A Taste of Italy

I try to stay on top of my photos, but sometimes things slip through the cracks. At the beginning of October, I was invited to a dinner held as part of Identità Golose, a week of events at NYC Italian food mecca Eataly. Chefs Massimo Bottura, Andrea Migliaccio, Moreno Cedroni, and Ugo Alciati prepared four courses for guests, each highlighting a different aspect of Italian cooking. Camera in hand, I headed to the Flatiron District to check out the scene. Big thanks to Eataly for bringing me out to this great event and letting me try some fantastic food and drinks.

Justice for Allison Liao

On October 6, 2013, three-year old Allison Liao was crossing Main Street in Flushing, New York hand-in-hand with her grandmother, Chin Hua Liao. They had the walk signal and were in the crosswalk.

Ahmad Abu-Zayedeh was driving north on Cherry Avenue and made a left turn. He claims to have not seen anyone in the crosswalk.

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I Can’t Breathe!

Fresh off the news that Darren Wilson would not be indicted in Missouri, New Yorkers received news that hit closer to home: NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo would not be indicted for killing Eric Garner on Staten Island. On Wednesday, December 3, 2014, when the news broke, protesters amassed all over the city. The NYPD, which had made relatively few arrests during the Wilson protests, responded with a much heavier hand. More than 80 people were arrested Wednesday.

Thursday, things were even bigger. Protesters met at Foley Square before marching throughout the city. Groups split off and headed towards the Lincoln Tunnel, the Holland Tunnel, the West Side Highway, and Whitehall Terminal. Protesters were mostly peaceful, but made some attempts to rip down barricades and get around the police. The NYPD responded with pepper spray, sound cannons, and a reported 223 arrests.

Hands up! Don’t shoot!

At this point, I don’t have to explain why a crowd of angry protesters amassed at Union Square in New York City on the evening of November 24, 2014. Earlier in the day, we had received word that a grand jury in St. Louis County had reached a decision on whether to indict Ferguson, Missouri police officer Darren Wilson for the killing of 18-year-old Mike Brown.

Expecting a 6:00 p.m. announcement, the protest at Union Square began around 5:00. Members of the crowd spoke, sang, and chanted.

“Hands up! Don’t shoot!”
“Black lives matter!”
“N-Y-P-D, K-K-K! How many kids did you kill today?”

The announcement was pushed back to 9:00 p.m. The crowd stood strong. Finally, word started spreading of the decision, as predictable as it was disheartening.

No indictment.

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Tuesday at the Safe Streets House

After several months preoccupied by client work I couldn’t share, I’ve got some time on my hands. I’ll have some real work to show off soon, but for now here’s a not-so-unusual Tuesday night at my apartment, when my roommate helped our friend build up a Schwinn Madison fixie.

A Different Chinatown

This is a Flushing-bound 7 train. Your next stop is… Beijing.

I don’t need to tell you about Manhattan’s Chinatown. You’ve been there, or you’ve seen it in films or on television. New York’s oldest Chinese enclave is an amazing place. From the open-air fish markets to the cavernous dim sum palaces, it’s unlike anyplace else on the island. But from the high rents to the throngs of tourists, you never forget you’re in Manhattan.

Ride the train an hour from Canal Street and everything changes.

Getting off the 7 train at the end of the line puts you right on Main Street in Flushing, Queens. On a Wednesday afternoon, the area was bustling. People hurried between shops and restaurants, vendors handed out fliers, and cars and buses jockeyed for room on the street. Save for scattered English signage, it would be easy to believe the train out of Manhattan took you to a different country rather than a different borough.

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Brooklyn, Belated

Way back at the end of June I took a trip to Brooklyn to visit my sister and some friends. I had my X100s on my shoulder the whole trip and made plenty of images, but life got in the way and I never published any. I just downloaded a demo of Silver Efex Pro, and decided to use that as an excuse to reedit and share a few of my favorite images.