28th Street and Park Avenue

28th Street and Park Avenue, New York, Oct 2017

Another in a series of everyday life in New York. Click on the photograph for an instant view of a larger and more detailed image.

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Fall Again in New York

Cornfields and silos, near Stone Ridge, New York. September 2017

The Esopus Creek provides one of the largest and most fertile growing areas in Ulster County. Starting here, just outside Stone Ridge, on Hurley Mountain Road, the cornfields stretch for miles right into Kingston. This area was originally farmed by the indigenous Esopus Tribe who fought a series of conflicts against settlers from the Netherlands from September 1659 to September 1663, known as the Esopus Wars. At the conclusion of the conflict, the unfortunate tribe “sold” large tracts of land to French Huguenot settlers and were resettled in Wisconsin.

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Mineral de Pozos

Silver smelting towers, Pozos, Mexico, August 2017

An hour’s journey out of San Miguel is the historic mining town of Pozos. It was here that indigenous people originally discovered both Silver and Gold in a rift in the desert, afterward exploited by both the Spanish, and later, by President Porfirio Diaz at the turn of the last Century. Although once home to about 10,000, for much of the time it has lain as a deserted ghost town, as indeed much of it is still today, including the two major mine sites and buildings. This photo is of the oldest mine, Santa Brigida, with its iconic three smelting towers, which now stands alone in the landscape.

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Pig Parts

Pig for the carnitas store on Insurgentes, San MIguel, Jul 2017

A pig being cut up for our local carnitas store at the top of Insurgentes. It will now be wasned, cut up into smaller pieces, be brined, and then be deep fried in a giant kettle to prepare the delicious carnitas sold here. One of our favorites. I doubt if the back of a pickup is necessarily less hygienic than many of the surfaces on which cellophane-wrapped supermarket porkchops in the US are prepared. At least it is fresh. It was probably running around grunting earlier this morning.

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M 86 Crosstown Bus

M86 Crosstown Bus, New York. May 2017

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Happy Now?

Broadway at 90th Street, New York. May 2017

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Downtown Number 1 Train

Downtown Number 1 Train, New York Subway, April 2017

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Important Information

Bus stop, Broadway at 86th Street, New York, April 2017

If you are a small boy, it is important to know whether your fingers will fit between the glass panels of a Manhattan bus stop. Having ascertained they will, this information can be stored together with other similar important facts for future reference. You never know.

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The Halal Hopper

Halal stand, 87th Street and Broadway, New York, April 2017

Halal stands are very popular, and numerous, in New York. This guy at 87th Street and Broadway cooks his chicken and serves his rice with amazing dexterity, hopping around as he does so in a fascinating dance to keep up the rhythm of his work. Here he adds a liberal dose of the famous, unique, and secret Halal white sauce to a serving.

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Oratorio San Felipe Neri

Oratorio San Felipe Neri, San Miguel de Allende, April 2017

On Palm Sunday, one week before Easter, the Oratorio San Felipe Neri in San Miguel de Allende opens the small chapels and cloister to the public. These are normally reserved exclusively for the clergy. We believe this corner of the Oratorio, bordering on Loreto, houses the oldest religious buildings in SMA. The whole interior is amazing, not a square inch of plaster which isn’t a mural, and this, one of the two chapels we got access to (there is a third) is a bejewelled roccoco spectacle.

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