Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Last Photo of the Day for the Month w/ Mango Sticky Rice at Wondee Siam V in the UWS - Complete with Top 5 Photos from the Photo of the Day Series

Mango Sticky Rice at Wondee Siam V

Two things to note ...
  1. Mango sticky rice at Wondee Siam V ($5) was one of the best I've ever had. Thanks to Josh who turned me onto this dessert (and um, when are you making this for me?!) and then to Sou Yeon who added fuel to the fire when we had this at a Chelsea Thai Restaurant and then here at Wondee Siam V ... The plating was appetizing, the mango was sweet and soft, and the sticky rice was brushed with a warm and delicious coconut flavored sauce that led your spoon back to the plate and into your mouth. Mango Sticky Rice is now one of my favorite desserts. :D
  2. This will be the last series of my iPhone Camera shoot out -- with a photo of the day for the month of August (well most of the month). What I realized with the iphone camera is that though its extremely portable and convenient when you want to take a picture -- the quality is a bit shaky -- it only works well in well lit situations, but even then, the quality when enlarged is poor. Food photos are not impressive, but stationary outdoor photos work the best. So what to do next? I will have to figure that out... can someone lend me their Leica M9 please? ok, I'll take the M8 too. :D Beggars can't be choosers. :D
In a review of the past month -- here are my top 5 photos from the iPhone Camera (in no particular order).
  1. Sophie the Giraffe
  2. Elderly Lady in the Window
  3. Have you seen this before? Empire State Building
  4. What Are NYC Women Wearing on Their Feet?
  5. More iphone Camera Tests or the Initial 3Gs iPhone Photo Experimentation- Especially the light with the chairs, DBGB, the blue boards,
And though, this was not taken with my iPhone -- this was one of my favorite photos during the Photo of the Day Series: Outside Looking In at Thai Market in Harlem

For more, check out the link to Photo of the Day or iPhone Camera to see more...

So what's the next photographic project in NYC? We shall see...

Pop Tarts World near Bryant Park / Time Square

Midway between Bryant Park and Time Square on 42nd Street, you'll see this HUGE sign with the words "POP TARTS WORLD". "Whaatttt? Reeeally?" was my initial reaction ... and then my mind was blown away when I realized Pop Tarts just entered the NYC advertising / product placement mecca with its grandiose billboard, targeting tourists around the world to enter their food establishment. Not dissimilar to other companies who lure tourists with large billboards of chocolate bars like Hershey's Time Square location with its own make your own "hershey kiss" station or large screen tvs displaying toys at Toys R US and offering a chance to ride the ferris wheel inside! So how can Pop Tarts World compete with the already too charming tourist attractions in Time Square and what will attract tourists and residents alike to come here?

Sugar. Sugar. and well, more SUUGGGAAAR.

There are four main attractions here:

A) The Varietizer - build your own Pop Tarts box machine,
B) Pop Tarts World Cafe - counter service restaurant (sugar high?),
C) Make your own T-shirt station,
D) and an interactive media area

This is what EaterNY has to say about the place (menu included below).

"At the cafe, you can get your favorite tart, frozen, toasted, or at room temperature and topped with a variety of of sugary and syrupy add-ons, as well as any number of original creations like "Ants on a Log?" and "Pop-Tarts Sushi." The most impressive part of the space, however, is the Varietizer, where you punch six flavor selections into a touch screen console, and a robot device moves up and down a column stacked with the treats, pulling your picks with a suction-cupped arm, then depositing them into a pile down below. And, if you want to watch YouTube clips of people doing things with Pop-Tarts, or log on to Facebook to tell everybody that you're at Pop-Tarts World, there's an area for that too."

Pop-Tarts World Cafe Menu:

From the Oven
Snickerdoodle Cookies, $2.99
Wild Berry Buckle Bar, $4.99
Caramel Green Apple Bars, $4.79
Sticky Cinna Munchies, $4.39
Chunky Chocolate Chipper, $2.99
Chocolate Chunk Peanut Butter Blondie, $3.99
Peach Blueberry Cobbler, $4.99

Chill Out Chow
Cookies & Cream, $4.29
Apple Pie A La Mode, $4.29
Chocoholic, $4.29
S'More Pa-Lease, $4.29
Hot Fudge Sundae, $4.29
Strawberry Milkshake, $4.29
Verry Berry, $4.29
Pop Tarts Ice Cream Sammys, $2.79

