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Old 08-23-2016   #41
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Geez, c'mon you guys! I appreciate all the local knowledge you are bringing to this thread (thanks so much!!) but you're scaring the crap out of me even before I get there!
It is a big city now of 8.4 million. Never use to be more than 8 million for decades. Stuff happens. Watch the news.

The old New York is disappearing. New York is not so rough anymore, but still stuff happens.

Anyways if you connect the dots it becomes evident that with all the infrastructure building and construction that NYC will be a city of 10 million within a decade. Hudson Yards when completed will add about 200K-300K more people, and Queens South will also add another 200K-300K. These two projects will be finished within 5 years so they alone gets us close to 9 million.

There is a great disparity of wealth, the rich live right next to the poor, and there is great poverty that is concentrated. There are mentally ill people walking the streets, there are homelessness, and there are some angry people.

There is no other better time to be a photographer in NYC because the changing is happening so rapidly. To really be safe one has to know the history of the areas. For example I have a friend who was mugged in Fort Green by gunpoint literally on his stoop one night. This happened around 15 years ago when Fort Green was beginning to gentrify, even though it wasn't really a bad area.

The area around downtown Brooklyn is newly developed. Pratt University is embedded in that nearby area, yet it seems students become targets of crime.

My gal is an academic and teaches at Fordham's Grad School in Lincoln Center, but Fordham also has a campus in the Bronx. Every academic year it seems students routinely get robbed mugged, assaulted and raped routinely in the Bronx because: one they are not aware of their surroundings; they are preocuppied texting and surfing the Internet; and they are unaware of the privilage and entitlement they are displaying that comes off as arrogance.

The reason I talk about the harsh reality of urban living is if you believe you are in a safe place you will not be ready if something bad happens. NYC is about chaos and random events. That is what makes urban living edgy and exciting, but if you had to would you be able to flip the switch to process an appropriate response?

One summer day I was walking with John on East 116th Street in Spanish Harlem. We were kinda out of place, stood out as not being locals, and we were both carrying cameras. Understand that John is a rather big white guy with a shaved head, and I'm a tall (for an Asian) skinny guy with a muscular build.

Then we heard someone yell out, "You two-come here." The guy who yelled to us was a local that wore a leather vest that accentuated a powerful build of perhaps a UFC fighter. Next to him stood a sidekick.

The wrong thing to do would of been ignore the guy calling out to us, so John and I walked over.

"What are you doing here?" we were being directly asked in an aggressive maner. It wasn't "How you doing. What are you doing here?" if you know what I mean. It was tense and it looked like anything could happen. The other choice of ignoring him would have been an insult that would almost automatically esculate the already present aggression.

Now realize that I am a gentrifier and I kinda just moved into SpaHa just 15 blocks from where we were standing. I knew that half the people in the community received some form of government check, that one quarter of the population lives in Public Housing, and that Spanish Harlem is all about concentrated poverty that is somewhat institutionalized.

To help diffuse the situation I lifted the Leica held in my right hand and said, "Were photographing. I live in the neighborhood a few blocks downtown (really 15 blocks) by the 103rd and Lex subway."

But that was not what he wanted to hear. "What are you doing here," he said again, and then he turned to John and asked, "Are you a cop?"

"No," John said, but yet again that is not what he wanted to hear.

"Are you a cop?" he asked John again.

"Just because I'm a white guy with a shaved head, it doesn't mean that I'm a cop," John said, and everyone laughed.

We would later learn that this fighter was the local vigilante of East 116th Street, and also a bounty hunter. What became muddled is that he kinda bragged about being in jail, sentenced to 17 years for manslaughter, but that seemed untrue because he was too young, unless he maybe killed someone when he was perhaps at the age of 15.

We heard one story about how he broke up a robbery of a local licquer store without a weapon. He threw the guy though a plate glass window.

Then there was the tale of how he bounty hunted. He described his technic of stalking his prey by waiting for them to be engaged in talking to someone, and then he would attack cold cocking and laying out a man with a single blow while explaining, "You are the FXXX who has been screwing my wife." He claimed to have taken down 27 men that way.

He mentioned that the cops don't like him, and it is because he makes them look bad. LOL.

Anyways do you know how you would respond? Would you be cool enough to get yourself out of a sit-che-A-tion? Would you be able to flip the switch and become fierce? Would you be able to think past any fear?

I just say this because in New York anything can happen.

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I agree walking across the Brooklyn Bridge is a magnificent experience. Other places are Coney Island, Brighton Beach, and Sheepshead Bay. Take a strong look at the Handball Courts just of West 5th Street in Coney Island. In the Ft. Greene area check out Brooklyn Technical HS, which is maybe the largest high school (bldg) in the world. In Manhattan your have Washington Sq. Park and Greenwich Village. How about Grant's Tomb? Why not a ride on the Ferry to Staten Island? Pick up a copy of The Village Voice and see what jazz groups are performing. That should hold you for a day or two.
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"Just because I'm a white guy with a shaved head, it doesn't mean that I'm a cop," John said, and everyone laughed.
Well, he was direct with us, so I was direct with him.
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i would be up for a meetup in Brooklyn or Manhattan at some point. Is one planned anytime? I would recommend visiting Brooklyn Bridge park Beautiful views of the bridge with downtown skyline in the background. One of my favorite places to shoot with my 8x10 camera.
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Well, he was direct with us, so I was direct with him.
John,

That day you saved us. Things were not looking good. LOL.

You broke the ice. I say that guy could of taken both of us down pretty easily.

Anyways you can't make this stuff up. LOL.

How cool are we that we lived to shoot another day. LOL.

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There's one this Sunday on the LES. Check out:

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John,

That day you saved us. Things were not looking good. LOL.

You broke the ice. I say that guy could of taken both of us down pretty easily.

Anyways you can't make this stuff up. LOL.

How cool are we that we lived to shoot another day. LOL.

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Well, luckily his sidekick was a bit inept. But yeah, he was serious.
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i would be up for a meetup in Brooklyn or Manhattan at some point. Is one planned anytime? I would recommend visiting Brooklyn Bridge park Beautiful views of the bridge with downtown skyline in the background. One of my favorite places to shoot with my 8x10 camera.
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Nik,

This Sunday a group of us are meeting at ICP to see that show on cell phones and Social Media.

We plan on breaking off and going to our regular monthly Meet-Up at Lorelie's on Rivington which is close by 1:00 PM.

You could meet us at either location.

September's Meet-Up still has an open date. Pick a date if you like.

October has PhotoPlusExpo. Still time to register for free until August 31st. I tend to go early on Saturday to beat the crowds and usually leave around lunchtime. This year we will meet-up using Luis Mendez as our landmark right before the doors open.

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I hope I'm stating the obvious: Wear shoes that you can either run in or fight in. I like either sneakers or construction boots, be prepared for both.

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Calzone, Walmart sells steel toed sneakers-so do several on line stores. Nothing says "leave me alone" like kicking a guy in the kneecap with steel toed shoes.
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I hope I'm stating the obvious: Wear shoes that you can either run in or fight in. I like either sneakers or construction boots, be prepared for both.

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Calzone, Walmart sells steel toed sneakers-so do several on line stores. Nothing says "leave me alone" like kicking a guy in the kneecap with steel toed shoes.[/quote]

I worked at two National Labs, and it was required to wear steel toed shoes, sneakers, or boots. The lab gave you a chit of $100.00 and if you exceeded that it came out of your pocket.

Back in the 70's I wore Frye cowboy boots, and back then I was quit a hot head. I dented many a car door when I couldn't drag a driver out of a car. I'm a lot calmer now, but I can still always flip the switch.

I'm a big fan of wearing weapons in plain sight. Being ready for anything is important for survival.

Even the camera held in my right hand is a weapon in plain sight. I don't like neck straps.

