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24 May 2017
Evening Sedition

The Sultan’s Turret

NYC skyline looking east over reservoir

NYC Skyline from Central Park Reservoir (facing west)

After the Christo & Jeanne-Claude signing at the Guggenheim, I walked east across Central Park to meet a friend for dinner on the UES near Columbia. (I never would have never dare do this ten years ago after dark; not everything Giuliani did was bad.) I was struck by the night sky and took these shots — without a tripod — by bracing my arms against a fence.

NYC skyline looking south over reservoir

NYC Skyline from Central Park Reservoir (facing south)

Awake! for Morning in the Bowl of Night
Has flung the Stone that puts the Stars to Flight:
And Lo! the Hunter of the East has caught
The Sultan's Turret in a Noose of Light.

— Omar Khayaam, Rubaiyyat

(Khayaam wrote about dawn, but it seemed to me that the night sky had also encircled the buildings in light.)

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