Top It Off, 50 cents each

Pop-Tarts Mini Crisps
Mini Chocolate Chips
Chopped Nuts
Toasted Coconut
Dried Fruit
Rainbow Non-Pareils
Seasonal Sprinkles

Frostings: Vanilla, Chocolate, Cinnamon
Finishing Drizzles: Raspberry, Chocolate, Vanilla, Caramel,

Delectably Delightfuls
Pop-Tarts Sushi, $2.29 for four pieces, or 75 cents each
Choco Dips, $1.29
Rice Krispies Treats Recipe With Pop-Tarts Pieces, $1.29
S'More Stix, $1.99
Ants on a Log?, $1.59 (for three pieces) or 55 cents each
Yogurt Parfaits, $3.29
Pop-Tarts Trail Mix, $1.99
Grape Jam-Wich, $2.99
Lemon Razzy, $2.49
Fluffer Butter, $2.99
Pop-Tarts Pretzels, $1.25
Pop-Tarts Granola Bars, $2.19

Oh So Close To Home
Pop-Tarts Pastries Available toasted, frozen, or at room temperature, in either frosted or unfrosted varieties, $1.50 Each Tart

UPDATED: The Pop Tarts World store opened in early August and was mentioned in the NYTIMES. The billboard is on a 6 story building!

Welcome Kellogg's to the NYC branding haven of Times Square.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Photo of the Day: A House in New Paltz

This photo was taken in New Paltz, New York.

I love how the fog spread over the entire scenery. :)

I am surprised at how well the iPhone captured this photo ...

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Photo of the Day: Shadow of a ...

Is he a ....

A. Photographer?
B. Rap Artist?
C. Dancer?
D. Kung Fu fighter?

Answer is: C. Dancer. "Danny the Russian" ... He was sitting on an apple box, next to a camera, waiting for the next dance performance.

Cherry Tartufo from Sparks

Chocolate and vanilla ice cream inside a chocolate ball... Oh.... And there is a cherry inside. -- at Sparks steakhouse... Was not a fan of the dessert, but the prosciutto with melon was awesome. The lump crab meat didn't taste fresh - which was surprising for this fine dining restaurant. A friend had steak here and loved it (afterall it is a steakhouse)... but be ready to break open your wallet for a $45 steak. Best to come here for a recruiting or corporate dinner.

Photo of the Day: Downtown, Tribeca on a Georgeous Day!

Downtown, Tribeca
on a beautiful Thursday morning

In front of us is a paramedic van and beyond that is a church.
I liked this photo because of the beam of light hitting the camera, as the sun sits right above the church, and then touches the buildings and everything in my view.

and yes, I posted this a few days later from it being taken. :D

Friday, August 27, 2010

Photo of the Day: New Wonjo Lunch Special

You gotta love the lunch specials at any Asian food establishment... Lunch specials are abundant in Korean Town ... It is easy to find a good tasting "hot lunch" in K-town for anywhere between $8.95 to $15.95, which also includes banchan (i.e. side dishes - sp?)). A friend and I visited Wonjo during the weekday and the photos below will tell you what I ordered -- Mackerel and Soondubu for $12.95. Yum.

and lets not forget the banchan (sp?)

My friend ordered Dduk Mandoo Guk (Dumpling soup with rice cakes) and it was $8.95 + tax + tip. Not photographed.


23West 32nd Street
New York, NY 10001
Tel : (212) 695-5815

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Photo of the Day: Just Sweet - Shaved Ice in the East Village

Eeks, the iPhone is not a good camera for food photography - but at least you get the idea.

A friend and I tried the shaved ice at Just Sweet located in the East Village. I didn't really find something on the menu that I wanted, so I created my own, which to my surprise was not a problem -- so I selected mango, red bean and condensed milk (next time I will add the sago!)... Though I liked the shaved ice, it was over priced for what it was. However, if you compare this dessert to 16 Handles down the street, or Pink Berry or Red Mango on St. Marks, then, $5.50 for this plate of shaved ice may not be sooo bad.

Just Sweet is located on 83 Third Avenue, on the corner of Third Avenue and 12th Street. Just Sweet offers crepes, shaved ice, tong sui, ice cream sundaes and drinks and snacks. It has been open since July.

side note: Just Sweet was nearly empty when we arrived at 8:00 pm on a Thursday ... not sure if other people have realized that either -- but, my friend and I started to wonder how long this place will be open for -- and ,IF, Saint Alps starts offering shaved ice... eeks, competition can be cruel in New York.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Did you know? Bagel Tax Enforcement

I was just watching the 11 pm nightly news and I learned there is a bagel tax. Did you know -- if a bagel shop cuts your bagel - its considered a "prepared meal" and is therefore taxed. If its not cut, its considered a "baked good" and is not taxed, or tax exempt. So here's the review if you missed it -- prepared meals - taxed; not prepared meals - not taxed. Interesting? I thought so.

