72 posts tagged chinatown
New York City - Chinatown Rooftops with Graffiti - Sunset
New York City,
the tears that I blink back when I stare into the sun as it slides away from the remains of the day into night;
the dreams which are held close to my heart bound only by my imagination;
the sliver of hope that I have clung to in my darkest times as if hope was the only ledge I could hold onto at the edge of the universe sitting between the chasm of nothingness and being;
the city that holds the key to the rest of the world.
These are the rooftops of an area of lower Manhattan located between the Lower East Side and Chinatown known as Two Bridges due to its proximity to the Manhattan Bridge and the Brooklyn Bridge. Taken with the Sony A7R this past weekend.
New York City - Sunset - Chinatown - East Broadway
when the sun
past the clouds
as light as
of the fuzzy
of a dream
just before eyelashes
open like a curtain
dawdling night sky.
In preparation for my upcoming trip to Paris this week, I am now in the possession of the Sony a7R with the Zeiss Vario-Tessar T* FE 24-70mm F4 lens (thank you Sony!) which I took out for a walk and promptly fell in love with all in the span of the first few shots I took with it.
I walked over the Manhattan Bridge and Brooklyn Bridge and it was a pleasure to capture the beautiful spring light that poured over East Broadway. It’s incredible how the sun’s light changes so drastically from season to season. Spring light is one of my favorites. After the brutal winter we had in New York City (I am in denial that it may snow again tomorrow), it was nice to bask in the spring glow.
New York City - Above Chinatown
I turned in the writing and photography for my New York City photography book to my publisher yesterday morning. The moment I turned everything in was probably one of the most terrifying and happy moments of my life.
I have been waiting to post the news to this blog more than anything because quite honestly, this is where it all began. This is where I first started posting my photography. I am eternally grateful for all of the support and amazing experiences I have had here on Tumblr for the last 4 years.
From the bottom of my heart: thank you
It happens like this:
You squint your eyes open
after walking on clouds in last night’s dreams
and the city comes into view:
a vast glistening kingdom built on the shoulders of despair and joy.
As the city comes into focus slowly,
you shut your eyes abruptly
sending up every wish that rests on the tip of your tongue
soaring on the barest whisper of a breeze
up towards the sky.
And then you blink your eyes open
hoping none of this
was in vain.
New York City - Doyers Street - Chinatown
It’s the little things:
like the way
the sun splashes
against the fire escapes
flooding the walls
in the spaces
or the way
that alleys and streets
in the promise
the city’s cheek
like a timid lover
waiting for a sign
This is one of my favorite streets in Lower Manhattan. It’s Doyers Street located in Chinatown. I have always considered it more of an alley. It’s a peculiar street that winds and curves around tucking itself away from the rest of Chinatown. At only around 200 feet long, Doyers Street runs from Pell Street to Chatham Square. It’s home to very old tenements and long-standing businesses like The Nom Wah Tea Parlor which opened in 1927.
In the early 20th century the curve in the street was known as “the Bloody Angle” because of a plethora of violent acts carried out by Chinatown gangs. The expression ‘hatchet man’ is said to have come from this era and these violent acts which often included hatchets. While the street is not bloody or violent today, it’s been used in a variety of films and is definitely worth a visit.