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Late to chime in but depends what you like to shoot. The more gentrified sections of Brooklyn tend to be less interesting visually.

There's some interesting industrial stuff and graffiti around Gowanus still. Some of the landscape there seen from the F train where it goes above ground is pretty cool. I also like some of the old factories in Greenpoint.

You can't really rival Manhattan for the sheer amount and diversity of people. There are certainly interesting parts of Brooklyn to shoot people wise but you will see more people in an hour on a busy corner of Manhattan than in an entire day in Brooklyn.

Brooklyn isn't witout it's charms, great food and lots of stuff to do, but less dense which is why people move there. Most of the murders and things that you read about happen toward East New York as you get further out toward Queens. These areas tend to be underserved by subways and hence cheaper so not as easy to get to.

I see people toting cameras everywhere now so I wouldn't be too worried. You have to really try to get yourself into a bad area these days.

Enjoy your trip. If you're in Ft. Greene, take a look at what's happening at Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), they have really amazing music, movies, talks etc. Fall is usually a good new season of stuff.
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That's a sobering account, Cal. Landscape photography, anyone?

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John,

Walk the length of Highbridge Park which is a kinda feral park that is mostly abandoned along the Harlem River. You will see locals cooking right next to the "No Barbecue" signs near almost all the park entrances, but just past that is a no-man's-land where there are no people, no police, and basically you are on your own.

Park lights are toppled over and overgrown. In the wooded areas no lighting works.

There are small sections like under the George Washington Bridge where there is a skateboard park and the Pool where it is civilized and there are people, but most of the park is overgrown and not maintained and is left neglected and this is a rather large park in Madhattan.

There are some nice landscape shots of the Bronx, but a long lens is required as basically you are on a cliff near the George Washington Bridge.

One summer day I walked the length of Highbridge Park alone with two Leicas in a bag. I started in Inwood, went down Washington Heights, and ended in Harlem. Other than at the entrances, the skate board park, and the pool, I only ran into the same person twice.

We were both surprised to see each other, especially the second time; we both understood that any approach would be an act of hostility; and we maintained distance.

Years ago during the Credit Crisis I shot a lot around Newtown Creek. The neglect and sense of abandonment created this moody longing that resonates with my own history and the past. I have mucho medium format landscape negatives that today I think are kind of important.

Much of the old New York is disappearing or is today gone. Today a modern highrise in Long Island City is in a shot I took. It looks awkward and partially blocks the view of the Empire State Building that I took at night.

I lived in Long Island City during that time and at night this all industrial area was uninhabited. You kinda were alone. I think I do my best shooting alone.

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Years ago during the Credit Crisis I shot a lot around Newtown Creek. The neglect and sense of abandonment created this moody longing that resonates with my own history and the past. I have mucho medium format landscape negatives that today I think are kind of important.

Much of the old New York is disappearing or is today gone. Today a modern highrise in Long Island City is in a shot I took. It looks awkward and partially blocks the view of the Empire State Building that I took at night.

I lived in Long Island City during that time and at night this all industrial area was uninhabited. You kinda were alone. I think I do my best shooting alone.

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I recall that area and the image quite well. That huge metal overpass that acted as leading line to the Empire State Building. Then those residential "isles" near Newtown in between the industry. Quite strange, but I remember saying that it did look a decent area, and at least the houses looked like so but in case of anything happening you're on your own there.

I kind of became the way that sometimes running into people is worse than being alone, there's a special mojo in solo exploration.

Also how now the high rises were patched, one here and another there without the infrastructure. Soon and they will be all around. A couple of days ago some kids burned a nice forest on a hill near my home. It takes nothing to realize what was, is, and won't be again.

As the one touristy thing, I did go up the observation deck of the Empire state and it was curious to see that side and how the day before the building was seen from LIC and Brooklyn. Kind of another world beside the hype of Manhattan.

