New York women like to make their phone calls from quiet spots

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New York women like to make their phone calls from quiet spots
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Image by Ed Yourdon
This was taken on 7th Ave & We 10th St


This set of photos is based on a very simple concept: walk every block of Manhattan with a camera, and see what happens. To avoid missing anything, walk both sides of the street.

That’s all there is to it …

Of course, if you wanted to be more ambitious, you could also walk the streets of Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, and the Bronx. But that’s more than I’m willing to commit to at this point, and I’ll leave the remaining boroughs of New York City to other, more adventurous photographers.

Oh, actually, there’s one more small detail: leave the photos alone for a month — unedited, untouched, and unviewed. By the time I actually focus on the first of these "every-block" photos, I will have taken more than 8,000 images on the nearby streets of the Upper West Side — plus another several thousand in Rome, Coney Island, and the various spots in NYC where I traditionally take photos. So I don’t expect to be emotionally attached to any of the "every-block" photos, and hope that I’ll be able to make an objective selection of the ones worth looking at.

As for the criteria that I’ve used to select the small subset of every-block photos that get uploaded to Flickr: there are three. First, I’ll upload any photo that I think is "great," and where I hope the reaction of my Flickr-friends will be, "I have no idea when or where that photo was taken, but it’s really a terrific picture!"

A second criterion has to do with place, and the third involves time. I’m hoping that I’ll take some photos that clearly say, "This is New York!" to anyone who looks at it. Obviously, certain landscape icons like the Empire State Building or the Statue of Liberty would satisfy that criterion; but I’m hoping that I’ll find other, more unexpected examples. I hope that I’ll be able to take some shots that will make a "local" viewer say, "Well, even if that’s not recognizable to someone from another part of the country, or another part of the world, I know that that’s New York!" And there might be some photos where a "non-local" viewer might say, "I had no idea that there was anyplace in New York City that was so interesting/beautiful/ugly/spectacular."

As for the sense of time: I remember wandering around my neighborhood in 2005, photographing various shops, stores, restaurants, and business establishments — and then casually looking at the photos about five years later, and being stunned by how much had changed. Little by little, store by store, day by day, things change … and when you’ve been around as long as I have, it’s even more amazing to go back and look at the photos you took thirty or forty years ago, and ask yourself, "Was it really like that back then? Seriously, did people really wear bell-bottom jeans?"

So, with the expectation that I’ll be looking at these every-block photos five or ten years from now (and maybe you will be, too), I’m going to be doing my best to capture scenes that convey the sense that they were taken in the year 2013 … or at least sometime in the decade of the 2010’s (I have no idea what we’re calling this decade yet). Or maybe they’ll just say to us, "This is what it was like a dozen years after 9-11".

Movie posters are a trivial example of such a time-specific image; I’ve already taken a bunch, and I don’t know if I’ll ultimately decide that they’re worth uploading. Women’s fashion/styles are another obvious example of a time-specific phenomenon; and even though I’m definitely not a fashion expert, I suspected that I’ll be able to look at some images ten years from now and mutter to myself, "Did we really wear shirts like that? Did women really wear those weird skirts that are short in the front, and long in the back? Did everyone in New York have a tattoo?"

Another example: I’m fascinated by the interactions that people have with their cellphones out on the street. It seems that everyone has one, which certainly wasn’t true a decade ago; and it seems that everyone walks down the street with their eyes and their entire conscious attention riveted on this little box-like gadget, utterly oblivious about anything else that might be going on (among other things, that makes it very easy for me to photograph them without their even noticing, particularly if they’ve also got earphones so they can listen to music or carry on a phone conversation). But I can’t help wondering whether this kind of social behavior will seem bizarre a decade from now … especially if our cellphones have become so miniaturized that they’re incorporated into the glasses we wear, or implanted directly into our eyeballs.

