I didn't have much of a plan most days when each morning I'd either take off on foot or by subway from our Times Square hotel. The photos below are ones from my solo trips, seeing what I wanted to see and all that much more along the way.
|Robert Indiana's "Love".
|I've never been one for self portraits, the moment warranted it I suppose.
|Quintessential Central Park in winter image.
|The 1930 San Remo building is absolutely breathtaking.
One morning I got on the subway to go downtown. I was in the Bronx when I realized I had gotten on in the wrong direction. I got off, took this photograph, and got back on in the right direction.
|1932 Radio City Music Hall.
|I've had a print of this on the living room wall for many years. It's beautiful, but much more so in person.
|1928 Hotel Paramount.
|1912 Cort Theatre.
|1914 St. Thomas Episcopal, 53rd Street.
The most memorable solo outing I had while in New York was my trip to Coney Island. I had long been fascinated with Coney Island before seeing it for the first time. It was in the off season, snowy and freezing and I was one of very few people around. It felt both eerie and magical to have the place to myself. I've read that it has changed tremendously, and while I understand that change has been a constant in the amusement park's 130-year history, I think it'd be hard for me to see it again.
A relevant piece of Cyclone-related trivia -- My favorite song by the Ramones is "Oh Oh I Love Her So".
This bathhouse sits (or sat, I don't want to know) right on the boardwalk facing the Atlantic Ocean. All of the plaster detailing reminds me of the movie palaces I love so much. It is just beautiful. In addition to the building itself, I love that an east coast sky in January could look so blue at certain times of the day.
|Savage -n- Peaches left their mark on the bathhouse the day I was born.
|1939 Parachute Jump, on the US National Register of Historic Places.
All images shot on Kodak film with the same 35mm camera I've relied on for the past 15 years.
All images © Monika Seitz Vega, 2004.