Category Archives: Observations

Observations along the way in the day that I felt might be an interesting post.

Kaiju Mural @ Ichibantei NYC

The other day I had gone into the city to meet a friend who was here on a visit for a quick catch up. After a tasty drink at McSorley’s and a whole lot of chit chat, we hit some of the music history spaces that I like to show visitors and then made our way back to where she needed to be for the trip home. As we walked we saw this super cool mural on the side of the Ichibantei Japanese Restaurant and since it showcased a couple of Kaiju preparing for battle, I knew that I had to snap a photo of it to use here or on one of our social networks. Isn’t it cool? I think so.

Ichibantei Restaurant Kaiju Mural in NYC

As you can see there is some resemblance to both Godzilla and Gamera in the mural but its not dead on. I guess that was done to avoid any sort of copyright claims to the artwork. So sadly I didn’t get to try this restaurant that day but I hope to return at some point in the future so I can do a Yelp, check in on Swarm and loading up a bunch of photos to our Official Instagram. If any of you readers have been there already and wish to chime in down below and let us know what you think. I’d really appreciate it. See you next time.

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Observing Above at Union Street Station in Brooklyn

Logo - Union Street

The other night I was at a Yelp Elite event which was a whole lot of fun and after that one last beer found myself just missing the train that I needed to get back to my creative command HQ. I didn’t have a book or a decent WiFi signal since I was underground and this is an unconnected station still so the boredom found me looking around and upward toward the artwork above the station name. There was some pretty ornate decoration up there and since I am always with a camera of some kind on my person be it a point and shoot or the mobile phone I decided to walk the platform and snap images of all of the ones I could see on the side of the platform heading to Bay Ridge.

union street, subway station art

Though I didn’t know this at the time, these bits of art were called “CommUnion” and done by Emmett Wigglesworth. Please enjoy the images that I secured.

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Feeling “Ghost”ly in NYC

So the other night I finally got the chance to see the band Ghost in concert with their show at the Best Buy Theater. It was a fantastic musical experience and once home while I was doing my photo editing stuff I happened upon a photo that I took of a church facade a couple of years ago and was surprised at how much this reminded me of the grim visage of Papa Emeritus II himself; He is the lead singer of Ghost in case you wondered. What do you think?


You don’t think so? Well, I do admit that when I took this shot that it was a late night and I think that is why I shot it in the first place, because it struck me as that sinister gaze in my relatively tired state. I guess the band was on my mind even back at that time but if you give a glance to one of my shots from the other night you might agree with me because sometimes the pulsating electricity that is the night in NYC can play tricks on your eyes.


That’s all I have for you tonight. See you next time.

To “Start”; or To “End” – Your Choice :)

For some reason this intrigued me when I was walking on Shore Road’s Promenade not too long ago and hence my deciding to offer up the visuals to you wonderful readers of the blog. As we close out on 2013 and all of its happenings perhaps we can use 2014 to “start” some things and “end” other things. I bet you never took me as being one who could get philosophical from time to time did you?


I’ll suggest that if there are some good practices for you to start in your day come 2014 or even right now then get to them. There is truly no time like the present when it comes to doing things that enrich your day and time and the people around you. A friend recently said to me that she needed to focus more time on the those that energize her day and that is a good suggestion all around. Feel free to steal that one for yourself.


As far as the end aspect goes, well, we are all in need of some personal house cleaning no matter what we think (yes myself included). Best of luck examining what you can place in this area and working away from it. On another token, I saw a Facebook wall post that lined out how someone was hoping to spend less time on the Social Network because it consumed her day and there was too much nonsense going on there for her liking. There is a good end for all of us if we should fall into a similar confine of our time.


See you soon dear readers.

Leaving NYC In An Underground Fashion (8/21/2013)

Okay so it was not too long ago that I shared some mass transit visuals with you all when I was heading out to an art opening in Long Island City. I called it a “A Few Minutes On The #7 Train” for lack of a better description and felt that there were a couple of other instances where I wanted to do the same thing. I head upstate to see friends a couple of times a year and the ride that brings me there along the Hudson River is nothing less than amazing. This clip however is from an entirely different vantage point and brings you along with me to the Underground as my train makes its way out of Grand Central station.

The last time that I went up there I remembered liking the visuals a lot more than I did for this particular visit so I am guessing I was on a different track. It feels as though you are traveling through a dark and eerie city when you are heading out so I pushed my little Sony Cybershot to the very dirty glass and pressed “record”. Mind you some of it is darkness and some of it a little cloudier than I would have liked as the little camera struggled to focus in the dark. Like I said this was just to share the time and also to continue to experiment in this fashion. I think it might have come out better had I used the Lumix since that is a tad more powerful. In any case you have this for the time being and might want to try it yourself. One of my future goals is to get a video when I go over the Manhattan Bridge. If I capture it you can count on my sharing it here. I do them because we have such a worldwide visitor base that its fun to have them along with me and spark their own interests for when they visit.

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