The views of the Manhattan from the Brooklyn side are very nice, you can walk from the Manhattan bridge along the East River, go under the Brooklyn Bridge and have many different angles on both bridges and the Manhattan across the water. Next time you visit NYC make an effort and see it from this side as well.
Chess is popular with many Russian intellectuals. In the last 20+ years a good number of them immigrated to US, many settled in the Brighton Beach area in Brooklyn, NYC. The guy in the right corner is probably one of them. What you cannot see on the photo is the little folding table with a chess board on top of it with a little sign “Free Chess Lessons”. He was there entire evening patiently waiting for someone to stop by and play a game with him. I spent thirty or so minutes shooting my little time lapse and no one expressed interest. Most people who visit Times Square probably don’t have time to seat down and spend time on something that is not what they associate with this place – shopping and restaurants. I bet that 80-90% of them do not even know the rules for playing chess, but that is why he was there, trying to educate them on one of the most sophisticated and oldest games the humans ever invented. Meanwhile, he was patiently waiting, drinking some soda from the plastic bottle and eating sandwiches that he or his wife packed for him back at their apartment.
He is probably there on most nights and I hope that there are some folks who is intrigued to learn something new on their visit to NYC or some who already know how to play it and want to show their skills to this old man and destroy his king in as a few steps as possible, or be destroyed, that is to hear or say the ultimate word in the game of chess – “Checkmate”.
Well, Thanksgiving break is over, I’m not sure if I’m ready go back to work, thankfully there are only three and half weeks till Christmas break, only three and half weeks. Hopefully it will go fast and then another one and half week little break. We are trying to decide right now if we go anywhere over Christmas break or stay in town… maybe do some work on the house or something else. It would be nice to go somewhere at least for a few days.
I’d like to visit NYC again, maybe next Spring, hopefully after they finish the new world trade center tower. Come to the same spot and take another time-lapse and a few photos. I think it should be much taller than it was back in June.
The last photo in this time lapse (at around 1:58) shows some girls walking straight into the camera. I put together a slightly different photo from the source photos and chose a different frame, less blurry from the one you see in the video, with them just approaching where I stand. As always you can click on it to see it higher resolution with a lot more details.
I’d like to take the same photo sometime during the summer. Not sure when I’ll be able to make my way to NYC in summer, with longer days and when sun setting behind those sky scrapers, at least I assume it is setting behind Manhattan. In February, when I took this photo, the sun was going down to the left of this view and didn’t make a cool sunset from this angle.