Oh, one last thing: I’ve created a customized Google Map to show the precise details of each day’s photo-walk. I’ll be updating it each day, and the most recent part of my every-block journey will be marked in red, to differentiate it from all of the older segments of the journey, which will be shown in blue. You can see the map, and peek at it each day to see where I’ve been, by clicking on this link

URL link to Ed’s every-block progress through Manhattan

If you have any suggestions about places that I should definitely visit to get some good photos, or if you’d like me to photograph you in your little corner of New York City, please let me know. You can send me a Flickr-mail message, or you can email me directly at ed-at-yourdon-dot-com

Stay tuned as the photo-walk continues, block by block …

DJ Spider as Wonder Woman
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Lynda Carter
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Papillon Helicopters Offers Fun, Affordable Grand Canyon Tours

Do you want to see the Grand Canyon? Consider a Papillon Helicopters’ tour. Started in 1965, Papillon is one of the most reputable sightseeing companies in the world. This is not lip service. They earn it each year by flying more than 600,000 satisfied customers a year to the National Park

Papillon operates one of the newest fleet of helicopters flying today. It’s a mix of EcoStar and Bell aircraft that have been customized for sightseeing. Such features include 180-degree, wraparound windshields, stadium-style seating, and Fenestron quiet-ride rotor technology.

Each helicopter also sports a two-way digital communications system, which lets you talk with the pilot and other passengers in your party. Optional pre-recorded travel narratives in 11 languages also enhance your tour. Inquire if your flight is being recorded by on-board video cameras. These movies can be purchased on DVD when you land.

Papillon has offices in Las Vegas, and at Grand Canyon Airport in Arizona. Las Vegas tours depart from either McCarran International or from Boulder City’s municipal airport. Trips include free hotel shuttle service, with pick up happening 1.5 hours before you lift off. Flights originating in Arizona depart from Grand Canyon Airport, which is located in Tusayan, a small town situated just south of the National Park’s entrance.

To help you plan your Grand Canyon adventure, I’ve separated the canyon into rims and have highlighted what you can see and do:

West Rim

The West Rim is just 120 miles away from Las Vegas. By helicopter, you can be there in 45 minutes.

If you want to fly to the bottom, this rim is the only place where you can do it. The descent – a 4,000-foot drop past spires, buttes, and cliffs – is something that must be experienced. Includes a Champagne toast, light lunch, and plenty of exploration time. The most requested upgrade to this package is river rafting, wherein you board a pontoon boat upstream and ride the mighty Colorado River.

Then there’s the Grand Canyon Skywalk. In the last three or so years, this attraction has become the buzz of Vegas. The “glass bridge” lets you walk 70 feet past the edge and suspends you 4,000 feet above the river. This super glass cost $ 250,000 a pop and enables you to experience what is being billed as “gravity-defying” views.

South Rim

This is the most famous area of the canyon and probably the most photographed. By car, it’s a four-hour trip from Phoenix and a two-hour trip from Sedona. From Las Vegas, you’ll have to sit through a 5.5-hour bus tour or a 45-minute airplane flight (recommended).

Visitors starting from Arizona are advised to drive to Grand Canyon Airport (GCA) and check in for their flight. For Las Vegas-based travelers, you will need to either purchase a bus/helicopter package or an airplane/helicopter package.

Papillon’s heli tours start leave GCA and bolt at 200 mph over the Kaibab Plateau before entering the Dragoon Corridor, the widest, deepest section of the canyon. The flight turns back at the North Rim. All in all, I’m estimating that a helicopter ride shows you in 30 minutes what would take days on foot.

Papillon’s standard prices are extremely competitive. For the absolute best deal, I strongly suggest you go to their website. The online discounts are enormous and can save you up to 35%. I purchase all my Papillon trips online and vouch that their site is safe and secure.

If flying with a reputable Grand Canyon helicopter tour is important, go with Papillon. The company has been in business for more than 50 years and has served millions of customers. They’ve got these trips down to a science and are able to offer them at prices that the competition can’t touch. The Grand Canyon is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Don’t cut corners on this one. Stick with the tour operator who puts your interests first and has a track record of delivering quality. Fly Papillon.

