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New York City – Thanksgiving 2009

Spiderman in the Macy

Spiderman in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City 2009.

Happy Holiday’s everyone!

Click here to see a slideshow of our NYC adventures.

We started our holiday season with a ten-day trip to New York City. We stayed with Geri’s cousin Jeanne on the upper west side and our first dinner out was at Dinosaur Barbque in Harlem to celebrate Geri’s birthday.

The cugina’s (cousins) were into shopping at eclectic stores such as John Derian Company making what seemed like daily trips to the lower east side via subways and buses while I was having a blast photographing anything that struck my fancy. On one of the colder days we went to The Metropolitan Museum of Art to see an amazing photo exhibition, Robert Frank’s, ” The Americans”. Swiss-born Frank, made a cross-country road trip in 1955-56 documenting American life in the post-war era. “The Americans” was first published in the U.S. in 1959  and soon became recognized as a masterpiece of street photography. The exhibit is up though Jan. 3, 2010.

We also caught another photo exhibit “The Vanishing Continent” by a friend of mine, Seth Resnick. Seth has made three photography trips to Antarctica documenting the continent before it disappears. The exhibit hangs through Dec. 20th at the Glimmer Gallery, 140 Duane St.

One day, Geri and I visited our friend Rachel who works for The New York Times. Rachel gave us a tour of the building and we had lunch in their very nice cafeteria. We hadn’t seen Rachel since her wedding in Vail last September.

No trip to NYC would be complete without a walk though Central Park and this time we did it at sunset. Another evening we walked across the Brooklyn Bridge on a sunset stroll.

On Thanksgiving, I got up early to photograph the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. What a wonderful American tradition. New York is a great place to practice street photography and the parade is over the top (literally) with photo possibilities.

For our Thanksgiving dinner Jeanne’s friend Kack drove to us to Southbury, Connecticut. Jeanne’s mother and Geri’s aunt Eileen lives in Pomperaug Woods, a lifecare retirement community. We had a great visit and turkey dinner including Eileen’s famous cranberry relish.

Back in the City for the weekend,  we caught a couple of flea markets and lunched at Shake Shack a wonderful burger joint followed by an evening performance of “Twelfth Night” performed by a marionette puppet theater. Good thing we were in the front row since the puppets were less than a foot tall. Then we dined at Freemans a cozy restaurant at the end of an unused alley off the Bowery, where we celebrated Jeanne’s birthday.

On our last day in NYC, I decided I wanted to be on the water and visit both Ellis Island and The Statue of Liberty.  It’s hard to believe there is a National Park in NYC and it’s a bargain for only $12.

Cheers, Kent

Geri and me in Jeanne

Geri and me (in the mirror) in Jeanne's condo.

A dog walker in the city.

A dog walker in the city.

Canel Street in New York is known for it

Canal Street in New York is known for it's knock off products sold at street booths.

New York sunset in Central Park.

Sunset in Central Park.

Jeanne and Geri.

Jeanne and Geri.

Santa Claus in the Macy

Santa Claus in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Kids and parents lined Park Ave. for the parade.

Kids and parents lined Park Ave. for the parade.

Geri gets a big hug from her aunt Eileen.

Geri gets a big hug from her aunt Eileen.

Rockefeller Center and Macy

Rockefeller Center and Saks Fifth Avenue seen through a bus windshield.

Puppets at the La MaMa Theatre.

Puppets at the La MaMa Theatre.

A civil war reenactment era reporter I ran into at a flea market.

A civil war reenactment era reporter I ran into at a flea market.

Sunset on the Brooklyn Bridge.

Sunset on the Brooklyn Bridge.

A couple on The Statue of Liberty ferry.

A couple on The Statue of Liberty ferry.

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  • Charlotte Geary - December 5, 2009 - 3:24 PM

    Dude! These are awesome! I love the Statute of Liberty one. And that Santa parade photo… how does that even happen??

  • kent - December 5, 2009 - 6:31 PM

    Hi Charlotte, the Santa picture happened because I simply asked!!!

  • Melissa Rich - December 7, 2009 - 11:26 PM

    Kent! Your exposures are amazing in these!! well done! LOVE LOVE LOVE The composition as well! Looks like a fun trip!

  • kent - December 8, 2009 - 1:46 AM

    Thanks Melissa!Your new puppy Lucy looks like a sweetheart.

  • Charlotte Geary - December 8, 2009 - 8:51 PM

    Were you on the parade float with Santa?

  • kent - December 8, 2009 - 9:09 PM

    I asked if I could climb.

  • John Hudetz - December 10, 2009 - 5:48 PM

    That Santa Claus picture better be your Christmas Card! Great work.

  • kent - December 10, 2009 - 5:50 PM

    Thanks John, sorry but Santa didn’t make the cut!

  • Jeffrey Rodriguez - December 15, 2009 - 7:52 PM

    Love your work, was nice meeting you with other Civil War Living Historians (1860’s reporter with Top Hat).

  • kent - December 15, 2009 - 8:15 PM

    Thanks Jeffery, it was fun meeting you all and learning a little about the Civil War.

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