NEW
YORK

DECEMBER
18-23, 2007

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The day we went to the Empire State Building, the visibility from the observatory (86th floor) was reported to be only 0.2 miles. Didn't matter. With such a cute girlfriend, I've always got a great view :)

By using the arrows located to the left and right of the center photo you can view more of our week long trip. As a whole, I feel they summarize our trip rather nicely.

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Another picture from Central Park (this is the SW corner.) Since the park is huge, it's possible to really get a perspective on how the buildings dominate the skyline. If I had to guess, this is probably about 1/100th of the total park.

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Upper East Side dogs. I'm almost certain their outfits are worth more than my life.

Central Park, New York, NYCentral Park (The Mall), New York, NY

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A main artery passing through Central Park. Not sure if cars are allowed, but we didn't see any. Later in the week Karyn and I saw a photo that was almost exactly like this one being sold by a street vendor.

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Random deli outside of SOHO. It seemed like such a NY kind of place I just had to bust out the camera.

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"Storefront for Art and Architecture" - We just happened to pass by this place roaming the streets.

I gave it barely a fraction of thought when I first saw it --figured it was just another construction site. Then the door got our attention. They didn't have the other windows/doors open, but the lines on the building are actually where big slabs of concrete can pivot outward.

They had a "Chinatown" photography exhibit inside showcasing hundreds of the world's many Chinatowns (and their architectural hilights).

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Manhattan Bridge arch on the Manhattan side. I don't know much about it --just hard to ignore.

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Here's one of me in Chinatown for my fanbase. I don't think Karyn knew about the camera's 5 o'clock shadow removal feature when she took this picture. I look tired because we were starving and still in search of Joe's Shanghai (steamed pork dumplings were outstanding.)

It's not a murse... it's my camera bag tough guy.

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Random building somewhere near SOHO. I forgot the camera's ISO was set for lower lighting, so the only pictures I have of this place are noisy. Whatever... I love the architecture.

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Had to throw in a cliche Times Square picture. I'm really not impressed with my nighttime photography since this is really the only clean shot I got out of 10. I'd blame my tripod (leaning against a pole), except there's enough light on Broadway to use the camera's daytime setting.

Times Square is definitely where you'd go if you were looking for an overpriced commercial fix. TGI Friday's or Olive Garden anyone?

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I'm not even going to try and pretend this is a good photo, but it's the best my puny 20x zoom could do using a rail as my tripod.

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NYSE on Wall Street. BUY BUY BUY! I wanted dip in and ask WTF was up with JMBA, but there were armed guards and a gate. Magic eight ball says, "Ask again later."

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Strolling through TriBeCa looking for Greenwich Village. Little sketchy, but probably not so bad given there were parking lots filled with Range Rovers and Hummers. It was just much quieter than most places which just got us thinking someone would jump out and stab us at any moment.

The somewhat sketchy walk was worth it as we eventually found the village, which turned out to be my favorite spot.

We also ate at "Corner Shop", which was outstanding. For example, I had raviolis stuffed with gruyere cheese covered with a sugary alfredoish sauce, walnuts and rasins--mmmmm. Karyn's chicken Caesar salad was tasty too.

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Also in Greenwich Village, we went to a jazz concert at Blue Note to see Chris Botti. It was toally packed and we got the cheap (stand in the back) seats for $40 each. Although my pictures all came out crappy, I managed to get some good video.

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Another view from the 86th floor of the Empire State Building. At least the clouds left us alone for a little while.

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We stopped by the Grand Central Terminal to catch a train uptown. I'm not sure if it was crowded because there were a lot of trains, or if it was just a tourist magnet. It was definitely buzzing though.

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We found this neat little place called the Metropolitan Museum of Art. We saw some some paintings by Picaso, Manet, Monet, Dali, Van Gogh, Warhol, Pollock, Close. Who knows... maybe they'll be famous some day.

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Inside the Met's Hall of European Sculptures. I'm sure there are tons of facts, but I know none of them. Just a nice place to hang out and take pictures.

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More from the Empire State Building. Awesome.