Way to Go

Guy Marcellus, Via driver, New York, Jan 2016

Guy Marcellus, Via driver, New York, Jan 2016

Snowing again in New York, but this time only enough to make everything look nice. Here, Guy Marcellus, our Haitian Via driver today heads downtown on Broadway. If you don’t know Via, check them out. Anywhere below 110 street for just five bucks during weekdays, and no tipping. As they are usually shared rides, you also get some interesting New Yorkers to meet, including the drivers. Most of them, with their black SUVs, work for Uber on the weekend and Via during weekdays. You get the same everything for a fraction of the price and they arrive about five minutes after hailing them on your smartphone app. Hardly costs more than the bus or subway, a lot quicker, and you get more or less to where you are actually going.

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Marvis Martin

Marvis Martin,  Soprano, New York, Jan 2016

Marvis Martin, New York, Jan 2016

One of the many great things about New York is you never know who you will bump into. Today, we ended up waiting for the M104 bus with Marvis Martin, an operatic soprano and protegée of Alice Tully, who performs here at the Met. She is showing us a photo of her and her mother she had just had framed.

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Here Comes the Sun

Broadway and 94th Street, New York, Jan 2016

Broadway and 94th Street, New York, Jan 2016

Broadway and 94th Street, New York. There is still a lot of snow about, and nasty pools of frozen water at the crosswalks to jump over, but the weather has warmed up a lot and our neighbors are out and about again.

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There Are Cars in There Somewhere

Snowed-in cars, W 92nd Street, New York, Jan 24 2016

Snowed-in cars, W 92nd Street, New York, Jan 24 2016

At 26.8 inches (680 mm), the second largest snowfall in NY history. The record was just one tenth of an inch (2.5 mm) more.

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From the Archives. Exactly 50 Years Ago

The Beatles, Odeon Hammersmith, 1965

The Beatles, Odeon Hammersmith, 1965

The Beatles Christmas concert 1965. I took this photo at the Odeon Hammersmith, london, when the Beatles had just released their Rubber Soul album. Classic Beatles, shiny suits and everything. The atmosphere at these concerts was electric, although it was often dificult to hear anything over the screaming. George was around somewhere but not in this number.

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Sweating it Out

New York City Subway, the Uptown IRT, 1958

New York City Subway, the Uptown IRT, 1958

Another image in the Subway nearly fifty years ago. In those days, no air conditioning, just a series of large ceiling fans which blew hot fetid tunnel air onto your head. In 1968 the service was horribly unreliable, with faulty doors creating pileups in the tunnels while the train ahead was put out of service or the door locked out. You could spend ages stuck in crowded cars, with no announcements as to what was going on. What fun.

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Suits and Ties?

New York City Subway, the Uptown IRT, 1968

New York City Subway, the Uptown IRT, 1968

Another black and white subway shot, but look carefully – suits, ties, haircuts, giant newspapers you had to fold to read, no iPhones, and those terrible old hand grabs that split your skull if you accidentally stood up directly under them. Nearly fifty years ago, in the days when the 1–2-3 trains were known as the Broadway IRT – people just don’t look like that anymore. Scanned from an old Nikon negative taken sometime in 1968.

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Back on the Bus

Uptown M7 bus, Amsterdam Avenue and 80th Street, New York, Nov 2015

Uptown M7 bus, Amsterdam Avenue and 80th Street, New York, Nov 2015

This small boy, on the Uptown M7 bus today, had nothing to do with the two older ladies with walkers, but being New Yorkers, both of them immediately adopted him and spent the rest of of the journey explaining the finer points of walker operation and engineering. He appeared to love every minute of it.

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On the Bus

Uptown M7 bus, Amsterdam Avenue and 78th Street, New York, Nov 2015

Uptown M7 bus, Amsterdam Avenue and 78th Street, New York, Nov 2015

It’s amazing how young you can be and yet have learned already how to be a true New Yorker.

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Another of Bloomberg’s Best

Christian de Portzamparc's One57 Tower on West 57th Street New York. September 2015

Christian de Portzamparc’s One57 Tower on West 57th Street New York. September 2015

Christian de Portzamparc’s One57 Tower on West 57th Street actually makes this cluster, viewed from near the Central Park Skating Rink, look even better. Best of all, Essex House, with its wonderful and wildly illegal sign by current standards, still reminds us of the view as it was for many years. There is some wonderful stuff here that has accumulated over the years, and still a whole lot more of these residential needles to go up, thanks to our previous Mayor, so keep watching.

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