Ordinary Night

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Just another ordinary night in the neighborhood. On this night it was laundry night…yeah, I know you’re thinking I really know how to have fun. I decided to bring my camera on this night and accompany my wife. The night started off with some light drizzle, which slowly turned into a fog, that quickly disappeared. 

Right now my wife is hovering next to me, claiming, “this is your new favorite chore,” while rubbing the top of my head. Now she is laughing….lol.


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Snow, Snow, SSSNNOOWW…..UGH!

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The photos above are just some shots in Queens New York with the last two snow falls. Compare to past snow storms, these last two were not so bad (though I’m sure there are plenty of New Yorkers who would beg to differ). Personally, the snow fall was not severe, you were still able to walk, drive and carry on with your daily routine.  The worst part of this event was the frigid cold! The first few images show the beginning of the snow fall, I’m always amazed at how adaptive the animals are to their surroundings.  Their ability to withstand certain types of weather and extreme drops of temperature is phenomenal. The birds in the image sat huddled together for the most part in pairs of two, sometimes you would find a set of three birds huddling together on a branch. The most active birds were the sparrows, barely sitting still long enough to have snow settle on their backs. The remaining photos show the snowfall throughout the day, these images were taken when I was going to pick my daughter up at school. Like I said, snow not that bad, wind and chill factor was a difficult.  As usual, during this type of weather a lot of people tend to have some sort of difficulties, as the last images depict, our first responders receive no time off, and their urgent need increase during these types of weather.

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Astoria Park, Queens NY

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If you grew up in Astoria Queens chances are you’ve heard of this park and most likely visited the park throughout your childhood. A meeting place for many cultures all year round. The park is known for it’s view of the Triborough and Hells’ Gate Bridge, the Manhattan skyline from the waterfront. For sport enthusiast this park has a track and field, the tennis courts, the bocce courts, and most famously, the pool.  No matter the time of day or what sort of weather you will always find the park being used by someone. Joggers, athletes in training, lovers courting each other, car enthusiast lined up at the waterfront, there is always someone doing something. Astoria park provides a great deal of history and entertainment for those who visit. The images above gives a small example of what you will see at the park on a cold and rainy day. You will come across a number of joggers, a couple of individuals taking a stroll while fighting to hold their umbrella upright but you will definitely be outnumbered by the pigeons and seagulls who battle the wind for some scraps of food.

Brief History Below

Astoria Park 59 acres has a long history. Prior to the arrival of European settlers, Astoria Park was home to Native American Indians who thrived at Pot Cove. The area was suitable for life, many of the Native American Indians grew maize (meyz), which was pale yellow and resembled corn. Where Hell’s Gate bridge now towers, the natives used this area for fishing while utilizing the southern end of the park for fresh water. Even now, under the park runs a small stream known as Linden Brook. The way of life for the Native American Indians soon vanished.

By the mid 1600’s European settlers roamed the land, the Dutch specifically took a liking to the area. Slowly the land was sold to wealthy investors such a William Hallet who acquired large portions of the land. In 1655 it is reported that Hallet plantation and home were destroyed by the Native American Indians. After the destruction of his home he relocated to Flushing, where he became the local sheriff and later deposed, fined and imprisoned for entertaining Reverend William Wickenden.

During the revolutionary war the land was occupied by British (official soldiers) and Hessian Regiments (mercenaries). The Hessian Regiment were not truly mercenaries, however, they were recruited and paid to operate along side the British. “The Hessians were 18th century German auxiliaries contracted by the British government.”  Due to the 18th century Germany geography and political sphere, as remnants of the “Old Holy Empire” of the Middle Ages, Germany ruling party kept a large garrison of soldiers. During this time, the enlightened British empire had a difficult time recruiting volunteers and limited time in training. In order to composite for this, the British would look towards their allied and ‘purchase’ troops for campaigns. It was usually beneficial for the German prince to offer his troops, not only was he assisting an ally, but it insure his troops were receiving combat experience and financial support, supplies etc., by the British government.

Information was gather from the following links:

 http://www.nycgovparks.org/parks/AstoriaPark/history, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hessian_(soldiers), http://www.ushistory.org/washingtoncrossing/history/hessian.htm, http://williamhallett.com/william-hallett-b-1616/


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