Today is the 130th Birthday of a very special resident of New York City. Yes my friends, it is the 130th for the amazing Statue Of Liberty who has welcomed millions of visitors to our metropolis and the surrounding regions.
The statue was a gift from France way back when and you can learn all of the finer details on the official Wikipedia entry that I have pasted at the close of the birthday wish. The photo that you see above was taken by me with the Samsung point and shoot while attending an event called Blogger Bash. The event came with a short harbor cruise and we passed by the statue so everyone was snapping away. I’ve not been to the actual Liberty Island in many years so thinking that I need to do that sort of excursion once more. Who’s up for some tourism? I love exploring my city and sharing the fun right here on the Chronicles so let’s get some plans in gear. See you next time.
Hello again my friends and welcome back to my presentation for “Star Wars Day”. As I mentioned in CHAPTER ONE; I’m showcasing photos that were captured on devices of the time at the 2002 exhibit “Star Wars: The Magic Of Myth” which was being held at the Brooklyn Museum. Let’s continue along with this adventure from a “long time ago” LOL.
Today is “Star Wars Day” so “May The Fourth Be With You” LOL. I realize that its a corny statement but hey, the world of geek rallies behind it and so do I. In honor of this special day for one of my very favorite films, I dug up some old photos from the 2002 exhibit “Star Wars: The Magic Of Myth” that I attended with friends at the Brooklyn Museum. The exhibit was fantastic and showcased costumes, models and puppets from all of the “Star Wars” films up until that time which would have been “Star Wars: Episode I: The Phantom Menace” as the latest since “Star Wars: Episode II: Attack Of The Clones” had only just opened a couple of weeks before we attended this exhibit. Armed with the photographic technology of the time my friend James and I wandered and snapped a lot of photos which you can see below. The order is not as uniform as I would do nowadays but remember this was from a time before I did the photo journalist stuff. Hope you enjoy the presentation.
While watching the early evening news tonight I learned that today was the day that the Statue Of Liberty had arrived in NYC back in 1865, 130 Years ago. Can you believe it? The statue would arrive by boat on crates and slowly be assembled on the pedestal where it stands to this very day. The shots below were taken by me when I joined some friends for a quick ride on The Circle Line. The boat ride is a wonderful attraction for all visitors to our Metropolis in my humble opinion and it always passes by this amazing, inspiring statue. Isn’t she beautiful?
Depending on your vintage, you might have heard the old tales about long ago arriving relatives first getting to the States and NYC in particular and their reaction to seeing this grand statue for the very first time. One can only imagine how scary the idea of starting life over again in a new place was for our distant relatives and what hope and welcome they felt once they saw this incredible sight. I’ve lived in this city for almost all of my life and it always gives me pause that is for sure.
Closing up this quick narrative I must strongly stress that if you can find the time you should try to see this statue up close and personal. Its a reasonable direct boat ride or you can do the Circle Line that I mentioned. You can even get a good glimpse from the Staten Island Ferry which is a free ride so a neat suggest for the tourists. I shot those images with the Panasonic Lumix from several hundred feet away and got some solid ones with the phone as well. That’s all I have for now. See you next time.
This year in honor of Memorial Day, I decided to use a few photographs that I took of the statues of the 7th Regiment New York, that stands on Fifth Avenue at Central Park around 67th Street. I shot these with my mobile device as I headed to a show in the park and felt they came out nice enough to use in this fashion. Let’s forever remain thankful for the sacrifices that men and women such as these have done for our freedom.