Category Archives: sight bites

Brooklyn Bridge Bites

Last September (2015), dungeekin and I headed to Brooklyn from Manhattan (walking as the weather was fine) and what emerged was a whole different view of this iconic bridge. So many messages …

Picture Perfect Gotham

I’ll be in NYC ever so briefly later this month but not for long enough to properly get a Gotham fix. So, once again, I turn to virtual sight seeing and I found a real winner this time.  Via the ever interesting Brainpickings (ad frequent “site seeing” stop of mine), I offer An Illustrated Tour of All the Buildings in New York.  Isn’t that fab?  Speaking of New York and illustrations, how amazing is this Ace Hotel mural by Timothy Goodman? 

I wish I had more time in to spend in the city next time I am there but it’s really just an overnight connection so there will be a mad dash to see friends and no time to take a leisurely stroll through old haunts. But by golly, I will be back from a relaxed visit in 2014 if it is the last thing I do. There WILL be more sight bites!

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Gotham Sight Bite: East Side Jewels

The bookstalls at 5th Avenue and 60th street outside the southeast corner of Central Park. It doesn’t matter what the weather is, how recently my last book binge was or how many packages I may already be carrying. I will always stop and browse – and 9 out of 10 times, I will get at least one book.

There is always time and this is always the place for frozen hot chocolate. Enough  said


Gotham Sight Bites: one, maybe two at a time. Mostly current, taken on the day they are posted but every now and then I may reach into my photo archive for a view from the past. Not daily exactly but taken when I am out (which is almost every day in any case). If you can’t WAIT to see them here, you can always follow me on Twitter (@nycdeb) where they – and many other NYC-centric comments – will also appear.

Gotham Sight Bites: Plaza Hotel

The Plaza Hotel – famous in fact, in stories, myths and legends. And now home of the Plaza food halls where I was lucky enough to have lunch today. Delightful.


Gotham Sight Bites: one, maybe two at a time. Mostly current, taken on the day they are posted but every now and then I may reach into my photo archive for a view from the past. Not daily exactly but taken when I am out (which is almost every day in any case). If you can’t WAIT to see them here, you can always follow me on Twitter (@nycdeb) where they – and many other NYC-centric comments – will also appear.

Gotham Sight Bites: Check the Time

The Saratoga clock stands helpfully on my way to many errands. Since I often forget to wear my watch, I find it especially useful. I’m also a huge fan of sidewalk clocks as urban furniture so I tend to photograph them frequently.


Gotham Sight Bites: one, maybe two at a time. Mostly current, taken on the day they are posted but every now and then I may reach into my photo archive for a view from the past. Not daily exactly but taken when I am out (which is almost every day in any case). If you can’t WAIT to see them here, you can always follow me on Twitter (@nycdeb) where they – and many other NYC-centric comments – will also appear.

Gotham Sight Bites: Break Out!

Alert! Alert! Plants are on the move! I repeat – plants are on the move. They appear to be attempting a break out of the planting bed!  (spotted as I strolled along John Finley Walk this AM)


Gotham Sight Bites: one, maybe two at a time. Mostly current, taken on the day they are posted but every now and then I may reach into my photo archive for a view from the past. Not daily exactly but taken when I am out (which is almost every day in any case). If you can’t WAIT to see them here, you can always follow me on Twitter (@nycdeb) where they – and many other NYC-centric comments – will also appear.

Gotham Sight Bites: Beginning, the Sequel

OK, so in a frenzy of enthusiasm, I have decided to do a PART II to my initial Gotham Sight Bites post.  First – someone seems to have dropped a metal box on a perfectly nice faux-Georgian (or is it Federal?). Ugh – how does this happen?

The ferry building makes me feel a bit better. This is where one catches the Ferry to the magnificent Governor’s Island  and it has some of the most magnificent metal work I have ever seen.


Gotham Sight Bites: one, maybe two at a time. Mostly current, taken on the day they are posted but every now and then I may reach into my photo archive for a view from the past. Not daily exactly but taken when I am out (which is almost every day in any case). If you can’t WAIT to see them here, you can always follow me on Twitter (@nycdeb) where they – and many other NYC-centric comments – will also appear.


Gotham Sight Bites: The Beginning

Some time ago, I was watching one of the very entertaining programs by Jonathan Meades (brilliant, check him out if you get a chance) and he described the Guggenheim Bilbao as a “sight bite” * (playing on the phrase “sound bite.”) I adored the phrase and determined that I would find a way to use it myself. And I have.

Now that I’ve finally moved from my early, practically Amish cell phone and joined the cool smartphone kids, I have a handy dandy camera whenever I got out and about. Therefore I can snap away when the mood – or scene – strikes without any fuss or muss, practically without breaking stride. And so I have begun to do that and I have decided to call these moments of spontaneous snapping “sight bites.”

One – maybe two at a time.  Mostly current, taken on the day they are posted but every now and then I may reach into my photo archive for a view from the past. They won’t go up every day but when I am out (which is almost every day in any case). And if you can’t WAIT to see them here, you can always follow me on Twitter (you can find me @nycdeb) where they – and many other NYC-centric comments will also appear.

So we begin with a quick trip to the past (The Gates installation in Central Park – Dec 2007) and a hop back to the present (the FDR Drive this morning – Oct 2, 2010)


* he also called it “‘unresolved three-dimensional logo” which is also brilliant & accurate beyond the telling of it.