As European, there is no other city like it and frankly, since then, European capitals are a bit "meh" and seem rather similar to me.
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I recall that area and the image quite well. That huge metal overpass that acted as leading line to the Empire State Building. Then those residential "isles" near Newtown in between the industry. Quite strange, but I remember saying that it did look a decent area, and at least the houses looked like so but in case of anything happening you're on your own there.

I kind of became the way that sometimes running into people is worse than being alone, there's a special mojo in solo exploration.

Also how now the high rises were patched, one here and another there without the infrastructure. Soon and they will be all around. A couple of days ago some kids burned a nice forest on a hill near my home. It takes nothing to realize what was, is, and won't be again.

As the one touristy thing, I did go up the observation deck of the Empire state and it was curious to see that side and how the day before the building was seen from LIC and Brooklyn. Kind of another world beside the hype of Manhattan.

As European, there is no other city like it and frankly, since then, European capitals are a bit "meh" and seem rather similar to me.
J-D,

Today a very strong skyline is happening around Court Square in Long Island City. When I lived in LIC it was in a historic row house on the same block as the Citigroup skyscapper. Right in front of my house runs the 7 train. Basically I lived right next to the tallest building on Long Island that was considered a terrorist target. When it snowed Citigroup shoveled my front sidewalk for their 24 hour foot patrols.

Things have dramatically already changed since you were last here.

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EDIT: I understand that perhaps London is an exception to your statement about European cities. In many-many ways very similar to NYC: Banking and Finance center; expensive luxury housing; money laundering center by the extremely rich, huge amount of immigrants, ethnically diverse, extremely high cost of living...
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Over the last couple of years I've changed my approach to street shooting. I no longer think of myself as photographing people. I focus instead on urban compositions with people as elements. It's a subtle but important distinction in my mind. So I'm looking at lighting, setting, and arrangement. People are important, but as just another element in the composition.

I don't know if this has made for better or worse photographs, but I enjoy it more and like what I produce.
My philosophy as well... good to see someone else think the same way.
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Thanks for that, Cal. We Midwesterners are relatively civilized, well-mannered, and rule-abiding. The stereotype is accurate. There are notable exceptions of neighborhoods you wouldn't want to go near, but most urban areas can be wandered safely. And there's much ethnic diversity where shooting is safe.

Over the last couple of years I've changed my approach to street shooting. I no longer think of myself as photographing people. I focus instead on urban compositions with people as elements. It's a subtle but important distinction in my mind. So I'm looking at lighting, setting, and arrangement. People are important, but as just another element in the composition.

I don't know if this has made for better or worse photographs, but I enjoy it more and like what I produce. Maybe it's age or that I've become colored in a midwestern sensibility, but I don't want confrontation or to insert myself unwanted into other people's lives.

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John,

Thanks for sharing.

I think I kinda stretch the limits sometimes and maybe cross to places I should not go.

I clearly see a dramatically changing New York, but imbeded in me is part of the old New York from the 70's when we almost became like Detroit meaning bankrupt and kinda left for dead. Understand that what is getting exaggerated in this thread is the violence I kinda grew up with being an Asian (Chinese) during the Vietnam era.

The first thing I learned in Kindergarden was how to fight. By third grade I was really good at it. Pretty much I had to learn to stand my ground alone. I had no choice but be aggressive and at times crazy to survive.

Also I was born in 1958, and in the U.S 1960 census there were less than 235K Asians in the U.S. Amplify that by growing up in the Long Island suburbs when there was little to no ethnic diversity.

I cast a heavy flavor from my past. Thanks for the opportunity to explain all this. Today NYC is about 20% Asian. On one hand I am/was one in a billion, but in the U.S. I was part of a group that was a fraction of even 1/2 of a percent.

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Today a very strong skyline is happening around Court Square in Long Island City. When I lived in LIC it was in a historic row house on the same block as the Citigroup skyscapper. Right in front of my house runs the 7 train. Basically I lived right next to the tallest building on Long Island that was considered a terrorist target. When it snowed Citigroup shoveled my front sidewalk for their 24 hour foot patrols.

Things have dramatically already changed since you were last here.

