BF and I visited Brooklyn some time ago, in late 2010. Took me (way too) long to get all the photos scanned and mapped. But here’s the photo blog finally 🙂
I was using my LOMO LC-A+rl, fisheye lens for it, and a good bunch of films. Photos that have a white border are scanned from these processed photos. The scanning was done on 300dpi settings, photoshopped only with crop and resize – all the graininess, vignetting and saturation were left “as it was” after the photo scan. Black&whites are kodak Tmax iso 400s, photos with high-saturation are lomo 800s negs, and there is one weird “lomo redscale 100”, red-toned color film that actually was winded backwards in the film canister making photos both red and mirrored. The photos without borders are taken either with BF’s Canon S5IS or my iPhone 3G.
We arrived to Brooklyn at late night US time. Took the cheaper train ride with few swaps, and so we landed at our friends’ place: their amazing french-caribbean restaurant, Kaz An Nou, at the heart of the Brooklyn. I can recommend this place with my fullest heart, we ate SO delicious courses there during our stay! 🙂
It was about the closing time as we arrived, so we waited for some time for the restaurant to close down. I actually fell asleep sitting by the table because of the jet lag. One is not ment to stay up till “7AM” Finnish time (around 24h of wakeup time together) after travelling all day u_u So the next morning we slept late, and headed to Manhattan for a walkies first by train. Some LOMO shots I took along the way.
We visited some of the NY architectural gems, and generally just hanged all the days either on Manhattan or in Brooklyn. Touristy, but also time to eat and enjoy our visit 🙂
Flatiron Building is one of my favourite skyscrapers, architecture-wise.
Radio City Hall
Rockefeller Park, little drummm… ummm… boy.
Rockefeller park, xmas tree.
View from the Empire State Building. A good idea is to go there at nighttime, it was open until 1AM and the lines were non-existent at night. Also, pretty lights!
I’d start my vampire hunt here, in case I’d need one 🙂 North of China Town.
Time to hang out with the friends!
We went for a dinner at the nice mexican place, and headed for a live music gig at the Rockwood Music Hall. An aspiring singer-songwriter Trixie Whitley was performing that night 🙂 I found few videos of her gig on youtube from that night.
And some photos from Brooklyn!
Place where we often picked our breakfast, on our way to the train.
From the big crowd of NY, we took a 2-day road-trip to the Long Island. Rented a car without much trouble from the Enterprise Rent-A-Car on the 3rd Avenue, and headed towards the late autumn storms of Atlantic 🙂
We stayed night at the rather spooky motel in a town called Shirley.
Woke up around 6AM, we headed to the southern beaches. November storm started to kick in pretty bad. But the waves were SOOO much fun, even though I did get my shoes wet and camera salty!
The colours of the island were pretty. Autumny. My favors!
The quick peek at the Northern shores. Wind was getting quite scary, lots of big tree branches were falling off the trees on the road.
So it was time to head back to Brooklyn. With more rain.
For the rest of the trip, we had booked a hotel in Brooklyn, Hotel Le Bleu. It was rather fancy. But luckily they did not mind us coming there soaking wet after returning the car and walking few blocks to the hotel. (A word of advice: travellers should have “only” a credit card, they seemed to be rather fuzzed with debit+credit cards. Otherwise our stay was very nice.)
After the Long Island trip, there was still plenty of time to hang out in NY 🙂
Central Park. It was a weird and warm beginning of the December, the cherry blossoms were actually blooming at the park!
The hotel said one can see the Statue of Liberty from the window, and I guess they were right… it’s the little dark spot over the highway bridge, on the right of the photo.
Death Chants, Break Downs and Military Waltzes. And a whole lotta of house vinyls for BF to dig in, while I fell asleep at the obvious “GF chair” u_u (A vinyl store at the Lower East Side Manhattan)
Cielo Night Club, one of his favourite djs behind the turntables – Louie Vega.
So too soon, it was time to say goodbyes to NY, Brooklyn and Kaz An Nou. Last night dinner with pumpkin soup was so gooooood… I definately want to visit NY again!