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Grand Canyon Tours from Las Vegas

The city of Las Vegas is the main tourist center located near Arizona and California boundaries. It attracts thousands of visitors yearly for its fabulous casinos and of course, the Grand Canyon. The canyon is a gorge of the Colorado River located in the northwest Arizona. This is known as a natural wonder of the world and it is approximately 1.6 kilometer deep, around 6.4-29 kilometer wide and 349 kilometer long. It was said that around 1908 when the United States government declared the canyon a national monument and afterwards assigned a huge area as the Grand Canyon National Park.   

Today, there are a few Grand Canyon tours from Las Vegas offered giving different ways of transportation. Some of the available transportation means include the luxury travel buses or through air-conditioned six passengers VIP choppers having huge windows to see the spectacular views. Tourist buses provide pick and drop service for many tourists going to the canyon. These buses are safety and comfortable because they are complete with rest room, airline seats and huge windows to witness the spectacular views outside. They also stop at exclusive destinations for one-of-a-kind sceneries from the South Rim of the canyon. These tours as well offer free buffet lunch at one of the superb restaurants in the Grand Canyon. Contrary to bus tours, the helicopter tours are known to be adventurous and quick. Riding on a helicopter tour will give tourists the opportunity to see the cowboy adventures while admiring the amazing sceneries of the Lake Mead, Hoover Dam, Ice Berg Canyon and the Colorado plateau on top. Helicopter tours offer the superb energetic cowboy experience because the cowboys take tourists by horse drown wagons going through the ranch to enjoy the western exotic foods and live entertainments.

Tourists can also avail numerous special discounts on last minute winter bookings of the Grand Canyon tours from Las Vegas, in particular for helicopter tours. People who had experienced these tours truly consider it as a once in a lifetime encounter.

If you want to make the most of your Grand Canyon Tours From Las vegas, we can offer the most comfortable trip for you and your family! Grand Canyon Air Tours is another way to feel the excitement and having a great journey in Las Vegas.

San Deigo Comic-Con 2014 – Marvel Panel [Avengers] [Chris Evans]

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Chris Evans speaking at the Avengers panel

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Grand Canyon Air Tours – Feel the Excitement

Perhaps one of the most favorite destinations for thousands of tourists across the globe is Las Vegas City. The place is known to have few of the brilliant attractions worldwide like the Grand Canyon, one of the natural wonder of the world. Aside from this spectacular place, the city is also famous for its fabulous casinos in the United States. The Lake Mead as well as the Hoover Dam likewise included as part of the favorite tourists spot. Although there are countless of tours in Las Vegas, tourists often chooses the Grand Canyon air tours because they offer the fascinating view of the canyon’s South Rim and the adventure of providing a perfect picturesque view of the whole Las Vegas City.

Many of the planes used for Grand Canyon air tours have huge windows as well as high wings. They actually have an amazing view of all the main spots of the city because the planes likewise fly above Lake Mead, Hoover Dam and Colorado River. While tourists enjoy the beautiful views, they may listen to the aerial narration that these planes offered almost sixteen languages. Every scheduled flight takes approximately 75 minutes for one-way trip between the canyon and Las Vegas. Many of these offered tours give free pick and drop service and they pick up their customers from all main accommodations of the city about 1-2 hours before they live yet also depend on the condition of the traffic. A couple of the Grand Canyon air tours likewise offer an air-conditioned motor coach upon arriving at the South Rim to be able to visit the canyon’s National Park. Almost all tours often provide one-time meal, breakfast or perhaps lunch.

There are also discount provided for some Grand Canyon air tours for kids between 2 to 11 years of age. Of course, it is crucial for most tourists to verify thei scheduled reservation about 1 or 2 days before the flight departure.

If you want to make the most of your Grand Canyon Tours From Las vegas, we can offer the most comfortable trip for you and your family! Grand Canyon Airplane Tours is another way to feel the excitement and having a great journey in Las Vegas.

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This “piece” reminded me of the comic book character, Storm from X-Men.

