Photoblog: Manhattan in 8 Hours

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Images help me to communicate experience, and yesterday was without exception.

I took the Acela train from Boston to New York, rode business class for 4 hours each way. Arrived at Penn Station at 11am, (that was the earliest train) and left at 7pm (the latest train) below are some of the hundreds of photos I took with my now $300 dollar camera. Having been on many of the world’s trains, I was impressed with the Acela high speed train, which reminded me of Japan’s high speed rail (here’s my video tour). The New York Subway, while effecient, was certainly showing it’s centennial age.

I hit: Madison Square, a Korean Parade, Times Square, Grand Central Station, South Street Seaport, The Bodies Exhibition, St Paul’s church, World Trade Center/Ground Zero, Wall Street, Battery Park, and back to Penn Station.

The bodies exhibition was morbidly fascinating, it wasn’t positioned as a freak show, but more like a look at our internal workings, to better understand who and why we are here. I witnessed one young college girl faint, the medical staff was on hand, and commented it was a common daily happening. The statues themselves had a rank stench to them, perhaps it was the resin that now populated the veins and tissue, excess rotting flesh, or my mind working at overdrive.

Not surprisingly, what you see on the internet about the 911 conspiracy theories was alive and well at Ground Zero, relatives of victims were still protesting, handing out pamphlets and demanding that a proper investigation be restarted. They want you to read to watch this 1 hour video, where many of the same topics were discussed, and argued, on site. I felt a mixture of emotions for them, their pain, their loss, in the whole experience of being on site. Fortunately, growth and reconstruction is occurring, and construction teams were working through the day, even on a Saturday.

Many of you were with me! I enjoy going to cities and moving quickly about taking pictures, it’s a great way to satisfy my stimuli craving. I was publishing my thoughts and observations on Twitter through the day, and received many direct messages, emails, and replies in response, although I was alone, it was like my network was with me, experiencing it alongside me.

And yes, my feet and back are sore from moving so quickly, I can see why many of the New York residents are fit and trim.

Picture 267View from TrainCafe CartPicture 295Picture 313Picture 327Korean ParadeKorean VetsMadness BrandingPicture 387Picture 391Picture 395Grand Central TerminalPicture 412Picture 431Picture 433Picture 457Regrowth at WTCNYSEPicture 496Picture 499Picture 505Picture 506

Update: I finally finished uploading this video of the debate at Ground Zero, the emotions ran very high, even several years later. That wasn’t real money they were handing out, they were pamphlets supporting their position.

  • Terrific photos. I especially like Picture 313 for its pleasing composition and light. You had a very full day – thanks for sharing it!

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  • Thanks Len, I’ve renamed the photo

  • Such beautiful photos. I took a set of pics recently in Times Square at night. Haven’t had the time to post them yet. It amazes me how quickly you’re able to get them uploaded. kudos and keep them coming, wherever you go!

  • Steven Maimes

    Thanks Jeremiah for these photos and mostly for sharing with us on your blog almost every day… You have wonderful insights and I look forward to reading what you have to say… You provide a great inside snapshot of the industry of web.

  • Thanks everyone, I’m really glad they are appreciated, it’s such an amazing city.

  • I’m so glad you enjoyed the day in my city. There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t realize how lucky I am to live here.

    Per-9/11, the WTC was one of my favorite places in the world. It had this fantastic energy, great shops and this amazing escalator. Post-9/11, it still breaks my heart, but I’m really glad to see the rebuilding process.

    You had a full day – thanks for sharing your pictures (let me know the next time you’re here and I’ll play tour guide!)

  • I grew up in new York when it was magical and had always loved it until 9/11.since then i hardly go back; it bums me out. I lost acquaintances at ground Zero. Great photos. Next time see the Cloisters.

  • Thanks Jane, I can’t wait to come back.

    Francine, I can’t wait to talk to you about this more.