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Yankees Ticker Tape Parade along Canyon of Heros!

November 12th, 2009 Posted by Featured, Photo Journey No Comment yet

Ticker Tape Parade

New Yorkers know how to organize a ticker tape parade! I was at the corner of Battery Place and Washington St and could barely get a standing spot at the barricade. Finally, I saw a spot available and quickly ran towards it.

Within seconds, I realized why it was available, it was right in front of a sewage vent and it sticks real bad! A lady walked past it and said, “someone just farted’”and I just looked at her and smiled. She must think that it’s me. I clinged on to the spot anyway, bearing the motto in mind, ‘This too will pass…’

There was so much to see to be bothered by the stench. Groups of marching bands getting ready, Irish pipes group practicing, Giant Yankee T-shirt balloon being set up, policemen controlling the crowd (with unusually huge smiles), the excitement was contagious!

I waited for another 45 minutes. The stench actually went away (or I got used to it). The parade has not started. Some ‘pre-confetti’ were being thrown from the buildings nearby,  shredded paper, bathroom paper and whatever paper-like items . I have no idea flying bathroom paper can conjure so much joy in me!

The parade started and everyone went crazy. I read that some people lined up along Broadway as early as 5 am! I have not seen so much paper falling from the ‘sky’ in my life before, it felt almost like snowing, what a sight to remember!

The cleaning up process was a sight to behold as well. Blowers, oversized brooms, tractors were standing by and within hours, the streets were spotless. I’m actually more amazed by the clean up than the mess up. (See the pictures below for the ‘happy’ mess created)

According to officials, the parade cost more than $300,000. Apparently, the city only funded less than 10% and the rest came from donations. More than a million fans lined the route of the parade. Seems like a big sum of money for a parade in this economic climate, but this breaks down to just 30 cents per person.

Do you think it’s worth it? Perhaps it was. It has been a long time since I saw so many happy people in Financial District. (Beside those-you-know who are reaping in record breaking bonus again…)

Players:

Where: Financial district, New York City

When: 10:15 am to 1:50 pm, Nov 6, 2009

Mira

Copyright 2009 by Farting Camel

Ireland in New York City – Irish Famine

November 1st, 2009 Posted by Photo Journey 2 comments

An authentic 19th century Irish roofless cottage sits on a modern, angular structure located on one of the most expensive real estate in New York City. Majestic yet quaint. Quiet yet hectic. Tragic yet inspiring.

It is a garden jutting out from the earth at an angle, or in my mind, a giant skateboard tilted 45 degrees from the ground. I walked past it so many times and I have no idea it was a memorial! It could easily pass off as a wonderful park.

I walked into the ultra modern tunnel-like walkway, which I liken it to an entrance of a modern art museum. And then the landscaping hit me…

If I blocked out the high-rise buildings around me, I could make believe that I was in an Irish countryside. The landscaping is incredible. The designer, landscaper and architect did an amazing job of relocating a real piece of Ireland into New York City.

This memorial is a monument to the Great Irish Famine (1845 to 1850). On formal records, over a million people perished. About 800,000 survived by escaping to New York City which explained the strong foothold of Irish culture and heritage in the city.

Some sources called the ‘Great Irish Famine’ a cover up to the ‘Irish Holocaust’ whereby over five million Irish were murdered. They described it as genocide, mass murder and even ethnic cleansing.

Over two miles of writings based on poems, quotations and statistics related to the famine wrapped around the entrance and exterior of the memorial.  Irish music and recordings of personal memoirs playing in the background pulled me back further into history.  One can close one’s eyes and be lost in time.

Where: Irish Hunger Memorial (2002), corner of Vesey St and North End Ave, Battery Park City, New York City

Who: Designer, Brian Tolle. Landscape Designer, Gail Wittwer-Laird. Architect, 1100 Architect.

Why: Monument of the Great Irish Famine to highlight hunger in the world.

Mira

Copyrighted 2009 by Farting Camel.

PS: This post was originally posted on Oct 28, 2009. It has to be reposted as the database was reset.

Love is in the Air in Manhattan – Paired Pigeons Mate

October 24th, 2009 Posted by Photo Journey No Comment yet

Paired Pigeons Mate

Minutes after I left the two lovebirds, Shia Labeuof and Carey Mulligan, at the Irish Hunger Memorial, I saw another two real lovebirds right in front of me. They were preening each other and then….French kissed! No kidding, see pictures below!

