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Ramen experience in ICHIRAN Brooklyn New York

I’m a super fan of Japanese ramen and like to try every ramen restaurant that I heard. I’ve known ICHIRAN for the first time when it opened in New York in 2016. It took two hours to wait online before you get into the door, that really scared me. After two years I decided to try it in the early afternoon around 6:00pm. Let’s see what is the experience like.

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Find stickers on the street when getting off the subway.

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This flag makes me feel like traveling in Japan .

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The first impression is this solo dining booth, give me so much privacy and easy to focus on the flavors. Five stars.

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Every bowl of ramen is customized, you can choose how spicy you want or within or without garlic. So sweet.

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Add more extra topping and sides is possible. Don’t forget to refill your noodle.

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Unfortunately, I didn’t try any drink at this time, but Ramune is my favorite Japanese soda. If you have kids don’t miss this.

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This call button is the most interesting experience in ICHIRAN, simply click the bell button for any help, but if you put the dessert tray on the top of the call button area it will ringing a piece of music to let the staff know that you want your dessert.

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If you have no idea how to start to order maybe you should select this recommended set just like me.

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Creamy vanilla bean custard topped with caramel jelly and bittersweet caramel sauce

Address: 374 Johnson Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11206
Hours: 11:00 AM – 10:30 PM (Close at 11:30PM in Friday and Saturday)
Phone: (718) 381-049
Website: http://www.ichiranusa.com

Capture the Manhattan Skyline at Governors Island

One of the most extravagant things is to have green land in the densest and busiest city in the world. Now, not only the most famous Central Park we can spend time with our friends and families, but also there is a new place to go – Governors Island, only 15 minutes by ferry from Lower Manhattan. Time to experience this paradise away from the noise.

Pack List:

  • Weather appropriate clothes
  • Camera
  • Tripod
  • Lenses
  • Extra batteries
  • Snacks
  • Beverages
  • Water
New York City / USA - JUL 14 2018: Governors Island entrance vie
Governors Island, New York | Focal Length: 59mm | by EDI CHEN

Governor Island, a small island that served the US military and its families, has been rebuilt since 1911. In 2003, it became a public place for sightseeing. During this period, the land of the island area has expanded nearly three times than before, to be the shape of today’s cone ice cream. Using the material of blown up the original buildings and parking lots on the island to build up the hills and recycling the stones of the old coastline. There are not only hotels, houses, and school on this small island, but mini farms, all in order to provide a new outdoor space for people who living and visiting in New York City to enjoy nature. They have spent so much effort on this small island, and today we only need to pay a $3 round-trip ticket to enjoy it, is it very cool?

My Secret Photography Spot

New York City / USA - JUL 14 2018: Lower Manhattan Skyline view
Governors Island, New York | Focal Length: 28mm | by EDI CHEN

On this trip, you can take photos with the full view of lower Manhattan from the east river and also Statue of Liberty Island.

New York City / USA - JUL 14 2018: Lower Manhattan Skyline view
Governors Island, New York | Focal Length: 105mm | by EDI CHEN
New York City / USA - JUL 14 2018: Governors Island and Statue o
Governors Island, New York | Focal Length: 48mm | by EDI CHEN
New York City / USA - JUL 14 2018: Governors Island entrance vie
Governors Island, New York | Focal Length: 28mm | by EDI CHEN

Governors Island opened to the public in 2016 and now offers ferries to and from Manhattan and Brooklyn every day. The ferry runs from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm every day, and only Friday night is open until 10:00 pm and Saturday at 11:00 pm. So every Friday and Saturday is the perfect time to take a photo of the sunset. Due to the location and time of the sunrise, we have no chance to see it until the general supervisor is fully open in the future.

New York City / USA - JUL 14 2018: Oyster bar of Governors Islan
Governors Island, New York | Focal Length: 39mm | by EDI CHEN
New York City / USA - JUL 14 2018: Oyster bar of Governors Islan
Governors Island, New York | Focal Length: 35mm | by EDI CHEN
New York City / USA - JUL 14 2018: Governors Island entrance vie
Governors Island, New York | Focal Length: 44mm | by EDI CHEN
New York City / USA - JUL 14 2018: Wheeler Ave street sign of Go
Governors Island, New York | Focal Length: 98mm | by EDI CHEN
New York City / USA - JUL 14 2018: Landscape environment of Gove
Governors Island, New York | Focal Length: 48mm | by EDI CHEN
New York City / USA - JUL 14 2018: Fort Jay and Landscape enviro
Governors Island, New York | Focal Length: 77mm | by EDI CHEN
New York City / USA - JUL 14 2018: The giant granite scramble on
Governors Island, New York | Focal Length: 70mm | by EDI CHEN

My recommendation lens for the better shooting here is 24mm to 200mm, even longer focal length like 400mm to get close up shot of Statue of Liberty.

