On Sunday I finally got round to walking down the length on Manhattan on Broadway. As I did it, I took a photo at every crossing, and at every time a street joined on the opposite time of the road.
I didn’t know what to do with all the photos at first, but decided to combine them with a song I wrote and recorded back in August, but never shared on YouTube or this blog. It’s called “All Your Time”. It has nothing to do with New York, but I thought the changing images would look good linked up with the catchy melody.
Oh, here’s the normal blurb: In my list of 50 goals and plans for 2010 I wrote “6.1 Write an album’s-worth of new songs and record them by the end of the year” which I’m interpreting as one song per month.
Only 5 more songs to go!
Watched the video yet? Did you spot that I didn’t do this all on one day? Due to subway closures and annoyingness, I set off about an hour and a half later than planned. I got to 14th Street (Union Square) and had to catch the subway over to Brooklyn to watch a show. Someone asked “Will you time the rest of your walk so the photos pick up again without a gap?”
I said “Probably not, that would require too much planning for my vacation.”
But then, on Monday evening, my plans for the night fell through. I took the subway back to Union Square, and picked up the walk almost exactly 24 hours later. I was off by about 20 minutes, and the weather was slightly different. So far nobody has noticed the join until I point it out to them. It also explains why I ate so much! I had pizza and ice cream one day, and the hot dogs the following evening.
In total the walk took about five and a half hours, and works out to roughly 14 miles.
On Sunday night, after walking most of the way down Manhattan, I went over to catch a show in the New York Clown Festival. I saw “Heidi and Nicole” at the Bindlestiff Open Stage show, and really enjoyed their act. I heard they were doing a full show as part of the festival.
The name of the show is Channel One, and the duo call themselves “James and J-F”.
I found their name, with a very male first name, quite confusing, considering the duo are Emily and Ishah (girls not boys).
On Friday night I went to see the New York Mets play the Atlanta Braves. The Mets lost. It was, however, a fun evening out.
On Saturday I rode my bike around Williamsburg. I tried to take in all the parks, ending up at a park by the East River in time to watch the sun set over Manhattan
That is my shadow.
The park by the river was hipster central. I had fun people-watching.
The Empire State Building. Of course.
Before going to watch a band play I decided to grab some food. The area has the same kind of chic cool as where I live back in Berlin. Except everything is twice as expensive as Berlin. However, good Thai food is worth the money.
After watching Nat Osborn and Co, I cycled up to have drinks at a friends house in Queens. You know, if you’re wondering why the route map showed me going so far North.
Guess what I’ve not done much this past week? Blogging. I’ve been working really hard on making my holiday awesome, and have fallen behind on posting photos and stories.
Get ready for a few smaller blog posts, each with a single topic. First up, some photos from a gig. Nat Osborn and the Diamond Allegory. I discovered that when shooting in god-awful green and red lighting, switching to black and white looks WAY cooler.