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EDIT: I understand that perhaps London is an exception to your statement about European cities. In many-many ways very similar to NYC: Banking and Finance center; expensive luxury housing; money laundering center by the extremely rich, huge amount of immigrants, ethnically diverse, extremely high cost of living...
The citigroup building, a landmark I noticed upon arrival and departure with the LIRR. I'm not recalling well how the construction sites were around that area, as I remember more the Brooklyn waterfront works.
Indeed, it's been half a year... Quick enough to rise a building and a plenty more.

London, Paris might be in that category and specially the British city. It does not have the overwhelming presence of NYC (Madhattan).
I'm in the list of those who have a pre and post-NY conception. The not so wide aves and streets engulfed by the skyscrapers and dark night mood.
I enjoyed walking (and shooting) around Midtown at nighttime, there's a lot of Noir ambiance still. I was surprised that Manhattan can be rather dark and not brightly lit at night (out of the Times Sq madness).

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Over the last couple of years I've changed my approach to street shooting. I no longer think of myself as photographing people. I focus instead on urban compositions with people as elements. It's a subtle but important distinction in my mind. So I'm looking at lighting, setting, and arrangement. People are important, but as just another element in the composition.
+2. I rather always thought of people as part of something bigger rather than targeting them as main subjects. I always kept a not too close relation with people in photography.
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The amount of construction just now in that area of Long Island City is staggering.

In the the area formed by the Sunny Side train yard, and the loop of the #7 subway, there are so many brand new, under construction, and sites waiting to break ground that I can't begin count them in my mind.

The Citigroup building was the first in that area and it took years to be joined by The City University of New Your Law school, but of late the rate of construction is simply explosive.

Just outside of that loop was five points, that's gone and the court street diner is about to get a huge new neighbor.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/5_Pointz

I can't think of anything like it in may 50+ years in New York.

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Positively ... I heard about the coming tear down and went there to shoot a little, I think 2 weeks later I read in the paper that is was gone.


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Wow, this is turning into a very informative thread you guys! Some great advice and I love all the anecdotes!!

Thank God I didn't just rely on Tripadvisor -New York neighourhoods for advice!
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Klaus,

Where 5 Pointz was will be two towers built upon a shopping mall. Expect something like the AOL Time Warner complex at Columbus Circle.

The LIC waterfront redevelopment was a project called "Queens West," and now there is a second project called "Queens South" that will double the housing along the waterfront.

When I lived in LIC, if I needed a drug store I basically got on a subway and went to Madhattan because there were no drug stores in LIC. The local grocery store I once called "Mugger's Alley" because everything was so overprice, even though the quality was low. It kinda was nothing more than a glorified bodega. "Maggie" began to call our local grocery store "Mugger's" for short and the name stuck. Basically anything you bought made you feel like you were being ripped off.

At least twice a month I would walk to Astoria with either a wagon or cart to bulk up on groceries at Costco. More or less it was like camping out, even though we were one stop from Madhattan.

If you look at the zoning on NYC.gov you can clearly see the future. Within a decade NYC will be 10 million people. All the infrastructure being built: extending the 7 train to the Westside; LIRR on the Eastside; a brand new Penn Station; a brand new Second Avenue subway; Hudson Yards; Queens South...

There is already talk of covering over Sunnyside yards. If high rises are buit it could easily accommodate a million people alone. It is just a matter of time. Within just 5 years Hudson Yards and Queens South will be finished and that is 400K-600K people bringing the population to 9 million alone.

LaGuardia also will be renovated. Anyways let's get shooting. Never before has the city dramatically changed so much. For many decades NYC hovered around 8 million, sometimes less, but today the count is currently 8.4 million.

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Wow, this is turning into a very informative thread you guys! Some great advice and I love all the anecdotes!!

Thank God I didn't just rely on Tripadvisor -New York neighourhoods for advice!
NYC is a very dynamic and dramatically changing city.

The more you know about history the deeper you will appreciate what was and what is transforming.