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Governors Island, New York | Focal Length: 24mm | by EDI CHEN
New York City / USA - JUL 14 2018: The giant granite scramble on
Governors Island, New York | Focal Length: 24mm | by EDI CHEN
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Governors Island, New York | Focal Length: 50mm | by EDI CHEN
New York City / USA - JUL 14 2018: Lower Manhattan Skyline view
Governors Island, New York | Focal Length: 44mm | by EDI CHEN
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Governors Island, New York | Focal Length: 24mm | by EDI CHEN
New York City / USA - JUL 14 2018: Lower Manhattan Skyline view
Governors Island, New York | Focal Length: 24mm | by EDI CHEN
New York City / USA - JUL 14 2018: Lower Manhattan Skyline view
Governors Island, New York | Focal Length: 24mm | by EDI CHEN

Do You Know: The giant granite scramble on Outlook Hill is made entirely of  GRANITE BLOCKS  from the old Island seawall. In 2012, The Trust replaced 1 mile of seawall with more resilient rip-rap revetment. The Harbor-facing side of Outlook Hill is made of  LIGHTWEIGHT PUMICE  – the same material used on your feet when you get a pedicure! Without it, the hill would be so heavy it would push the old Island fill below out into the Harbor.

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Governors Island, New York | Focal Length: 24mm | by EDI CHEN
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Governors Island, New York | Focal Length: 46mm | by EDI CHEN
New York City / USA - JUL 14 2018: Escape in New York outdoor fi
Governors Island, New York | Focal Length: 50mm | by EDI CHEN

More event info please visit: https://govisland.com

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7 Things You Should Know About Walking Across the Brooklyn Bridge

When you start to prepare your New York City trip the Brooklyn Bridge is the must visit place for sure. It is the most significant landmark in New York City, also one of my favorite photography locations to hang out. Since the first visit in 2013, I have had a special feeling for this century-old building, walking through the bridge at any time can inspire me and give me refreshment. I’ve seen it being in different seasons whether it’s the winter of trembling in the cold, or the hottest afternoon of the summer, I even walked alone from Brooklyn to the Manhattan in New York’s biggest snowstorm with heavy fog and snow surrounding me. I have compiled photos and materials that I have taken in the past few years and share them here with you who are about to embark on a walking tour of Brooklyn Bridge.

Dusk at Brooklyn Bridge and Lower Manhattan Skyline by Edi Chen
New York City / USA – May 28 2015: Dusk at Brooklyn Bridge and Lower Manhattan Skyline

#1 Yes! Brooklyn Bridge has its own address

The address is Brooklyn Bridge, New York, NY 10038, which means you can officially send a letter to it. Lol. Brooklyn Bridge located in Lower East Manhattan between Chinatown and Financial District, so it easily set up into your schedule when visiting City Hall, Wall Street, and World Trade Center. It takes 10 mins to walk from the World Trade Center, 15-20mins from Chinatown (I think the surrounding restaurants will slow down your walking speed).

Brooklyn Bridge at clear afternoon by Edi Chen
New York, City / USA – Apr 3 2015: Brooklyn Bridge at clear afternoon

#2 It’s FREE.

If you do a lot of road trip, the first thing came out it is toll fee. Don’t worry, there is no toll and ticket in either direction on the Brooklyn. BridgeBrooklyn Bridge is super busy with more than 120,000 vehicles, 4,000 pedestrians, and 3,100 bicyclists cross the Brooklyn Bridge every day. Wow, think about it, how many people it served since May 24, 1883.

Brooklyn Bridge Traffic with yellow cab and tourist by Edi Chen
New York, City / USA – Apr 3 2015: Brooklyn Bridge Traffic with yellow cab and tourist

#3 Every subway line can take you there.

