Facades on Fifth

It was a pleasant walk from our hotel in the lower east side (Bowery 335 in case anyone cares) to B&H Camera. Not a small place and not carrying just cameras, the store had been recommended to me by a fellow camera addict in Monaco who I will forgive for attitude when he came to the conclusion that I had bette action photos with my Canon 7D than he did with his top of the line Nikon and 5 kg zoom macro lens. Could just be that I pushed the ISO settings in order to have faster shutter speeds. But I digress.

Walking into B&H I had to grin. Have not seen that many kippahs in one location outside of a Shul or the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem. I think it is probably very similar to 47th ST Cameras, but I just didn’t feel like Brooklyn today (maybe Wednesday).

After spending a significant amount of time (and a bit more money than that) I will shortly be the owner of an extremely nice telephoto lens.

European Style

Unlike most US cities – New York retains a significant amount of its European ancestry. There are still districts where the majority of the stores are involved in the same industry. Kind of like walking through the Souks where first there is the hardware area, then the spice section and further down the line one finds fabrics, scarves and clothing.

NYC has the garment district among others. After walking in and out of a number of locations, I headed back south along Fifth Avenue. I don’t know that all that many people look up – but there are such interesting architectural details that I could not resist.

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9 Responses to Facades on Fifth

  1. Barbara says:

    I wonder if the store will be closed today and Thursday for Shavuot – just a head’s up.

  2. Isobel says:

    Wonderful pictures. Have fun!

    NYC is a great place.

  3. Ann says:

    Love your architectural details, but especially love the needle/button sculpture. My dad used to use 47th st. cameras all the time, and I’m sure a few others he knew well (his office was in the Lincoln Building on 42nd and Madison).

  4. Steven says:

    Nice architectural shots!

    On Fifth near 10th or thereabouts there is an apt building with a fountain inside the lobby that has water flowing from an underground stream that was one of the reasons Greenwich Village was able to support the population and agriculture that it did in the early days. You can probably google the info about the location.

  5. Chere says:

    I had to smile at these- I made the 45 minute train to Venice several times just for a day of shooting bridges or windows or chimney pots (yep, that’s not a mistype). Oh, or blown glass.

  6. Bob says:

    Been enjoying the area(s) I grew up in. My grandfather was the “super” for the Flatiron Building for about ten years (from before I was born in 1938 to about 1946-47. I have a memory of being on the roof with my grandpa and looking over to the Empire State Building. Thanks for sharing and bringing back some good memories.

  7. Helen says:

    Great photos!

  8. Colin says:

    Nice pictures. I was in New York in 1960. Dad took the family to the east coast for the American Legion convention that year.

    BTW, I have a Canon 7D with a Tamron 18-270mm zoom. I bought the lens from B&H.

  9. Steve says:

    B&H…what a place, we were one of their main suppliers as well as customers for many years.
    Besides…a Canon 7D is a much superior camera to a Nikon… When we used to buy and rate cameras for internal use, the bottom line was that Canon always came out on top for most everything and cutting edge technology. On the flip side, while Nikon does make excellent devices, the overall comment was they were still living on their reputation from the film days.

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