lexington avenue/53rd street station. on Flickr.

The Lexington Avenue/53rd Street station is quite a busy hub. The E and M trains stop here, and there’s a connection to the 51st Street station on the 6 line. Because the Lexington Avenue line was build before the Queens Boulevard line, the station needed to go beneath the existing line, making the escalators and staircases among the longest in the system (there are escalators on both the Third and the Lexington Avenue sites). When one of the escalators is out, it’s not fun at all.

3/10/2014 Submitted for your inspection a photo I call Shafted By The Light – maybe I’ll call it something else tomorrow. Some might think there are religious overtones or references. Perhaps. I was fortunate to have a person bathing in the shaft of light.

Citigroup Center building (formerly Citicorp), 601 Lexington Avenue (53rd Street between Lexington and Third Avenue), Manhattan, New York City. Architect Hugh Stubbins. Completed in 1977.

Shot with a 1961 vintage Rolleiflex TLR 2.8f, Kodak black and white Tmax film.

The Metropolitan Museum

To me the Asian art section was exactly what I was looking for: peaceful. After hurrying around the museum to quickly look through different exhibits, I felt a sense of relief to just stop and focus on one exhibit. The exhibit I was attracted to was Japanese; it was called “A Sensitivity to the Seasons: Summer and Autumn.” The piece of art that I focused on was called “The Persimmon Tree.”

The tree was standing alone on a slanted hill, its branches bare but yet bearing fruits. I feel like certain parts of the tree are symbolic in a sense. The fruits on the tree represent the results of the hard work that we do both independently and with the help of others. And the thin branches represent families and friends. In a sense we give more preference or attention to our achievements than our relationships.

When I first saw this ink painting I felt a sense of loneliness, especially because I was alone when I saw it. Yet I also felt the tree’s independence in standing alone. It reminded me how we, as people, distance ourselves from others on our path to becoming independent.

Tried 53rd & 6th Halal for the first time (it should not have taken as long as it did to figure out which cart was actually the one that was highly acclaimed; I actually don’t even know if the chicken and rice I got was the real deal. Oh well LOL.)

“In 1977, graphic designer Robert Propper of Propper/Elman Design/Planning was among a handful of NYC designers approached by the Public Arts Council to redesign subway stations, transforming them from drab underground waiting rooms into vibrant public art spaces. Over the course of two weeks, Propper, aided by a small group of Pratt students and armed with paint, brushes, and masking tape, turned the 53rd St. IND Station into a colorful wonderland.”

This needs to be done again