Where ever you choose to live in New York City, the subway can take you here. Subway cost $2.75 per ride, try to reverse at the transfer station to avoid multiple payments. If you plan to walk from Manhattan to Brooklyn side, take 4 / 5/ 6 to Brooklyn Bridge / City Hall Station or R / W train to City Hall. If you plan to start from Brooklyn side, take A / C to High Street – Brooklyn Bridge Station, 2 / 3 train to Clark Street or F train to York Street Station.

4 / 5/ 6 to Brooklyn Bridge City Hall Station entrance by Edi Chen
New York City / USA – JUN 20 2018: 4 / 5/ 6 to Brooklyn Bridge City Hall Station entrance

#4 Walking from Brooklyn side for the better view.

I would highly recommend you to walk from the Brooklyn side to Manhattan(City Hall). Walking from Brooklyn side will save a lot of time and don’t need to turn around. When you walk on the bridge, you will find that all the Manhattan skyline is in front of your eyes. It’s also good to shoot urban landscape on the top of the bridge.

World Trade Center, Skyscrapers and old buildings of Lower Manhattan by Edi Chen
New York City / USA – JUN 20 2018: World Trade Center, Skyscrapers and old buildings of Lower Manhattan
Skyscraper and old buildings of Lower Manhattan by Edi Chen
New York City / USA – JUN 20 2018: Skyscraper and old buildings of Lower Manhattan
Brooklyn Bridge with building of Brooklyn Heighs neighborhood by Edi Chen
New York City / USA – JUN 20 2018: Brooklyn Bridge with building of Brooklyn Heighs neighborhood
Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan Bridge of buildings in DUMBO area  by Edi Chen
New York City / USA – JUN 20 2018: Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan Bridge of buildings in DUMBO area

#5 Any time is the most beautiful moment.

Most of you are planning to visit New York in the summer, to watch the most beautiful moment at 6-8am in the morning, 7-9pm at sunset magic hour between June to September. Winter daytime is short, 8-9am and 4-6pm are the right time to travel.

Busy traffic over Brooklyn Bridge with Lower Manhattan Skyline in dusk by Edi Chen
New York City / USA – JUL 17 2017: Busy traffic over Brooklyn Bridge with Lower Manhattan Skyline in dusk
Brooklyn Bridge at early morning by Edi Chen
New York City / USA – JUN 20 2018: Brooklyn Bridge at early morning
Brooklyn Bridge at early morning by Edi Chen
New York City / USA – JUN 20 2018: Brooklyn Bridge at early morning

#6 Many ways to cross the bridge.

Traveling by feet is always the best way to see New York deeply, and you can rent a bike or run. There are Citi Bike available at both sides of Brooklyn Bridge. Running in the early morning is an unforgettable experience for every runner.

Riding bike across the Brooklyn Bride by Edi Chen
New York City / USA – JUN 20 2018: Riding bike across the Brooklyn Bride

#7 No Love Lock on the Bridge.

Every year, tourists and locals alike flock to Brooklyn Bridge where a recent trend of attaching padlocks, or “love locks” to the bridge’s pedestrian promenade has been on the rise, echoing the romantic gesture made popular by tourists at Paris’s Pont des Arts bridge. It will impose fines of $100 for those unwilling to abide by the new rule.

Love lock on Brooklyn Bridge by Edi Chen
New York, City / USA – APR 3 2018: Love lock on Brooklyn Bridge
Fine sign on the Brooklyn Bridge by Edi Chen
New York City / USA – JUN 20 2018: Fine sign on the Brooklyn Bridge

Photography Spot:

Red pin: Photography locations
Blue pin: Subway stops
Yellow pin: Entrance to Brooklyn Bridge
Grey pin: Free Restroom

Looking up view of Brooklyn Bridge at sunrise by Edi Chen
New York City / USA – JUN 25 2018: Looking up view of Brooklyn Bridge at sunrise
Sunset golden hour on Brooklyn Bridge by Edi Chen
New York City / USA – NOV 24 2015: Sunset golden hour on Brooklyn Bridge

History of Brooklyn Bridge:

Total length: 5,989′
Construction started: January 3, 1870
Body of water: East River
Architect: John A. Roebling

The Brooklyn Bridge looms majestically over New York City’s East River, linking the two boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn. Since 1883, its granite towers and steel cables have offered a safe and scenic passage to millions of commuters and tourists, trains and bicycles, pushcarts and cars. The bridge’s construction took 14 years, involved 600 workers and cost $15 million (more than $320 million in today’s dollars). At least two dozen people died in the process, including its original designer. Now more than 125 years old, this iconic feature of the New York City skyline still carries roughly 150,000 vehicles and pedestrians every day.

