St. Marks Farmer’s Market

I love farmer’s markets for the ambiance. One of my favorite markets is the NYC farmer’s market every Tuesday outside of St. Mark’s Church.

When I used to live in the neighborhood, I often sat on the benches on warm days just to kill some time and listen to the activity of the market.  For me, one of the ultimate signs of winter in New York were the last few markets in December before it shut down for the season.

As you can hear, the promise of $1.50 cider and fresh cabbage could not get many New Yorkers out on such a cold day.

The recording and the photographs were made just weeks before the New Year and the close of the market.  This winter, NYC has been under what seems like constant cover of snow.  I don’t think I’ll be sitting on that bench again until the spring.

The beautiful photographs in the week’s post come from my brother Dave Raphael and I highly recommend you check out his blog.  I say this not because he’s my bro, but because I think he is super talented.

Recording Geek Note:  Rig consists of a pair of DPA 4060 mounted stealthily in a hat.  It was all tracked to a Sony PCM-M10, with Sound Devices MP2

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Port Authority Bus Terminal

photo credit/kramchang

I recently took a trip to the Port Authority Bus Terminal in New York.  If you have ever passed through that terminal, you know that it does not possess many redeeming qualities.  I really cannot think of one.  The terminal is filled with bad 70s decor and horrible lighting.  On a given weekday, the terminal hosts over 7000 buses, and over 200,000 people.  One would think with that many visitors it would be a nice place to pass through, but that is far from the case.

I popped in around midday on a Wednesday to try and catch the terminal at a less busy time so I could get a sense of the space.  I hate muzak, but I do love the way the music is reflecting off the bad brown 70s tile and the high ceilings.

Ultimately for me, it was a chance to listen to a place, normally packed with commuters, in a quieter setting.

Recording Geek Note:  Rig consists of a pair of DPA 4060 mounted stealthily in a hat.  It was all tracked to a Sony PCM-M10, with Sound Devices MP2

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In a New York Minute

I tend to wander around NYC with my gear quite often; recently, I found myself in Times Square.  I don’t know why I ended up there, but there I was, so I started recording.  Over the last 20 years, Times Square has been transformed from a gritty and tough urban center to a tourist center that more closely resembles Disneyland.  In the last few years, Mayor Mike has glitzed up the area even further by installing pedestrian plazas on sections of Broadway from 42nd – 47th streets. I planted myself in one of the plazas and began recording:

I love hearing the different accents of people talking and the way the distant traffic reflects off the tall surrounding buildings.  The pedestrian plaza creates a space where traffic is kept at a bay, but is still within and “ears” reach.

Recording Geek Note: Rig consists of a pair of DPA 4060s mounted stealthily in a hat.  It was all tracked to a Sony PCM-M10, with Sound Devices MP-2 as a front end.

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