I did a lot of exploration of Newtown Creek which extends about 4-4.5 miles inland into Long Island. Newtown Creek is what devides Queens from Brooklyn and it is almost exclusively an all industrial area with only tiny spots of housing. Mostly an area of heavy industry like oil refineries. It is said that over time leakage of oil has contaminated the groundwater in Greenpoint with an oil spill bigger than the Exxon Valdez spill. In the summer in some places you can actually smell the oil, yet it was only pretty recently declared a superfund site. Know that raw sewage started being dumped there as early as 1853.

If you look on a subway map you will notice that there is no subway service, and buss service is kinda limited. Anyways there is this kinda vacant space that is kinda neglected, run down, and kinda moody, but even this area has changed. Glad I shot mucho this area during the Great Recession.

Funny thing is I live on 101st Street and Lex in Spanish Harlem. My neighbors that are locals told me the history of my street. Tony a black man said the block was segragated. Blacks on one side and Italians on the other. Where a small park exists today (Sunshine Park) use to be some tenement buildings. One caught fire and it spread to another.

Tony said block by block was fraught with danger. Going uptown to the Public Pool one didn't do alone, and you basically had to form a gang for protection because the Italians defended their neighborhood. Of course all this changed when Puerto Ricans moved in. Another black neighbor Maggie told me that she avoids going uptown to 106th Street, explaining it is nasty up there, even though it is only 5 blocks away.

I live one block north from where Bruce Davidson used a large format camera to document the urban poverty that existed in the late 60's. The body of work was called "East 100th Street."

There is still mucho poverty, but know things are better. Also know that there is one of the biggest rat infestations in NYC from 102d Street to 116th Street where you see rats during the day. Along the Avenues are non-stop housing projects.

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Old 08-25-2016   #63
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BTW I lived just down the block from 5 PointZ. I document that place pretty well with both film and digital.

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The first time we ever hung out I went to that house. Cal's camera collection was small at the time... believe it or not.
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First week I moved here I was sitting on my stoop drinking a beer after building IKEA furniture and there was a little scuffle in front of my apartment and all the neighbors were out watching too. Then the scuffle turned into a brawl and got a little bigger and some guys ran and came back about two min later and fired more than two clips into the crowd and everyone on their stoop just acted like nothing happened. The guys next door (drug dealers) said it was a gang fight and happens fairly often and asked if I'd ever seen anything like that in TN. I told them I was experienced with guns and used to them but hadn't seen anything like that. The cops came 15min later and I told them I didn't see anything and the guys next door came and asked what I told the cops and after that they kind of trusted me. Kind of. Saw 3 more shootings in two weeks. I was living in Bed Stuy. I always carried a knife with me when I picked up my girlfriend at night too. Only had to flash it once and luckily the guy wasn't packing and took off.

Well yeah, but apart from that...
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The first time we ever hung out I went to that house. Cal's camera collection was small at the time... believe it or not.
John,

Why do I love to live in neglected, abandoned, run down places?

Anyways it is in these places that I photograph the most. LIC was a very rich place to mine. I could go shooting after work. If I want a long walk I can visit easily the South Bronx.

Queens plaza, the waterfront, 5 Pointz, and Newtown Creek were all close and just a walk away.

I wish I was into shooting back when I lived in Greenpoint. Not far from my house was the BQE and in the industrial areas that were remote I saw a Stop sign that someone used as a target to check out the spread of a 12 guage shotgun. I say by the pattern the shot was maybe 12-15 feet. Pretty much would of ventilated a person.

Another time I discovered all these dead seagulls that were shotgunned that were caught feeding on garbage.

This was the era during the housing boom before 2005.

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Any new advice for visiting NYC?

