Although the New York metropolitan area consists of about 20 million people, the city can often be insanely small – especially if you start to travel in particular circles. As a blogger, I’ve begun to know many of my fellow bloggers and photographers from covering shows across the city, and after a while you naturally become friendly with folks that you see so often. In fact, one summer i ran into Ross Bernhardt of Charged.fm at almost every outdoor, summer festival show in town.
Over the last few weeks, Ross had invited me to a couple of events his company hosted at their offices in the DUBMO section of Brooklyn but i couldn’t manage to attend because of scheduling conflicts and other obligations. So when I received a Facebook invite to come down to the Charged.fm’s offices for a Fourth of July Fireworks party, I didn’t hesitate although I didn’t care if i saw the fireworks or not. They had me at free booze, free food and Brooklyn. And of course, there was the dual hopes of meeting women and running into folks I knew; so that was pretty perfect as far as I was concerned.
Of course, we all discovered that we had a rather obscured view of the fireworks, thanks in part to the Manhattan Bridge and to the angle of the office building. But how anyone complain when you’re looking at a gorgeous view of midtown Manhattan on a summer night with interesting people – and while smoking a cigar?
Check out a few pictures below.
I had walked out on to their patio – yes, a patio – and turned to my left, when I saw the Manhattan Bridge and Lower Manhattan as the sun was setting. What a glorious sight!
This mural was right by the York Street F train station – one one side, the word “Yes” was written in the same script but was in black and white, and on the other side, the artist created a piece which depicted a giant squid, forming the word “Yes” with it’s tentacles. The attention to detail on a piece that’s about a block long is impressive.
For these photos, check out the Flickr set here: