Birthday Observations

I had a little time to remind myself why “The City” is different from everywhere else.

While we were in New York City for Steffie’s birthday party, I had a little time to remind myself why “The City” is different from everywhere else.

At the Clearview Theater on West 23rd Street in Chelsea, on a Tuesday evening, all four showings of “Sex and the City” were sold out.

The guy in the first photo was part of the nearby throng.

Living and working in the city deprives you of some of the softer things found everywhere else, like trees. OK, there are some ‘city trees’ growing in strategically placed holes in the concrete. They don’t count.

The palm tree in the second shot was in an upper story window. I’m afraid there wasn’t enough light for anything but this grainy crop.

Chelsea is a growing residential neighborhood, with all the usual neighborhood accouterments, including dogs! Helaine noted many of them were full size pups and not exactly efficiency apartment friendly.

Even with scores of dogs around, I saw no poop on West 23rd. There was, however, a converted gumball machine.

2 thoughts on “Birthday Observations”

  1. When I saw that first picture in your post before reading the entry, just for a second I thought that was Matt Scott. They have similar smiles.

    I’m curious as to the ettiquette you use in a situation that leads to a pic like that. I am another one that has taken to carrying a camera around like it was attatched to my housekeys and I am always taking shots of random things I see. When it comes to interesting people though, I’m pretty hesitant. Do you ask someone like that before you take a snap? Do you let them know that it might end up on your blog?

  2. His friend said, “Aren’t you going to take a picture?” Really.

    However, I didn’t need permission or approval. There is no expectation of privacy on a city street.

    Here’s more from an article about just this subject from USAToday:

    You can take any photo that does not intrude upon or invade the privacy of a person, if that person has a reasonable expectation of privacy. Someone walking in a mall or on the street? Fair game. Someone standing in a corner, looking at his new Prozac prescription? No. Using a long lens to shoot someone in an apartment? No.

    Note that the limits have nothing to do with where you are when you take the shots; it’s all about the subject’s expectation of privacy. You can be on private property (a mall or office-building lobby), or even be trespassing and still legally take pictures. Whether you can be someplace and whether you can take pictures are two completely separate issues.

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