The Magic of the Cities.

Zen promotes the rediscovery of the obvious, which is so often lost in its familiarity and simplicity. It sees the miraculous in the common and magic in our everyday surroundings. When we are not rushed, and our minds are unclouded by conceptualizations, a veil will sometimes drop, introducing the viewer to a world unseen since childhood. ~John Greer

You don't take a photograph, you make it. ~Ansel Adams

The Earth Has Music For Those Who Listen.

September 30, 2009

Where is my hand


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September 29, 2009

Sonorous Pencils / Lapices Sonoros









Lapices Sonoros / Sonorous Pencils. Painted steel by Brian Nissen. 2005. From the sculpture exhibition on Paseo de la Reforma (main street).

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September 28, 2009

NYC Series

B.B. King Blues Club on West 42 St.


NYPD

Sorry for post about NYC, but I couldn't resist, I'll try to continue this series of NYC and Washington on my other blog, hope you have the time to visit: Sketches of Cities.

Tomorrow more about magical Mexico.

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September 25, 2009

NYC Series


Freemans
End of Freeman Alley, New York, NY
This exceedingly low-profile restaurant materialized at the end of a nondescript Lower East Side alley unknown to even the most intrepid hipster. Persevere, and you'll discover a taxidermist's dream of a dining room, specialty cocktails, and a homespun American menu tinged with the occasional Anglo accent, like devils on horseback and summer pudding. If you don't feel like battling for a Rum Swizzle (Haitian rum, lime juice, syrup, bitters) during the raucous evening hours, order one (or two) on a peaceful Sunday afternoon, along with a bowl of stewed plums (with Greek yogurt and vanilla syrup), a slab of excellent wild-boar terrine, and a fat lamb-sausage patty served with watercress salad, two poached eggs, and thick slices of sourdough.
Rob Patronite and Robin Raisfeld. The New York Times.


Radegast Hall Biergarten
Williamsburg, Brooklyn NY
Ivan Aohut, part of the team that turned Astoria's Bohemian Hall into a destination back in 2000 now partners with a couple of Czech friends and his wife Joanna, a private chef who cooks hearty dishes like roasted pork tenderloin topped with prunes and porter beer sauce and served with potato dumplings and red cabbage. Aohut, who built the outdoor bar at Bohemia, has built his solo venture to resemble a 1890s Austrio-Hungarian beer hall, with communal tables made from 150-year-old barn wood. The garden, where burgers and an array of wursts are grilled, will eventually have infrared heating under its retractable canopy. Free Williamsburg

Williamsburg, Brooklyn Street Art


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September 24, 2009

NYC Series

Bowery St in Chinatown

Catherine St at Madison St in Chinatown

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September 23, 2009

NYC Series


The Brooklyn Bridge and The Manhattan Bridge as background.



The Man of South Street.

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September 22, 2009

NYC Series / 1,000th Post

Union Square (In the background the Empire State Building)

Union Square is an important and historic intersection in New York City, located where Broadway and the former Bowery Road now 4th Avenue, came together in the early 19th century; its name celebrates neither the federal union nor labor unions but rather denotes the fact that "here was the union of the two principal thoroughfares of the island" and the confluence of several trolley lines, as in the term "union station." Today it is bounded by 14th Street to the south, Union Square West on the west side, 17th Street on the north, and on the east Union Square East, which links together Broadway and Park Avenue South to Fourth Avenue and the continuation of Broadway. Union Square Park is under the aegis of the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation.

Neighborhoods around the square are the Flatiron District to the north, Chelsea to the west, Greenwich Village to the south, and Gramercy to the east. Many buildings of The New School are near the square, as are several dormitories of New York University.

Wedding at The Cloisters

The Cloisters house the Metropolitan Museum of Art's collection of art and architecture from medieval Europe. Best known for the beautiful tapestries on display, the Cloisters also offer architectural installations, a series of special programs, and fantastic views of the Hudson.

"Located on four acres overlooking the Hudson River in northern Manhattan's Fort Tryon Park, the building incorporates elements from five medieval French cloisters--quadrangles enclosed by a roofed or vaulted passageway, or arcade--and from other monastic sites in southern France. Three of the cloisters reconstructed at the branch museum feature gardens planted according to horticultural information found in medieval treatises and poetry, garden documents and herbals, and medieval works of art, such as tapestries, stained-glass windows, and column capitals. Approximately five thousand works of art from medieval Europe, dating from about A.D. 800 with particular emphasis on the twelfth through fifteenth century, are exhibited in this unique and sympathetic context."

Today this blog celebrates 1,000th post. Thank you all for your support. Cheers!
Este blog celebra hoy el post No. 1 000. Gracias Mil por sus visitas y comentarios. Salud!

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September 21, 2009

NYC Series




A contortionist extraordinaire, Yogi Laser at South Street Seaport

Through proper exercise, breathing, relaxation, diet, positive thinking and meditation, Yogi Laser has created a lifestyle which allows him to perform advanced yoga as entertainment all over the world.

Internationally and nationally known as a yogi-contortionist extraordinaire, he wiggles and writhes his muscular physique into and out of seemingly impossible yoga postures.

The contortion act is a graphic visual of unimaginable physical possibilities exhibiting meditative concentration, flexibility, self awareness and inner strength.

Whatever you’re planning - Performance, Print ad, Film, Fitness shows, Fashion - Yogi Laser gives your project or event a brand new twist.


Tomorrow Sept 22th this blog celebrates 1,000th post. Thank you all for your support. Cheers!
Mañana Septiembre 22 este blog celebra el post No. 1000. Mil Gracias por sus visitas y comentarios. Salud!

