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Old Jan 14, 2011, 2:56 PM   #1
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In December we have Christmas and New Year's Eve to look forward to but come January when the tourists have gone and New York City becomes quiet(er) again, we just have to contend with the grueling cold.

But we have one thing working in our favor. The longest night of the year has passed and the days are getting longer, that is, until summer arrives.

So before I miss out on the opportunity of photographing dusk and dawn which is about the time I get in and out of the city to work, I thought I'd take some photos for some unique lighting both natural and artificial. These pictures were taken yesterday.

#1) A woman reads a book in front of Barnes & Noble on Fifth. Many stores open early
in Manhattan -- some as early as 7am -- to serve workers who want to shop before heading to work. The woman is probably waiting for the store to open which was in about 8 minutes after this picture was taken.


#2) A schoolbus waits for the green light
on Fifth Avenue.


#3) Fruits are delivered at this MetLife building restaurant on Vanderbilt Ave.



#4) Turning on the lights last night after the scaffoldings went down on the New York Public Library’s Stephen A. Schwarzman Building on Fifth Avenue. For the past two years the fašade was covered in scaffolding. Last month, most of it was removed revealing the Vermont marble sans soot and automobile exhaust.


#5) In 2008 the building was renamed “Stephen A. Schwarzman” in recognition of Stephen A. Schwarzman, one of the richest persons in America, who donated $100 million for the library’s renovation. Stephen A. Schwarzman’s name “will be inscribed at the bottom of the columns which frame the building's entrances.” (source:wikipedia.org) You can see the bottoms of the two center paired-columns still covered in this photo. I’m guessing the inscriptions will be revealed at the library’s centennial sometime this year.


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Very Nice, Billy. No 5 is my fave, love the amazing blue sky and the lights on the library.
100,000,000 on a reno, must be amazing inside, wall to wall marble or something.
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Of course, that last one is the nicest.
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Thanks a lot, Mark, Frank.

#6) I think they were just testing the lights. Because the following day, they put the banners for the ongoing exhibit, "Three Faiths", back and the lights didn't come on at night.


#7) 47th Street sign in Times Square.
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The lights really made the shot. always fun to go back and re-take under different conditions.
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Wow, No 7 for me, Billy.
Love the angle, the west 47th st. sign and statue of liberty.
Those big signs look great. I like the saguaro on the samsung ad, and the buildings all leading up to the beautiful blue sky.
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Oh, that #7 is really cool - great perspective!
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Thanks, all.

One block further, on 48th Street, are two competing chocolate candy stores facing each other across the street.

#8) M&M's World on northeast corner of 48th and Broadway.


#9) Hershey's Store on northwest corner of 48th Street and Broadway.
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I am desperately searching for colour in this drab season. So far I've not headed downtown for the lights, but I will shortly.
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Yes, during weekends sometimes I wonder if it's worth heading out in the cold to take pictures of what is almost purely white. So I'm thankful to the folks here at steves-digicams for being appreciative of the countryside pics that I took. They made it worth it.

#10) This morning I noticed the covers on the bottom of the center columns have been removed. The inscriptions (same on both sides) are now revealed:

THE NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY
STEPHEN A. SCHWARZMAN
BUILDING

We had freezing rain yesterday and slight drizzle today so I added the rain for effect.
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