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July 4th Celebration 2014 on the East River NYC

Posted in American History, Beauty, Bridges, Brooklyn Bridge, Fireworks, Independence Day, July 4th, Landscape, New York, New York Landmarks, Parks, Photography, Rivers with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 6, 2014 by maine1nyc

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While people lined the shores of the East River & New York Harbor at sunset the grand celebration was preparing to begin. And it was done with style! As the sun set, the darkened sky and the Brooklyn Bridge were aglow. New York & The Brooklyn Bridge welcome back the Macy’s grand fireworks celebration, and I’m so glad I was there. (Click photos to enlarge.)

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Back Into Time

Posted in Aesthetic Realism, American History, Horses, Landscape, Movies, New York, Photography with tags , , , , , , , , , on November 16, 2013 by maine1nyc

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As I stepped out of my apartment on the Lower East Side in Manhattan I was surprised to find myself asking what century was I in? Streets were transformed into the early 20th century, as the film produced by Steven Soderbergh, “The Knick,” was in the midst of being filmed. The presence of the past along with the present was thrilling and had me yearn somewhat for a time when horses were our best transportation, and Buffalo Bill was a star attraction.

How necessary it is to understand and see meaning in the past is written of by Ellen Reiss in her stirring commentary to TRO #1393, “History: Our Friend.” She writes:

“Eli Siegel said in this lecture [Poetry and History], ‘No person can understand himself who is not interested in history.’ We need to see ourselves as related to the past — and not in any vague way: to the facts, happenings, feelings which people real as ourselves had about love, food, money, religion, land, relatives, fun, and their own past. Aesthetic Realism explains that the most hurtful thing in self is to see ourselves as not related to other things and people. The more civilized we are, and intelligent, the more we see ourselves as related to, and the more deeply we see our relation.”

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Earth, Water, Sky—Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Posted in Art, Beauty, Landscape, New York, Photography, Rivers with tags , , , , , , on August 15, 2012 by maine1nyc

What goes on around the coastline of Williamsburg is always changing—always an adventure. On a recent trip there I was surprised to see how various and picturesque this area can be. See for yourself.

You are now entering Brooklyn. (Click on photos to enlarge.)

The trip doesn’t end here— click on link to continue. 

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