Duffy Square, New York
One of the gathering points on Broadway located between 46th and 47th Street. The movie "Safe" was being filmed on the street near here and another theatrical production of some sort was underway in the square itself. If you want to people watch in New York, this square is a great place to do it in!
This fall Jan and I decided to take a Canada/New England Fall Colours cruise and flew to New York to begin our trip. We stayed at the Novotel on 52nd and Broadway, a hotel that was reasonably priced, in an interesting area of Manhattan and minutes from the cruise pier. The only online criticism that I could find regarding the hotel was that it had altogether too many foreigners in it. As we too were foreigners, this seemed like a very good reason to stay there.
New York at present seems to have a rather widespread instance of bed bugs in hotel rooms, although we never found a single bug at the Novotel or any of the other hotel properties we stayed in. Some suggest that the bed bug issue is overblown, but the begbugregistry.com reports a large number of hotels in New York harbouring these nocturnal vampires. While supposedly not carriers of any known disease, the mere thought of a tiny, blood sucking creature sharing your bed makes most people a bit uneasy (and scratchy) to say the least.
These little critters are paper thin and can hide almost anywhere, feed on blood and are more than happy to travel with you from where you visit to where you live. To avoid this disappointing outcome we decided to take a few precautions which may be useful as you decide how to deal with the possibility of bed bugs on your next trip.
By the way, the bright red Samsonite suitcases we now use are not only bug resistant, but are REALLY easy to spot on the luggage carousel amongst all the black, soft-sided rollers out there!
Eight o'clock at night and pitch black. Canon 70-200mm 2.8 IS lens at 200mm on a moving cruise ship. ISO 6400 - yes, there is noise all over the place in the photo! Shutter speed 1/90 @ f/2.8. I can't believe that I was actually able to capture anything remotely this sharp in what amounted to a full on, hand held night shot.