Fleet Week on 42nd St
Memorial Day week-end in the US and here in NYC it was hot, humid and time to say hello sailor – the Fleet comes to town! Which is surprising in a way because that’s also the time New Yorker’s leave town, or maybe not so surprising . . . .
The more domestic parts of town at this time of year are so quiet, diners deserted, streets empty. A walk along 42nd St from the Hudson, almost, to Times Square where it’s heaving with heated excitement, vivid colour, hopes, dreams, ambitions, the whole shebang – a prelude to summer just waiting to happen.
Wow Patti….what a great group of photographs!
Thank you kindly Burgess!
Estupendo reportaje fotográfico, me ha gustado mucho.
So pleased you enjoyed the walk, thank you Leo!
the sailors – the couple – the guy near the trash – I am enamored in a good way – have a nice weekend P
Great to hear, thank you so much Prior!
Awesome images Patti 🙂 Memorial Day weekend looks like a great day in the Big Apple, so much happening everywhere you look. I also love your use of the word word shebang (now I sound like Emilio), LOL.
Yes Joe, so much happening around Times Sq but SO quiet everywhere else . . . . to tell you the truth I didn’t want to go anywhere at all this day but I thought I should shift my lazy bones, go and see a photo exhibition in far west (deserted) Chelsea which was closed for the holiday week-end. A glutton for punishment I walked up 10th Ave to 42nd to find the circus had come to town.
New York is so much better when everyone leaves and Memorial Day marks the start of space available on the subway. Sadly, as your shots show so well, Times Square is never empty.
Don’t you just love that summer feeling of having the city to yourself! Times Square is a little like going to the dentist, twice a year and otherwise if you have to absolutely go.
Great shots. It would be nice, just for comparison sake, if similar shots were taken in the middle of Paris.
You’re asking if I can find hot, icky tacky wonderful patriotism street joy in the middle of Paris? More than happy to give it a shot!
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You’ve convinced me. I need to visit NYC again. Great shots, Patti.
Super fantastic Lignum and hope you get here soon, it’s just waiting for you!
(So am I – you can teach me a thing and more!)
wow.. a mass of humanity!!! awesome captures as always Patti, (way too crowded for me, id be hyperventilating 🙂 )
and all in color.. i did a double take:) .
wow..a mass of humanity , fantastic shots Patti. and ll in color.. i had to do a double take:). way to crowded for me..id be hyperventilating 🙂 a bit
Double takes happen Kathy, big thank you and – I promise you would be ok down here in the middle of it all, there are quiet hiding spots nearby. As for the colour shots, as much as I love B&W, Times Sq to me is often all about the colour!
Good point!! My Daughter lived very close to T.Sq. a very colorful place indeed;)
Oh the humanity!
That second to the last image really captures the “fullness” of NY.
I love that image of the two soldiers looking up 🙂
Yes Laurie, the humanity – and I was a speck in it! In the middle of it all I had the pleasure of meeting a street photographer from France but that’s another story. Hope you make it up here late in the year!
Give my regards to Broadway.
Bumba, consider it done!
Oh yeah, and remember me to Herald Square.
You know the best places, will do!
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You had fun! I love Stars. stripes & shade, Style traveler, Between hulk & hope…there were more but…oh, Looking up – a classic. I guess you went to the perfect spot, although I know they are kind of all over the place on Fleet Week. And the last sentence: perfection.
i finally pulled together the post with your photos. Hope you like it. All true.
Honestly Lyn, I felt a little like the walking dead. It was so hot, I was so tired, but there’s something about crowd surfing with a camera that’s rather enervating but then I don’t have a gym membership either!
It was such great fun catching up with you here in NYC, I feel like it’s your home turf where I am treading in giant footsteps. Big thank you always!
Patti magnificent series!
Thank you so much Chris 👍🏻
Such great documents. I so love your relaxed style, Patti – very seductive.
I’ll take relaxed even if some do find it messy, thank you so much Richard 😉
A colorful kaleidoscope of of shared solitudes.
Definitely a target-rich environment Patti. Love the two sailors looking up to the sky with the recruiting station as a backdrop. I assume the 3 guys in the last shot are MP’s looking for trouble. Interesting interaction between the lady in the short black dress and the guy in the blue tee – you could write a story around those shots. And… Isn’t that a young Gene Hackman in the top shot?
Seems so many here are straight out of central casting, thank you so much Martin!
wow, loved this 🙂
Thank you Joshi! 🙂
Thrilled, thank you Rabirius!
I’d like to experience NYC at this time of the year. I only know what it’s like to be there in early to mid-September.
Allan, come on down!
Your good… Always enjoy your camera work.
Big thank you kind Tex!
So did you say, “Helloooooo, Sailor!” ???
Hahaha Annie, it’s the thought that counts!
Thank you so much Sudhir!
omg, these are amazing shots… you have no idea how interesting it is to look at these shots from 7 times zones distance lol 🙂 when you google NYC most you get are polished shots of the cityscape from Top of the Rock and the Brooklyn Bridge… but this is soooo interesting to see, so full of life, so real… “vivid colour, hopes, dreams, ambitions, the whole shebang”… btw, you should write more as well 🙂
So funny, you’re never going to get those polished NYC shots from me (ain’t that the truth, I can hear some people saying!) – more than happy to leave that to the experts and those who really care about that sort of shot, it is not my driving force. I’m just a happy little street plodder.
Hope you and your boys get to visit one day, am sure you would have fun not to mention all the great shots I know you would get.
Biggest thank you Alexandra!
what a great flood of interesting shots… …its so fun to see and explore what happened on this photos
btw… …’incident on 42nd street’ ….today I will see BRUCE on his ‘River’-Tour in Munich! That will be great!
Wow Markus, so excited for you and Bruce getting together in Munich and of course I want to know all about it!
..it was soooo great. 3h 20min show! Everybody freaked out. Next Tuesday I will publish a “We love Bruce” post. 🙂
Fantastic street shots. I love them!
Thank you Cardinal, you must pop over some time and take a look!
Can’t believe how crowded it looks. I would hate living there. At the same time I would love living there. As long as I had my camera. Every shot of yours here is fantastic!
This is camera central, you would be fine here Emilio!
Brilliant selection of street images Patti
A long way from where you are Lisa, thank you!
I love the deserted feel of the non-touristy city neighborhoods during the summertime. The sailor shots are cute. I wasn’t aware that they still wear those retro uniforms.
Those sailors are straight out of central casting aren’t they! Thank you Julie and hope you are enjoying summer where you are.
Fantastic series Patti….so full of life! ‘In a corner’ stands out in its dark poignancy.