Visit to The Edge at Hudson Yard, New York City

On Wednesday, September 16th, I visited The Edge at Hudson Yards, which is New York’s newest high altitude observation deck. The Edge opened back March, but it only remained open for a couple of weeks before it was closed when Covid-19 forced the entire city to shut down. I came very close to going to The Edge back in early March, but I postponed my trip because news of C-19 rapidly spreading The Edge is located on the 99th and 100th floors of 30 Hudson Yards, the tallest building in the Hudson Yards development. The Hudson Yards complex is located on the Westside of Manhattan, between 30th St. and 10th Avenue and 34th St. and 10th Avenue.

Here is a short video I made on the outdoor portion of the Observation Deck. It was a little windy up there, which I guess you have expect at height. Oh let me make a correction to something I said regarding height. The Edge is 1,100 ft. in the air, not 1,000 ft., which I stated in video. The glass walls on the deck are 9 ft. tall.

View of Hudson Yards from the HighLine
Hudson Yards view from 34th St. and 9th Ave. The Outdoor observation deck is positioned on the North and East sides on 30 Hudson Yards.
The view East from the Indoor observation deck. Notable buildings you can see from this angle include the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building, the new One Vanderbilt, 432 Park Ave and 53W53.
View East from Indoor Deck
The view South from the Outdoor Observation deck. The Hudson River is to the right and One World Trade Center is straight ahead.
The view of the Outdoor Observation deck. There is glass triangle on the left that allows visitors to see straight down, On the right there bar that sells a variety of beverages, including soft drinks, beer , wine and champagne. I had a Brooklyn Beer. You have to sit on steps that like bleachers that rise above the deck while you have your drink. An Edge employee directs you to a location where you can sit so that proper social distancing is maintained.
View East toward Midtown Manhattan.
View of Westside, Central Park and Midtown.

My Favorite Photos of 2019 – NYC Group

I took quite a few photos in New York City last year. Here are my ten favorites.

CPW & Dakota
The Dakota on Central Park West
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View of Lower Manhattan from Outlook Hill on Governors Island
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View of sun rays shining on the Statue of Liberty from Outlook Hill, Governors Island.
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View of Hudson Yards and the Empire State Building from Hoboken
View of Hudson Yards from Tribeca
View of the East Side of Manhattan from Roosevelt Island
Bethesda Fountain, Central Park
Jane Street Garden, West Village
View of Central Park South Skyscrapers from the Central Park Reservoir
View of Manhattan from One World Observatory

My Favorite Photos from 2019 – PA Group

Every year I post what I think the best photos that I took from the previous year. I normally post my selections soon after the year ends. Clearly, I did not do that this year, but here they are.

I divided my 2019 pictures into two groups: Pennsylvania and New York/NewJersey

First, the Pennsylvania group, which is comprised of photos that I took in Easton and Bethlehem, which are both located in the Lehigh Valley.

Delaware River Ice
Ice on the Delaware – Feb 2019

Easton 2nd St Snow
The Beauty of Winter – Historic Downtown Easton

Forks of the Delaware
The View North at the Forks of the Delaware in Easton

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The Karl Stirner Nature Trail

Easton Sunset
The View of Easton at Sunset from Phillipsburg, NJ

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Centre Square – Easton, PA

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Northampton St. during PA BaconFest – Easton

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Martin Tower’s last Night

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Martin Tower – Demolition Day

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Martin Tower – View from St. Michael’s Cemetery

First Post of 2020

I regret that I waited until June to start posting again on this blog. That certainly was not due to a lack of topics to blog about. I have been extremely busy all year and that was certainly a major reason for my inactivity on this blog. But, I am happy to report that I have been working all year, but like many people I had to shift my place of work to my home.

Glad to be back. More to come……

Fall in Easton, Pennsylvania-2019

Centre Square, Easton, PA. October 2019

Here is a collection of photos I shot and a video I shot this fall here in my home of Easton, PA.

Bushkill Creek
Riverside Park
Route 611 North and the Delaware River
I shot this short video during a recent walk in Easton near the Forks of the Delaware, where the Delaware River and Lehigh River meet .
Video taken with iPhone XR and DJI Osmo Mobile 3
Kart Stirner Nature Trail
Nevin Park
Scott Park and the Delaware River

Beautiful Clouds over New York

I took the this photo on Saturday, August 10th, at 7:02 pm. Location was Outlook Hill on Governors Island. I made the trip out to GI on that day to take some nights shots. Governors Island remains open until 10 pm on Fridays and Saturdays during the summer. I jumped on the 6:30 ferry from lower Manhattan and made my way over to Outlook Hill, the highest point on the Island, arriving shortly be 7:00 pm. Ironically, this photo, this daytime photo turned out to be my favorite from that trip to the island.

Photo taken with iPhone XR.

Manhattan view from Outlook Hill, Governors Island.