Other interesting tidbits I learned from the Channel 2 11:00 p.m. news:

What is taxed?
Someone pours your coffee
Someone scooped a pint of ice cream for you at Haagen Daz
Buy a sliced piece of cake

What is not taxed?
Pour your own coffee
buy that same pint of Haagen Daz ice cream in the grocery store
buy the whole cake

Photo of the Day: Outside Looking In at Thai Market in Harlem

Thai Market
960 Amsterdam Avenue
Between 107th and 108th Street
(212) 280-4575

Open from 12:00 to 10:30/10:45 pm

The Health Department Closes more Chinatown Restaurants

According to Grub Street, The Health Department has put its padlocks on more restaurants in Chinatown. Previously, we've seen Great N.Y. Noodletown close temporarily and reopen a week after... but who was struck by the NY Health Department's hammer?

New Bo Ky Restaurant - I am not surprised. I tried this restaurant a few months ago and its horrible -- not to mention EXTREMELY smelly. According to Grub Street, "violations include food stored at improper temperatures, live roaches, and “food worker prepares food or handles utensil when ill with a disease transmissible by food, or have exposed infected cut or burn on hand.”

Other restaurants tagged, "you're it" included ...


Unfortunately, I have not tried most of these restaurants. For more info, check here.

New Restaurant Row on Kenmare Street

Over the last year, Kenmare street has transformed itself from psychics, bodegas, auto mechanics (aka no-man's land) to a hip, cool and trendy area offering a host of new high-end restaurants, nightclubs and after-hour lounges. For New York foodies, this will be another stomping ground rivaling other neighborhood restaurant strips like that of Bond Street and pockets in Lower East side and West Village. However, I will say, it already seems like a high-end/fine dining area comparable to Bond Street and will likely deter any budget foodies from participating in this new revival... but one never knows! With that said, Kenmare's new row of restaurants begins at the base of Kenmare and Lafayette Street with La Esquina and stretches east to Elizabeth Street with the opening of J&S Hall expected to open later this year.

Already a few restaurants have opened, including Clubby Kenmare restaurant, Tavertine and Village Tart. Some notable chefs including Michael White (known for Marea and Convivio have developed a large Italian foodie base) and Jimmy Bradley (The Red Cat) is anticipating opening their new hot spots later this year.

Below are abbreviated restaurant reviews from the New York Post:

1. Tavertine - Mediterranean-inspired Italian food
9 Kenmare St.travertinenyc.com; 212-966-1810

* Food: Mediterranean-inspired Italian, like a burrata and zucchini appetizer ($13) and pistachio-encrusted lamb ($29).
* Décor: White marble, dark wood, creamy silk drapery, green tile columns.
* Scene: Women-who-shop, neighborhood regulars and the beautiful people.
* Downstairs: XIX, a bar operated by Jesse Keyes of Hotel Griffou, opens next month.

2. Kenmare
98 Kenmare St.212-274-9898

Nur Khan of Rose Bar and Paul Sevigny of the former Beatrice Inn opened Kenmare in April as “a space where [friends] can come and we can hang out and talk and have a drink at 8 at night,” Sevigny told The Post.

* Food: Chef Joey Campanaro serves lovely comfort food like meatball sliders ($5 each), fried zucchini blossoms ($12), and roasted chicken with butter beans and escarole ($19).
* Décor: Boho Mediterranean — pink walls, low light and a screen of bronze palm fronds.
* Scene: Beautiful women, power-playing men, Europeans in suits, women with statement jewelry and long, straight blond hair.
* Downstairs: The underground lounge is a perpetual “private party” — i.e., unless you know somebody, chances are you can’t get in. We spotted a hall of mirrored bathrooms, a bronze deejay booth and a beam from the Williamsburg bridge embedded in the stucco.

3. Osteria Morini opening next month 218 Lafa-yette St.

Midtown phenom Michael White and partner Chris Cannon will finally open a downtown outpost in fall, bringing star wattage to the street. The menu will consist of cuisine from Italy’s Emilia-Romagna region — a more rustic approach than White is known for at Marea, Alto and Convivio.

The casual 100-seat restaurant will be crafted from materials sourced from vintage Italian restaurants, flea markets and farmhouses.

4 . Village Tart
86 Kenmare St.; villagetart.com; 212-226-4980

Lesly Bernard of Tillman's opened The Village Tart in February with pastry chef Pichet Ong. The adorable corner café serves pastry-inspired dishes like pizzettes with crusts that are a cross between pastry and pizza dough, and salads with crumbly pastry croutons.

The space was a dry cleaners until Bernard renovated it to create a small, antiquated café that blends with the Old World feel of the area. “The neighborhood spoke to me enough that I didn’t want to create something cacophonous," Bernard says. "Once you say, ‘I’m going to fit in instead of making a whole new look,’ the design came easily.”

* Food: Pizzette with bacon onion jam ($11) and the pear brie tart ($5.50).
* Décor: British tea shop filled with mirrors and bric-a-brac.
* Scene: Couples, foodies who follow Ong, neighborhood folk.

5. La Esquina
114 Kenmare St.; esquinanyc.com; 646-613-7100

Despite serving up consistent food over the years, co-owners Derek Sanders and James Gersten recently brought in chef Akhtar Nawab to spice up their menu.

* Food: Nawab's goal is to “not lose the Mexican street food sensibility and impart a little more finesse, a little more care. The tacos are so basic in so many ways, so it screams for great ingredients.” Try the new Michoacan-style carnitas taquito ($10)with pork marinated for a day and a half, and the pork chop with plantains (above, $28).
* Décor:
Three different spaces: the street-front taqueria, the small café in back and the basement brasserie/bar.
* Scene:
Hipsters, creative types, beautiful people, fashion folk.

6. J&S Food Hall
opening in fall 153 Elizabeth St.

Chef Jimmy Bradley and partner Steven Eckler plan to open the 65-seat contemporary American eatery in the lobby of the yet-to-open Nolitan Hotel.

“The food is Jimmy Bradley food,” says the chef. “It’s American contemporary cuisine, or whatever the hell I feel like making.”

“Kenmare Street is a similar neighborhood to what Chelsea was when I built there,” says Bradley. “We’re excited about a new neighborhood that’s in a growth period. It sure beats the hell out of working in a neighborhood that's in decline."

Monday, August 23, 2010

Photo of the Day: Sophie the Giraffe at Thai Market

Hi, my name is Sophie Giraffe. I am very popular among mothers because I stop babies from crying. How do I do it? I let babies chew and gnaw at me -- much like a dog bone, except I'm cuter and made out of rubber. I also squeak whenever my tummy and head are pressed -- which, of course adds extra excitement to a baby's daily routine.

I am produced by Vuilli, a company based in Rumilly in the Haute-Savoie Region of France and I am still “traditionally” produced -- a process that involves more than 14 manual operations. What else can I tell you about myself -- I am made from 100% natural rubber derived from the sap of the Hevea Tree and I was first produced on May 25, 1961.

Mothers love me because I'm safe and I am a great "silencer" to babies who are teething. I'm currently taking a break from mommy Connie Kan and my pal, Jordan Kan -- who is noshing away at a toy ring. Phew, now its time for me to eat!

Well here I am at Thai Market enjoying some vegetable spring rolls... I know what you're thinking -- crazy! me? eating egg rolls... well I have news for you ... just because kids can chew on me, it doesn't mean I can't chew on something else.

-- Sophie Giraffe

A review will come tomorrow ... But, enjoy the photos of the day first!

p.s. photos taken with the iphone camera.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

What Should I Cook? Mapo Tofu and Chinese Long String Beans

Mapo Tofu with Ground Pork
Long String Beans with Shrimp Paste

I decided to cook Mapo Tofu from scratch and recreate a string bean dish I had previously had at a restaurant. For those that do not want make the mapo tofu sauce from scratch, there is a House and Lee Kum Kee package that is less involved (i.e. just add water, tofu and meat). :D But if you care to experiment and make everything from scratch, you can follow what I did below.

Mapo Tofu - 15 minutes

- 1 Medium Firm Tofu (12 oz), cut into pieces
- 3/4 lb of ground pork
- 2 pieces of green onion stalks, chopped

- 2 tablespoon of Sunchang Gochujang Hot pepper paste (korean brand, red box)
- 1 tablespoon of cooking rice wine (michiu brand)
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon oyster sauce
- a dab of vegetable oil (pork already has some fat)

- 1 teaspoon of corn starch

- water
- Salt and pepper to taste

Preheat your pan and drizzle a little bit of vegetable oil (the pork will have some oil already). Throw in the ground pork, season it with salt and pepper and cook on medium-high heat... Let it cook for a few minutes on one side until its getting light brown ... mix and flip it ... season with soy sauce, oyster sauce, cooking rice wine, hot pepper paste... let it brown for another minute, throw in the sliced up tofu and then mix the ingredients together. Cook for another 1-2 minutes. Mix the corn starch with some water and pour it into the pan. Reduce to medium heat. The corn starch is used to thicken the sauce. Throw in the chopped green onions and let the ingredients come to a bubble. Cook for a few more minutes and then taste and add more soy/oyster/salt/pepper to your desired taste.

Chinese Long String Beans with Shrimp Paste (10 minutes)
photo courtesy of: The Passionfruit Blogger

This was a bit of an experiment, as I tried to recreate something I tried at a restaurant. I would say its not for everyone, especially if you do not like the flavor of shrimp, but I liked it nonetheless.

- 1 bundled package of Chinese long string beans (found at Chinese supermarket), chop into 3.5 inch pieces
- 2 tablespoons of Lee Kum Kee Shrimp Paste (the paste is a grayish/pink tint)
- 1 tspn of vegetable oil
- 1 tablespoon of cooking rice wine (Michiu)
- 1 teaspoon of corn starch
- Water

- Kosher Salt (or whatever salt that you have)

Heat the frying pan/saute pan, put in the vegetable oil. Let the pan heat up. Throw in the Chinese long string beans, salt, shrimp paste, and cooking rice wine into the pan. Saute the beans on both sides for a few minutes on high heat. Mix the corn starch and water and then add to the pan and reduce fire to medium heat. Let the mixture bubble and cook for 1-2 more minutes and then remove. Add more salt to your desired taste.

If you like garlic, you can include 1-2 cloves, chopped. Cook the garlic prior to putting in the string beans and then just cook it until its a light golden brown (1 minute).

Supermarkets/Shopping Area in Chinatown:
- Hong Kong Supermarket on Hester and Mott (you can get everything there)
- Deluxe Meat Market - two entrances on Mott or Elizabeth, between Hester and Grand Street
-- Vegetable stands on Mott Street near the Deluxe Meat Market

Photo of the Day: Fishing on the East River

Two people fishing along the East River.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Photo of the Day: Inspirational Words - Loads of Hope

There is always something interesting to photograph when you're in New York City... A tourist was wearing this inspirational shirt on the cross town bus. LOADS of HOPE ... I wonder what was on the front of her shirt...

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Photo of the Day: Lady at the Bus Stop

In this photograph, a lady stands inside the bus shelter on 34th street and 9th avenue to escape the rain.

Her expression is unique and is why I decided to take a photo of her ... - is it angst, sadness, lost, annoyed or something else ?

side note: The bus stop is outside of B&H.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Photo of the Day: Its the simple things in life that I enjoy!

Sometimes its just the simple things in life that can make you so excited and happy. I stumbled upon Ho Won Bake Shop on Hester and Elizabeth this past weekend and thoroughly enjoyed the dried shrimp rice crepe. It was NOT the best dried shrimp rice crepe I ever had, but it reminded me of my childhood. My parent's used to own a noodle shop and this was just one of the many things we sold at our shop. I used to make my own rice crepes and loved adding more dried shrimp to my "special ha cheung" before it went into the cooker ... even if it was piping hot, I would roll the crepe and eat it there... oh, soooo good! So you can only imagine how excited I was when I found Ho Won Bake Shop!

If you've seen the movie Ratatouille, you might recall the moment when the food critic took his first bite of the ratatouille! Images of his childhood flashed before him and a large smile appeared on his face -- and to put it simply, that's what happened to me! :D Sometimes you only need the simple things to make you happy!

Happy Eating!

Ho Won Bake Shop
146 Hester St
(between Bowery & Elizabeth St)
New York, NY 10013
Street View:
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Sunday, August 15, 2010

Photo of the Day: Kids have better tools than adults!

You know you are sooo "un-kewl" when someone younger than you has a better toy than you... yup, this youngin' (guessing probably around 4) has the new iphone 4. We were taking photos of each other (well, he was just pressing the button and I think I was in one of the photos! ha ha). But, he was a cute one...

Anyhow, this is the photo of the day, or night -- at the Halal Food Cart on 53rd and Avenue of Americas.

and he wants to say one more thing, "bye!"

p.s. iphone 3 gs -- not making the cut with the night photos.

New York Summer Streets -- The Experience -- go next weekend!

