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NYC for The World Science Festival

I got to go! The World Science Festival is usually on the same weekend as the Squam Art Workshops, so I hadn’t been able to make it in the past. My life is normally about Nerd Fun without enough art and creativity so I will always pick SAW over the WSF if lucky enough to have the choice. Here’s my photos of the trip, I’ll do another post with details on the WSF events that we attended. Took AMTRAK, pretty relaxing so long as the train stays on the rails. New York City for the World Science Festival 2012 Shot and edited with my iPhone5, fun shots of Queens on the way into town. New York City for the World Science Festival 2012New York City for the World Science Festival 2012 We showed up in NYC for the first weekend of the invasion of Citibike. We hemmed and hawed about using the bikes to get around the city all weekend. We are accustomed to seeing this sorta thing in Boston already, and thought it might be fun. We walked around Midtown and Times Square, visited the International Center for Photography (does no one take museum worthy photographs when they’re happy? whole? away from warzones? not bleeding? just gimme just one happy picture??), visited a friend who works in the city… all while thinking about going in for Citibikes. The ICP is near the lovely Bryant Park where we saw four fellas playing Pétanque (kinda like Bocce) AND, there was a girl, maybe 10 years old, doing tumbling runs on the grass, cartwheels, back-flips, all sorts of gymnastic awesomeness… didn’t take a picture, since it was a girl and this IS the internet, I mean, duh. But, wow, she was fantastic. Still tho, Citibike? do we or don’t we? After pricing bike helmets knowing we each had helmets at home that we didn’t pack to take with us, we decided to get a two day pass for a hop-on-hop-off tour instead… more photo opportunities, more witty tour guide commentary, and more cool air (it was in the 90s and humid). coming and going, my vertical panorama Times Square from the bus The Empire State Building from the bus City shots … from the bus New York City for the World Science Festival 2012 New York City for the World Science Festival 2012 Eataly. New York City for the World Science Festival 2012 Marrimekko over Madison Sq, yeah, from the bus. New York City for the World Science Festival 2012 city street panorama New York City for the World Science Festival 2012 We hopped off the bus at Battery Park with the intent of going directly to the Skyscraper Museum. Now, Aram and I are pretty lucky in the stuff we happen upon. And by lucky, perhaps I mean intrigued by a lot of what we find, where maybe other people don’t give a damn. So then we found this: New York City for the World Science Festival 2012 The National Museum of the American Indian, which is an offshoot of the Smithsonian Museum in Washington that we didn’t get to see when we were there last…in we went. So worth it.

Not to mention the building itself, Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House, is lovely to visit.

New York City for the World Science Festival 2012 We were down that way with the intent of going to the Skyscraper museum to see the exhibit on the Woolworth Building… saw this shot on the way over from the museum. And inside World Trade Center area … the Freedom Tower is almost complete. New York City for the World Science Festival 2012 The memorial is such a beautiful design




New York City for the World Science Festival 2012
Thanks to the people that put the memorial together with such grace.

After the WSF talk that night we checked out this insideout project in Times Square.
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Showed up for its last night, right before midnight. Stationed ourselves on the red TKTS stairs and watched the crown for a reaction.[★]
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New York City for the World Science Festival 2012
New York City for the World Science Festival 2012[★]People kinda didn’t notice.
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And so we watched the Statue of Liberty shake down tourists for $5

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Did I mention how Times Square is perfect for these vertical panoramas?

photoMore night shots.
New York City for the World Science Festival 2012Spiderman telling a Danish woman that he couldn’t really hang upside down from the post.
New York City for the World Science Festival 2012Yes, that’s Batman with Chewy and C-3PO.
New York City for the World Science Festival 2012

Saturday was back on the hop-on-hop-off Greyline tour to Brooklyn.[★]
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The Woolworth Building.New York City for the World Science Festival 2012[★]Ad for the Fung Wah bus (it’s shut down now, no?)
New York City for the World Science Festival 2012Over the Manhattan Bridge
New York City for the World Science Festival 2012[★]Everyone takin’ pictures
New York City for the World Science Festival 2012[★]Entrance to the Manhattan Bridge in black and white.
New York City for the World Science Festival 2012[★]Uh, Brooklyn tour-guide dude, keep your head down.
New York City for the World Science Festival 2012[★]Going to Brooklyn over the Manhattan Bridge on the top level of a double decker bus is no problem. Coming back there’s no apparent railing, cable, fence, gate, protection of any sort that I could tell to keep tourists from plummeting from great heights into the East River. I spent the trip back over the bridge petrified, but trying to recall seeing any news stories about tourists getting dumped into the river… couldn’t think of anything… so I just focused on Manhattan Island and the guy in front of me… who also schooched his way towards the center aisle after he looked over the edge.
Glad I got a lot of shots on the way out of Manhattan ‘cuz I didn’t get any on the way back in, even if only for the fear of loosing grip of my smartphone.
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[★]Loved this building, btw. Reminds me of waveforms.
New York City for the World Science Festival 2012New York City for the World Science Festival 2012[★]New York City for the World Science Festival 2012[★]Yeah, this is the last shot I took of the bridge before my fear of heights took over.
New York City for the World Science Festival 2012[★]And the bus touches down from bridge flying in China town… I coulda kissed the ground, but for my fear of roaches, the smell of urine, and city grime.
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And here’s a few more shots from around NYU and Washington Square while we were coming and going from the WSF events.[★]
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New York City for the World Science Festival 2012[★]Detail on the “bow” of the Flat Iron building.
New York City for the World Science Festival 2012[★]BF through the glass of the same structure.
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New York City for the World Science Festival 2012[★]Just out of Eataly, holding onto my gluten free biscotti (with chicken in it), the light on the Flat Iron building was great.
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The last thing we did was see Alan Cumming in MacBeth… he played all the parts in the play by himself, including the three witches, and it is a travesty that he wasn’t even nominated for a Tony. He was crazy awesome (literally).
Most of the rest of the time was at the WSF lectures, which will be a separate post.
’til the next adventure…