Category Archives: New York City

Broken

By Vladimir Brezina

BrokenPart of the Graveyard of Ships in the Arthur Kill, New York Harbor. More recent photos of the Graveyard are here.

A contribution to this week’s Photo Challenge, Broken.

Forces of Nature

By Vladimir Brezina

The towers of Manhattan are insignificant under the looming storm clouds…

Forces of Nature(more photos are here and here)

A contribution to this week’s Photo Challenge, Forces of Nature. A second contribution is here.

Trees

By Vladimir Brezina

TreesThe Mall, Central Park, NYC

I’ll have to go back very soon and take the corresponding picture in the spring…

A contribution to Ailsa’s photo challenge, Trees.

Motion

By Vladimir Brezina

MotionAt the start of the 2012 Manhattan Island Marathon Swim

A contribution to this week’s Photo Challenge, Motion.

Blur

By Vladimir Brezina

Ice skating in Central Park, NYC, some years back…

Blur 1
Blur 2
Blur 3
Blur 4

A contribution to this week’s Photo Challenge, Blur.

Orange

By Vladimir Brezina

Orange 1
Orange 2
Orange 3From the 2013 Coney Island Mermaid Parade.

A contribution to this week’s Photo Challenge, Orange.

Ice on the River

By Johna Till Johnson

Ice on the river

Flow on, river! flow with the flood-tide, and ebb with the ebb-tide!
Frolic on, crested and scallop-edg’d waves!
Gorgeous clouds of the sun-set! drench with your splendor me, or the men and women generations after me!

Walt Whitman, Crossing Brooklyn Ferry

This is quite possibly my favorite poem ever. I once memorized part of it to recite for Vlad’s birthday. It always gives me shivers, in part because Whitman was, literally, talking directly to us, “men and women generations after me”.

But this past February, there weren’t many “crested and scallop-edg’d waves”—only acres of ice floes, bobbing sluggishly in the current. It’s hard to believe that lively, open water will return–but spring is less than a month away!

Ice floes have their own bleak beauty, though, especially during a snowstorm. I recently took a walk along the East River and up alongside the Harlem River. This is what I saw (click any photo to start slideshow):