I’m fond of the time lapse format. It has a level of detail and fineness that doesn’t come across in the most sharp of high definition videos. In the past, I’ve posted a New York City-specific time lapse by Mindrelic and one by by James Ogle.
Today, I’m posting one by Canadian Dominic Boudreault which features Montreal, Quebec City, Toronto, Chicago and, of course, New York. Brilliant choice of score and some fantastic shots. Really spectacular stuff.
Mike Bloomberg marked the Cordoba House victory from Governor's Island (nee Nutten Island), where the Dutch first settled New Amsterdam.
This past week has seen two important victories for liberty in America. Yet somehow, the news accounts are all over the place. If you look at a Red station/website/paper (e.g., anything owned by Rupert Murdoch), the sky is falling. If you’re on Twitter or Tumblr, you’d think everyone had decided to sing Kumbaya and that all the world’s ills are over. Obviously, the reality is somewhere in between. And, at least in my eyes, these victories for liberty were but speed bumps that have not halted a harsh and brutal wave of oppression that ironically brandishes the name of freedom.
The victories of which I speak were both very important. The first came on Tuesday when the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission voted unanimously against a measure to grant landmark status to the building that once housed The Burlington Coat Factory and now is planned to be torn down and replaced with a 13-story community center called the Cordoba House. The second was Wednesday, when a California jurist enjoined enforcement of a ballot initiative that effectively banned same-sex marriage in the state. While these two levees pushed back the waters of hatred and bigotry (of late, quite commonly in the name of fundamentalist Christianity), this country is leaking like a sieve elsewhere and that the victories were necessary at all is reflective thereof.
Saturday through Sunday, New York was pelted with about a foot of snow. We escaped with a lot less damage done than DC and even parts of the metropolitan region, but a good snow always can be fun. Attached are some photos I took on my way to and back from the gym on Saturday and Sunday.
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Sometimes I think film (whether Daguerreotype or digital), was invented for sunsets and sunrises. Indeed, many might say that God was invented (or that the existence of God is necessary) to explain a beautiful sunset — then you go into the science of how light scatters.
Anyway, here are two great sunsets, one taken by me from my parent’s terrace, another stolen from the interwebs.
It’s the one year anniversary of the election of Barack Obama, a great day for most New Yorkers. We’re celebrating it by reelecting a rich white Republican over an African American Democrat… and we’re going to feel good about doing it.
President Obama himself endorsed Thompson with such fervor and intensity that he forgot to use him name and instead endorsed the “Democratic candidate for Mayor.” The subtext there is that even Democrats are only doing just enough to show party solidarity while winking at Mayor Mike and noting that they too think he’s doing a stand up job.
At somewhere between 5′ and 5’3″, it can sometimes be difficult to discern when Bloomberg is standing, but there’s little doubt that he’s the finest Mayor since Laguardia. He’s sheparded the City through a joint security and economic catastrophe upon taking office and an economic meltdown of epic proportions in the past 18 months. He’s strengthened schools and improved on the run of great crime numbers despite two economic collapses. Most importantly, he’s taken a stand against both obesity and smoking and has followed in Giuliani’s footsteps as a national leader among US Mayors.
All of this is why Bill Thompson’s only argument against electing Mayor Mike is that he’s only able to run because he subverted “the will of the people” in respect of term limits. He doesn’t even attack Bloomberg for being a dictator because he knows that Mike is a benevolent dictator and one who the City perhaps even needs at this point. There is no doubt that Bloomberg would be the better Mayor, so Thompson is just hoping that New Yorkers will cut off their nose to spite their face.
Ultimately, I will battle the knowledge that Mike will probably win by 20 points over Ruth Messinger… err, I mean Bill Thompson. I’ll get out to my polling station and pull my lever around 8:30 tonight and proudly vote for our Lilliputian Supreme Commander. Not only because he’s the better candidate, but because he’s the best candidate for Mayor that I’m likely ever going to be able to vote for.