thursday in the hood

At 21 West 52nd Street is the venerable '21' Club
Jockeys on the stairs
leading up to the balcony
each bear the name of a
horse farm.

Jockey 'statuettes'
bearing the names of winning racehorses,
like Secretariat,
grace the balcony.

This is a busy street.
I waited for several minutes
to get a shot clear of
passing auto & pedestrian traffic
then with nary a soul in sight
I press the shutter
and
this
man

runs into my shot!

46 comments:

  1. Blurred running man, a perfect foil to tiered trophy jockeys.

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  2. I actually quite like it this way, he adds a whimsical, humanizing element to the image :).

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  3. actually it kind of works - he almost could be one of the little jockeys - what an odd display......

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  4. I am surprised that there was only
    one intruder in your photos..
    and we could use one or two of those lawn jockeys for the back 40.

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  5. I agree with Robin. I like it. You have to admit, it's typically NY. NY without people on the street just wouldn't be NY.

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  6. This is WILD! What a powerful artistic statement!

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  7. the blur of a human activates the whole image! i like it!

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  8. I like running man too!

    that building is quite the landmark

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  9. I like the shot with the guy in it too - his blurry rush is a nice contrast to the still and stately jockeys. They almost look like they are holding up their hands to stay "slow down buddy"

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  10. Regardless, it's a good shot! Was one named for Northern Dancer, I wonder? That's the farm where I lived for years.

    You knew I was going to like this one, didn't you?!!!

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  11. Can you believe it? He wasn't wearing silks. Jockeys!

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  12. That's my runner going for my coffee, don't get in his way!

    You always find the kewl, clean shots!

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  13. There's always a man, isn't there? Why is that? Great shot in any case.
    Sandi

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  14. I love the colorful jockeys, but the building left me speechless....BEAUTIFUL!!

    Secretariat was born less than 30 minutes away from my current home. Even as a child, I knew that farm held a special significance for the people of Virginia....it was our brush with greatness:)

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  15. great snap...
    and the man actually doesn't ruin the shot. he adds a little action :)

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  16. Also like the blurred man, like you planned it that way!

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  17. I am wondering how long it takes to keep all that brass polished and whose job it is to maintain it.

    Is the club still for gentlemen only?

    Great shots though...love the colors and the patterns.

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  18. Forceful model that guy.... :-) you should have put up aboard warning tresspassers.... :-)).

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  19. The running man really does add more than he takes away. I can't get a grip on the word I want just this second, but it works.

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  20. never fails its an excellent shot! love the jockeys

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  21. I'm kinda liking the running dude. And now I want a 21 martini....

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  22. You couldn't have planned it better.. it's like a photo finish at the races. I think it's perfect! Love the jockey shots.. great stuff. :)

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  23. I love the man running in the shot, it looks like the jockeys are scolding him! Great shots!

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  24. I agree with so many others...the man rushing into the picture gives it that extra punch!

    Being very ignorant, I have heard of the "21 Club" but never knew of these little statuettes.

    I wonder if any are from Ocala 'cause some of the most famous race horses were from Ocala.

    Hope you're having a great day!

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  25. I've heard of this place.

    Good to see you're a 'winning racehorse' ;0)

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  26. Love this post and the photos, I'm with the commenter's who think the last shot is great the way it is.

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  27. What guy? I don't see a guy??? Are you sure? Looks a bit ghostly to me. That is a beaut, love your eyes.

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  28. I spotted this from the City Daily Photo thumbnails. There is no mistaking the 21 Club.

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  29. A way cool shot Daryl...even with the guy running thru it =) I just love the jockeys and all their bright colored dress!

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  30. ahhh! Silly man.
    Still a really great shot.
    Are those always out there?

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  31. Yes, setting up da shot! LOL-
    Actually, he was a serendip that I think adds to your shot - and relieves the scariness of all those fascist jockeys!

    EVERYONE's heard of 21, but that truly is a bizzaire exterior!

    I auto posted this morning!!!!!! YAY - maybe the N. Korean web-attack fixed it?

    Aloha ha ha
    Comfort Spiral

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  32. Isn't that always the way? But I'm with the others, Blurry Guy does add action to the shot; it's almost as though the jockeys are telling him to hurry up or he'll miss his posting time...

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  33. I've seen a shot similar to one of these not long ago but yours is terrific! Even with the blurry man it's impressive.

    My newest post is here: Carletta’s Captures.

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  34. That is wild the way there are all those jockeys lined up. I like the whoosh of the man running by.

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  35. What an amazing place! I bet you felt like throttling that Klutz in your shot!

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  36. This shot is a hoot! Was that poor man running????

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  37. I pass this once.. in a rush; doing an assignment... and I did not know what it was... nice shots..

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  38. Always wondered what happened to all those lawn jockey's.

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  39. Very interesting. Not something most people see every day.

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  40. I like the running man in the shot racing like a horse without his jockey on his back:)
    Joyce

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  41. Haha. That would be my luck! Really though, he didn't ruin the picture, just added to it. I love the jockeys!

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  42. All of the lawn jockeys look like they are performing "Stop in the name of love"...hahaha!

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