Wednesday, March 24, 2010

The New York Times' Homeric nod.

This just in from the Gray Lady:
President Obama and his Russian counterpart, President Dmitri A. Medvedev, have broken through a logjam in their arms control negotiations and expect to sign a new treaty slashing American and Russian nuclear arsenals in Prague next month, officials from both nations said Wednesday.
Russia and the U.S. both maintain nuclear arsenals in Prague? Does Vaclav Klaus know about this?

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Scenes from a morning walk.

Lady Liberty versus the smog monster. Shot from the Brooklyn Bridge while walking toward Manhattan.

Greenwich and Murray streets, lower Manhattan. All of these buildings are of recent (post 1990) construction. On the left is an apartment building. The tall structure in the background is the new Goldman Sachs headquarters, designed by Henry Cobb of Pei Cobb Freed & Partners, now nearing completion.

Heather growing on the Irish Hunger Memorial. In the background are apartment buildings in Battery Park City.

Willows next to the Museum of Jewish Heritage. The main building, to the left, is hexagonal in reference to the six pointed Star of David and in remembrance of the six million Jews who died in the Holocaust. To the right is the newer Morgenthau Wing. Both were designed by Kevin Roche John Dinkeloo and Associates LLC.

This shot was taken facing north from the edge of the World Trade Center site. The small plaza was created after the area was devastated by the collapse of the towers. In the center is Jeff Koons' sculpture "Balloon Flower (Red)". A video of the artist discussing his work is here.

On my return leg toward Brooklyn, a tugboat passed under the Bridge.