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Abraham Lincoln statue at Prospect Park, Brooklyn

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I loved this statue of Abraham Lincoln when I came across it few years while walking through Prospect Park.

I recently edited this shot with Tonality, using the app’s HDR filter.

My Favorite Photos of 2016

After lengthy deliberation I have selected the photos that I took in 2016 that are my favorites. I originally published this post with 10 photos, but soon after decided I needed to   add a few because 10 just wasn’t a large enough group to represent my favorites.

Most of the pictures I selected were right here in Easton, PA, along with a few in Montclair, NJ, where I once lived, and New York City, another former home city of mine.

All photos with my iPhone SE or my iPad Pro 9.7.

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Nisky Cemetary, Bethlehem, PA

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Spring Garden St., Easton, PA

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Painters on the Lehigh River, Easton, PA

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Centre Square, Easton, PA

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Old Passenger Train Station, Easton, PA

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Fall in Easton, PA, Route 611

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Toll Bridge, Route 22, Easton, PA

Group II

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Lower Manhattan from Governors Island

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One WTC from the South

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Christmas Tree at Rockefeller Center

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St Francis Xavier Church, 16th St., Manhattan

Group III

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Presby Memorial Iris Gardens, Montclair, NJ

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Presby Gardens at Mountainside Park, Montclair, NJ

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Gardens at Van Vleck Estate, Montclair, NJ

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Ticket Windows at Hoboken Terminal

Manhattan in December

I made a trip into Manhattan this past Sunday to do a little Christmas shopping and just see New York during the Holiday Season. It was an overcast, cold and rainy day, but I still throughly enjoyed my visit. I arrived in the city before noon, so I was pretty much able to spend a full day in the city and was able to make stops at all the stores I planned to visit. First I went down to the West Village, then walked over to the Union Square area and finally  headed up to the Midtown area.

While I was in the West Village I was able to pay my first visit to the new Whitney Museum of Art at 99 Gansevoort St, which has been on my to-do list since the museum opened on May 1st, 2015. I had to go to a few stores on West 14th St. and while I was in the neighborhood I figured I finally go to the Whitney. I must say that really enjoyed my visit to the “new” Whitney. I had visited the Whitney back at it’s old home on the Upper Eastside several times, but it was a real treat to see the new Renzo Piano designed building, which I must say is a dramatic improvement over the old building. More on the Whitney later, I’m going publish a separate post on my first impressions of the museum.

I really enjoyed seeing the Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center and visiting St. Patrick’s Cathedral, which I visited while mass was in progress. It was inspiring to see so many of the faithful at the historic Cathedral.

 

 

Here are a few of the pictures I took as I made my way around the city…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Autumn Express and the Return of Passenger Trains to the Lehigh Valley

This past weekend an Amtrak Autumn Express excursion train travelled to the Lehigh Valley from New York City and it was a truly historic event because it was the first time in several decades that a passenger train had actually passed through Easton, Bethlehem and Allentown, the three major cities of the Lehigh Valley. The train then continued west to Harrisburg and Lancaster. After a stop at Lancaster the train headed south to Philadelphia and then north back to New York.

The first Autumn Express train left New York at 8:30 am on Saturday morning, Oct 29th, and crossed the Delaware river at approximately 10:20 am., entering Easton as it headed west the Bethlehem and then Allentown. I made my way to the site of the old Easton Passenger station to watch the Autumn Express roll by. I fairly large crowd of train enthusiasts, including the the mayor of Easton, had gathered to welcome train. A similar crowd formed to Allentown, including the mayor of that city as well, to greet train.

 

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Here is video a shot of the Autumn Express arriving at the site of the former Easton Passenger Station on the morning of Saturday, Oct 29th,

I enjoyed seeing the train so much on Saturday that on Sunday morning  I decided to go to a spot right below the railroad bridge that the Autumn Express would cross the Delaware so I could capture that on video.

 

 

 

 

 

Later that morning I shot a brief video explaining why it was such a thrill to see the Autumn Express in Easton and why many in the Lehigh Vally would love the see passenger train service return to this area.

 

 

 

Visit to Governors Island

 

 

I made a trip to Governors Island in New York City last weekend to take some photos photos of Manhattan, Brooklyn and the NY harbor from the unique vantage point that the island offers. I also took quite a few pictures on the island itself, which is undergoing a remarkable transformation from a former 172 acre military post to a fantastic park.

 

 

I made the video posted above shortly after I arrived on Governors Island. As I approached Outlook Hill, the tallest of the new man-made hills on the island I saw two red chairs on the lawn in front of the hill and it struck me as a good spot to make a short video explaining the purpose  of my visit. See my pictures below.

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I do have to make a correction to something I said in the video. When I was explaining the history of Governors Island and I stated that the history of the island goes back to the Revolutionary War period, when it was under the control of the British Army. In fact, the island was occupied well before that, going back to when the Dutch arrived in 1624.

Here is the timeline of Governors Island:

1524 Giovanni da Verrazano was the first European to see the island.

1624 First settlers arrived from the Dutch Republic

1674 The British took control of the island

17883 The American Army takes control of the island as the  British leave the island on Evacuation Day

1966 The U.S. Army leaves the island and the island is converted to U.S Coast Guard base.

1996 The Coast Guard closes it’s base at the island.

2001 Governors Island National Monument created. The monument encompasses 22 acres and includes Fort Jay and Castle Williams

2003 The Federal Government turns over 150 acres of Governors Island to the City of New York.

2007 Redevelopment of the island begins.

 

 

 

Here some more pictures from the northern end of the island…

 

Walking around The Cabin on Discovery Hill…..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is the link to Governors Island

 

 

The Twin Towers and the Manhattan Skyline in July 2001

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I took this picture at Eagle Rock Reservation in July, 2001. The reservation is located in Montclair, NJ. I have previously posted a picture of just the WTC Twin Towers and lower Manhattan that I took from the location. Today, on the 15th Anniversary of 9/11, I decided post this picture of the entire Manhattan Skyline. I think this picture really illustrates just how prominent the Twin Towers were in relation to all the other skyscrapers in the city.

Photo was taken with my first digital camera, a Kodak DC 290.

 

 

The Oculus at the Fulton St. Subway Station

I took this picture a few weeks ago with my iPad Pro.

Fulton St. Subway Station, New York City.

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George M. Fattell.

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