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Eldridge Street Synagogue Museum

Eldridge Street Synagogue, Manhattan

Eldridge Street Synagogue, Manhattan

Last weekend Open House New York held its annual weekend where many of NYC’s architectural wonders and infrastructure (some not normally open to the public) can be viewed for free.

The image above is taken in the Eldridge Street Synagogue Museum, which was erected in 1887 on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. It has Moorish and Romanesque detailing and a vaulted ceiling rising 50 feet. The main sanctuary was closed down in the 1940s due to dwindling membership as many of the congregation moved uptown, with the basement sanctuary continued to be used.

For some 40 years, the main sanctuary began to decay from lack of maintenance until the 80’s, when a restoration process was started. The restoration was completed in 2007 and is listed as a National Historic Landmark.

Tech notes: This image was taken with my Nikon 1 V2, mounted on a tripod. ISO 200 at f/13 12mm focal length. Five-image HDR processed in PSCC HDR Pro.

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5Pointz is known as a graffiti artists mecca. It’s a square block of an old industrial building in Long Island City, Queens (NY). Covering the building is an amazing array of artwork by street artists who have done some incredible work.

I went to 5Pointz last week to scout it out as a location for a photo shoot, and it will make for an awesome background! My shoot will have to occur soon, since the landlord is planning to raze the building and build two high-rise apartment towers there. According to local news reports, he will try to maintain some of the street art flavor.

Here are some images I shot while scouting the location. All photos were taken with my Nikon 1 V2. This camera continues to impress me with it’s high quality.

Discovering Columbus Art Installation

Here’s something you can’t do most days in NYC: stand near-eye-level (okay, maybe waist-level) with a 13-foot statue of Christopher Columbus in Columbus Circle. That’s because most days Chris is atop a 75-foot column overlooking Columbus Circle. But Japanese artist Tatzu Nishi, in conjunction with the Public Art Fund, erected a “living room” around the statue 70 feet above ground with old Christophe as the centerpiece of the living room. It’s a cool site to see, but it’s only up until Sunday, December 2. Tickets are needed to enter the installation.

Here are a few shots I took of the exhibit:

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Coney Island Photowalk

I’ve traveled to Coney Island several times, mostly to photograph the annual Mermaid Parade, held each June. The costumes (or body paint!) marchers display are hand-made, highly imaginative and very colorful.

The boardwalk area itself is a feast for the eyes. From the rides and the Wonder Wheel, the old Parachute Jump to the carnival games, the boardwalk restaurants (Nathan’s Famous–of course!) and the average characters, Coney Island is a great place to capture a unique side of New York City.

Photographer Rick Sammon hosted a photowalk on the Coney Island boardwalk yesterday and it definitely was worth the subway ride from Manhattan to join about 30 other photographers. There were also a couple of models to photograph as the sun was setting. Here are a few of the images I came back with: