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  • Mirror Mirror - In the window a while ago at ABC Home.
  • Black Hole Billboard - Sucking the light right out of the sky at 50th & Broadway.
  • Queens Plaza Patrol - Just before yuppification of the plaza went into high gear.
  • Go Faster! - Evil elf-bot sums up Our Times in Macy's 2009 holiday windows.
  • Blank Billboard Boat - Sailing toward you on Hunters Point Ave. in Long Island City.
  • Whale of a Cloud - Past McCarren Pool in Williamsburg.
  • Tanks Off 8th - From 8th Ave. & 46th St. again.
  • Caution - During construction of the new tower at 6th Ave. & 32nd St.
  • Mesmerized - In Bergdorf Goodman`s 2009 holiday windows.
  • Bound Angel - One of two on 150 Nassau during Gehry tower construction.
  • Tagger Thanksgiving - A few days before Thanksgiving one year on Allen near Houston.
  • Roll-Your-Own Cloud - From Provost St. in Greenpoint.
  • Huddled Masses - Laboring in Capitalist Heaven above the NY Stock Exchange.
  • Frankenstein Blow Drier - Frankenstein's monster blow-drys his hair on the sidewalk in Greenpoint.
  • Funhouse Facade - With mirrors, on the Permanent Mission of India to the U.N., on 43rd St. off 2nd Ave.
  • W 32nd St. - Vertical signs, vertical arms, at 5th Ave.
  • Refreshing East River - Below the J/M/Z Train tracks on the Williamsburg Bridge.
  • Mating Beast Cave Painting - On the Williamsburg Bridge.
  • Brake Service - On Clay St. at McGuinness Blvd. in Greenpoint.
  • Hiding Philip Johnson - Johnson's building at 55th & Madison (pincer top on the left) looks much better absorbed into this cluster, from 57th and Park.
  • Widescreen Queens - From Greenpoint Ave. over the Long Island Expressway.
  • As Old as Hills - On Delancey.
  • Sitting Cloud - On Provost in Greenpoint.
  • Not Shiny Enough - Preparing to cover 3 Columbus Circle in glass, from Broadway.
  • High Culture Tattoos - Over a 58th St. entrance to the Trump Parc.
  • Trash Bag Camouflage - Shiny black veil, tarps and scaffolding on Berry in Williamsburg.
  • Trump Cornrow Roof - Top of the Trump Parc, from 58th St. near 6th Ave.
  • Queens Cloud - From the Pulaski Bridge.
  • Chrystie Cluster - At Delancey.
  • Dorm Smoke - Pipe-like exhaust rerouted away from the SVA dorm at Delancey & Ludlow Sts.
  • Maya Lin Mountain City - Maya Lin at Pace on 22nd St. a year and a half ago.
  • Up from Broadway 2 - Between 12th & 13th.
  • Down on the High Line
  • Up from Broadway 1 - Looking up towards the columns of 840 Broadway.
  • Dark Truck, Dark Skies - And naked columns at Grand St. & Driggs Ave. in Williamsburg.
  • Wolcott Face - Pensive face on the Wolcott, on 31st off 5th Ave.
  • LIRR Gizmo - A giant leaf blower? From Queens Blvd.
  • Precariously Perched Tank - Above 50th St. off 8th Ave.
  • B & W Queens Smoke - From Hunters Point Ave.
  • Queens Wiring - At Greenpoint Ave. & 37th St.
  • Tired Tank - From 125th St. between 7th & 8th Aves.
  • Starship Surgery - During construction at Cooper Union.
  • School Surgery - Breathing apparatus at a school on Roebling in Williamsburg.
  • Drunk Driving - A beer bottle gearshift someone left at the Brooklyn end of the Williamsburg Bridge.
  • Church Missions House 1 - Some concrete drawing at Park Ave. South and 22nd St.
  • High Line Meatpacking Ruin - Tourists ponder a relic of Meatpacking Past.
  • Black & Gold - I guess it's hard to take a bad picture of the American Standard Building, on 41st St.
  • Blimp Above 5th Ave. - Like a fish at the aquarium glass.
  • Tourists Shoot Taxi Fire - From the top of the tour bus, on 7th Ave. near 53rd St.
  • Wind on the Water - Of Dutch Kills, from the Hunters Point Ave. Bridge in Queens.
  • Burg to Burgh - From the Williamsburg Bridge. The building in the distance is the Williamsburgh Savings Bank.
  • Left Left - With the top of an ugly condo in between, from under the BQE in Williamsburg.
  • Houston & Lafayette - My favorite from that spot, looking toward Broadway.
  • Unnecessary Redaction - And a leering admirer? At Rothmans on Union Square a while ago.
  • Full Frontal Scaffold - During construction on Adams St. north of Tillary St. in Brooklyn.
