The Holiday Season at the World Trade Center

I took these pictures at the World Trade Center last night. One WTC is in Holiday Season mode. The base the tower changes color from Red to Green and back again. Pretty cool. #NYC, #WTC

 

 

 

Bethlehem Steel at Night

I took these pictures of the enormous blast furnaces at the Bethlehem Steel plant, which shut down in 1995. The former steel plant has been converted to a mixed-use development  called Steel Stacks, which now includes a movie theater, indoor ice, bar, restraunts and a Sands casino.

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Steel Stacks Stairway at Night.jpg

 

 

 

Return to Governors Island

I made a return trip to Governors Island a couple of weeks ago. The Island closed to the public for the year on Oct. 31st and does not re-open until May 1st, 2018, so it was important for me to visit the Island when I made a trip into New York City two weeks ago.

GI Soissons Landing

Governors Island is a former military base in New York harbor that has been a converted to a park and was opened to the general public starting in 2003. Conversion of large sections of the Island started in 2007 and is still a work in progress, but the Island is about 75% redeveloped. It is a great place to spend an afternoon in NYC when the weather is good and you can enjoy the spectacular views. You can easily spend 4 or 5 hours exploring the Island. I was on a tight schedule that day because I had other things I had to do in the city that day, so I was only able to spend about 2 hrs there that day, but it was still well worth the trip.

 

 

One of the best parts of Governors Island is a section of the Island called The Hills, which consists of four man-made Hills located in the Northwest portion of the Island.

I shot a couple of short videos with my iPhone SE on two of the Hills that occupy the Northeast portion of the Island.

The first video is my climb to the top of Outlook Hill, which is the tallest of the Hills, at 70 ft. That may not sound like much, but the 360 degree views of the New York harbor from the top hill are amazing on a clear day.

 

 

My second video was shot on Discovery Hill, right next to Outlook Hill. Discovery Hill is home to, The Cabin, a creation of British artist Rachael Whiteread and one of the permanent pieces of art that scattered around the Island. Like Outlook Hill, Discovery Hill provides outstanding views of lower Manhattan, the harbor and the Statue of Liberty and overlooks Picnic Point at the NW end of the Island.

Pictures below are from were taken in and around The Hills. I shot the pictures with my Canon GX9

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My New Camera, the Canon G9X Mk II

I am very happy to report that I purchased a new camera a couple of weeks ago. I replaced  by venerable Canon S90 with a brand new Canon G9X Mk II. I bought the S90 back in 2009 and it served me very well ever since then, but it was a bit beat up after a lot of heavy use and I needed a new camera. My S90 was still taking great pictures, but a small spot developed in the lower right corner of the image sensor. As a result I my iPhone SE and my iPAD PRO 9.7 for most of photography during the last year. Both devices have the same camera as the iPhone 6 and they take great pictures, but they can’t match a camera the caliber of G9X. So, I will definitely continue to use my iPhone and iPad for photography, but I’m very happy to have a high quality point and shoot camera again. The compact size of the G9X makes it very easy to take it everywhere.

 

G9X MK II

Full model name: Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II
Resolution: 20.20 Megapixels
Sensor size: 1 inch
(13.2mm x 8.8mm)
Lens: 3.00x zoom
(28-84mm eq.)
Viewfinder: No / LCD
Native ISO: 125 – 12,800
Extended ISO: 125 – 12,800
Shutter: 1/2000 – 30 seconds
Max Aperture: 2.0
Dimensions: 3.9 x 2.3 x 1.2 in.
(98 x 58 x 31 mm)
Weight: 7.3 oz (206 g)
includes batteries
Availability: 02/2017
Manufacturer: Canon
Full specs: Canon G9X Mark II specifications

 

NFL 2017 Predictions for Regular Season and the Playoffs

Here are my picks for each Division:

AFC East: New England. Hard to seriously consider any other teams in the AFC East as long as Bill Belichick is coaching and Tom Brady is playing QB (This is exactly what I wrote last season. No need to change anything.)

AFC North: Pittsburgh-Choice here between Steelers and the Bengals. Have to go with Big Ben and the Steelers.

AFC South: Tennessee-Houston should be improved, especially with the return of All-World DE JJ Watt, but I think the Titans are the better team and have big edge at the QB position.

AFC West: Kansas City-This division will be a total dog fight. You could make a case for every team in the division winning. I think you could make a case for every team in the division winning it. Oakland has the best QB, but I think Chiefs have the best all around team. I will be pleasantly surprised if the Los Angeles Chargers find a way to win the division. I still find it very hard to call them the “Los Angeles Chargers–As a former San Diegan and loyal Chargers fan. I would love to see Philip Rivers win a Super Bowl before his great career comes to an end.

NFC East: New York- The NFC East will be another total dog fight. The Giants and the Cowboys are the best teams in the division, but the Redskins and the Eagles will competitive as well.

NFC North: Green Bay-The Packers are the best team in the division. Aaron Rodgers is still in his prime

NFC South: Atlanta-After very nearly winning the Super Bowl I think Atlanta may lose a few more games than they did last season, simply because the more teams will be gunning for them as the defending NFC Champs.

NFC West: Seattle-The Seahawks should win this division and will be a serious threat to go all the way to the Super Bowl.

AFC Conference Champion: New England–Very tough choice here. I don’t have a high degree of confidence that the Patriots are going to make it as far as the Super Bowl. Wining the AFC East should be fairly easy for NE, but then things will get much more difficult.

NFC Conference Champion: Green Bay–Toss up pick here. I think there probably at least 3 or 4 other NFC teams that are good enough to make it to the Super Bowl, depending on the breaks. In addition to the Packers, I would include the Seahawks, Cowboys, Giants and the Atlanta Hawks.

Super Bowl Champion: New England–Last year I wrote the following: “Any doubts about Belichick and Brady both being GOAT’s  will be put to rest when the Patriots win Super Bowl LI in Houston.”

Well, I think it is fair to say that doubts about Brady and Belichick being GOATs were indeed put to rest. Will the Patriots win number SB number 6 this season?? I don’t think they will. I can’t point to one specific thing that I think will cause the Patriots to fall short,  but think something or multiple things are going to catch up with them this season.

I think it is very likely that I will have to revise my playoff predictions by the time the playoffs start, but as it stands right now I’ll go with the Packers and Patriots meeting in Minneapolis for Super Bowl L II and I predict that Aaron Rodgers will lead the Packers to victory. 

 

 

 

Visit To Yankee Stadium

I attended my first New York Yankees game at the new Yankee Stadium this past Wednesday, when the Yankees played the Cleveland Indians. I went to the game with my mother, which was only fitting, because she brought me to my first Yankee game way back in 1970’s at the old Yankee Stadium when we lived in northern New Jersey. The Yankee team of my youth was one with Reggie Jackson, Catfish Hunter, Thurman Munson, Greg Nettles, Bucky Dent, Mickey Rivers, Lou Piniella  and Manager Billy Martin.

Babe Ruth sign at YS

Our trip to the new Yankee Stadium was a first for the both us. Visiting the new stadium has been on my to-do list since I moved back to Pennsylvania from San Diego a few years ago, but I didn’t want to go the last couple of seasons because the Yankees were not playing real well. This year the team has shown a significant improvement and look like a they should at least secure the wild-card slot in the American League playoffs.

Yankee Stadium Gate 6

I knew the stadium would be impressive based on what I had read about and the pictures I have seen of it and the many times I’ve seen the stadium on television, but seeing it in person exceeded my expectations. As soon as you emerge from the D train subway stop at 161st street in Bronx you can see the massive limestone facade of the stadium and imposing Gate 6 stand right across the street. The building seems like a temple to baseball, which is appropriate for the baseball team with the richest history and tradition in Major League Baseball. The stadium is filled with tributes to multiple generations of great Yankee players that have played on teams that have won a total of 27 World Championships during the storied history of the team. There is a museum at the stadium that includes displays for the Yankee greats spanning the generations.

All in all, I had a great time and I look forward to future visits to this magnificent stadium

 

 

 

 

Here is the view from section 209 as the fans sing Take Me Out To The Ballgame..

My Prediction and Thoughts on Mayweather vs McGregor – Las Vegas

Fight Prediction

Floyd Mayweather vs Conor McGregor

This is a very tough call for me because it presents a head vs heart dilemma. My head tells me that Mayweather has too many advantages inside the boxing ring over McGregor and that he will likely win the match. My heart is with McGregor because I have admired him since he joined the UFC and also because I been have a huge MMA fan for at least 10 years.

I made a video last night and recorded my thoughts on the fight in a little more depth. As I explain in the video below I see the most likely scenario as one in which Floyd wins somewhere in the middle rounds. However, I definitely think Conor has a real chance of winning. If I had to put a number on it I would say Conor has at least a 20% chance of winning.

On paper it seems like impossible task for any MMA fighter to beat a boxer with Mayweather experience and credentials, but if any MMA fighter can pull off an upset it would be the 29 yr old Notorious Conor McGregor. He is at his peak in every way as an MMA fighter and the 40 yr old Floyd is not at his peak, although he still appears to be in excellent condition. But, Father Time catches up with all athletes at some point and renders them incapable of doing what they once did.

There are a lot fascinating questions with this fight and they will be answered soon.

POST FIGHT THOUGHTS:

Well, I can’t say the outcome of this fight surprised me in least. I predicted that the most likely scenario for this fight was Mayweather winning by TKO/KO somewhere in the middle rounds. I did not think the fight would go distance, but going 10 rounds was a bit unexpected to me. I have to give Conor McGregor a lot credit for taking Mayweather 10 rounds and giving him a real challenge.

 

 

 

 

 

 


George M. Fattell.

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