Awesome Hyperbolic Paraboloid on W. 57th – Open Soon in NYC

 

Looking down W. 57th St. at twilight this week, four of the newest buildings including the second tallest in the city, dominate the view. But, look at the closest on the left….

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Designed by Danish Architect Bjark Inges, this spectacular residential building  features impressive amenities, and a spectacular open air court yard.  

“VIA 57 West” is so dramatically shaped that it looks different from every  viewpoint, as shown here from the west, (above) and north-west an hour earlier. (below) 

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As usual, click on the image for a closer look, and thanks for viewing. Comments are always welcome. M 🙂

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Color My World… A “Retrospectic” Snippet

 

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Exposure, lighting, shadows and geometry. The “algorithm” of the digital camera and the “mind” of the observer. That and more,  all play a part in what we ‘see’ in an image. In this case a glimpse back ten years from our family room, contrasting with the hall (wallpaper long since gone) and the “office.”  

From the “office,” apologies for creating new words,

thanks for viewing and

comments are always welcome. M 🙂

R.I.P JB 😦

 

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68f (20c) Yesterday (Happy Squirrel) – 23f (-5c) Today!

 

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As usual, click on the image for a closer look, and thanks for viewing. Comments are always welcome. M 🙂

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Hanging Out on a Warm February Day – Weehawken, NJ

 

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As usual, click on the image for a closer look, and thanks for viewing. Comments are always welcome. M 🙂

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1920 Ford Model T Touring Car – Grandpa’s First?

 

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1921-00-00-005ABOVE: My grandfather was the photographer, likely in the fall of 1921 near Suffern, New York, as he took his family out for a Sunday drive. That morning started closer to home in Guttenberg, NJ, as seen in the lower picture. Grandma, my father, (age about 11,) and his sisters, (8 1/2 and 7,) were the passengers.

Below: I suspect the “Kerosene oil  carriage side lights” were an option, a nice touch.

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The image above is from the internet and, as a antique, selling for about $70 today. The entire cost of the new car, was about $325. A similar restored version is pictured below.

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Thanks for viewing. Comments are always welcome. M 🙂

(Feature image tonight:  remembering Gene Cernan from the last lunar landing mission)

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1958 Thunderbird – This Guy’s First Car

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Seventeen came with the privilege to drive –  a legal license for  liberation, freedom, wondrous opportunities to explore with friends or a date, and a major lifestyle advantage. But it would take 20 months before I would actually buy my very own car, a  1958 Thunderbird.

Unfortunatly with this particular great looking coupe, I had quickly become owner of an aging, poorly maintined chasis with unsettling grinding sounds, clunks and bumps and  serious (expensive) mechanical failures deemed likely. Bought relativelty inexpensively  for $500, partly financed by my older brother, I parted unscathed with a slight profit a month later.

 But for those few springtime days of happily cleaning and waxing …while ambitious aspirations and fanciful daydreams played along with its radio, this beautiful classic car was mine.

 I wish I had it today.     

As usual, click on the image for a closer look, and thanks for viewing. Comments are always welcome. M 🙂

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“Great Scott!” er… SPOT – Jupiter Collides with EARTH!

I dreamed that the Earth was being threatened by Jupiter’s “Great Red Spot!” 

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No, that’s not really true, not even the dream part.  BUT, the clouds above do look a little like planet Jupiter’s atmosphere with its “Great ‘Red’ Spot,” just above and behind the Oyster Creek nuclear power plant here in New Jersey! Furthermore, the smokestack may be attempting to suck power out of the “spot,” as JCP&L investigates more sustainable energy sources; similar to my previous suggestion raised  about New York’s Con Ed last year,  here,  

For reference, here is the real thing: (Stock photo from Wikipedia.)

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And below, my younger day’s attempt at “astrophotography.”
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Jupiter and its “Great Red Spot” (8″ f/12 reflector, 75x; EXA 35  mm SLR, 1/25th sec. Tri-X B&W film,) captured a long, long time ago in my parents back yard, way before digital imaging, and by today’s standards – pretty meager!  

Thanks for viewing. Click on or finger stretch images for increased detail, and comments are always welcome: M 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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