I have a work trip coming up, next week and the week after. Haven't decided what to bring for cameras, but I'm figuring on keeping it simple with a 35mm body and a lens or two. I'll be in Manhattan. Not too much interested in the touristy stuff except for some of the museums and galleries. Would be happy to meet up for in-person guidance, photo walks.
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Man one time in Brooklyn, way way back when I had to kick some beaucoup badasses with my Kung-fu moves (learned from watchng David Carradine) - and while doing an inverted aerial double-kick split I captured it all with an Asahi Pentax Spotmatic - handheld at 1 sec and sharp as a tack. If you have moves like mine, you will be A-OK during the day. But at night you might need a flash.
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This heat wave in the mid-Atlantic region is perfect for one of the Calzone "death marches." I think there was a little subconscious planner inside Cal that picked the hottest days of the year to walk 10 miles through urban decay. Much like being on patrol in Iraq with regard to heat, endless walking, thirst, hunger and sore feet. They were good journeys though with a lot of good photos made.

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I think you are right if you don't have an IKEA receipt.
It's free on weekends. You need a ikea receipt to avoid the fare ride on weekdays
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It's free on weekends. You need a ikea receipt to avoid the fare ride on weekdays
Just buy a $1.00 Ikea cinna-bun - tasty and cheap
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Any new advice for visiting NYC?

I have a work trip coming up, next week and the week after. Haven't decided what to bring for cameras, but I'm figuring on keeping it simple with a 35mm body and a lens or two. I'll be in Manhattan. Not too much interested in the touristy stuff except for some of the museums and galleries. Would be happy to meet up for in-person guidance, photo walks.
pm me if you want to meet and shoot. I'm generally out most weekend days photographing.
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Any new advice for visiting NYC?

I have a work trip coming up, next week and the week after. Haven't decided what to bring for cameras, but I'm figuring on keeping it simple with a 35mm body and a lens or two. I'll be in Manhattan. Not too much interested in the touristy stuff except for some of the museums and galleries. Would be happy to meet up for in-person guidance, photo walks.
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Unless you are a big time 50mm shooter a wide might might be a better choice. In a crowded urban area it is pretty easy to get mighty close to people and crowds especially in Madhattan.

I say this because traveling light without a camera bag has its advantages. Also really good to be nimble. Would be a mistake to carry a lot of gear.

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Welcome to New York. Glad you are looking to visit Brooklyn.

Fort Greene is a safe area and I highly doubt you'll find an unsafe place in Brooklyn. Sure, they exist but they're well off the beaten path.

What kind of street photography do you like?


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Beg to differ. Brooklyn is very crime ridden, ugly, crowded and filled with despicable people. I love going there over the last 50 years. Never been held up yet. (Poor attempt at comedy)
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BTW Photovillage is now located on 34th Street across from B&H.

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BTW Photovillage is now located on 34th Street across from B&H.

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That is good news. I always make a pilgrimage there when I am in the city.
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That is good news. I always make a pilgrimage there when I am in the city.
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To the West, North and South, very. To the East, not always.

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Any recommendations on interesting places to shoot (no pun intended ), street photography or otherwise?
You mentioned some of the high points already. Dumbo is a cool area to shoot. The Brooklyn Heights Promenade, Brooklyn Navy Yards, Industry City, the Lower East Side/Alphabet City/East Village area, the entire waterfront of Manhattan....
I second the suggestion to walk over the Brooklyn Bridge into Manhattan. In fact, do it twice; once at midday and once at night! I've been shooting at Coney Island for over 25 years and still find it a fascinating place to shoot. The Flatiron district, the former garment district, Chelsea.... These are all areas where I shoot a lot.

Documented, there are about 8 million people in NYC. The real number is probably closer to 10 or 12. If you like taking pictures of people, you'll find some here! I find almost every neighborhood interesting to shoot in.

As far as neighborhoods to avoid: Brownsville, East New York, parts of Bedford-Stuyvesant, the South Bronx. There are still a few sketchy areas in the city, but not that many anymore. Keep your wits about you - ALWAYS - and you'll be fine.

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Agree with Brennan. Feel free to contact me I live in Clinton Hill by Pratt and would be happy to meet-up. [email protected]. See my street work www.imagebrooklyn.com all from the neighborhood.

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