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Bikers and Pedestrians Rule! — Summer Streets NYC

Since 2008, on the first three Saturdays of August, New York City has closed Manhattan’s Park Avenue from E79th Street and down to Lafeyette Street in Greenwich Village to the Brooklyn Bridge. as a bike and pedestrian thoroughfare. Hundreds of thousands of City denizens take advantage of walking, running and biking the route, and stopping for some fun, entertainment, an interactive guide to the City’s Vision Zero program; and other activities along the way.

Summer Streets NYC has been a success from the start. It’s a chance to get in some exercise, take in the quiet of traversing what’s usually very busy, noisy avenues filled with car traffic; and have some fun along the way at various points.

There’s a musical art installation, Trumpet City, which has players along Park Avenue, a dog run and ASPCA adoption area, traffic safety “fair”, mini golf, a juggling and acrobatic interactive stop, and more. Additional information is found here.

Summer Streets NYC runs Saturday August 2, 8, and 16 from 7am to 1pm. If you’re in NYC, take some time to travel the route and enjoy.

Here are some images I took along the way yesterday.

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Art Gallery in a Shipping Container (Welcome to Photoville!)

For the past 10 days, an unused portion of the Brooklyn, NY waterfront in Brooklyn Bridge Park became a pop-up photo gallery in a bunch of shipping freight containers.

Photoville, which started last year by United Photo Industries, an art presentation organization, showcases a variety of photographers’ images, from photojournalists, students and more. Of note was an exhibition of photojournalism in war zones in the Middle East and Africa, some shot by the late Tim Hetherington and Chris Hondros, who were killed in a mortar attack last year while photographing the rebel uprising in Libya. There’s also a nice “beer garden” with food and drinks to sit back and enjoy the Lower Manhattan skyline

This is an exhibition truly worth checking next year for both its unique venue and great photography.

Food Market Weekend From Phili to NYC

I was in Philadelphia last Saturday checking out some of the city’s sites and ended up at the Reading Terminal Market in Center City, with food ranging from pastries, cheesesteaks (of course!) seafood and more.

Then Sunday, back in NYC, hoofed it over the East River to Brooklyn Bridge Park for Smorgasburg, an amazing food fair in DUMBO. Some amazing food vendors there with all sorts of dishes–and donuts too! Both venues offered great photo ops and I’ll have to get back to Smorgasburg again for some more photos — and lunch! 

All photos were shot with my Nikon 1V2. I continue to be impressed with this camera. Powerful camera in a small package.