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This “piece” reminded me of the comic book character, Storm from X-Men.
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Photo from the Masquerade of Anticipation, this year’s World Science Fiction Convention.

Winner, Best Character, Novice Division – Presentation

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A Different Kind of Adventure – Grand Canyon Rafting

The Grand Canyon is a brilliant, steep sided ravine located in the stretch of Colorado River in Arizona. Former U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt was one of the enthusiasts of the canyon region, visiting the place on several occasions to hunt various mountain lions as well as admire the beautiful sceneries.

The harbor of the Colorado River of which the canyon is included has augmented in the previous forty million years and the canyon itself is perhaps less than 5-6 millions years old already having the many of the down cutting happened in the past 2 million years. The outcome of the erosion is considered one of the most accomplish geological columns in this world. During the wet season in the ice ages, the amount of water accumulated in the drainage system of the Colorado River. This ancient river reacted through dividing its path deeper and faster. The Colorado River foundation level course, or its ancient equivalent, altered 5.3 million years ago when the foundation level of the river was lowered and opened by the Gulf of California in its lowest level. The Grand Canyon rafting adventure appeared because of the canton’s different erosion also.

One of the official beginnings of the Grand Canyon National Park is the Lee’s Ferry. This is utilized as a river rafting and fishing ground location. The location features numerous structures developed at the place back in 1874 as well as a steamboat deserted back in 1913 by an operated mining company in the Grand Canyon walls within reach. The Lee’s Ferry is the main beginning point for numerous Grand Canyon rafting tours, and provides a backdate of the geological tour through time as the Colorado River divides through constantly ancient stratum.

Many of the tours are through devoted commercialize rafting adventures using significant motorized inflatable rafts. These rafts can carry huge numbers of tourists going to the river having approximately 24 passengers each raft. Many of the tours last for about 7-10 days; however, few tours of numerous weeks traveling all the way to the Lake Mead, about 277 river miles downstream.

Lexoremman is a freelance writer who provides informative and detailed articles and reviews for a number of websites including Grand Canyon Tours. Read an informative and detailed review about grand canyon rafting and enjoy a 15.5 mile float trip down the Colorado River, surrounded by beauty and peace found only in the deep canyon.

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The Superb Adventure Choice – Grand Canyon Helicopter Tours

The Grand Canyon is a huge astonishing natural wonder of this planet. The canyon area is an extreme more than 270 miles long following the direction of the Colorado River. The canyon is about 18 miles in wide also.  

The Grand Canyon helicopter tours are the best means to discover the whole area. Because of the astounding size of the Grand Canyon, that helicopters ride are a brilliant idea to feel the entire area even in a short visit or perhaps a longer stay in the place. From the astonishing heights of the plane, tourists will have the chance to look down of the canyon as if they are Condors flying on top of the magical panorama.

From the vantage view on top of the Grand Canyon, tourists will have the unleveled ability to distinguish the different types of views and colorful sceneries from the different areas of the canyon. To mention few include the dry and dusty oranges colors, to the greens of the more flourishing areas.

As the helicopter starts to descend directing to the Grand Canyon, tourists will have the opportunity to see the numerous peaks and walls surrounding the entire area. This offers an amazing view of the numerous canyon’s rock layers piled up on top of each other. The distinctive rock layers offer a brilliant timeline of earthly history having the youngest rocks piled up on top and the ancient at the bottom. Record shows that the oldest rocks are almost 1,800 million years old.

The limited number of passengers on Grand Canyon helicopter tours will enable some to prevent the rat race of the tourist center as well as the viewing schedules. Naturally, these tours are active and may disrupt from the natural appearance of the Grand Canyon itself.

Therefore, start to imagine of this spectacular natural wonder of the world, and get an early schedule to visit the canyon through Grand Canyon helicopter tours now!

Grand Canyon Helicopters keeps the tradition of helicopter expeditions alive today. South Rim helicopter tours take to the skies and quickly see the land open up before your eyes. No longer will you wonder what the birds see. You’re right along with them.

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