People running on Brooklyn Bridge by Edi Chen
New York City / USA – APR 3 2015: People running on Brooklyn Bridge

Story of Brooklyn Bridge:

John Augustus Roebling, the Brooklyn Bridge’s creator, was a great pioneer in the design of steel suspension bridges. Born in Germany in 1806, he studied industrial engineering in Berlin and at the age of 25 immigrated to western Pennsylvania, where he attempted, unsuccessfully, to make his living as a farmer. He later moved to the state capital in Harrisburg, where he found work as a civil engineer. He promoted the use of wire cable and established a successful wire-cable factory.

Meanwhile, he earned a reputation as a designer of suspension bridges, which at the time were widely used but known to fail under strong winds or heavy loads. Roebling is credited with a major breakthrough in suspension-bridge technology: a web truss added to either side of the bridge roadway that greatly stabilized the structure. Using this model, Roebling successfully bridged the Niagara Gorge at Niagara Falls, New York, and the Ohio River in Cincinnati, Ohio.

In 1867, on the basis of these achievements, New York legislators approved Roebling’s plan for a suspension bridge over the East River between Manhattan and Brooklyn. It would be the very first steel suspension bridge, boasting the longest span in the world: 1,600 feet from tower to tower.

Just before construction began in 1869, Roebling was fatally injured while taking a few final compass readings across the East River. A boat smashed the toes on one of his feet, and three weeks later he died of tetanus. His 32-year-old son, Washington A. Roebling, took over as chief engineer. Roebling had worked with his father on several bridges and had helped design the Brooklyn Bridge.

Resource:
Brooklyn Bridge – Facts & Summary – HISTORY.COM
Brooklyn Bridge – Wikipedia
Interesting facts about the Brooklyn Bridge

 

 

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Hot Hot Friday

 

 

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Cloudy day in TriBeCa

 

 

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Early morning walk in Brooklyn Bridge Park and Financial District

Manhattan Bridge | JUN 25, 2018 | EDI CHEN
Manhattan Bridge | JUN 25, 2018 | EDI CHEN
Brooklyn Bridge Park | JUN 25, 2018 | EDI CHEN
Manhattan Bridge | JUN 25, 2018 | EDI CHEN
Sunrise at Brooklyn Bridge and Lower Manhattan Skyline | JUN 25, 2018 | EDI CHEN
Manhattan Bridge and east river by Edi Chen
Manhattan Bridge | JUN 25, 2018 | EDI CHEN
Brooklyn Bridge Park by Edi Chen
Brooklyn Bridge Park | JUN 25, 2018 | EDI CHEN
Jane’s Carousel | JUN 25, 2018 | EDI CHEN
Lower Manhattan Skyline by Edi Chen
Lower Manhattan Skyline | JUN 25, 2018 | EDI CHEN
Brooklyn Bridge Park by Edi Chen
Brooklyn Bridge Park | JUN 25, 2018 | EDI CHEN
Water taxi on east river by Edi Chen
Water taxi on east river | JUN 25, 2018 | EDI CHEN
Brooklyn Bridge Park by Edi Chen
Brooklyn Bridge Park | JUN 25, 2018 | EDI CHEN
Brooklyn Bridge Park | JUN 25, 2018 | EDI CHEN
Early morning in Wall Street by Edi Chen
Early morning in Wall Street | JUN 25, 2018 | EDI CHEN
Pier 15 South Street Seaport by Edi Chen
Pier 15 South Street Seaport | JUN 25, 2018 | EDI CHEN
Financial District by Edi Chen
Financial District | JUN 25, 2018 | EDI CHEN
New skyscraper building in Financial District by Edi Chen
New skyscraper building in Financial District | JUN 25, 2018 | EDI CHEN
Pier 11 South Street Seaport by Edi Chen
Pier 11 South Street Seaport | JUN 25, 2018 | EDI CHEN
Take shower for dogs on the street by Edi Chen
Take shower for dogs on the street | JUN 25, 2018 | EDI CHEN
Front Street at Seaport area by Edi Chen
Front Street at Seaport area | JUN 25, 2018 | EDI CHEN
Fulton Street Seaport Area by Edi Chen
Fulton Street Seaport Area | JUN 25, 2018 | EDI CHEN
Union Rat at Fulton Street by Edi Chen
Union Rat at Fulton Street | JUN 25, 2018 | EDI CHEN
UPS guy working on the street by Edi Chen
UPS guy working on the street | JUN 25, 2018 | EDI CHEN
One World Trade Center in Sunny day by Edi Chen
One World Trade Center in Sunny day | JUN 25, 2018 | EDI CHEN
Woman are talking on the phone on Fulton Street by Edi Chen
Woman are talking on the phone on Fulton Street | JUN 25, 2018 | EDI CHEN
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366 days project in New York City

