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New York City, New York (part two)

(or see as a slideshow without the comments)

…Meanwhile, in Times Square. Shafts of light and that. 

Obviously most of the time we hung out at the US Armed Forces recruiting station. Woop.

So. Many. Adverts. Must. Watch. Everything. Buy. Everything. 

Did you miss the Flag in the last one? Yeah, I’m capitalising Flag.

Fifth avenue. 

To Serve and Protect and Give Directions.

Church Flag Bus!

Oh, here’s the UN set against an amazing sky. Easy.

The interiors look like Zaha Hadid! 

I feel an interminable speech coming on…

Thoughts of Dag

Chamber of Secrets.

This was hidden on a pillar somewhere in the lobby. A memorial ‘to those astronauts and cosmonauts who have given their lives in the exploration of space for the benefit of mankind.’

This gun would have been too big to use anyway.

Beacon of bureacratic hope.

…And night night New York.

Bueno. Back soon please.

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New York City, New York (part one)

Canadajoe recently visited New York. In, ahem, the USA. This is what it looked like.

Winding through upstate New York at dawn, snow dusting the trees and hills of the Hudson valley…and our bus.

And rocking up to 7th Ave at about 9am.

Empire State of Black and White.

Buy more handbags!

Busy new yorkers doing busy new york things.

I liked this street. Somewhere near Chelsea Pier. Mmm…fire escapes.

Stack ’em up. Car parking where there ain’t much space.

NYC’s taxis are going hybrid. Apparently the only hybrids they could get were these weird Ford SUVs that look big on the outside, but are really quite small.

This next photo features the impossible car park again, some old school redbrick building that could be Keble College, the Empire State building, and THE MOON. Have you ever seen a photo with more stuff?


Massive ballroom masquerading as a rail station. It was like the architect knew that flashmobs would be invented later on.


Oh hello Chrysler building and your wonderful art deco tower. Yes you are the best skyscraper. Yes you are.

It’s like original Grand Theft Auto!

Ooh, East River. “I’m gonna take my case to the U-nited Nations”

This was a very nice park. Square. Thing. Bank of America building in the background. Occupied that. 

Danger bike 

Is that building curved like a giant skate ramp? Hell yeah. Is that its twin across the street? Hell no! 

Part two features Times Square! See the US Armed Forces Recruiting Station! Visit the UN Plaza! Check back soon!


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Buffalo, NY

For one weekend only, canadajoe was unitedstatesjoe. A quick trip* down to Buffalo to see little sis!  *not at all quick. 

Some suggested that there would be nothing worth seeing in Buffalo. Not at all true! Go Buff! ‘The City of No Illusions’. Haha.

The Albright-Knox Gallery was excellent. Currently hosting this amazing American topographical landscape photography exhibition by Victoria Sambunaris.

Somebody got their canoes all tangled up. Annoying when that happens.

And what’s this? Is it America’s third best neighborhood [sic]? Yes, it must be Elmwood, Buff!

The Feds

Frank Lloyd Wright loved Buff. He thought it was the best. Probably cos it was swimming in cash at the time he was designing houses for very rich people. Here’s his Martin House Complex. Not bad for 1904, but no Falling Water.

Where’s the front door? 

And then it took nine hours to get home. It’s not even that far away. And, even more crazily, the US immigration man was nicer than the Canadian immigration woman. Who’d have thought?