My favorite pictures of 2011 – Group I: NY, NJ & PA

I took quite a few pictures with my little Canon S90 and my iPhone 3GS during 2011. I have reviewed the pictures recently and put together two groups of pictures, which represent the favorite pictures I took during the last year. Of course, the Canon takes better pictures than my iPhone, but at least one iPhone shot did make the cut. Group One is comprised of pictures I took in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania during my vacation back east last summer and Group Two is compromised of pictures I took here in Southern California during 2011. I’m still sorting out which shots I want for Group Two.

.I moved to California about 8 years ago and I like SoCal quite a bit, but I have always enjoyed my trips back to NY, NJ & PA because that is the part of the country where I grew up and spent most of life. Here they are:

1) The Geary NY Tower at 8 Spuce Street, NYC

I took this picture with my iPhone 3GS. Frank Geary’s beautiful 76 story sculpture.

2) Columbus Circle, NYC

Columbus Circle in Summer

3)Hell’s Kitchen – 9th Avenue and 52nd Street, New York, NY.

I lived in this neighborhood for about 5 years during the late 1990’s and early 2000’s. There are still a few stretches of 9th Avenue that look a lot like they did 60 or 70 years ago and this is one of them.

9th Avenue in Hell's Kitchen, NYC

4) Hoboken Terminal, Hoboken, NJ

Hoboken Terminal, Hoboken, NJ

5) Applegate Farm, Upper Montclair, NJ

A Northern New Jersey landmark. Applegate Farm has been selling diary products from this location since 1848. For decades it has served some of the best ice cream in New Jersey. I grew up about a mile and a half from Applegate Farm and I visited frequently as a kid. It was great to see that the place has not changed very much in the last 30 years.

Applegate Farms, Upper Montclair, NJ

6) Bachmann Publick House, Easton, PA

Built in 1753, this is the oldest standing building in Easton, PA. This building has a very interesting history. Ben Franklin, John Adams, General John Sullivan, William Ellery and William Whipple all stayed at the House or visited it.

Bachmann Publick House, Easton, PA. July 2011.

7) The Northampton Street Bridge.

This bridge spans the Delaware River and it connects Easton, PA to Phillipsburg, NJ. The bridge was built in 1895 and was designed by James Madison Porter III, a graduate of Easton’s Lafayette College. As you can see from this picture, the bridge is not totally straight. That is due to to the fact that the bridge suffered damage back in 1955, when Hurricane Diane caused floodwaters to pass over the bridge.

This picture was taken on the Easton side of the bridge.

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