  • Green Grid Top - During construction high above Lexington at 48th St.
  • Something's Going On Up There - On 38th St. off Sixth Ave.
  • Synchronized Mermaids - On the diving platform at 91 5th Ave.
  • Ghost Windows - One of my favorite `blank` walls before they covered it with a banner ad; next to the Ziegfeld Theater on 54th St.
  • America Relieves Itself - Near 48th St. & 48th Ave. in Queens.
  • Great Jones Dragon - During construction at Lafayette and Great Jones.
  • Herald Towers 2 - One of its fingers, cut at an angle to meet Broadway.
  • Herald Towers 1 - Its three-fingered western face, on Broadway at 34th St. (with Empire State peeking through).
  • Hunters Point Skeleton - Above Hunters Point Ave. at Dutch Kills.
  • Queens Plaza Skeleton - At 29th St.
  • Toy Facade - When the light is right, on Broadway near 13th St.
  • Curved Spacetime - Above a doorway at 28 Broadway.
  • Leaning Tower of Broadway - 287 Broadway / 55 Reade, before the luxury condo that undermined it went up.
  • Pink Plaza - Looking south from the platform at Queensboro Plaza.
  • Draped in Blue - Working above 23rd St. in Chelsea.
  • Lonely Bridge Robot - On the Grand Street Bridge over Newtown Creek in Williamsburg.
  • Modern Utility - Water/utility towers atop Washington Square Village.
  • Saint Scaffold - When they were working on the dome at St. Bart's on Park Ave. at 51st St.
  • Ad World - A building worth more outside than inside, at 49th Ave. near 21st St. in LIC.
  • Ominous Black Form - A billboard in fact, nowhere near the scaffolding, on Broadway at 37th.
  • Busy Corner - During renovations at the Village East Theater on 2nd Ave. at 12th St.
  • Giglio Midsection - Midsection of the giglio at the Williamsburg Giglio Feast in 2009.
  • Bruised Beach - On the Upper East Side, from the Queensboro Bridge.
  • Shiny Hudson - Or shiny Jersey City, from outside the World Financial Center.
  • Giglio Blessing - Top of the giglio during the Williamsburg Giglio Feast in 2009.
  • Druid Ring - During construction at 57th St. & Lexington Ave.
  • Roadtec RX900 - Ripping pavement, off McGuinness in Greenpoint.
  • Hearst HQ 2 - Looking up past the Citizen Kane base to the hex lattice on Hearst HQ's 57th St. side.
  • Summer Shade - Under the Long Island Expressway, off Van Dam in Queens.
  • Down 8th Ave - Front to back down 8th to 41st St.: the Milford `M`, that ugly Westin Hotel, and the new NY Times building.
  • Yellow Top Skyscraper - When the condo tower at 5th Ave. and 36th St. was going up.
  • Gulf War Flags - On Van Dam in Queens.
  • Chrome Dome Blue Bee - At 43rd Ave. & 24th St. in Long Island City. That's the 7 Train on the right.
  • Upper East Side Patio - From the Queensboro Bridge.
  • Hearst HQ 1 - Steam rising in front of Hearst HQ at 8th Ave. & 57th St.
  • Bedbug Express - At the LES approach to the Williamsburg Bridge.
  • Downtown Illusion - Don't the two buildings in the middle look like one? From the Manhattan Bridge.
  • Trash Bunny - On Bayard in Williamsburg.
  • London Terrace Blasting - Sandblasting bricks on the 24th St. side of the London Terrace complex in Chelsea.
  • Odd Light - Reflected light throws a spotlight on the backside of a building on 54th St. near 6th Ave.
  • Cliff Dwelling Construction - Above Spring near Lafayette a while ago.
  • Construction Do-Rags - During construction at Roebling and N 11th in Williamsburg.
  • 8th & 46th - The view southeast from 8th Ave. & 46th St.
  • Cooper Union Construction 3 - When it was nearly done, and had assumed its final, armored elephant form.
  • Best Basement View - Summertime view of Union Square from the window of Filene's Basement on 14th St.
  • Cooper Union Construction 2 - When crane and crevice formed a scythe.
  • Fresh Direct TV - The giant TV above the Fresh Direct plant on Borden Ave. in Long Island City, Queens.
  • Sacagawea in the City - In a Night at the Museum (Smithsonian) display at Lowes Lincoln Square on Broadway a while ago.
  • Zen Billboard - It said 'What does the billboard say?' From the Chinatown end of the Manhattan Bridge.
  • Green Arm Glint - Shooting into morning light at a construction site off Union Square.
  • Pizza Chef Crew - Throwing up gang signs? On Broome near Mott.
  • Penn Station Blank Billboard 2 - I like it so much, here it is from a slightly different angle.