My Favorite Pictures Of 2018

During 2018 I used three cameras: A Canon G9 X, an iPhone SE and an iPhone XR. My iPhone SE served me well the last few years, but I had to replace it in the fall of 2018 because of a defective part (charge port/microphone) and I decided to go with the iPhone XR, which has an excellent camera.

The pictures that I selected for my 2018 top ten were taken in my home town of Easton, PA, New York City and Hoboken, NJ.

January 6, 2018. Ducks on Bushkill Creek, Easton, PA. Canon G9 X

January 8th, 2018 Delaware River at Dawn, Easton PA. iPhone SE
April 5, 2018. Armed Forces Recruiting Station. Times Square, New York, NY. iPhone SE
August 28, 2018. Route 611 North, Easton, PA. iPhone SE
May 5, 2018. Sun Shining on the Statue of Liberty, Governors Island, New York City, iPhone SE
September 16, 2018. Forks of the Delaware (Lehigh River & Delaware River). Canon G9 X
October 5, 2018. Hudson Yards & Midtown Manhattan from Hoboken, NJ. Canon G9 X
November 4, 2018. Fall Colors, Bushkill Drive, Easton, PA. iPhone XR
November 30, 2018. Westside of Manhattan from Pier 45 (W 10th St.). iPhone XR
November 30, 2018. Blue Stars, Lobby of Time Warner Center, New York. iPhone XR

Blog Post #4 2019

Ok, following up on Post #3 from last week, I’m going play catch-up with the next several posts, publishing posts on various subjects that wanted to address earlier in the year. At the front of the line will be a post showing my favorites photos of 2018. Each year I post a group of pictures that I took the previous year that represent my what I thought were my top ten photos, although some years I find it difficult to narrow it down to just ten.

After my Favorite Photos of 2018 post I want to go back to some my subjects in previous years, including, but not limited to: politics, technology, sports, film, product reviews, podcast reviews and the financial markets.

Blog Post #3 – 2019

Wow, we are into month 7 of 2019 and this only my THIRD blog post of the year! I knew I had published only a few posts so far this, but I was a little shocked when I checked recently and confirmed I had only posted twice this year. I think that is my slowest start for the first half of a year since I started writing this thing back in 2009.

Well, I definitely plan to be a bit more active in the second have of this year. This is not the first time that I have had a prolonged stretch with few blog posts. I can’t attribute that to any one thing, but I have given it some thought to this most recent decline in posting . I think there two things that I would attribute my lack of blogging to this year. One would be my personal computer equipment and the other is Twitter.

My computer a MacBook Air. I also have 9.7 inch iPad Pro and an iPhone XR. I can blog on all three of those devices, but I honestly don’t enjoy blogging on my iPad or iPhone. I just don’t consider them well suited for blogging. However, that is no reflection on the WordPress app, which works very well. I just prefer to work with larger screens when blogging. I do use the Twitter app on my iPhone and iPad quite a bit.

I recently purchased a new 23 inch Dell monitor and a new wireless Logitech keyboard, both of which I like a lot. I also purchased a new, large desk, so I’m to use my MacBook Air more as a conventional desktop and I think now that I have good home office set-up in place I’ll be more inclined to do more blogging. I’ll like to add a second monitor and possibly a regular desktop computer. Ideally, a computer that doesn’t take up too much space, such as a Mac Mini. I owned a first gen Mac Mini many years ago and really liked it, but ultimately traded in for a MacBook. However, I’m quite intrigued by the current Mac Mini’s and some of the mini computers that run Windows, such as those offered by Dell and HP. If I do purchase one I’ll be sure to post a Product Review post.

I have been on Twitter since 2009, under the handle @georgefattell. I have to admit Twitter is the one Social Media app that I like quite bit and I use it very extensively. The character limit expansion from 140 characters to 280 characters back in November of 2017 made Twitter even more attractive to me. However, even with that expansion the Twitter platform has obvious limitations. In some cases I have been tempted to post a tweet to express my thoughts on topics, but did not follow through because a tweet or even multiple tweets might not provide sufficient space to address certain topics in a way that accurately reflect all full extent of my thoughts on those topics. So, in the interest of providing a more complete expression of views and opinions on many different subjects I am going try blog more.

Updates to the GMF Journal Blog


I have been publishing the GMF Journal blog since August of 2019 and I recently refreshed the blog’s interface. The biggest change is a change in the blog theme. I switched from the K2 theme to Lodestar theme and I’m very pleased with clean, modern look of Lodestar. I did not start with the K2 theme back in 2009, but I used that theme for the majority of this blog’s life.

I also changed the Header photo. I called the photo below the Winding Trail and I chose that photo because I thought it was symbolized (emblematic) the journey of life and it captured the beauty of the San Diego area, which is known dramatic meetings of land and sea. I took that photo at the Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve. I really love that photo, but I felt it would more appropriate to feature photos from my current home, in Easton, PA and the surrounding area, which also has many scenic settings. Right now the header photo features a shot of downtown Easton, taken from College Hill neighborhood in Easton, which is directly north of Historic Downtown Easton. In the future I may add others photo’s from this area and put them in rotation for the header photo.