This is the first time I have ever seen Pigeons kissed, let along French kissing. What’s going on? First, it was Labeouf and Mulligan holding hands minutes earlier, and now the Pigeons are French kissing…Is Love in the air in Manhattan?

If there is a season for Love, Fall must be it.

Where: Battery Park City, New York City

When: 11:19 am on Oct 23, 2009        (Click on the pictures to enlarge them)

(For Pigeons, the ‘French kiss’ is called billing, which is ‘often a prelude to mating…Once paired, pigeons may mate for life.’ Smithsonian National Zoological Park Website)

So apparently, ‘once paired, Pigeons may mate for life’. Is this a good omen for Labeuof and Mulligan?

Mira

Copyright 2009 by Farting Camel.

Celebrities Sighting in Lower Manhattan – Labeouf Mulligan

October 23rd, 2009 Posted by Featured, Photo Journey 6 comments

Labeouf Mulligan

I was taking my own sweet time adjusting my camera, hoping to get a good shot of the entrance of the Irish Hunger Memorial. Just couldn’t seem to get it right.

Finally I got a decent shot and I started walking out of the tunnel-like entrance and I saw them! It took me an instant to recognize them as they appeared too vigilant of their surrounding to be ‘normal people’…

Seizing the opportunity to get a picture with a celebrity (yes, that’s unlike me) as I never had a camera whenever I saw one, I asked, “Excuse me…err”, the lady paused for a split second and the guy pulled her away. Sensing the animosity, I stopped. I had wanted to ask, “Excuse me, are you the Transformer guy, can I take a picture with you?”

Yes! It’s Shia Labeouf and Carey Mulligan. They were holding hands and appeared just like a couple. I guess I might be luckier if I was carry a small point-and-shoot camera instead of hanging a giant DSLR with a humongous zoom lens down my neck. I do look like one of the Paparazzi. I turned around and snapped a few shots but did not follow them into the Memorial.

Apparently, they are in town shooting the Movie, “Wall Street 2, Money Never Sleeps”. It is set to release in April 2010.  And to answer the question, do they look like co-stars hanging out? No, they definitely looked like a couple on a date.

Mira, the unusual and unwilling Paparazzi just taking her morning walk….(Check out what I saw after this.)

Where: Irish Hunger Memorial, Battery Park City, New York City

When: 11:05 am on Oct 23, 2009

Copyright 2009 by Farting Camel

Bed Bugs Infestation in NYC: Are You at Risk?

October 1st, 2009 Posted by Real Estate No Comment yet

Do you remember seeing the bed bugs advertisement on the subway with the close up pictures of the nasty crawlies? I always thought that bed bug infestation was a ‘developing country’ issue, and the advertisement was just targeting a niche and paranoid market.

Little did I know that we actually have a bed bug epidemic right here in New York City! What is this? Should bugs fighting be another item on my daily household chores?

Check out which borough is the most infested here. (Phew, luckily I live in a ‘least buggy neigborhoods’). However, do note the flaw in the study as they quote absolute numbers and not percentage, which can make the bug problems in densely populated boroughs look worse that it is.

And if you are one of the many New Yorkers who put the bulk of your world possessions or winter wardrobe or baby stuff in storage (third party or your building), you got to read this. They are everywhere! Learn how to protect your stuff.

Bugs, please be gone! Move to the next state.

(Bed bug picture by unknown, this is the only picture on Farting Camel not taken by Mira.)

Copyright 2009 by fartingcamel.com

Scams Affecting New York City Renters!

July 18th, 2009 Posted by Real Estate No Comment yet

Warnings

There have been several scams happening in New York City this year. Check out this has been the article, “Renters Get Swindled and Scammed – NYC’s tough rental market can make scams harder to spot” published in New York Times on June 28, 2009.

FartingCamel.com’s warnings:

  1. Do not send money/deposits via western union to anyone.
  2. Make sure you know who your landlord is. There are scams whereby the tenant pretends to be the landlord and flee after collecting the deposits. You might want to request some sort of proof, say a driver license, tax bill, etc. Utilities bills are not good enough.

REAL ESTATE | June 28, 2009 New York Times

Renters Get Swindled and Scammed

Good luck!

Copyright 2009 by fartingcamel.com

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