  • A Well-Lit Corner - 4th Ave. at 9th St.
  • Mad Style (Redacted)
  • Chelsea Corner - At 10th Ave. and 20th St.
  • Rickety Stairs - Temporary stairs up during construction at 450 W 14th St.
  • Snake in the Garden - In the window nearly two years ago at Rothman's Union Square.
  • Banner Ads - Draped on buildings at Houston & Lafayette a while ago.
  • Dark Tower Scaffold - Down now, the scaffolding was on the McIntyre Building at Broadway & 18th St.
  • Hunters Point Stalactites - Odd spray-painted formation seen on a frigid day off Hunters Point Ave. in Queens.
  • Vermeer Dutch Kills Closeup - Dead end of Dutch Kills in Queens, from the Hunters Point Ave. Bridge.
  • Chain Gang Hydrant Guards - On 30th Place near the LIE in Queens.
  • Southside Traffic Jam - Movie-shoot trucks slow traffic on Driggs at the bridge in Williamsburg.
  • Vermeer Dutch Kills - Dead end of Dutch Kills in Queens, from the Hunters Point Ave. Bridge.
  • Hunters Point Steel Sign - On Hunters Point Ave. in Queens.
  • Birdman of McCarren Park - Off Bedford near N 13th in Williamsburg.
  • Wire Waterfall - On 6th Ave. at Bryant Park.
  • Modern Meat Packing - 'Playful' facade on a meat packing plant at Berry and Grand in Williamsburg.
  • Condo Hive - As it was going up on the Williamsburg waterfront.
  • Under the Bridge - A tug pushes an oil barge under the Williamsburg Bridge.
  • Doubletree Sign - On Lexington at 51st St., through light snow.
  • Under the UN - A DEP ship sails up the East River past United Nations headquarters.
  • Burger Klein Sign - On Avenue A.
  • East River Tugs - Pushing a barge on the Manhattan shore, from the Williamsburg Bridge.
  • Williamsburg Wiring - On Berry near N 8th.
  • Brooklyn Navy Yard 2 - From the Williamsburg Bridge.
  • Brooklyn from the Bridge - Looking south toward downtown Brooklyn from the Williamsburg Bridge.
  • Brooklyn Navy Yard 1 - From the Williamsburg Bridge.
  • The Police Building - On Centre St. below Broome St. NYPD headquarters from 1909 to 1973, now luxury condos.
  • The Ass Chair - In the window of a furniture store on Wooster in Soho.
  • 14th St. Power Plant - The power plant at the east end of 14th St., from the Williamsburg Bridge.
  • Drawbridge Smoke - Ominous until I remembered the power plant at the bottom of that column of smoke. From the Greenpoint side of the Pulaski Bridge.
  • Queens Smoke 2 - Power plant exhaust seems to feed the clouds behind Citibank's Queens tower. From the Williamsburg Bridge.
  • Queens Smoke 1 - Looking across Williamsburg from the bridge, power plant exhaust stands out from high clouds, and clear sky tinted turquoise like the Citibank tower in Queens, center-right.
  • Polka Dot Horse - Giving `imagination` a bad name, in the Juicy Couture window on 5th Ave. a few years ago.
  • Decadent Mannequins - Decadent mannequins loiter in a `Queen of Stuff` display at Juicy Couture on 5th Ave. a few years ago.
  • Dressed for Spring - A fuzzy cloud of a tree buzzing against the handsome 4th Ave. side of the Grace Church complex near 11th St.
  • Emergency Propaganda Trailer - That's what it looks like to me, anyway. At the Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant.
  • Bright Bridge Plaque - The plaque, near the LES end of the Williamsburg Bridge, must be one of the most tagged spots on earth.
  • St. Regis Steam 5 - Outside the St. Regis on 55th St., off 5th Ave.
  • 1st and 1st Penthouse - Above 1st Ave. and 1st St. in the East Village.
  • St. Regis Steam 4 - Outside the St. Regis on 55th St., off 5th Ave.
  • Cornelia at 6th Ave - Siena Cathedral stripes on the bow of a boat, in Greenwich Village.
  • St. Regis Steam 3 - Outside the St. Regis on 55th St., off 5th Ave.
  • Jefferson Market Castle Cluster - A castle-like cluster of buildings on Sixth Ave. in Greenwich Village, featuring the Jefferson Market Library.
  • St. Regis Steam 2 - Outside the St. Regis on 55th St., off 5th Ave.
  • Cooper Union Construction - The new Cooper Union building during construction, on Cooper Square.
  • 5th Ave Steam - At 5th Ave. and 51st St.
  • St. Regis Steam 1 - Outside the St. Regis on 55th St., off 5th Ave.
  • Hula Truck - On 13th St. off University Place.