View of Red-Tailed Hawk nest from below

I took a walk over to Washington Square Park to photograph the red-tailed hawks' nest from below. The nest is located on a 12th floor library window ledge. 

It was easy enough to see the nest from the park below but not easy to photograph it well considering the angle and height of the nest. I do hope the nest is safe at its current location. All signs indicate it is. For example, the overhang above the nest is providing shelter from the rain and the nest is tucked tightly against the ledge corner. I just hope a big gust of wind doesn't move the nest at all.

The eggs should be hatching any day now!

Red-tailed hawks Bobby & Violet, Washington Square Park (NYC)

Maybe you're one of the thousands of people watching the live footage of the red-tailed hawks Bobby and Violet as they incubate their three eggs in their nest above Washington Square Park.

Link to the hawk cam here:

I keep a running window open during work and at home.

The eggs will hatch any day!

I've been going a little screen shot crazy watching the birds carry on. 

Can't wait til the babies appear!!!

So smart of them to have a newspaper in the nest! Soft and heat-retaining.

This isn't a crack in the front egg but an errant feather on top:

Mama, please don't leave the eggs alone for too long again! Makes me so nervous!

Nice work if you can get it. And I got it!

One of the perks of having my high-pressure job is being able to enjoy stunning views like these... almost makes up for everything else. Almost. :)

Photos taken on this beautiful day today!

Good ol' Central Park:

Central Park Zoo:

Overlooking the top of the Plaza Hotel and the park beyond:

Metropolitan Museum of Art:

Detail at the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir uptown (you lose details zooming in but you get the gist):

Trust me, that whitish blob on the rock in the center of the pic is one of the Central Park Zoo polar bears (Ida or Gus, is that you?):

Zooming in at the seal tank at the Central Park Zoo:

Downtown F Train - 57th Street Station

Video I took testing out my new point and shoot camera. Not too shabby! Anyone else find the screeching of the subway brakes mesmerizing and happy-making? Maybe it's just me. Then again, I DO have a hard core love for train travel. Good thing I live in New York City!

Animals along the way

I sought to take a walk and collect photos of animals on building facades today. My walk was brief but I found some goodies! These creatures were seen along lower Broadway and the Lower East Side.

The copper at the top of this building looks new! No patina in sight. I'll try to remember to keep an eye on its states of weathering in the near future:

Play The Armonica, the musical instrument Ben Franklin invented, online!

One of Ben Franklin's inventions was The Armonica. It is described in Wikipedia as:

"The word "glass harmonica" (also Glassharmonica, Glass armonica, Harmonica de verre or Armonica de verre in French, Glasharmonika in German) refers to any instrument played by rubbing glass or crystal goblets or bowls. When Benjamin Franklin invented his mechanical version of the instrument, he called it the armonica, based on the Italian word "armonia," which means "harmony." The instrument consisting of a set of wine glasses (usually tuned with water) is generally known in English as "musical glasses" or "Glass Harp"".

I found a fun site with a virtual Armonica you can play by clicking on each bowl to produce its haunting sounds. As the site says, "To play the armonica below, click on a glass bowl. Like the real armonica, the tone will linger as you click on the next bowl, putting tones together to make a melody."

(Photo of the Armonica from Wikipedia)

Soul Funk on a rainy weekend..

Junior Parker's "Love Ain't Nothin But a Business Goin On"

Always fun when you spot new architectural features

NEVER noticed these owls on this building. Must have walked by this building a thousand times over the years.

Mars Bar facade update (April 21, 2011)

Walked by Mars Bar late this afternoon when I spotted this lone worker/artist updating the facade. I asked him if the image of the modern building was meant to depict what will take the current building's place when it's torn down. He said something to the effect of, "Kinda, yeah". A man of few words but quite the cutie! Looking at the images, you can tell it's of the windows of nearby Cooper Square Hotel (just one of the many incongruous buildings that selfish developers built on the beloved Bowery; demolishing historic buildings in its wake).

He showed me where someone had ripped part of the piece last night (the bastards). He was repairing it and said he was thinking of putting the paper mural up pretty high. I said that sounded like a good idea. I asked when the building was scheduled to get torn down and he said probably June. I told him I thought that was terrible and asked him if I could take photos of the work and he said sure. I should have introduced myself but I was feeling shy and all but found it to be a cool neighborly conversation.

Sad little tree stump

So sad. Here are the remnants of what was probably a lovely and fine tree.

Bond Street, Manhattan.

New Mars Bar mural, April 17 2011

I'm not sure how often the mural on the side of Mars Bar is painted (every month?). But it's rather frequent. Here's the mural as it was this weekend when I passed by. Pretty cool that the parked cars echoed the color schemes. Enjoy the murals while you can before the building is torn down for new luxury apartment development. :(

Mars Bar, 25 East 1st Street (at 2nd Avenue):

Tompkins Square Park, April 17, 2011

Ah, a lovely stroll in the park on this beautiful Sunday:

Shout out to Blorf! Bet you didn't see much of the Police when you used to hang out here. Times have changed, my friend:

Everyone loves to watch the doggies in the dog run!