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Coney Island, June 3, 2017 – Scenes from Dreams of the Boardwalk

A few weeks ago, I was visiting Coney Island on a lovely spring day, and I got some great pictures of locations that happen to be important in Dreams of the Boardwalk.  I’ve set them up on their own page on my author page.  Check it out!

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Tolkien villains too big for the big screen

Found this while poking around reddit this morning:

Tolkien villains too big for the big screen.

Note: the tiny, glowing figure in front of Ungoliant is Morgoth from the first entry.  The tiny glowing object in front of Ancalagon?  A ship.

Note 2: Gothmog actually died of the stab wound (when Ecthelion “headbutted” Gothmog, he actually drove the spike on his helm into his chest) or just possibly by drowning.  Balrogs aren’t actually injured when their fires are put out (which requires full immersion.  Rain won’t do it.).

Note 3: The lumpy-faced guy at the Pelennor Fields was named for the original Gothmog.  Either he was just that badass, or Sauron just couldn’t stop imitating Morgoth’s style.

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Walking the High Bridge – June 14, 2015

I need to start getting up these picture posts more quickly.  Still, Real Life and day jobs take up time we all wish we could use for other things.

Anyway, we weren’t doing much of anything special when Red Molly notified me that the High Bridge was open again for the first time in forty years.  That is a genuine piece of Hidden New York, unknown to tourists, and even most New Yorkers outside the immediate areas where the High Bridge runs aground in Manhattan and the Bronx.

Of course we had to go.

So we set out that bright, hot Sunday afternoon and walked down to the end of Dyckman Street, where it joins the Harlem River Drive.  The Highbridge Park runs up that high, so we were able to walk along the Drive for some distance, and we got some good pictures along the way:

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Eventually, though, we started to get a little lost, so we cut through the park up to Amsterdam Avenue. and we found our  way to the High Bridge’s actual location at 173rd street with little trouble.  We saw some interesting things along the way:

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(I’ve often wondered what it would be like to have something like this within easy walking distance; when I was a kid my mother had to drive me to the YMCA in the nearest city.  On the other hand, I had open space.)

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But finally, we found the High Bridge itself:

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Okay, so that’s the High Bridge Water Tower.  It’s still an important NYC Landmark, and you should go see it, especially because it’s right there.  Anyway, here’s the High Bridge:

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A couple of pictures taken along the way…beautiful views, but next time I’ll put the lens right up to one of the holes in the safety netting.

Looking South

Looking South

Looking North

Looking North

Looking South, Bronx side...the train tracks

Looking South, Bronx side…the train tracks

And finally, the Bronx Side perspective:

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A once-lost bit of New York has been returned to us.  I recommend that everyone who cares about such things – or who wishes to see the true New York beyond what is served up for the tourists – get out to see it.

 

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East River Greenway – June 13, 2015

So last Saturday was my sister’s birthday, or at least it was the day we celebrated it, and we celebrated it by gathering with a few of her friends for lunch at South Street Seaport Smorgasburg.  The original plan was to play a bit of mini golf after, but with the Sun beating down, my sister changed her mind.  Wisest thing for her really; she burns even easier than I do.

Instead, Red Molly and I set out for a walk in the park.  Specifically, we walked up the East River Greenway to 34th Street, then crossed the island to get on the A line for home.  A good six mile walk or so, which is a good thing, since I ate far too much during the festivities.  Along the way, I got some marvelous shots looking out from the Lower East Side, and I thought I would share.

First, the very beginning of our journey, right at the southern point of Manhattan, by South Street Seaport.

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The path you see is the Greenway itself, and most of you will recognize the Brooklyn Bridge in the foreground.  Here’s a picture of it taken looking across the river to Brooklyn.

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In the background in the Manhattan Bridge.  Here’s a better look at that.

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A little further up, where Greenway widens into a rather lovely park, we passed this rather lovely amphitheatre:

City side view

City side view

Riverside view

Riverside view

I don’t know if it has a name.  I looked for a plaque, but didn’t find one.  It was under repair, so maybe I’ll be able to find one on a later visit.

Next, an interesting view of the Williamsburg Bridge:

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Then just a few more pictures of the Greenway itself as we neared the end of our journey at 34th street:

Looking South

Looking South

Looking North

Looking North

It’s easy to get lost in the concrete canyons living day to day in this city.  Easy to forget that beauty like this is part of New York.  But as much as we love it, the Greenway is just a park.  Red Molly and I saw something much more unusual this past weekend.  A true hidden corner of New York.  Stay tuned.

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Red Molly’s Pictures of New York #2

So here we are at our second installment of Red Molly’s Pictures of New York.    Unlike the first installment, where the pictures were taken over the course of a month or so, these were all taken on the same day, when we went for a walk on the Greenway.

The Marina at the end of Dyckman Street, taken from Fort Tryon Park.

The Marina at the end of Dyckman Street, taken from Fort Tryon Park.

That marina is one of the things that has made Inwood fashionable in a way it never was before.  Until recently, it was just an extension of Washington Heights.  Before that, it was a working-class Irish and Jewish neighborhood.  Now, all the young up-and-coming people are moving in here, diners are turning into upscale restaurant/nightclubs, and improvements are being made that probably never would have been if this neighborhood was still poor.
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Red Molly’s Pictures of New York #1

So I’m starting a new feature here at Dreams of the Shining Horizon.  Red Molly recently got a new phone, with a much better camera function than her old one.  Since then, she’s been taking pictures all around the city, whenever we go on walkabout, and it turns out that she not only has a good eye, but a talent for capturing moments and scenes that are uniquely New York.  So, without further ado:

Central Park, on the day of the New York City AIDS Walk

Central Park, on the day of the New York City AIDS Walk

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