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September 19, 2009

NYC Series

Times Square Scenes







Times Square is a major intersection in Manhattan, a borough of New York City, at the junction of Broadway and Seventh Avenue and stretching from West 42nd to West 47th Streets. The Times Square area consists of the blocks between Sixth and Eighth Avenues from east to west, and West 40th and West 53rd Streets from south to north, making up the western part of the commercial area of Midtown Manhattan.

Formerly named Longacre Square, Times Square was renamed after the Times Building (now One Times Square) in April 1904. Times Square, sometimes known as the "Crossroads of the World," has achieved the status of an iconic world landmark and has become a symbol of New York City. Times Square is principally defined by its spectaculars, animated, digital advertisements.

The intersection of Broadway and 42nd Street, at the south-east corner of Times Square, is the Eastern Terminus of the Lincoln Highway, the first road across the United States of America.

On February 26, 2009, Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced that traffic lanes along Broadway from 42nd Street to 47th Street will be de-mapped starting Memorial Day 2009 and transformed into pedestrian plazas until at least the end of the year as a trial program. The same will be done from 33rd to 35th Street as well. The goal is to ease traffic congestion throughout the Midtown grid. The results will be closely monitored to determine if the project works and should be extended beyond its trial period." Bloomberg also stated " he believes the street shutdown will make New York more livable by reducing pollution, cutting down on pedestrian accidents and helping traffic flow more smoothly." [Wiki]

Have a Great Weekend

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September 17, 2009

NYC Series

Scenes at The Met


The Metropolitan Museum of Art
5000 Years of Art
1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street

Singers

Old Marketing

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September 16, 2009

Dia de la Independencia / Mexican Independence Day


On 16 September the entire country celebrates the day when in 1810 Mexico gained its independence from Spain. On the night before, 'El Grito' - a dramatic re-enactment of the revolutionary Father Hidalgo's call to his fellow Mexicans to join the uprising - takes place in city halls throughout the country. Mexican flags are seemingly on display everywhere you go and celebrations continue late into the night. On 16 September, military parades are held in most Mexican cities. It is a time of great national pride and a celebration of Mexico's cultural identity during which food, music and drink play an important part of the activities.

El proceso de la Independencia de México fue uno de los más largos de América Latina. La Nueva España permaneció bajo el control de la Corona por tres siglos. Sin embargo, a finales del siglo XVIII, ciertos cambios en la estructura social, económica y política de la colonia llevaron a una élite ilustrada de novohispanos a reflexionar acerca de su relación con España. Sin subestimar la influencia de la Ilustración, la Revolución Francesa ni la independencia de Estados Unidos, el hecho que llevó a la élite criolla a comenzar el movimiento emancipador fue la ocupación francesa de España, en 1808. Hay que recordar que en ese año, Carlos IV y Fernando VII abdicaron sucesivamente en favor de José Bonaparte, de modo que España quedó como una especie de protectorado francés.

El núcleo donde hubo de comenzar la guerra por la independencia fue Dolores, Guanajuato, luego que la conspiración de Querétaro fue descubierta. Aunque aquél 16 de septiembre de 1810 el cura Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla se lanzó a la guerra apoyado por una tropa de indígenas y campesinos, bajo el grito de "Viva la Virgen de Guadalupe, muerte al mal gobierno, abajo los gachupines", finalmente la revolución le llevó por otro camino y se convirtió en lo que fue: una guerra independentista.

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September 15, 2009

NYC Series

Chelsea Traveler

US Mail

The Juilliard School of Music


The Juilliard School of Music

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September 14, 2009

Guggenheim Museum



Guggenheim Museum [On 2009, the Guggenheim inaugurates a yearlong celebration of art, architecture, and innovation to mark the 50th anniversary of its landmark building designed by Frank Lloyd Wright].
1071 Fifth Avenue (at 89th Street)

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September 11, 2009

NYC Series

The High Line Views


Los Dados. Mexican Home Cooking

The Empire State Building

West 15th Street

10th Ave

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September 10, 2009

NYC Series

The High Line and in the background the Chelsea Piers & The IAC Building by Frank Gehry.

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September 9, 2009

NYC Series

The High Line

The High Line is a new public park, built on an elevated 1930s rail structure located on Manhattan's West Side. It runs from Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District to 34th Street. The first section of the High Line opened to the public in June 2009. The High Line is property of the City of New York, and is maintained and operated by the non-profit Friends of the High Line, in partnership with the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation. The High Line winds above Chelsea and the West Village.

It has its own art scene, drawing students from Parsons sketching panoramas, and photographers armed with devices from cellphones to Leicas. It has its own neighborhoods and hot spots, shifting in feel throughout the day.

It even inspires crusty New Yorkers to behave as if they were strolling down Main Street in a small town rather than striding the walkway of a hyper-urban park — routinely smiling and nodding, even striking up conversations with strangers.

A little more than a month since its first stretch opened, the High Line is a hit, and not just with tourists but with New Yorkers who are openly relishing a place where they can reflect and relax enough to get a new perspective on Manhattan.
The New York Times
by Diane Cardwell
Published: July 21, 2009.


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September 7, 2009

Zooming Series 7/7

Man on The Street

Justice

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Zooming Series 6/7

Rojo Cardenal / Cardinal Red

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September 5, 2009

Zooming Series 5/7

HorsePlusLovers

Happy Sunday, tomorrow Washington!

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September 4, 2009

Zooming Series 4/7

Fifth Avenue Mannequin

Happy Weekend

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