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Grimescene is back! The author was busy making himself useful in nine cities across America – and had temporarily given up on veggie food, sleep, emails and of course the blog. One thing he did not give up on was his camera. 3.94 GB of photographs later – I have stuff enough to start a series of photoblogs on various aspects of my momentous trip. I will start with my favorite city in the world. NYC (for those who are open) has invisible fingers which grab hold of one’s heart with its sheer energy, color and glamour. Simply put – there is no other city in the world which comes close in sheer urban brilliance…and the heart of NYC is in Manhattan – the never-sleeping, writhing and turning mass of steel, tarmac, hi-def video screens and of course human beings and their dogs. I maybe an outsider…but in Manhattan no one is outside, like no one is inside. It is like a huge Andy Warhol painting in which we all make temporary appearances. I was lucky enough to catch NYC during 3 lovely days in fall – when the colors were changing and the ebullient New Yorkers were – well at their most ebullient before the winter. Everyone has seen the color and glitz of Manhattan – so I decided to strip off all color and shoot New York in Black n White, with a mild Sepia filter. The results are for you to see… enjoy! 🙂 As usual – there is no post processing, except resizing of course. And as usual – click on the pictures to see the full size.

Life in the Upper Westside

1) Massive residential structures on the predominantly Jewish Upper Westside of Manhattan. Most of these buildings are 40-50 years old – interspersed with newer ones…

Manhattan in Sepia

2) New Yorkers LOVE dining out. Give them a sunny afternoon and they will hit the cafes…

Manhattan in Sepia

3) New Yorkers may be Global…but they are patriotic. Even if it means using the Star Sprangled banner as a canopy. Clicked it from below…

Manhattan in Sepia

4) Some old Row-houses from across the Riverside park… NYC has more than its fair share of dilapidated facades. I think it all adds to the charm…

Manhattan in Sepia

5) Millions of people packed on a tiny island…this is where they live… (the rich ones atleast…)

Manhattan in Sepia

6) Poor little Rich kids of Upper Westside… out with their Nannies…

Manhattan in Sepia

Riverside Park

7) New Yorkers were out in the park, in full force on a Thursday afternoon – spurred on by the sun I am sure!

Manhattan in Sepia

8) …and they brought their dogs…

Manhattan in Sepia

9) …and baseball bats…

Manhattan in Sepia

10) …and their flying saucers…

Manhattan in Sepia

9) …and their jogging shoes (even if they leave the shirt behind)…

Manhattan in Sepia

10) …and their boats…

Manhattan in Sepia

11) …while some just bring their thoughts and a friend.

Manhattan in Sepia

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Part 2 will feature Central Park and of course Times Square…stay tuned for that! 😉 Hope you liked the snaps! All credit to the subjects and the Olympus E-520.

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