NYC days 22 – Queens and Manhattan

On Thursday I took a looong bike ride. Due to my gps tracker going on the blink, I tried the iPhone tracker again. This time it didn’t work, so I drew the first half of this route by hand. Later in the evening I fixed the gps tracker again. Yay me.
On Thursday I took a looong bike ride. Due to my gps tracker going on the blink, I tried the iPhone tracker again. This time it didn't work, so I drew the first half of this route by hand. Later in the evening I fixed the gps tracker again. Yay me.

Manhattan from Queens.
Manhattan from Queens.

The Queensborough Bridge.
The Queensborough Bridge.

The lighthouse at the end of Roosevelt Island. The island has been many things over the years, including a mental asylum. The whole place is still well suited for wheelchairs.
The lighthouse at the end of Roosevelt Island. The island has been many things over the years, including a mental asylum. The whole place is still well suited for wheelchairs.

I went to check what the guy in the left of the above photo was sketching. It was a detailed study of a scribbled half moon, repeated over and over across the page. I’m guessing there are still facilities for mentally and physically disabled people on the island.

I cycled over to Flushing Meadows, the site of the World’s Fair, and took some photos of the old buildings and sculptures. I got a great video of myself juggling in front of the “world” which I’ll use as the opening shot of an upcoming juggling/travel video.
I cycled over to Flushing Meadows, the site of the World's Fair, and took some photos of the old buildings and sculptures. I got a great video of myself juggling in front of the



I cycled into Manhattan to get another video of me juggling in Times Square, with rings this time. Then I got a burger. Then I met up with the Carmine jugglers. Then I cycled home via the World Trade Center site. It’s currently a building site.
I cycled into Manhattan to get another video of me juggling in Times Square, with rings this time. Then I got a burger. Then I met up with the Carmine jugglers. Then I cycled home via the World Trade Center site. It's currently a building site.

I stopped on the Brooklyn Bridge and tried to take some good “I’M IN NEW YORK MOTHERFUCKER DON’T YOU EVER FORGET” style self portraits. This was the only one that turned out half decent.
I stopped on the Brooklyn Bridge and tried to take some good


NYC days 23 and 24 – Random photos from Williamsburg and Coney Island

My last Friday in New York was a relaxed affair. I ate a burger, cycled round the edge of Williamsburg with a focus on sitting in a park and reading.

That’s my shadow.
That's my shadow.

I found a pair of shoes on a pavement. I mean on a sidewalk.
I found a pair of shoes on a pavement. I mean on a sidewalk.

My trusty bike. I bought it for 155 dollars on the second day in New York, and sold it for 100 dollars on the day I left. 26 days of transport for 55 dollars? A bargain!
My trusty bike. I bought it for 155 dollars on the second day in New York, and sold it for 100 dollars on the day I left. 26 days of transport for 55 dollars? A bargain!

Random open air theater/performance art project in Queens.
Random open air theater/performance art project in Queens.

In the evening I met up with Rym and Scott of Geeknights to do some hardcore podcasting. We must have recorded about 2 and a half hours of material. I’m glad I’m not editing that!

Bike route for the day.
Bike route for the day.

On Saturday I cycled down to Coney Island. This is a really tacky but quite fun seaside resort. It’s only open until the end of September, so I visited right at the end of the season.

The boardwalk.
The boardwalk.

The view from inside Denno’s Wheel. I would have liked to ride the Cyclone, the legendary wooden roller coaster, but it was running.
The view from inside Denno's Wheel. I would have liked to ride the Cyclone, the legendary wooden roller coaster, but it was running.

As recommended by many, many people, I ate a Nathan’s hot dog. It was very tasty, and I understand the queues. I mean, nothing else on the boardwalk looked edible.
As recommended by many, many people, I ate a Nathan's hot dog. It was very tasty, and I understand the queues. I mean, nothing else on the boardwalk looked edible.

I sat in the shadow of pier, listened to music, slept, woke up when the sun hit me. I went for a dip in the sea, then took some photos.
I sat in the shadow of pier, listened to music, slept, woke up when the sun hit me. I went for a dip in the sea, then took some photos.

I wasn’t the only one taking photos.
I wasn't the only one taking photos.

Some people fishing used rods, some used nets.
Some people fishing used rods, some used nets.

I watched the cruise ships sail out to sea. From the funnels, I recognized two as Carnival ships. This one is a Grand class Princess cruise ship. I think the Grand is currently sailing across from Europe, so this might be the Ruby Princess.
I watched the cruise ships sail out to sea. From the funnels, I recognized two as Carnival ships. This one is a Grand class Princess cruise ship. I think the Grand is currently sailing across from Europe, so this might be the Ruby Princess.


The route of my bike ride down to Coney Island. I didn’t take a map, thinking that as long as I kept heading south I’d reach the sea. However, a road name that I recognized from a previous bike ride map as a north/south route, Flatbush Avenue, had a left turn soon after I joined it. I guess I didn’t notice, so stayed on that road. I ended up heading far further east than planned. Thankfully I was in no rush.
The route of my bike ride down to Coney Island. I didn't take a map, thinking that as long as I kept heading south I'd reach the sea. However, a road name that I recognized from a previous bike ride map as a north/south route, Flatbush Avenue, had a left turn soon after I joined it. I guess I didn't notice, so stayed on that road. I ended up heading far further east than planned. Thankfully I was in no rush.

The map also shows my trip into Manhattan to get a burger and to watch a band.