This past Saturday, I explored NYC Summer Streets, an event that opens up public streets to people who want to bike, run or walk along what is normally congested and highly trafficked streets. From 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. people can plan a trip anywhere along the designated route from Brooklyn Bridge to 72nd Street on Park Avenue and connecting streets. There are also connections to the Hudson River Greenway, Harlem and governors Island.

Freebies are located around the these rest-stops -- corner of Spring and Lafayette, 25th and Park and 52nd and Park

-- One free hour bike ride courtesy of Bike and Roll. Last rental will be at 11:30 a.m.
-- Free rollerblades, courtesy of Rollerblade

Or, if that is not exciting enough for you -- Dip in the recycled dumpster pools on Park Avenue and 40th Street. Space at the pools will be limited. Bracelets for timed admission will be handed out on a first-come, first-served basis; Take a fitness class by Crunch; Do Tai Chi or listen to some live music; Take your kids to the children's rest-stop - do yoga with them or other children activities.

So get out and enjoy the sunlight! Your last chance is August 21 from 7 am to 1 p.m.

For more info, you can check out Summer Street's website

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Photo of the Day: Small Car, Big City

How many Smart Cars have you seen in New York?

With limited street parking, I can see how this car is a popular choice in New York. However, I think these cars are "city only" cars and not permitted on the "highways" ...

p.s. Click the image and see if you can find the extra detail. :D

UPDATED: My friend, Frank (yes you!) has apprised me of the following --

"They made the US version of the Smart car larger than the European version, 7.5” larger in length to be exact and they gave it a bigger engine that can do 90mph and… uses more gas." -- If you've traveled to Europe ( Italy, France or Germany ), you'll see this car everywhere. My friend said he saw a smart car in Florence with Munich license plates (um, do you realize how far that is!?!) FAR.

The same friend, sent me a link to the YouTube video below due to the relevance of this posting -- and well, um, its "R" maybe "X" rated in its "implications" but PG-13 with what you actually see ... but as a precaution, here is my disclaimer -- WARNING: MUST BE at least 18 YEARS of age to view this video. You are viewing it at your own discretion and the author is released of any legal issues relating to this video as she is not the "creator" of the video. Watch at your own risk!

Friday, August 13, 2010

What are New York Women Wearing on their feet?

If you've watched Sex and the City, you know that Carrie Bradshaw's biggest love next to Mr. Big is her Manolo Blahniks - I mean, how can you not? Ok, really, I don't own a pair and haven't had a desire to own a pair either -- but seriously, is that what New Yorkers are wearing around the city? Well, maybe that's what people are wearing at night, along with their Christian Louboutin's... but, what are people wearing during the day, in their everyday walking shoes?

I thought of this idea as I was walking in Herald Square and I saw a lady (photo above) with these brown high heeled shoes. First thing I noticed was she looked extremely uncomfortable wearing them (um, fashion before comfort?) and she didn't "zip" the back of her shoe which probably made it even more difficult or dangerous for her to walk in. So the following images represent my photographic essay on "what women wear during the day as they walk around the city".

The following photos were taken this past Thursday from 1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in various parts of New York City, including Herald Square, Chelsea, Union Square, and Chinatown.

Here are some of my favorites photographs:

"Classic Boots"

Left: "#6 - Step on the Bend"
"Legs in Love" :Right

Legs and Cigarettes"

... two sisters tattooed the word "family" in Syrian


... and below are some other examples of what New York women are wearing around the city! Click on the image below to enlarge!

"She's got legs and she knows how to use them" -- ZZ Top

"Walk like an Egyptian" -- Bangles

"Don't have a song for these photos" -- Susan Lee

... if you're wondering how I went about taking these photographs -- let's just say it was a fun and exciting experience. I asked most of the people if I can take a picture of their feet. Some thought it was strange -- who can blame them ? And others were willing participants -- as if it wasn't a strange question to ask! However, I did eventually start telling people -- really, I don't have a foot fetish, I am just doing a little project with my iPhone... :D and yes, I'm a photographer. :D

Surprisingly, I only had one person say "no, I think that's kind of weird" and walked away from me. Ha ha!

and while I was on my mission to photograph all the interesting/weird/cute/ugly shoes worn by New Yorkers -- I thought to myself -- if I was a guy, I would think of a random project like this and take photos of women in New York -- great pick up line? or too strange? ha ha... I don't know... someone gave me their number though. Ha ha!

to the women i photographed: thank you for participating in my project and please leave a message!

** all photos were taken with my iphone **
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