I’ve never done any personal project since the day I become a professional photographer, even don’t know the real meaning of the personal project. I’ve lost my own creation and lifestyle since I start my own business as fashion and event photography studio around 2010. I spent 80% of my life to learn and find out the rules of the game, try to catch more client, deal with the problem, manage the studio team. Then I moved to New York City in 2015, I was excited when standing on the street in this city like dreams come true, but in meantime, I feel lost. I have no idea what should I do and don’t want to go back my wrong way again. I have to find a way out while maintaining a livelihood, paying my rent and feed my family. I’ve always had the idea to shoot a personal project, but I don’t know how to start till one day. When I went back to a building and found that it had ceased to exist, I realized that the city in which I lived was quietly changing, and each one of us was here looking for balance. As I drove down the road to Sedona, I decided to name the project “BALANCE”. This one year-long project would be the most challenge thing to me in my tire life, and I will step on way of finding myself.

I took the first picture for this project on January 7, 2016 when back from Arizona, and continued daily through January 6, 2017. During this time I photographed 366 symmetrical subjects in and around New York City completing my project. I focused on diverse structures and perspectives of architecture as well as different views of the city enhanced by mood, harmony, proportion, and balance. Each day I traversed the city going from neighborhood to neighborhood and all five boroughs in search of symmetrical beauty. On these daily shoots, I had to be prepared for weather, lighting or any other random occurrence which either hindered or helped my work.

I went through the biggest snowstorm in New York in 2016. And I saw the most beautiful sunrise and sunset.
This project start from Jan 7, 2016 to Jan6, 2017

This concept of urban symmetry photographs was inspired by the fascinating and remarkable architecture of the city of New York. Everyone has their own idea of New York….what makes this city great? New York is a place where scenes, images, and events can appear at any time. I felt a calling and noticed how the environment where we live is ever changing. I explored the city and visited countless buildings, subways, museums, bridges and historical landmarks. Some of these places were chosen through extensive research and others just by happenstance. At times I would have to revisit locations for the perfect shot and in doing so noticed that some buildings either changed or even disappeared upon my return. Looking closely at some of the photographs you can see these changes that occurred, such as a pigeon standing on a structure or missing bricks in a building. These “imperfections” reflect the realities of life and that which surrounds us.

With an endless passion and a long list of shots to start with.
Cold temperatures are the biggest enemies of my own.
It usually takes a long time to capture a perfect moment.
The weather is getting warmer, take the tripod and start the long exposure.
There are few shots on the list, and I have to walk on the streets to find more targets.
Have to go farther to find, sometimes to travel a few hours of subway.
Waiting alone for a few hours to take a picture has become accustomed for me.
Sometimes I need to get the location 2 hours early before the job starts with only 4 hours sleep. I almost gave up the project, I was exhausted. Luckily, I kept it down.
One months of mental exhaustion, no target, no time.
The benefit of reduced work is that there can be a lot of time to explore this city.
The more tense I am when close to completion, the less I can do without relaxation.
When it’s almost done, it’s only just begun.

Some people hear the noise.

Some people hear the rhythm.

Some people seem glamorous.

Some people seem lonely.

Some people talk about fashion.

Some people are making history.

Sunrise, sunset.

Four seasons in one year.

One city. One person. One camera.

 

 

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