River with the Brooklyn Bridge in the frame. Sadly, on the one night I was in town, it rained.
I was unexpectedly back in New York again a few weeks ago. Ah ha! Another chance for that shot. I was staying in a downtown hotel which would be close by, the weather was supposed to be perfect, but something (more…)
New York City Burgers
What does one do on a rainy night in New York City? Find a bar, of course. In my case no ordinary bar was going to sooth the disappointment I was feeling from losing an opportunity to shoot an amazing twilight skyline photo of The City. Mother nature had other things in mind on this evening so I took what revenge I could at a tiny little bar in SOHO called Ed’s. Technically, it’s Ed’s Lobster Bar.
What would warm my tummy on the one damp, drizzly night I had in the Big City? How about a Lobster Burger and yes, (more…)